Mary Ganguli: 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research


Mary Ganguli is professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and professor of epidemiology at Pitt Public Health. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of late-life mental disorders, particularly neurocognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. She is the principal investigator of several National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded, population-based investigations in the area of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. in both Western Pennsylvania and India that form the Dementia Epidemiology Program, which studies the distribution, determinants, and outcomes of cognitive decline and dementia in late life. NIA has supported her research on the epidemiology of cognitive impairment and dementia continuously since 1986.

Ganguli has served as a member of the National Advisory Council on Aging (2006–09), on work groups of the American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Neurology, and on multiple editorial boards and National Institutes of Health study sections. She has received many honors for her work, including the Outstanding Academician Award from the Indo-American Psychiatric Association in 2009. Her research has resulted in more than 135 published manuscripts and countless reviews, invited papers, editorials, monographs, and book chapters on this topic.

She earned her medical degree at Christian Medical College, Vellore, Madras, India, and undertook residency training in general psychiatry at Memorial University (Canada) and the University of Pittsburgh. She holds specialist certification in psychiatry from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada) and in both general and geriatric psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Ganguli earned her MPH in epidemiology in 1981 at Pitt Public Health.

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