Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH, is a professor and Director of Research, in the Erickson School of Aging Management Services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He was the founding director of the geriatric psychiatry program and the first holder of the Richman Family Professorship of Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Rabins received a B.A. in political science from the University of
In recent years Rabins has focused his research on improving the delivery of psychiatric care to the elderly and on the study of the non-Alzheimer dementias. He has developed and demonstrated the efficacy of a nurse-centered model of care to elders living in public housing (JAMA 2000) that has been certified as one of the few evidence-based practices in geriatric psychiatry. He has developed scales to measure quality-of-life and severe cognitive impairment in dementia, and has led a team studying the care of patients with late stage dementia. With David Blass he described a new form of front-temporal dementia (Neurology, 2004) and with Brian Appleby has identified several new clinical presentations of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Public and professional education has also continued to be a focus of Rabins’ efforts. He has chaired two American Psychiatric Association task forces that developed treatment guidelines for dementia and has written a book for the public, Getting Old without Getting Anxious. With Kostas Lyketsos, he has co-authored a textbook for professionals entitled Practical Dementia Care, and co-edited Psychiatric Aspects of Neuropsychiatric Diseases. Dr. Rabins is also author of The 36-Hour Day, the New York Times best seller, with more than 3.5 million copies sold in 18 languages.