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Elizabeth Rose Mayeda

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology


DepartmentsType of Faculty
EpidemiologyFull Time
Contact Information

UCLA Pub Hlth - Epidemiology
BOX 951772, 46-070B CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772

Areas of Interest: 
  • Aging
  • Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
  • Stroke
  • Social determinants of health
  • Health equity
  • Lifecourse epidemiology
  • Epidemiologic methods

Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Mayeda's research focuses on how to prevent or delay cognitive aging, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, stroke, and other health outcomes in older adults. She is especially interested in social inequalities in healthy aging. Much of her current work focuses on identifying the origins of racial/ethnic inequalities in aging. Dr. Mayeda is the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence Award to examine the influence of elevated blood pressure throughout adulthood on dementia incidence and the extent to which exposure to elevated blood pressure contributes to racial/ethnic inequalities in dementia.

To address these research questions rigorously, Dr. Mayeda’s work emphasizes methods to strengthen causal inference in observational research, especially tools to quantify and remediate selection bias arising from selective sampling, attrition, or survival. She leads a working group focused on selection bias as part of MELODEM (Methods in Longitudinal Research on Dementia), an international initiative of dementia researchers from diverse disciplines to harmonize analytic approaches in dementia research.

Dr. Mayeda received her BA in Integrative Biology and Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, her MPH in Epidemiology from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and her PhD in Epidemiology and Translational Science from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA in 2018, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF.

Postdoctoral, University of California, San Francisco
PhD, University of California, San Francisco
MPH, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
BA, University of California, Berkeley
Selected Publications: 

Mayeda ER, Filshtein T, Tripodis Y, Glymour MM, Gross AL. Does selective survival prior to study enrolment attenuate estimated effects of education on rate of cognitive decline in older adults? A simulation approach for quantifying survival bias in life course epidemiology. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2018 Jul;47(5):1507-17.

Mayeda ER, Banack HR, Bibbins-Domingo K, Zeki Al Hazzouri A, Marden JR, Whitmer RA, Glymour MM. Can survival bias explain the age attenuation of racial inequalities in stroke incidence? A simulation study. Epidemiology. 2018 Jul;29(4):525-532.

Mayeda ER, Glymour MM, Quesenberry CP, Johnson JK, Pérez-Stable EJ, Whitmer RA. Survival after dementia diagnosis in five racial/ethnic groups. Alzheimers Dement. 2017 Jul; 13(7):761-769.

Mayeda ER, Tchetgen Tchetgen EJ, Power MC, Weuve J, Jacqmin-Gadda H, Marden JR, Vittinghoff E, Keiding N, Glymour MM. A Simulation Platform for Quantifying Survival Bias: An Application to Research on Determinants of Cognitive Decline. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Sep 01; 184(5):378-87.

Mayeda ER, Glymour MM, Quesenberry CP, Whitmer RA. Inequalities in dementia incidence between six racial and ethnic groups over 14 years. Alzheimers Dement. 2016 Mar; 12(3):216-24.

Mayeda ER, Haan MN, Yaffe K, Kanaya AM, Neuhaus J. Does type 2 diabetes increase rate of cognitive decline in older Mexican Americans? Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2015 Jul-Sep; 29(3):206-12.