Amy Byers, PhD, MPH

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
Address4150 Clement St
San Francisco CA 94121
Phone415-221-4810 ext. 3980
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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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    Suicidal Behavior and Suicide in Older Veterans
    VA I01CX001119Jul 1, 2015 - Dec 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Epidemiology of Suicidal Behavior in Racially/Ethnically Diverse Older Americans
    NIH/NIMHD R01MD007019Apr 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    The Complexity of Late Life Depression: Bridging Methods and Clinical Substance
    NIH/NIMH K01MH079093Jan 1, 2007 - Dec 31, 2011
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Byers A, Lui LY, Vittinghoff E, Covinsky KE, Ensrud KE, Taylor B, Yaffe K. Burden of Depressive Symptoms Over 2 Decades and Risk of Nursing Home Placement in Older Women. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 Aug 09. PMID: 30094824.
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    2. Bertenthal D, Yaffe K, Barnes DE, Byers A, Gibson CJ, Seal KH. Do postconcussive symptoms from traumatic brain injury in combat veterans predict risk for receiving opioid therapy for chronic pain? Brain Inj. 2018 Jul 09; 1-9. PMID: 29985653.
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    3. Barnes DE, Byers A, Gardner RC, Seal KH, Boscardin WJ, Yaffe K. Association of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury With and Without Loss of Consciousness With Dementia in US Military Veterans. JAMA Neurol. 2018 May 07. PMID: 29801145.
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    4. Gardner RC, Byers A, Barnes DE, Li Y, Boscardin J, Yaffe K. Mild TBI and risk of Parkinson disease: A Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium Study. Neurology. 2018 May 15; 90(20):e1771-e1779. PMID: 29669907.
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    5. Seal KH, Bertenthal D, Barnes DE, Byers A, Gibson CJ, Yaffe K. Traumatic Brain Injury and Receipt of Prescription Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans: Do Clinical Practice Guidelines Matter? J Pain. 2018 Mar 26. PMID: 29597083.
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    6. Byers A, Lai AX, Nelson C, Yaffe K. Predictors of Mental Health Services Use Across the Life Course among Racially-Ethnically Diverse Adults. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017 Nov; 25(11):1213-1222. PMID: 28774787.
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    7. Seal KH, Bertenthal D, Barnes DE, Byers A, Strigo I, Yaffe K. Association of Traumatic Brain Injury With Chronic Pain in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans: Effect of Comorbid Mental Health Conditions. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 08; 98(8):1636-1645. PMID: 28455190.
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    8. Kaup AR, Byers A, 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 01; 73(5):525-31. PMID: 26982217.
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    9. Beristianos MH, Maguen S, Neylan TC, Byers A. TRAUMA EXPOSURE AND RISK OF SUICIDAL IDEATION AMONG ETHNICALLY DIVERSE ADULTS. Depress Anxiety. 2016 06; 33(6):495-501. PMID: 26992150; PMCID: PMC4889491 [Available on 06/01/17].
    10. Beristianos MH, Maguen S, Neylan TC, Byers A. Trauma Exposure and Risk of Suicidal Ideation Among Older Adults. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2016 Aug; 24(8):639-643. PMID: 27067069; PMCID: PMC4949107 [Available on 08/01/17].
    11. Byers A, 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 01; 67(4):452-5. PMID: 26766753; PMCID: PMC4818162 [Available on 04/01/17].
    12. Poelke G, Ventura MI, Byers A, 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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    13. 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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    14. Beristianos MH, Yaffe K, Cohen B, Byers A. 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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    15. Barnes DE, Kaup A, Kirby KA, Byers A, 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.
    16. Meziab O, Kirby KA, Williams B, Yaffe K, Byers A, 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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    17. Yaffe K, Hoang TD, Byers A, 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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    18. Byers A, Yaffe K. Depression and dementias among military veterans. Alzheimers Dement. 2014 Jun; 10(3 Suppl):S166-73. PMID: 24924668.
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    19. Byers A, 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.
    20. Hoang TD, Byers A, 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.
    21. 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.
    22. 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.
    23. Byers A, 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.
    24. Byers A, 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.
    25. Barnes DE, Yaffe K, Byers A, 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.
    26. Byers A, 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.
    27. Byers A, Yaffe K. Depression and risk of developing dementia. Nat Rev Neurol. 2011 May 03; 7(6):323-31. PMID: 21537355; PMCID: PMC3327554.
    28. Byers A, 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.
    29. Sheeran T, Byers A, 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.
    30. Byers A, 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.
    31. Gallo WT, Brand JE, Teng HM, Leo-Summers L, Byers A. Differential Impact of Involuntary Job Loss on Physical Disability Among Older Workers Does Predisposition Matter? Res Aging. 2009 May 01; 31(3):345-360. PMID: 19924265.
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    32. Byers A, 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.
    33. Byers A, 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.
    34. Walke LM, Byers A, 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.
    35. Bruce ML, Brown EL, Raue PJ, Mlodzianowski AE, Meyers BS, Leon AC, Heo M, Byers A, 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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    36. Fried TR, Van Ness PH, Byers A, 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.
    37. Walke LM, Byers A, 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.
    38. Fried TR, Byers A, 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.
    39. Walke LM, Byers A, 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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    40. Fried TR, Bradley EH, O'Leary JR, Byers A. 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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    41. Byers A, 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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    42. 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 03; 347(14):1068-74. PMID: 12362007.
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