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  Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Ph.D.


  Research Director





(if applicable)





   Hebrew University, Jerusalem

   Hebrew University, Jerusalem       

   State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook, NY                 

   State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook, NY

   NYU Med Ctr, Inst. of Rehab Medicine, NY, NY                        











  Psych & Statistics


  Clinical Psychology

  Clinical Psychology

  Clinical Psychology

HONORS (selected and recent)

1988-1989, 2000-2001:                                Who's Who of American Women

1991:                                International Psychogeriatrics Association of Outstanding Selected Submissions

1993:                                Busse Research Award - Social/Behavioral Sciences

1994:                       Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions in Gerontological Research,

                                  Maryland Gerontological Association

1999: Outstanding Service Award, Alzheimer’s Association’s Initial Review Board of the Medical and Scientific   Advisory Council


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (selected and recent)

1984‑87:                                Clinical Psychologist, Community Psychiatric Clinic, Bethesda, Maryland

1984‑present:                                Director, Research Institute, Hebrew Home of Greater Washington;

                                Associate Professor (Adjunct), George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

1987‑present:                                Director of Research, Center on Aging, Georgetown University

1987‑90:                                Associate Professor, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

1990‑1998:                                Professor, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

1998—present                                Associate Professor, George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.



Alzheimer’s Association, 2000-2003.  “Individualizing self-care activities for older persons with dementia.”

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, 2000-2001.  “Reintegration of elderly persons into the community.”

Alzheimer’s Association, 1999-2002.  “Self Identity in Older Persons Suffering from Dementia.”

National Institute on Aging (contract), 1999-2000.  “Pilot Study to Evaluate Limitations to Participating in an Exercise Program in Functionally Impaired but Mobile Persons Age 75-85.”

Montgomery County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), 1999-2000.  “Enhancing social connectedness in low income elderly.”

National Institute of Aging, principal investigator, 1998-2003.  Award No. 2 R01 AG10172-05A1: “Treatment of Agitation in the       Nursing Home.”

Agency of Health Care Policy and Research, principal investigator, 1998-2000.  Award No. R03 HS09833-01: “Medical Decisions and Advance Care Planning in the Nursing Home.”

Alzheimer’s Association, principal investigator, 1997-2000.  “Pain indicators in non-communicative elderly.”


PUBLICATIONS  (Recent and Selected)

Koroknay V.J., Werner, P., Cohen-Mansfield, J., & Braun, J. V.  (1995).  Maintaining ambulation in the frail nursing home resident: A nursing administered walking program.  Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 21(11), 18-24.

Finkel, S.I., Lyons, J.S., Anderson, R.L., Sherrell, K., Davis, J., Cohen-Mansfield, J.,Schwartz, A., Gandy, J., & Schneider, L. (1995).  A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of thiothixene in agitated demented nursing home patients.  International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 10, 129-136.

Cohen-Mansfield, J. (1995).  The assessment of disruptive behavior/agitation in elderly persons: Function, methods, and difficulties. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 8 (1), 52-60.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Werner, P., Watson, V., & Pasis, S. (1995).  Agitation in participants of adult day care centers: The experiences of relatives and staff members.  International Psychogeriatrics, 7(3), 447-458.

Cohen-Mansfield, J, Culpepper, J, & Carter, P (1996). Back injuries to nursing staff in long term care facilities. AAOHN, 44(1), 9-17.

Billig, N., Stockton, P., & Cohen-Mansfield, J. (1996).  Cognitive and affective changes after cataract surgery in an elderly population. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 4(1), 29-38.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Reisberg, B., Bonnema, J., Berg, L, Dastoor, D.P., Pfeffer, R.I., & Cohen, G.D. (1996). Staging methods for the assessment of dementia: Perspectives. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 57, 190-198.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Gruber-Baldini, A., Lipson, S., Farley, J., & Woosley, R. (1996). Longitudinal prescribing patterns of psychotropic drugs in nursing home residents.  Experimental & Clinical Psychopharmacology, 4(2), 224-233.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Werner, P., Culpepper, W. J., Wolfson, M., & Bickel, E. (1996). Motoric behavior problems: Wandering & aggression. In  L. L. Carstensen, B. A. Edelstein, & L. Dornbrand (Eds.),  The practical handbook of clinical gerontology (pp. 374-397).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Cohen-Mansfield, J. (1996). Inappropriate behavior. In T. Radebaugh & Z. Khachaturian  (Eds.), Alzheimer’s disease: Causes, diagnosis, treatment, and care (pp. 287-296).  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Inc.

Cohen Mansfield, J., &  Deutsch, L. (1996).  Agitation: Subtypes and their mechanisms.  Seminars in Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 1(4), 325-339.

