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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


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

Laura D. Baker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Research Interests

Alzheimer Disease; Cognition; Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone; Insulin; Hormones
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Contact Information

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

Recent Publications

Long-term impact of intensive lifestyle intervention on cognitive function assessed with the National Institutes of Health Toolbox: the Look AHEAD study. Hayden KM, Baker LD, Bray G, Carvajal R, Demos-McDermott K, Hergenroeder AL, Hill JO, Horton E, Jakicic JM, Johnson KC, Neiberg RH, Rapp SR, Wadden TA, Miller ME.. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2018;10():41-48.

The Apathy in Dementia Methylphenidate Trial 2 (ADMET 2): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Scherer RW, Drye L, Mintzer J, Lanctot K, Rosenberg P, Herrmann N, Padala P, Brawman-Mintzer O, Burke W, Craft S, Lerner AJ, Levey A, Porsteinsson A, van Dyck CH, Baker LD, Williamson JD, Bell RA, Espeland M, Miller ME, Mott RT, Rapp S, Hayden K,.. Trials. 2018;19(1):46.

Long-term effects on cognitive trajectories of postmenopausal hormone therapy in two age groups. Espeland MA, Rapp SR, Manson JE, Goveas JS, Shumaker SA, Hayden KM, Weitlauf JC, Gaussoin SA, Baker LD, Padula CB, Hou L, Resnick SM.. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017;72(6):838-845.

Effects of longitudinal glucose exposure on cognitive and physical function: results from the Action for Health in Diabetes Movement and Memory study. Beavers KM, Leng I, Rapp SR, Miller ME, Houston DK, Marsh AP, Hire DG, Baker LD, Bray GA, Blackburn GL, Hergenroeder AL, Jakicic JM, Johnson KC, Korytkowski MT, Dorsten BV, Kritchevsky SB.. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017;65(1):137-145.

Effect of a long-term intensive lifestyle intervention on cognitive function: Action for Health in Diabetes study. Rapp SR, Luchsinger JA, Baker LD, Blackburn GL, Hazuda HP, Demos-McDermott KE, Jeffery RW, Keller JN, McCaffery JM, Pajewski NM, Evans M, Wadden TA, Arnold SE, Espeland MA.. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017;65(5):966-972.

Effects of regular and long-acting insulin on cognition and Alzheimer's disease biomarkers: a pilot clinical trial. Craft S, Claxton A, Baker LD, Hanson AJ, Cholerton B, Trittschuh EH, Dahl D, Caulder E, Neth B, Montine TJ, Jung Y, Maldjian J, Whitlow C, Friedman S.. J Alzheimers Dis. 2017;57(4):1325-1334.

Changes in metabolic risk factors over 10 years and their associations with late-life cognitive performance: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Hughes TM, Craft S, Baker LD, Espeland MA, Rapp SR, Sink KM, Bertoni AG, Burke GL, Gottesman RF, Michos ED, Luchsinger JA, Fitzpatrick AL, Hayden KM.. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2017;8():18-25.

Effect of a long-term intensive lifestyle intervention on prevalence of cognitive impairment. Espeland MA, Luchsinger JA, Baker LD, Neiberg R, Kahn SE, Arnold SE, Wing RR, Blackburn GL, Bray G, Evans M, Hazuda HP, Jeffery RW, Wilson VM, Clark JM, Coday M, Demos-McDermott K, Foreyt JP, Greenway F, Hill JO, Horton ES, Jakicic JM,.. Neurology. 2017;88(21):2026-2035.

The cocoa supplement and multivitamin outcomes study in the mind (cosmos-mind): design and rationale [abstract]. Gaussoin S, Espeland MA, Shumaker SA, Rapp SR, Harris D, Pleasants D, Robertson J, Baker LD.. Trials. 2017;18(Suppl 1):P398.

Feasibility of self-administered sleep assessment in older women in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI). Vaughan L, Redline S, Stone K, Ulanski J, Rueschman M, Dailey H, Rapp SR, Snively BM, Baker LD, Shumaker SA.. Sleep Breath. 2016;20(3):1079-1091.

Effects of hormone therapy on brain volumes changes of postmenopausal women revealed by optimally-discriminative voxel-based morphometry. Zhang T, Casanova R, Resnick SM, Manson JE, Baker LD, Padual CB, Kuller LH, Bryan RN, Espeland MA, Davatzikos C.. PLoS One. 2016;11(3):e0150834.

Comparing biological markers of Alzheimer's disease across blood fraction and platforms: comparing apples to oranges. O'Bryant SE, Lista S, Rissman RA, Edwards M, Zhang F, Hall J, Zetterberg H, Lovestone S, Gupta V, Graff-Radford N, Martins R, Jeromin A, Waring S, Oh E, King M, Baker L, Hampel H.. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2016;3():27-34.

Type 2 diabetes, cognition, and dementia in older adults: toward a precision health approach. Cholerton B, Baker LD, Montine TJ, Craft S.. Diabetes Spectr. 2016;29(4):210-219.

Insulin resistance predicts brain amyloid deposition in late middle-aged adults. 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.. Alzheimers Dement. 2015;11(5):504-510.e1.

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

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. Espeland MA, Beavers KM, Gibbs BB, Johnson KC, Hughes TM, Baker LD, Jakicic J, Korytkowski M, Miller M, Bray GA.. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015;30(10):999-1007.

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in chemotherapy-treated breast cancer survivors [abstract]. 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.. J Clin Oncol. 2015;33(15 Suppl):9560.

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

Associations between markers of glucose and insulin function and cognitive function in healthy African American elders. Skinner JS, Morgan A, Hernandez-Saucedo H, Hansen A, Corbett S, Arbuckle M, Leverenz JB, Wilkins CH, Craft S, Baker LD.. J Gerontol Geriatr Res. 2015;4(4):.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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For a listing of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.

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Associate Professor, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Laura D. Baker, Ph.D.

Laura D. Baker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

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