Melinda C. Power

Portrait of Melinda Power
Title:
Assistant Professor of Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Milken Institute School of Public Health
Faculty:
Full-Time
Office:
516
Address:
950 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
United States
Phone:
202-994-7778
Fax:
202-994-0082
Email:
[email protected]
Website:
Directory Profile

Areas of Expertise

  • Aging
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Chronic Disease

 

Dr. Power is an epidemiologist with interests in aging and methods to address issues of bias in epidemiologic studies.  Much of her current research focuses on identifying and understanding the influence of modifiable risk factors for dementia.

Education

Doctor of Science (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), Harvard School of Public Health, 2012

 

Publications

Power MC, Tingle JV, Reid RI, Huang J, Sharrett AR, Coresh J, Griswold M,
Kantarci K, Jack CR Jr, Knopman D, Gottesman RF, Mosley TH. Midlife and Late-Life
Vascular Risk Factors and White Matter Microstructural Integrity: The
Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Neurocognitive Study. Journal of the American
Heart Association. 2017; 6(5). PubMed [journal] PMID: 28522676, PMCID: PMC5524102

Kioumourtzoglou MA, Power MC, Hart JE, Okereke OI, Coull BA, Laden F, Weisskopf
MG. The Association Between Air Pollution and Onset of Depression Among
Middle-Aged and Older Women. American journal of epidemiology. 2017;
185(9):801-809. PubMed [journal] PMID: 28369173, PMCID: PMC5411676

Colicino E, Wilson A, Frisardi MC, Prada D, Power MC, Hoxha M, Dioni L, Spiro A,
Vokonas PS, Weisskopf MG, Schwartz JD, Baccarelli AA. Erratum: "Telomere Length,
Long-Term Black Carbon Exposure, and Cognitive Function in a Cohort of Older Men:
The VA Normative Aging Study". Environmental health perspectives. 2017;
125(4):A63. PubMed [journal] PMID: 28362624, PMCID: PMC5381972

Walker KA, Power MC, Gottesman RF. Defining the Relationship Between
Hypertension, Cognitive Decline, and Dementia: a Review. Current hypertension
reports. 2017; 19(3):24. PubMed [journal] PMID: 28299725

Rawlings AM, Sang Y, Sharrett AR, Coresh J, Griswold M, Kucharska-Newton AM,
Palta P, Wruck LM, Gross AL, Deal JA, Power MC, Bandeen-Roche KJ. Multiple
imputation of cognitive performance as a repeatedly measured outcome. European
journal of epidemiology. 2017; 32(1):55-66. NIHMSID: NIHMS816267 PubMed [journal]
PMID: 27619926, PMCID: PMC5332286

Colicino E, Wilson A, Frisardi MC, Prada D, Power MC, Hoxha M, Dioni L, Spiro A,
Vokonas PS, Weisskopf MG, Schwartz JD, Baccarelli AA. Telomere Length, Long-Term
Black Carbon Exposure, and Cognitive Function in a Cohort of Older Men: The VA
Normative Aging Study. Environmental health perspectives. 2017; 125(1):76-81.
PubMed [journal] PMID: 27259001, PMCID: PMC5226701

Farooqui Z, Bakulski KM, Power MC, Weisskopf MG, Sparrow D, Spiro A 3rd, Vokonas
PS, Nie LH, Hu H, Park SK. Associations of cumulative Pb exposure and
longitudinal changes in Mini-Mental Status Exam scores, global cognition and
domains of cognition: The VA Normative Aging Study. Environmental research. 2017;
152:102-108. NIHMSID: NIHMS824516 PubMed [journal] PMID: 27770710, PMCID:
PMC5135609

Prada D, Colicino E, Power MC, Weisskopf MG, Zhong J, Hou L, Spiro A 3rd, Vokonas
P, Brenan K, Herrera LA, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA. APOE ε4 allele modifies the
association of lead exposure with age-related cognitive decline in older
individuals. Environmental research. 2016; 151:101-105. NIHMSID: NIHMS806537
PubMed [journal] PMID: 27474937, PMCID: PMC5071136

Power MC, Adar SD, Yanosky JD, Weuve J. Exposure to air pollution as a potential
contributor to cognitive function, cognitive decline, brain imaging, and
dementia: A systematic review of epidemiologic research. Neurotoxicology. 2016;
56:235-253. NIHMSID: NIHMS805823 PubMed [journal] PMID: 27328897, PMCID:
PMC5048530

Mayeda ER, Tchetgen Tchetgen EJ, Power MC, Weuve J, Jacqmin-Gadda H, Marden JR,
Vittinghoff E, Keiding N, Glymour MM. A Simulation Platform for Quantifying
Survival Bias: An Application to Research on Determinants of Cognitive Decline.
American journal of epidemiology. 2016; 184(5):378-87. PubMed [journal] PMID:
27578690, PMCID: PMC5013884

