Rachel Whitmer, PhD

rachel whitmer photo portrait

Position Title
Professor and Division Chief of Epidemiology

Department of Public Health Sciences, UC Davis


Professor Rachel Whitmer leads the Population Science of Brain Health Laboratory at UC Davis. She is Professor and Division Chief of Epidemiology , Department of Public Health Sciences. Her research focuses on using epidemiological methods to reduce inequities in brain aging; especially through study of dementia incidence, cognitive aging, and brain pathology in racial and ethnic minority groups, those with type 1 and type 1 diabetes, and individuals living beyond age 90. Dr. Whitmer is Principal Investigator of four NIH-NIA funded cohort studies of brain aging.


Ph.D., Human Development/Cognitive Aging, UC Davis, Davis CA 2000

B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA 1995


Cardiovascular Epidemiology, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 2000-2002