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Jennifer Anne Deal, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

  • Epidemiology (Primary)
    • Division: Epidemiology of Aging
  • School of Medicine (Joint)

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

2024 E. Monument Street
Suite 2-726
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health
MD-GEM Training Program

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PhD, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2013
MHS, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2007


Trained in the epidemiology of aging, Dr. Deal studies how hearing impairment and vascular factors and markers influence cognitive function in order to inform strategies for the prevention of cognitive decline and dementia in older adults.

Honors and Awards

Rising Star Award, American Geriatrics Society/ National Institute of Health U13 Sensory Impairment and Cognitive Decline Workshop, Bethesda, MD (2017)

Outstanding Teaching Faculty, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2016)

  • aging
  • cognitive aging
  • cognition
  • cognitive decline
  • dementia
  • epidemiology
  • hearing impairment
  • retinal
  • Deal JA, Sharret AR, Albert M, Bandeen-Roche K, Burgard S, Thomas SD, Gottesman RF, Knopman D, Mosley T, Klein B, Klein R. Retinal Signs and Risk of Incident Dementia in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. Alzheimer’s & Dementia. 2018 Nov 12. pii: S1552-5260(18)33562-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2018.10.002.
  • Deal JA, Reed NS, Kravetz AD, Weinreich H, Yeh C, Lin FR, Altan A. Incident Hearing Loss and Comorbidity: a Longitudinal Administrative Claims Study. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Nov 8. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2018.2876.
  • Deal JA, Goman AM, Albert MS, Arnold ML, Burgard S, Chisolm T, Couper D, Glynn NW, Gmelin T, Hayden KM, Mosley T, Pankow JS, Reed N, Sanchez VA, Sharrett AR, Thomas SD, Coresh J, Lin FR. Hearing Treatment for Reducing Cognitive Decline: Design and Methods for the Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders (ACHIEVE) Randomized Controlled Trial. Alzheimers Dement(NY). 2018 Oct 5;4:499-507.
  • Deal JA, Betz J, Yaffe K, Harris T, Purchase-Helzner E, Satterfield S, Pratt S, Govil N, Simonsick EM, Lin FR. Hearing Impairment and Incident Dementia and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults: The Health ABC Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017 May 1;72(5):703-709. PMCID:PMC5964742
  • Deal JA, Sharrett AR, Albert MS, Coresh J, Mosley TH, Knopman D, Wruck LM, Lin FR. Hearing Impairment and Cognitive Decline: a Pilot Study within the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Neurocognitive Study. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2015 May 1;181(9):680-90. PMCID:PMC4408947