Laura D. Baker, Ph.D.Wake Forest School of Medicine

Laura D. Baker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor,

Contact Information

Academic: 336-713-8830 | Department: 336-713-8831

Education & Training

  • B.A., Rice University, 1983
  • M.A., Saint Mary's University, 1986
  • Ph.D., Washington University, 1995
  • Internship, Neuropsychology, San Antonio State Hosp, 1984
  • Internship, Neuropsychology, U Tex-S Antonio Tch Hosps, 1986
  • Residency, Clinical Neuropsychology, St Johns Mercy Med Ctr, 1990
  • Fellowship, Psychiatry, University of Washington, 2002


  • Am Diabetes Assn
  • Neurosciences Society
Laura D. Baker, Ph.D.

Laura D. Baker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
Center for Comparative Medicine Research
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
Sticht Center on Aging
Social Sciences & Health Policy

Research Interests

aging, alzheimer's disease, cognition/learning, degenerative disorders, neurosciences/behavior, cancer/oncogenesis, cardiac function, sleep research

Contact Information

Academic: 336-713-8830 | Department: 336-713-8831

Recent Publications

Willette AA, Johnson SC, Birdsill AC, Sager MA, Christian B, Baker LD, Craft S, Oh J, Statz E, Hermann BP, Jonaitis EM, Koscik RL, La Rue A, Asthana S, Bendlin BB. Insulin resistance predicts brain amyloid deposition in late middle-aged adults. Alzheimers Dement. 2015;11(5):504-510.e1.

Claxton A, Baker LD, Hanson A, Trittschuh EH, Cholerton B, Morgan A, Callaghan M, Arbuckle M, Behl C, Craft S. Long-acting intranasal insulin detemir improves cognition for adults with mild cognitive impairment or early-stage Alzheimer's disease dementia. J Alzheimers Dis. 2015;44(3):897-906.

Espeland MA, Beavers KM, Gibbs BB, Johnson KC, Hughes TM, Baker LD, Jakicic J, Korytkowski M, Miller M, Bray GA. Ankle-brachial index and inter-artery blood pressure differences as predictors of cognitive function in overweight and obese older adults with diabetes: results from the Action for Health in Diabetes movement and memory study. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015;30(10):999-1007.

Gifford A, Lawrence J, Case D, Rapp S, Baker L, Craft S, Groteluschen DL, Klepin H, Lesser G, Naughton MJ, Sachs B, Samuel TA, Sink K, Williamson, J, Shaw EG. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in chemotherapy-treated breast cancer survivors [abstract]. J Clin Oncol. 2015;33(15 Suppl):9560.

Hanson AJ, Bayer JL, Baker LD, Cholerton B, VanFossen B, Trittschuh E, Rissman RA, Donohue MC, Moghadam SH, Plymate SR, Craft S. Differential effects of meal challenges on cognition, metabolism, and biomarkers for apolipoprotein E varepsilon4 carriers and adults with mild cognitive impairment. J Alzheimers Dis. 2015;48(1):205-218.

McCurry SM, Shortreed SM, Von Korff M, Balderson BH, Baker LD, Rybarczyk BD, Vitiello MV. Who benefits from CBT for insomnia in primary care? Important patient selection and trial design lessons from longitudinal results of the Lifestyles trial. Sleep. 2014;37(2):299-308.

Vitiello MV, McCurry SM, Shortreed SM, Baker LD, Rybarczyk BD, Keefe FJ, Von Korff M. Short-term improvement in insomnia symptoms predicts long-term improvements in sleep, pain, and fatigue in older adults with comorbid osteoarthritis and insomnia. Pain. 2014;155(8):1547-1554.

Cholerton B, Baker LD, Craft S. Insulin, cognition, and dementia. Eur J Pharmacol. 2013;719(1-3):170-179.

Vitiello MV, McCurry SM, Von Korff M, Shortreed SM, Balderson BH, Baker LD, Rybarczyk BD. Insomnia and pain do not predict depression or function in primary care osteoarthritis patients [abstract]. Gerontologist. 2013;53(Suppl 1):329.

Baker LD, Vitiello MV. Growth hormone-releasing hormone improves cognitive function in older adults: sleep on it [reply to letter]. JAMA Neurol. 2013;70(4):529-530.

Cholerton B, Larson EB, Baker LD, Craft S, Crane PK, Millard SP, Sonnen JA, Montine TJ. Neuropathologic correlates of cognition in a population-based sample. J Alzheimers Dis. 2013;36(4):699-709.

Sink K, Chmelo E, Nicklas B, Katula J, Cofman C, Williamson J, Baker L. Pilot trial of buddy-assisted exercise in people with mild cognitive impairment [abstract]. Alzheimers Dement. 2013;9(4 Suppl):P494.

Baker L, Craft S, Cholerton B, Wilkinson C, Foster-Schubert K, McTiernan A, Williamson J, Sink K, Duncan G. Aerobic exercise effects on cognition in at-risk adults: role of insulin sensitivity and APOE-epsilon 4 [abstract]. Alzheimers Dement. 2013;9(4 Suppl):P690.

All Publications

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Associate Professor, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

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