Dr. Melinda C. Power is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the George Washington University (GWU) Milken Institute School of Public Health. Dr. Power has expertise in statistical analysis of observational data, and a commitment to improving epidemiologic methods in the study of late-life cognition and dementia. Her current research focuses on the role of environmental pollutants in the development of dementia, translation of epidemiologic research to inform clinical trial development, and projects designed to inform clinical practice and health policy around supporting people living with dementia.
Dr. Power is also the founding Director of the GW Institute for Brain Health and Dementia. The Institute aims to promote and support research on cognitive health that will meaningfully impact lives, through promotion of brain health, prevention of cognitive loss, addressing disparities in cognitive health, and improving the quality of life of persons living with dementia and their care partners. For more information about the GW Institute for Brain Health and Dementia, including how to get involved as a student, staff member, or faculty member, please visit our website: brainhealth.gwu.edu.
Dr. Power is a member of several national and international professional organizations, including the Methods in Longitudinal Studies of Dementia (MELODEM) initiative, the Society of Epidemiologic Rearch (SER), and the International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Disease Research and Treatment (ISTAART). She serves as mentor, faculty advisor, and/or preceptor for students and fellows with interest in diseases and disorders of aging. Students or fellows interested in joining Dr. Power's lab are encouraged to reach out directly.