Cohen-Mansfield, J. (1996). Future directions: New ways to approach manifestations of Alzheimer’s disease and to reduce burdens.  International Psychogeriatrics, 8(Suppl. 1), 91-94.

Tabak, N., Bar-Tal, Y., & Cohen-Mansfield, J. (1996). Clinical decision making of experienced and novice nurses.  Western Journal of Nursing Research, 18(5), 534-547.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Gruber-Baldini, A., Culpepper, W., & Werner, P. (1996) Assessment of longitudinal changes in cognitive functioning in adult day care participants: A summary of preliminary results. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry & Neurology, 9(1), 30-38.

Cohen-Mansfield, J. Assessment of Agitation (1996).   International Psychogeriatrics, 8(2), 233-245.

Cohen-Mansfield, J. (1996).  Conceptualization of agitation:  Results based on the Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory and the Agitation Behavior Mapping Instrument. International Psychogeriatrics, 8(3), 309-315.

Cohen-Mansfield, J.  (1996/1997). Trends in the treatment of frail elderly persons. Gerontology: Journal of Aging Studies, Winter, 76, 57-65 (Hebrew).

Cohen-Mansfield, J. (1997).  Turnover among nursing home staff: A review. Nursing Management, 28(5), 59-64.

Koss, E., Weiner, M., Ernesto, C., Cohen-Mansfield, J., Ferris, S., Grundman, M., Schafer, K., Sano, M., Thal, L.J., Thomas, R., Whitehouse, P.J., & the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (1997). Assessing patterns of agitation in Alzheimer’s disease patients with Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory. Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders - An International Journal, 11(suppl. 2), S45-S50.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., & Werner, P. (1997). Typology of verbally disruptive behaviors in the nursing home.  International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 12, 1079-1091.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Culpepper, W.J., Werner, P., Wolfson, M., & Bickel, E. (1997).  Assessment of ambulatory behavior in nursing home residents who pace or wander: A comparison of four commercially available devices.  Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders,  8(6), 359-365. Also suggested for review in Current Awareness in Biomedicine: Aging, 7(1), Sheffield Press.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., & Werner, P. (1997). Management of verbally disruptive behaviors in the nursing home.  Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 52A(6), M369-M377.

Marx, M.S., Werner, P., Feldman, R.C., Cohen-Mansfield, J. (1997).  Progression of Eye Disorders in a Nursing Home.  Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, Nov-Dec, 571-578.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Werner, P., Culpepper, W.J., & Barkley, D. (1997).  Evaluation of an in-service training program on dementia and wandering.  Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 23(10), 40-47. 

Kirkpatrick, M., Perse, R.M., Dutra, L.A., Creedon, M.A., & Cohen-Mansfield, J. (1997).  Development of a memory aid design concept for older adults.  In W.A. Rogers (Ed.), Designing for an aging population: Ten years of human factors/ergonomics research. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Werner, P., Cohen-Mansfield, J., Watson, V., & Pasis, S.  (1998). Pain in participants of adult day care centers: Assessments by caregivers, staff, physicians, and self-report. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 15(1), 8-17.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., & Werner, P. (1998). Visits to an outdoor garden: Impact on behavior and mood of nursing home residents who pace.  In B.J. Vellas, J. Fitten, & G. Frisconi (Eds.), Research and practice in Alzheimer’s disease intervention in gerontology (pp. 419-436).  Paris, France: Serdi Publishing.  Also abstracted in French: Maladie D’Alzheimer (1997), 4, 199-201.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., & Werner, P.  (1998).  Longitudinal changes in behavioral problems in old age: A study in an adult day care population.  Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences,  53A(1), M65-M71.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., & Werner, P. (1998).  The effects of an enhanced environment on nursing home residents who pace. Gerontologist, 38(2), 199-208.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Taylor, L., & Werner, P.  (1998).  Delusions and hallucinations in an adult day care population: A longitudinal study.  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 6(2), 104-121.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Werner, P. (1998).  Determinants of the effectiveness of one-to-one social interactions for treating verbally disruptive behaviors. Journal of Mental Health and Aging, 43,323-334.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., & Werner P. (1998). Predictors of aggressive behaviors: A longitudinal study in senior day care centers. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 53B (5), 300-310. Also abstracted in Clinician’s Research Digest, March 1999, 17(3), 3.

