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Adam P. Spira, PhD

Associate Professor

Departmental Affiliation(s):

Mental Health

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 794
Baltimore , Maryland   21205



PhD , West Virginia University , 2004
MA , West Virginia University , 2001


My research is focused on understanding the association between late-life sleep disturbances and psychopathology, and the extent to which these problems predict cognitive and functional outcomes among elders, including Alzheimer's disease. The ultimate goal is to use this knowledge to develop interventions to improve cognitive and functional outcomes in older adults.

Honors and Awards

Insomnia Section Investigator Award, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, June 2013

Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Student Assembly, May 2013

Barry Lebowitz Early Career Scientist Award, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, March 2013

International Junior Investigator Award, International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology, June 2009

JHSPH Faculty Innovation Fund Award, 2009-2010

Licensed psychologist in Maryland (# 04619, expires 03/31/2015)

Admitted to National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program, July 2007

Completed National Institute of Mental Health Summer Research Institute in Geriatric Psychiatry, July 2005

Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Behavior Therapy and Aging Special Interest Group Poster Award, November 2004

HERF Fellowship, West Virginia University, 2002, 1999

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, State University of New York at Stony Brook, June 1998

Aging, sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression, Alzheimer's disease, cognitive decline, functional decline

  • Spira, A. P., Runko, V. T., Finan, P. H., Kaufmann, C. N., Bounds, S. C., Liu, L., Buenaver, L. F., McCauley, L. M., Ancoli-Israel, S., & Smith, M. T. (2014). Circadian rest/activity rhythms in knee osteoarthritis with insomnia: A study of osteoarthritis patients and pain-free controls with insomnia or normal sleep. Chronobiology International. October 7 2014. Epub ahead of print.

  • Spira, A. P., Yager, C., Brandt, J., Smith, G. S., Zhou, Y., Mathur, A., Kumar, A., Brašic, J. R., Wong, D. F., & Wu, M. N. (2014). Objectively measured sleep and β-amyloid burden in older adults: A pilot study. SAGE Open Medicine, 2, DOI: 2050312114546520.

  • Spira, A. P., Gamaldo, A. A., An, Y., Wu, M. N., Simonsick, E. M., Bilgel, M., Zhou, Y., Wong, D. F., Ferrucci, L., & Resnick, S. M. (2013). Self-reported sleep and β-amyloid deposition in community-dwelling older adults. JAMA Neurology, 70(12), 1537-1543.

  • Spira, A. P., Covinsky, K., Rebok, G. W., Punjabi, N., Stone, K., Hillier, T., Ensrud, K., & Yaffe, K. (2012). Poor sleep quality and functional decline in older women. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60(6), 1092-1098.

  • Spira, A. P., Stone, K., Rebok, G. W., Kramer, J. H., & Yaffe, K. (2012). Depressive symptoms in oldest-old women: Risk of mild cognitive impairment and dementia. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20, 1006-1015.