Power MC, Schneider AL, Wruck L, Griswold M, Coker LH, Alonso A, Jack CR Jr,
Knopman D, Mosley TH, Gottesman RF. Life-course blood pressure in relation to
brain volumes. Alzheimer's & dementia : the journal of the Alzheimer's
Association. 2016; 12(8):890-9. NIHMSID: NIHMS776402 PubMed [journal] PMID:
27139841, PMCID: PMC4980244

Colicino E, Giuliano G, Power MC, Lepeule J, Wilker EH, Vokonas P, Brennan KJM,
Fossati S, Hoxha M, Spiro A 3rd, Weisskopf MG, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA.
Long-term exposure to black carbon, cognition and single nucleotide polymorphisms
in microRNA processing genes in older men. Environment international. 2016;
88:86-93. NIHMSID: NIHMS747870 PubMed [journal] PMID: 26724585, PMCID: PMC4755894

Vivot A, Power MC, Glymour MM, Mayeda ER, Benitez A, Spiro A 3rd, Manly JJ,
Proust-Lima C, Dufouil C, Gross AL. Jump, Hop, or Skip: Modeling Practice Effects
in Studies of Determinants of Cognitive Change in Older Adults. American journal
of epidemiology. 2016; 183(4):302-14. PubMed [journal] PMID: 26825924, PMCID:
PMC4753282

Gross AL, Power MC, Albert MS, Deal JA, Gottesman RF, Griswold M, Wruck LM,
Mosley TH Jr, Coresh J, Sharrett AR, Bandeen-Roche K. Application of Latent
Variable Methods to the Study of Cognitive Decline When Tests Change over Time.
Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.). 2015; 26(6):878-87. NIHMSID: NIHMS772480 PubMed
[journal] PMID: 26414855, PMCID: PMC4819068

Weisskopf MG, Sparrow D, Hu H, Power MC. Biased Exposure-Health Effect Estimates
from Selection in Cohort Studies: Are Environmental Studies at Particular Risk?
Environmental health perspectives. 2015; 123(11):1113-22. PubMed [journal] PMID:
25956004, PMCID: PMC4629739

Weuve J, Proust-Lima C, Power MC, Gross AL, Hofer SM, Thiébaut R, Chêne G,
Glymour MM, Dufouil C. Guidelines for reporting methodological challenges and
evaluating potential bias in dementia research. Alzheimer's & dementia : the
journal of the Alzheimer's Association. 2015; 11(9):1098-109. NIHMSID:
NIHMS738390 PubMed [journal] PMID: 26397878, PMCID: PMC4655106

Ji JS, Power MC, Sparrow D, Spiro A 3rd, Hu H, Louis ED, Weisskopf MG. Lead
exposure and tremor among older men: the VA normative aging study. Environmental
health perspectives. 2015; 123(5):445-50. PubMed [journal] PMID: 25633720, PMCID:
PMC4421770

Power MC, Weuve J, Sharrett AR, Blacker D, Gottesman RF. Statins, cognition, and
dementia—systematic review and methodological commentary. Nature reviews.
Neurology. 2015; 11(4):220-9. NIHMSID: NIHMS693915 PubMed [journal] PMID:
25799928, PMCID: PMC4458855

Power MC, Kioumourtzoglou MA, Hart JE, Okereke OI, Laden F, Weisskopf MG. The
relation between past exposure to fine particulate air pollution and prevalent
anxiety: observational cohort study. BMJ (Clinical research ed.). 2015;
350:h1111. PubMed [journal] PMID: 25810495, PMCID: PMC4373600

Statin Use
Power MC, Goonesekera S, Kim IY, Weuve J, Blacker D.
[revised 2015 March]. In: The AlzRisk Database. [Internet]. USA: Alzheimer
Research Forum; 2015 March. Multi-Page Website. Available from:
http://www.alzrisk.org/riskfactordoc.aspx?rfid=18. Other:
http://www.alzrisk.org/riskfactordoc.aspx?rfid=18.
My Bibliography [dataset]

Power MC, Deal JA, Sharrett AR, Jack CR Jr, Knopman D, Mosley TH, Gottesman RF.
Smoking and white matter hyperintensity progression: the ARIC-MRI Study.
Neurology. 2015; 84(8):841-8. PubMed [journal] PMID: 25632094, PMCID: PMC4345648

Gottesman RF, Schneider AL, Albert M, Alonso A, Bandeen-Roche K, Coker L, Coresh
J, Knopman D, Power MC, Rawlings A, Sharrett AR, Wruck LM, Mosley TH. Midlife
hypertension and 20-year cognitive change: the atherosclerosis risk in
communities neurocognitive study. JAMA neurology. 2014; 71(10):1218-27. NIHMSID:
NIHMS636371 PubMed [journal] PMID: 25090106, PMCID: PMC4226067

