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Alden L. Gross, PhD

  • Associate Professor

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2024 E. Monument Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2011
MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010
MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2007
BS, University of Maryland, 2005
BS, University of Maryland, 2005


I am a psychiatric epidemiologist with a substantive research interests in cognitive aging and mental health. I have a strong methodological background, with an interest in statistical methods relevant to mental health and experience with primary data collection, secondary data analysis, and tools for psychometric measurement. My substantive areas of research revolve around cognition and everyday function among older adults, and the application of latent variable modeling techniques in gerontology. I have published substantive and methodological research in cognitive aging using experimental psychological, neuropsychological, psychometric, and epidemiological perspectives. My career goals are to (1) practice and disseminate epidemiologic and statistical methods that advance gerontology research and (2) translate epidemiological findings into meaningful public health applications. I have experience with primary data collection and data management through two large NIA program projects, the Baltimore Experience Corps trial and the Successful AGing after Elective Surgery Study.

Honors and Awards

Paul V. Lemkau Award, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2011)

Student Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2009)

  • Measurement harmonization
  • Cognition
  • aging
  • latent variable methods
  • psychometric measurement
  • longitudinal analysis
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • neuropsychology

Selected publications since 2012

  • Gross, A.L., Jones, R.N., Fong, T.G., Tommet, D., & Inouye, S.K. (2014). Calibration and validation of an innovative approach for estimating general cognitive performance.Neuroepidemiology, 42, 144-153.
  • Gross, A.L., Jones, R.N., Habtemariam, D., Fong, T.G., Tommet, D., Quach, L., Schmitt, E., Yap, L., & Inouye, S.K. (2012). Delirium and long-term cognitive trajectory among persons with dementia. Archives of Internal Medicine, 172(15), 1-8.
  • Gross, AL., Manly, J.J., Pa, J., Johnson, J.K., Park, L.Q., Mitchell, M.B., Melrose, R.J., & McLaren, D.G., for the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (2012). Cortical Signatures of Cognition and their Relationship to Alzheimer’s Disease. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 6(4), 584-598.
  • Gross, A.L., Rebok, G.W., Brandt, J., Tommet, D., Marsiske, M., & Jones, R.N. (2012). Modeling learning and memory using verbal learning tests: Results from ACTIVE. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 68(2), 153-167.
  • Saczynski, J.S., Marcantonio, E.R., Quach, L., Fong, T.G.,Gross, A.L., Inouye, S.K., & Jones, R.N. (2012). Post-operative Cognitive Trajectories Following Delirium: Acute Decline and Failure to Recover. New England Journal of Medicine, 367, 30-39.
  • Big Questions in Cognitive Aging: An Integrative Analysis Approach
  • Changes in Sensorimotor Function as Predictors of Preclincial Alzheimer's Disease