Cohen-Mansfield, J. (1999). Measurement of inappropriate behavior associated with dementia. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 25(2),


Werner, P., Cohen-Mansfield, J., & Newman, J.D. (1999). Auditory perceptions of vocalizations manifested by verbally agitated nursing home residents. Aging and Mental Health, 3(1), 50-53.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., & Werner, P. (1999). Predictors of mortality in nursing home residents. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 52(4), 273-280.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., & Werner, P. (1999). Outdoor wandering parks for persons suffering from dementia. A survey of characterization and utilization. Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders-An International Journal, 13(2), 109-117.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Lipson, S., Werner, P., Billig, N., Taylor, L., & Woosley, R. (1999). Withdrawal of haloperidol, thioridazine, and lorazepam in the nursing home. Archives of Internal Medicine, 159, 1733-1740. Also abstracted in the Brown University GeroPsych Report October 1999 3(10) 3-4. And in Modern Medicine December 1999 67(12) 19.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., & Werner, P. (1999).  Longitudinal predictors of non-aggressive agitated behaviors in the elderly.  International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 14(10), 831-844.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Ejaz, F.K., & Werner, P. (Eds.). (2000). Satisfaction  surveys in long-term care.  New York: Springer.

Cohen Mansfield, J. (2000). Introduction. In J. Cohen-Mansfield, F.K. Ejaz, & P. Werner (Eds.). Satisfaction  surveys in long-term care  (pp. 1-9). New York: Springer.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., & Noelker, L. (2000).  Nursing staff satisfaction in long-term care: An overview. In J. Cohen-Mansfield, F.K. Ejaz, & P. Werner (Eds.). Satisfaction  surveys in long-term care (pp. 52-75). New York: Springer.

Werner, P., Ejaz, F., & Cohen Mansfield, J. (2000). Ethical issues in conducting customer satisfaction surveys in long-term care institutions. In J. Cohen-Mansfield, F.K. Ejaz, & P. Werner (Eds.). Satisfaction  surveys in long-term care (pp. 244-254). New York: Springer.

Kruzich, J., & Cohen Mansfield, J. (2000). Assessment of satisfaction: Summary of published scales. In J. Cohen-Mansfield, F.K. Ejaz, & P. Werner (Eds.).  Satisfaction  surveys in long-term care (pp. 257-71). New York: Springer.

Stockton, P., Cohen-Mansfield, J., & Billig, N. (2000).  Mental status change in older surgical patients: Cognition, depression, and other comorbidity.  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 8(1), 40-46.

Werner, P., Cohen-Mansfield, J., Fisher, J., & Segal, G.  (2000).  Characterization and effectiveness of family-generated videotape for the management of VDB.  Journal of Applied Gerontology, 19, 142-157.

Cohen-Mansfield, J.  (2000).  Approaches to the management of disruptive behaviors.  In M.P. Lawton & R.L. Rubinstein (Eds.), Interventions in dementia care: Toward improving quality of life (pp. 39-65).  New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Cohen-Mansfield, J.  (2000).  Heterogeneity in dementia: Challenges and opportunities.  Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders, 14(2), 60-63.

Cohen-Mansfield, J.  (in press).  Agitation in the elderly: Definitional and theoretical conceptualizations.  In D.P. Hay, D. Klein, L. Hay, & G. Grossberg (Eds.), A practical guide to the diagnosis and management of behavioral disorders in dementia.  New York: American Psychiatric Press.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Golander, H., & Arnheim, G.  (2000).  Self-identity in older persons suffering from dementia: Preliminary results.  Social Science & Medicine, 51, 381-394.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., McShane, R., & Werner, P.  (in press).  Predictors of aggressive behaviors.  Research and Practive in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Lipson, S., Brenneman, K.S., & Pawlson, L.G.  (in press).  Health status of participants of adult day care centers: A longitudinal study.  Journal of Health and Social Policy.

Cohen-Mansfield, J.  (2000).  The use of patient characteristics to determine non-pharmacologic interventions.  International Psychogeriatrics, 12(suppl 1), 373-380.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Garfinkel, D., & Lipson, S.  (2000).  Melatonin for treatment of sundowning in elderly persons with dementia – a preliminary study.  Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 31(1), 65-76.

Cohen-Mansfield, J.  (2000).  Theoretical frameworks for behavioral problems in dementia.  Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly, 1(4), 8-21.

Cohen-Mansfield, J.  (2000).  Nonpharmacological management of behavioral problems in persons with dementia: The TREA model.  Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly, 1(4), 22-34.

McShane, R., Cohen-Mansfield, J., & Werner, P.  (2000).  Predictors of aggressive behaviors.  Research and Practice in Alzheimer’s Disease, 3, 183-188.

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Taylor, L., Woosley, R., Lipson, S., Werner, P., & Billig, N.  (2000).  Relationship between psychotropic drug dosage, plasma drug concentration, and prolactin levels in nursing home residents.  Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, 22, 688-694.

Cohen-Mansfield, J.  (2001).  Letter to the editor: Diagnostic categorization of behavioral and psychological symptoms in dementia.  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 9(2), 180-181.  



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