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Bonnielin Swenor, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Associate Faculty Member at the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Interests: Aging; Low vision; Epidemiology
Bonnielin K. Swenor, Ph.D., M.P.H is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Swenor received her MPH and PhD degrees in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Institute on Aging prior to joining the Wilmer faculty. She holds a joint appointment with the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Swenor's research is at the intersection of aging and ophthalmology. Her primary research focus is to determine how visual impairment affects the aging process, including the impact of vision loss and eye disease on physical and cognitive decline. Dr. Swenor has epidemiologic expertise in longitudinal study design and analysis. Her current research includes examining mobility, reading, frailty, and cognitive functioning in older adults with vision loss, as well as the psychosocial consequences of visual impairment.
- Associate Faculty Member at the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health
- Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Departments / Divisions
- B.S., University of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania) (2001)
- M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland) (2009)
- Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland) (2013)
National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD/USA, 2014
Research & Publications
The Swenor Research Group focuses on examining the interrelationship between vision loss and aging. This includes determining how visual impairment and eye disease affect physical and cognitive functioning in older adults, and identifying factors that mediate the relationship between vision loss and age-related decline. To achieve our goals, we rely on a highly collaborative approach working with investigators across multiple departments, including geriatrics, neurology and public health.
Selected PublicationsView all on Pubmed
Swenor BK, Munoz B, West SK. A longitudinal study of the association between visual impairment and mobility performance in older adults: The Salisbury Eye Evaluation Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2014 Feb1;179(3):313-22.
Swenor BK, Munoz B, West S. Does visual impairment affect mobility over time? The Salisbury Eye Evaluation Study. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Nov 19; 54(12):7683-90.
Swenor BK, Bandeen-Roche K, Munoz B, West S. Does walking speed mediate the association between visual impairment and self-reported mobility disability? The Salisbury Eye Evaluation Study. J Am Geriatric Soc. 2014 Aug;62(8):1540-5.
Swenor B, Ramulu RY, Willis J, Friedman D, Lin F. The prevalence of concurrent hearing and vision impairment in the United States. JAMA Intern. Med. 2013 Jan 21:1-2.
Lam BL, Christ SL, Zheng D, West SK, Munoz BE, Swenor BK, Lee DJ. Longitudinal relationships among visual acuity and tasks of everyday life: The Salisbury Eye Evaluation Study. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sc. 2013 Jan 7;54(1):193-200.
Ramulu PY, Swenor BK, Jefferys JL, Rubin GS. Description and validation of a test to evaluate sustained silent reading. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sc. 2013 Jan 23;54(1):673-80.
Ramulu PY, Swenor BK, Jefferys JL, Friedman DS, Rubin GS. Difficulty with out-loud and silent reading in glaucoma. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sc. 2013 Jan 23;54(1):666-72.
Zheng DD, Swenor BK, Christ SL, West SK, Lam BL, Lee DJ. Longitudinal Associations Between Visual Impairment and Cognitive Functioning: The Salisbury Eye Evaluation Study. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018 Jun 28.
Varadaraj V, Lesche S, Ramulu PY, Swenor BK. Reading speed and comprehension in age-related macular degeneration. Am J Ophthalmol. 2018 Feb;186:138-143.
Swenor BK, Varadaraj V, Dave P, West SK, Rubin G, Ramulu PY. Impact of the ability to divide attention on reading performance in glaucoma. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2017 May 1;58(5):2456-2462.
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