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    Amy Byers, PhD, MPH

    TitleAssociate Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    DepartmentPsychiatry
    Address4150 Clement St
    San Francisco CA 94121
    Phone415-221-4810
    EmailAmy.Byers@ucsf.edu
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      Scripps CollegeBAAnthropology
      Yale UniversityMPHChronic Disease Epidemiology
      Yale University PhDEpidemiology of Aging
      Cornell UniversityResearch FellowshipGeriatric Psychiatry

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      Dr. Byers is an epidemiologist with a background in aging research, methods, and biostatistics. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of late-life mental health and employs advanced epidemiological and biostatistical techniques to determine the prevalence, risk factors, and outcomes of late-life mental health disorders with the objective of reducing the burden of these disorders by informing long-term clinical care. As a clinical epidemiologist studying geropsychiatry with an expertise in mathematical epidemiology, Dr. Byers has been heavily involved in research to determine nationally representative estimates of psychiatric disorders and health care utilization among older community-dwelling adults.

      Dr. Byers was the recipient of an NIH K01 Career Development award that involved the application of advanced methodology to address complex clinical questions on the onset, course, and outcomes of geriatric depression. She was also the recipient of a Department of Defense grant that investigated late-life PTSD and adverse health outcomes such as morbidity, mortality, and health services utilization among US Veterans, the first comprehensive longitudinal examination of late-life PTSD and adverse health outcomes in this population. Recently, Dr. Byers has been awarded a Department of Veterans Affairs CSR&D Merit award to study suicide and suicidal behavior among older US Veterans. She has also received an NIH R01 award to study the prevalence and key predictors of suicide-related behaviors in ethnically-diverse older Americans and to examine mental health services use in older Americans at increased risk of suicide.

      Dr. Byers has had her research published in many prestigious journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine/JAMA Internal Medicine, and Archives of General Psychiatry/JAMA Psychiatry.

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      epidemiology, geriatrics, psychiatry, chronic disease, neurodegenerative disorders, late-life disorders, physical disability, falls, quality of life, affective disorders, depressive symptoms, mental health, vascular depression, social support, caregiver burden, population-based studies, longitudinal analyses, biostatistics

