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Black, Betty E., Ph.D.

Dr. Betty BlackAssociate Professor

Main Office Address

The Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 North Wolfe Street
Meyer Building, Rm. 2-279   
Baltimore, MD 21287-7279

Phone: 410-955-2003
Fax: 410-502-3251





University of Tennessee



University of Florida



University of Florida



Johns Hopkins University



Internship in Counseling

University of Florida, Student Mental Health Clinic


Professional Interests

Dr. Black’s professional interests focus on the mental health of older adults, their use of health and mental health care services, and the health and well-being of persons with dementia and their informal caregivers.  Her research has examined the needs and unmet needs of older adults and persons with dementia living in the community, quality of life in dementia, end-of-life care, and decision-making for nursing home residents with advanced dementia.  Dr. Black’s interests also include research ethics, particularly related to recruitment and enrollment of people with cognitive impairments and methods for obtaining informed consent and assent for research participation.  Currently, Dr. Black is leading a prospective research ethics study examining the role, responsibilities, and potential ethical challenges of individuals serving as study partners for persons with dementia who are participating in research.

Selected Publications

Mitchell SL, Black BS, Ersek M, Hanson LC, Miller SC, Sach GA, Teno M, Morrison RS.  Advanced dementia: State-of-the-art and priorities for the next decade.  Annals of Internal Medicine, (2012);156:45-51.

Black BS, Wechsler M, Fogarty L.  Decision making for participation in dementia research.  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, (In press), DOI: 10.1097/JGP.0b013e3182423bcb.

Black BS, Johnston D, Morrison A, Rabins PV, Lyketsos CG, Samus QM.  Quality of life of community-residing persons with dementia based on self-rated and caregiver-rated measures.  Quality of Life Research, 2012; 21:1379-1389.

Black BS, Rabins PV, Sugarman J, Karlawish JH.  Seeking assent and respecting dissent in dementia research.  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2010; 18(1):77-85.

Black BS, Fogarty LA, Phillips H, Finucane T, Loreck DJ, Baker A, Blass D, Rabins PV.  Surrogate decision-makers’ understanding of dementia patients’ wishes for end-of-life care.  Journal of Aging and Health, 2009; 21(4):627-650.

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