Prada D, Colicino E, Power MC, Cox DG, Weisskopf MG, Hou L, Spiro Iii A, Vokonas
P, Zhong J, Sanchez-Guerra M, Herrera LA, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA. Influence of
multiple APOE genetic variants on cognitive function in a cohort of older men -
results from the Normative Aging Study. BMC psychiatry. 2014; 14:223. PubMed
[journal] PMID: 25085564, PMCID: PMC4149270

Braun JM, Wright RJ, Just AC, Power MC, Tamayo Y Ortiz M, Schnaas L, Hu H, Wright
RO, Tellez-Rojo MM. Relationships between lead biomarkers and diurnal salivary
cortisol indices in pregnant women from Mexico City: a cross-sectional study.
Environmental health : a global access science source. 2014; 13(1):50. PubMed
[journal] PMID: 24916609, PMCID: PMC4068833

Colicino E, Power MC, Cox DG, Weisskopf MG, Hou L, Alexeeff SE, Sanchez-Guerra M,
Vokonas P, Spiro A 3rd, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA. Mitochondrial haplogroups
modify the effect of black carbon on age-related cognitive impairment.
Environmental health : a global access science source. 2014; 13(1):42. PubMed
[journal] PMID: 24884505, PMCID: PMC4049407

Gottesman RF, Rawlings AM, Sharrett AR, Albert M, Alonso A, Bandeen-Roche K,
Coker LH, Coresh J, Couper DJ, Griswold ME, Heiss G, Knopman DS, Patel MD, Penman
AD, Power MC, Selnes OA, Schneider AL, Wagenknecht LE, Windham BG, Wruck LM,
Mosley TH. Impact of differential attrition on the association of education with
cognitive change over 20 years of follow-up: the ARIC neurocognitive study.
American journal of epidemiology. 2014; 179(8):956-66. PubMed [journal] PMID:
24627572, PMCID: PMC3966720

Power MC, Korrick S, Tchetgen Tchetgen EJ, Nie LH, Grodstein F, Hu H, Weuve J,
Schwartz J, Weisskopf MG. Lead exposure and rate of change in cognitive function
in older women. Environmental research. 2014; 129:69-75. NIHMSID: NIHMS558471
PubMed [journal] PMID: 24529005, PMCID: PMC3951744

Bender Ignacio RA, Chu J, Power MC, Douaiher J, Lane JD, Collins JP, Stone VE.
Influence of providers and nurses on completion of non-targeted HIV screening in
an urgent care setting. AIDS research and therapy. 2014; 11:24. PubMed [journal]
PMID: 25120579, PMCID: PMC4130435

Power MC, Tchetgen EJ, Sparrow D, Schwartz J, Weisskopf MG. Blood pressure and
cognition: factors that may account for their inconsistent association.
Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.). 2013; 24(6):886-93. NIHMSID: NIHMS519604 PubMed
[journal] PMID: 24030502, PMCID: PMC3818218

Power MC, Weisskopf MG, Alexeeff SE, Wright RO, Coull BA, Spiro A 3rd, Schwartz
J. Modification by hemochromatosis gene polymorphisms of the association between
traffic-related air pollution and cognition in older men: a cohort study.
Environmental health : a global access science source. 2013; 12:16. PubMed
[journal] PMID: 23413885, PMCID: PMC3599892

Power MC, Webster TF, Baccarelli AA, Weisskopf MG. Cross-sectional association
between polyfluoroalkyl chemicals and cognitive limitation in the National Health
and Nutrition Examination Survey. Neuroepidemiology. 2013; 40(2):125-32. NIHMSID:
NIHMS458550 PubMed [journal] PMID: 23095808, PMCID: PMC3658136

Blood Pressure
Power MC, Weuve J, Gagne JJ, McQueen MB, Viswanathan A, Blacker D.
[revised 2012 November]. In: The AlzRisk Database. [Internet]. USA: Alzheimer
Research Forum; 2011 November. Multi-Page Website. Available from:
http://www.alzrisk.org/riskfactordoc.aspx?rfid=1. Other:
http://www.alzrisk.org/riskfactordoc.aspx?rfid=1.
My Bibliography [dataset]

Power MC, Weuve J, Gagne JJ, McQueen MB, Viswanathan A, Blacker D. The
association between blood pressure and incident Alzheimer disease: a systematic
review and meta-analysis. Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.). 2011; 22(5):646-59.
NIHMSID: NIHMS457951 PubMed [journal] PMID: 21705906, PMCID: PMC3640480

Power MC, Weisskopf MG, Alexeeff SE, Coull BA, Spiro A 3rd, Schwartz J.
Traffic-related air pollution and cognitive function in a cohort of older men.
Environmental health perspectives. 2011; 119(5):682-7. PubMed [journal] PMID:
21172758, PMCID: PMC3094421

Gagne JJ, Power MC. Anti-inflammatory drugs and risk of Parkinson disease: a
meta-analysis. Neurology. 2010; 74(12):995-1002. PubMed [journal] PMID: 20308684,
PMCID: PMC2848103

Classes Taught

PubH 6247 - Design of Health Studies