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      1. Kaup AR, Byers AL, Falvey C, Simonsick EM, Satterfield S, Ayonayon HN, Smagula SF, Rubin SM, Yaffe K. Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults and Risk of Dementia. JAMA Psychiatry. 2016 May 1; 73(5):525-31. PMID: 26982217.
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      2. Beristianos MH, Maguen S, Neylan TC, Byers AL. TRAUMA EXPOSURE AND RISK OF SUICIDAL IDEATION AMONG ETHNICALLY DIVERSE ADULTS. Depress Anxiety. 2016 Jun; 33(6):495-501. PMID: 26992150.
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      3. Beristianos MH, Maguen S, Neylan TC, Byers AL. Trauma Exposure and Risk of Suicidal Ideation Among Older Adults. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2016 Aug; 24(8):639-43. PMID: 27067069.
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      4. Byers AL, Lai AX, Arean P, Nelson JC, Yaffe K. Mental Health Service Use Across the Life Course Among Adults With Psychiatric Disorders and Prior Suicidal Behavior. Psychiatr Serv. 2016 Apr 1; 67(4):452-5. PMID: 26766753.
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      5. Kargel JS, Leonard GJ, Shugar DH, Haritashya UK, Bevington A, Fielding EJ, Fujita K, Geertsema M, Miles ES, Steiner J, Anderson E, Bajracharya S, Bawden GW, Breashears DF, Byers A, Collins B, Dhital MR, Donnellan A, Evans TL, Geai ML, Glasscoe MT, Green D, Gurung DR, Heijenk R, Hilborn A, Hudnut K, Huyck C, Immerzeel WW, Liming J, Jibson R, Kääb A, Khanal NR, Kirschbaum D, Kraaijenbrink PD, Lamsal D, Shiyin L, Mingyang L, McKinney D, Nahirnick NK, Zhuotong N, Ojha S, Olsenholler J, Painter TH, Pleasants M, Pratima KC, Yuan QI, Raup BH, Regmi D, Rounce DR, Sakai A, Donghui S, Shea JM, Shrestha AB, Shukla A, Stumm D, van der Kooij M, Voss K, Xin W, Weihs B, Wolfe D, Lizong W, Xiaojun Y, Yoder MR, Young N. Geomorphic and geologic controls of geohazards induced by Nepal's 2015 Gorkha earthquake. Science. 2016 Jan 8; 351(6269):aac8353. PMID: 26676355.
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      6. Poelke G, Ventura MI, Byers AL, Yaffe K, Sudore R, Barnes DE. Leisure activities and depressive symptoms in older adults with cognitive complaints. Int Psychogeriatr. 2016 Jan; 28(1):63-9. PMID: 26299193.
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      7. Yaffe K, Nettiksimmons J, Yesavage J, Byers A. Sleep Quality and Risk of Dementia Among Older Male Veterans. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 Jun; 23(6):651-4. PMID: 25794635.
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      8. Beristianos MH, Yaffe K, Cohen B, Byers AL. PTSD and Risk of Incident Cardiovascular Disease in Aging Veterans. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2016 Mar; 24(3):192-200. PMID: 25555625.
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      9. Barnes DE, Kaup A, Kirby KA, Byers AL, Diaz-Arrastia R, Yaffe K. Traumatic brain injury and risk of dementia in older veterans. Neurology. 2014 Jul 22; 83(4):312-9. PMID: 24966406; PMCID: PMC4115602.
      10. Meziab O, Kirby KA, Williams B, Yaffe K, Byers AL, Barnes DE. Prisoner of war status, posttraumatic stress disorder, and dementia in older veterans. Alzheimers Dement. 2014 Jun; 10(3 Suppl):S236-41. PMID: 24924674.
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      11. Yaffe K, Hoang TD, Byers AL, Barnes DE, Friedl KE. Lifestyle and health-related risk factors and risk of cognitive aging among older veterans. Alzheimers Dement. 2014 Jun; 10(3 Suppl):S111-21. PMID: 24924664.
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      12. Byers AL, Yaffe K. Depression and dementias among military veterans. Alzheimers Dement. 2014 Jun; 10(3 Suppl):S166-73. PMID: 24924668.
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      13. Byers AL, Covinsky KE, Neylan TC, Yaffe K. Chronicity of posttraumatic stress disorder and risk of disability in older persons. JAMA Psychiatry. 2014 May; 71(5):540-6. PMID: 24647756; PMCID: PMC4119004.
      14. Hoang TD, Byers AL, Barnes DE, Yaffe K. Alcohol consumption patterns and cognitive impairment in older women. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2014 Dec; 22(12):1663-7. PMID: 24862680; PMCID: PMC4353638 [Available on 12/01/15].
      15. Mackin RS, Nelson JC, Delucchi K, Raue P, Byers A, Barnes D, Satre DD, Yaffe K, Alexopoulos GS, Arean PA. Cognitive outcomes after psychotherapeutic interventions for major depression in older adults with executive dysfunction. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2014 Dec; 22(12):1496-503. PMID: 24378255; PMCID: PMC4108572 [Available on 12/01/15].
      16. Zeki Al Hazzouri A, Vittinghoff E, Byers A, Covinsky K, Blazer D, Diem S, Ensrud KE, Yaffe K. Long-term cumulative depressive symptom burden and risk of cognitive decline and dementia among very old women. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2014 May; 69(5):595-601. PMID: 24097423; PMCID: PMC3991142.
      17. Byers AL, Vittinghoff E, Lui LY, Hoang T, Blazer DG, Covinsky KE, Ensrud KE, Cauley JA, Hillier TA, Fredman L, Yaffe K. Twenty-year depressive trajectories among older women. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012 Oct; 69(10):1073-9. PMID: 23026957; PMCID: PMC3646479.
