Adult Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Geriatric Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, Psychiatry
End-of-life care for people with dementia; Measuring quality of life in dementia; Consent issues in dementia research; The study of factors influencing the detection and progression of dementia in the community; The testing of a model of care for persons with dementia living in the community
Dr. Peter V. Rabins is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His area of clinical expertise includes adult psychiatry, Alzheimer''s disease and dementia.
Dr. Rabins serves as the director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and training director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship.
He has spent his career studying psychiatric disorders in the elderly. Along with Dr. Marshal Folstein, he was the first to demonstrate that delirium predicted increased mortality in the year after discharge from the hospital, a finding that has since been widely replicated. Dr. Rabins also published the earliest paper establishing the high prevalence of psychiatric symptoms in patients with dementia and demonstrated that these symptoms correlate with distress in family caregivers. In 1981, he co-authored with Nancy Mace The 36-Hour Day, an internationally recognized guidebook for families caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Dr. Rabins received his B.A. in political science from the University of Florida. He earned his M.D. from Tulane University and his M.P.H. from the Tulane University School of Public Health. He completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Oregon and performed a one-year fellowship in consultation/liaison and neuropsychiatry at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Rabins joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1978 and has been a professor of psychiatry since 1993. He became the inaugural Richman Family Professor of Alzheimer's and Related Diseases in 2009.
Dr. Rabins founded the geriatric service at Johns Hopkins in 1978. He serves as the principal investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health study of Alzheimer’s disease in the community and a National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke study of late-stage care for Alzheimer’s disease patients.
He has chaired two American Psychiatric Association task forces that developed treatment guidelines for dementia and has published extensively in such journals as the American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and Journal of Mental Health. He was recognized by the American Psychiatric Association with the Jack Weinberg Memorial Award for Geriatric Psychiatry in 2013.