Training and Mentoring

Under the direction of Dr. Kristine Yaffe, the lab trains and supports faculty, pre- and post-doctoral fellows, PhD students, medical students, residents, and research associates in their research and career development.

Postdoctoral positions are available for highly motivated individuals interested in studying cognitive decline, dementia, and neuropsychological disorders affecting aging populations.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter including a brief description of potential projects of interest in the lab, a CV, and names of three references to: [email protected]

Selected Training Opportunities

Training Opportunities for Post-docs

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF helps advance the careers of clinical and translational researchers by providing career advice, research mentoring, and support. For more information about career development opportunities see

Training opportunities are also supported by the National Institute of Health (T32) institutional training grants designed to train future leaders in research. Opportunities within the Kristine Yaffe Lab are available for fellows interested in mentorship, education, and training in research related to neurodegenerative diseases and neuropsychological outcomes among older adults.

The Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECC) fellowship program trains MDs, psychologists and other allied health professionals to become leading clinical researchers in high priority areas of mental health. Over the course of the two-year program, fellows are trained in academic and health systems research, advanced clinical care service delivery, and program administration in an interdisciplinary setting. The fellowship combines individual mentored research and clinical training with state-of-the-art educational experiences. Fellows devote 75% of their time to research and educational activities and devote 25% time to clinical training. Applications are accepted annually. For more information see

MIRECC Fellowship in Bioinformatics Applications to Cognitive Aging and Brain Health
The San Francisco VA Health Care System is recruiting for an advanced two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Epidemiology with a focus on using bioinformatic approaches to solve new challenges in cognitive and brain health research. Potential areas of application to bioinformatic concepts include big data, genetic epidemiology secondary data, prognostic models, pharmacoepidemiology, digital health, and machine learning.

UCSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Epidemiology of Cognitive Aging and Dementia
Under the mentorship of Dr. Yaffe, the postdoctoral scholar will apply innovative epidemiological methods to support ongoing research studies on cognitive aging and brain health.

Training Opportunities for Junior Faculty

UCSF offers an opportunity for career development for women's health research through the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) program. The BIRCWH program provides financial support, targeted mentorship, and educational programs for investigators interested in advancing our understanding of issues related to women's health. For more information see

The Paul Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Program aims to sustain and promote the research careers of clinically trained individuals who are pursuing research careers in aging. The program provides three to five years of mentored career development support to enable investigators to gain skills and experience in aging research, and to establish an independent program of research in this field. For more information see to Apply

Former Trainees

Deborah Barnes, PhD, is a Professor at UCSF in the Department of Psychiatry and a Mental Health Research Investigator at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating strategies to maintain cognitive function and prevent or delay dementia onset in late life.

Willa Brenowitz, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. Her current research focuses on the relationship between sensory impairments (e.g. hearing and vision loss) and dementia in aging populations.

Amy Byers, PhD, is an Associate Professor at UCSF in the Department of Psychiatry and a Mental Health Research Investigator at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her research focuses on cognitive and health outcomes associated with psychological disorders, including late-life depression and the effects of late-life PTSD among older adults and U.S. veterans.

Alexandra Fiocco, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University. Dr. Fiocco’s research examines biological, psychological, and social predictors of cognitive function and well-being in late life as well as prevention strategies to improve cognitive outcomes.

Alison Huang, MD, is an Associate Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine. Dr. Huang’s research focuses on advancing scientific understanding and improving clinical management of menopause- and aging-related health conditions in women.

Manjula Kurella-Tamura, MD, is a Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) at the Stanford School of Medicine and the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System. With the goal of improving quality of care among older adults with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), Dr. Kurella-Tamura’s research focuses on outcomes associated with ESRD as well as outcomes associated with different ESRD treatment and management strategies.

Yue Leng, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. Her research interests include studying the epidemiology of sleep, particularly the relationship between napping, cognition and other health outcomes.

Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, PhD, is a is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Mayeda's research focuses on lifecourse determinants of cognitive aging, dementia, and cerebrovascular disease, with an emphasis on health disparities and methods to overcome methodologic challenges in longitudinal studies of aging, such as selective survival.

Kala Mehta, DSc, MPH: is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at UCSF. Dr. Mehta’s research focuses on identifying risk factors for cognitive decline in older adults, with a particular focus on demographic characteristics associated with cognitive outcomes among older adults.

Andrea Metti, PhD, is President and Founder of Metti Consulting Company an epidemiology consulting company specializing in scientific preparation and editing of grants, manuscripts and other scientific documents, statistical analyses, and interpretation of results. Dr. Metti specializes in the epidemiology of aging, dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and biological markers.

Laura Middleton, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo School of Public Health and Health Systems. Dr. Middleton’s research seeks to identify ways to optimize cognition across the life course and to prevent dementia in older adults.

Kaycee Michelle Sink, MD, MAS, is a Senior Medical Director at Genentech. She is currently involved in the Crenezumab Program. Dr. Sink specializes in research related to physical and mental health in aging, with a particular focus on cognitive function in old age.

Adam Spira, PhD, is a Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Spira’s research focuses on understanding associations between late-life sleep disturbances and psychopathology and cognitive function among older adults.

Sophia Wang, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Wang focuses on evaluating predictors of cognitive aging, with a particular focus on lifestyle factors.

Rachel Whitmer, PhD, is a Professor and Chief of the Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences at UC Davis. Her research is focused on using epidemiological methods to address and mitigate disparities in cognitive aging. She is particularly interested in studying metabolic, cardiovascular, and inflammatory predictors of cognitive aging and dementia.

Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, PhDis an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University. Dr. Zeki Al Hazzouri's research focuses on understanding the effects of cardiovascular health and related disorders on cognitive aging and impairment.

Claire McEvoy, PhD, is a Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research aims to identify and test dietary and lifestyle approaches to preserve cognitive abilities during aging and prevent or delay dementia.

Claire Sexton, DPhil works for the Alzheimer’s Association. Her work investigates non-pharmacological factors proposed to promote healthy aging, including physical activity and sleep.

Laurent Cleret De Langavant, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Paris Est University. His clinical work and research is aimed at educating people about dementia prevention and targeting critical risk factors.

Eléonore Bayen, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Sorbonne University. Her research focuses on neuro-epidemiology, neurocognitive rehabilitation, and the impact of dementia and multimorbidity on costs.

Laure Rouch, PhD, PharmD is an Assistant Professor at Toulouse III University and Paris Descartes University. Her work is broadly focused on understanding the effects of cardiovascular risk factors on cognitive decline and dementia, and in the potential benefits of antihypertensive drugs.

Kirsty Bobrow MBChB MMed UCT, MSc, DPhil. Kirsty's research focuses on community and public health. Her current work includes interventions to support treatment adherence in adults with high blood pressure and diabetes, managed in primary care settings.