      18. Byers AL, Covinsky KE, Barnes DE, Yaffe K. Dysthymia and depression increase risk of dementia and mortality among older veterans. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2012 Aug; 20(8):664-72. PMID: 21597358; PMCID: PMC3229643.
      19. Barnes DE, Yaffe K, Byers AL, McCormick M, Schaefer C, Whitmer RA. Midlife vs late-life depressive symptoms and risk of dementia: differential effects for Alzheimer disease and vascular dementia. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012 May; 69(5):493-8. PMID: 22566581; PMCID: PMC3704214.
      20. Byers AL, Arean PA, Yaffe K. Low use of mental health services among older Americans with mood and anxiety disorders. Psychiatr Serv. 2012 Jan; 63(1):66-72. PMID: 22227762; PMCID: PMC3726310.
      21. Byers AL, Yaffe K. Depression and risk of developing dementia. Nat Rev Neurol. 2011 Jun; 7(6):323-31. PMID: 21537355; PMCID: PMC3327554.
      22. Byers AL, Yaffe K, Covinsky KE, Friedman MB, Bruce ML. High occurrence of mood and anxiety disorders among older adults: The National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2010 May; 67(5):489-96. PMID: 20439830; PMCID: PMC2933177.
      23. Sheeran T, Byers AL, Bruce ML. Depression and increased short-term hospitalization risk among geriatric patients receiving home health care services. Psychiatr Serv. 2010 Jan; 61(1):78-80. PMID: 20044423; PMCID: PMC2832303.
      24. Byers AL, Levy BR, Kasl SV, Bruce ML, Allore HG. Heritability of depressive symptoms: a case study using a multilevel approach. Int J Methods Psychiatr Res. 2009 Dec; 18(4):287-96. PMID: 19757480; PMCID: PMC3098625.
      25. Gallo WT, Brand JE, Teng HM, Leo-Summers L, Byers AL. Differential Impact of Involuntary Job Loss on Physical Disability Among Older Workers Does Predisposition Matter? Res Aging. 2009 May 1; 31(3):345-360. PMID: 19924265.
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      26. Byers AL, Sheeran T, Mlodzianowski AE, Meyers BS, Nassisi P, Bruce ML. Depression and risk for adverse falls in older home health care patients. Res Gerontol Nurs. 2008 Oct; 1(4):245-51. PMID: 20077999; PMCID: PMC3684963.
      27. Byers AL, Levy BR, Allore HG, Bruce ML, Kasl SV. When parents matter to their adult children: filial reliance associated with parents' depressive symptoms. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2008 Jan; 63(1):P33-40. PMID: 18332193; PMCID: PMC3971430.
      28. Walke LM, Byers AL, Tinetti ME, Dubin JA, McCorkle R, Fried TR. Range and severity of symptoms over time among older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure. Arch Intern Med. 2007 Dec 10; 167(22):2503-8. PMID: 18071174; PMCID: PMC2196402.
      29. Bruce ML, Brown EL, Raue PJ, Mlodzianowski AE, Meyers BS, Leon AC, Heo M, Byers AL, Greenberg RL, Rinder S, Katt W, Nassisi P. A randomized trial of depression assessment intervention in home health care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 Nov; 55(11):1793-800. PMID: 17916119.
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      30. Fried TR, Van Ness PH, Byers AL, Towle VR, O'Leary JR, Dubin JA. Changes in preferences for life-sustaining treatment among older persons with advanced illness. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Apr; 22(4):495-501. PMID: 17372799; PMCID: PMC1839865.
      31. Walke LM, Byers AL, Gallo WT, Endrass J, Fried TR. The association of symptoms with health outcomes in chronically ill adults. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2007 Jan; 33(1):58-66. PMID: 17196907; PMCID: PMC1948074.
      32. Fried TR, Byers AL, Gallo WT, Van Ness PH, Towle VR, O'Leary JR, Dubin JA. Prospective study of health status preferences and changes in preferences over time in older adults. Arch Intern Med. 2006 Apr 24; 166(8):890-5. PMID: 16636215; PMCID: PMC1978221.
      33. Walke LM, Byers AL, McCorkle R, Fried TR. Symptom assessment in community-dwelling older adults with advanced chronic disease. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2006 Jan; 31(1):31-7. PMID: 16442480.
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      34. Fried TR, Bradley EH, O'Leary JR, Byers AL. Unmet desire for caregiver-patient communication and increased caregiver burden. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005 Jan; 53(1):59-65. PMID: 15667377.
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      35. Byers AL, Allore H, Gill TM, Peduzzi PN. Application of negative binomial modeling for discrete outcomes: a case study in aging research. J Clin Epidemiol. 2003 Jun; 56(6):559-64. PMID: 12873651.
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      36. Gill TM, Baker DI, Gottschalk M, Peduzzi PN, Allore H, Byers A. A program to prevent functional decline in physically frail, elderly persons who live at home. N Engl J Med. 2002 Oct 3; 347(14):1068-74. PMID: 12362007.
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      37. Yaffe K, Haan M, Byers A, Tangen C, Kuller L. Estrogen use, APOE, and cognitive decline: evidence of gene-environment interaction. Neurology. 2000 May 23; 54(10):1949-54. PMID: 10822435.
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