Dr. Yaffe received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed residency training in both neurology and psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She then completed a fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology and Geriatric Psychiatry also at UCSF.
Dr. Yaffe is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology at UCSF. She is also Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry and Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. In both her research and in her clinical work, she has directed her efforts towards improving the care of patients with cognitive disorders and other geriatric neuropsychiatric conditions.
Dr. Yaffe’s research has focused on the predictors of cognitive decline and dementia in older adults. She is particularly interested in identifying novel strategies to prevent cognitive decline. One of her research focuses is examining how estrogen and other hormones influence cognitive function. Dr. Yaffe is also focusing on multi-ethnic populations of elders in order to determine if identified predictors of cognitive decline vary amongst different ethnic groups.
Her work has been published in numerous prestigious journals including the Lancet, JAMA, and The New England Journal of Medicine.