Dr. Kristine Yaffe attended Yale University for her undergraduate degree, received her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed residencies in neurology and psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology, the Roy and Marie Scola Endowed Chair and Vice Chair of Research in Psychiatry at UCSF. She is also the Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry and Director of the Memory Evaluation Clinic at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In her research, clinical work, and mentoring, she has directed her efforts towards improving the care of patients with cognitive disorders and other geriatric neuropsychiatric conditions.
Dr. Yaffe serves on the Beeson Scientific Advisory Committee, the Council of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, and Alzheimer's Association Medical & Scientific Advisory Council. She is also the Co-Chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Public Health Dimensions of Cognitive Aging. As the current principal investigator of eight NIH grants as well as several other DOD and foundation grants, Dr. Yaffe's research focuses on the epidemiology of cognitive aging and late life depression. In addition to publishing over 350 peer-reviewed articles (H-index=85) in numerous prestigious journals including the Lancet, BMJ, JAMA, and NEJM, Dr. Yaffe also edited a book published by Oxford Press, Chronic Medical Disease and Cognitive Aging: Toward a Healthy Body and Brain. In 2014, she was recognized as one of Thomas Reuters World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds and honored by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry with the Distinguished Scientist Award.