Yaffe to receive ACP Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry

Kristine Yaffe, MD, will be honored by the American College of Psychiatrists (ACP) with the 2015 ACP Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry. First awarded in 2004, the honor is bestowed annually on individuals who have contributed to advances in geriatric psychiatry, based on the history of their lifetime contributions to research and other scholarly contributions to the field of mental health and aging.

As part of her recognition, Yaffe will present the ACP Geriatric Research Award Lecture on February 21 at the group’s Annual Meeting in Huntington Beach, CA.

About Kristine Yaffe

Kristine Yaffe, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology, the Roy and Marie Scola Endowed Chair and Vice Chair of Research in Psychiatry at UCSF. She is trained in neurology and psychiatry and completed here postdoctoral training in epidemiology and geriatric psychiatry, all at UCSF. In addition to her positions at UCSF, Yaffe is the Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. In her research, clinical work, and mentoring, she has worked towards improving the care of patients with cognitive disorders and other geriatric neuropsychiatric conditions.

Yaffe's research has focused on the predictors and outcomes of cognitive decline and dementia in older adults. She is particularly interested in identifying novel risk factors for cognitive impairment that may lead to strategies to prevent cognitive decline. Yaffe is currently the principal investigator of seven NIH grants, as well as several other grants, and she has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles in numerous prestigious journals including The Lancet, The BMJ, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the New England Journal of Medicine. She also edited a book published by Oxford Press, “Chronic Medical Disease and Cognitive Aging: Toward a Healthy Body and Brain.” In 2014, she was recognized as one of Thomas Reuters World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds and honored by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry with the Distinguished Scientist Award.

About the American College of Psychiatrists

Founded in 1963, the American College of Psychiatrists is a not-for-profit honorary association dedicated to providing continuing education to its members, promoting the latest advances in the specialty and supporting the highest standards in psychiatry. It is currently composed of more than 750 psychiatrists who have demonstrated excellence in the their field, and achieved national recognition in clinical practice, research, academic leadership or teaching.