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Andrea LaCroix, PhD

Dr. LaCroixDr. LaCroix is a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington with a primary appointment to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She received her doctoral training in epidemiology at the University of NorthCarolina at Chapel Hill, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Johns Hopkins University and conducted research at the National Institute on Aging prior to joining the faculty of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington.

As a Brookdale National Fellow, Dr. LaCroix conducted a study examining the determinants of physical function in older men and women with proven coronary artery disease undergoing angiography. That study has shown that anxiety, depression and self-efficacy for managing coronary disease have enduring effects on levels of physical function over and above the severity of coronary disease.

Dr. LaCroix’s research program focuses on the identification of behavioral, pharmaceutical, biomarker, and genetic factors related to development of chronic diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and fracture outcomes.  In addition, she studies the factors associated with healthy aging and exceptional survival including the absence of major chronic conditions and disability in later life. For the past 22 years, she has conducted a variety of randomized clinical trials designed to intervene on the risk factors for these diseases or to test the efficacy of screening strategies or medications postulated to prevent major chronic diseases.  She specializes in the health of postmenopausal and older women.  Highlights of her recent publications include a recent publication in JAMA as lead author on the extended follow-up of the WHI Estrogen-alone Trial showing statistically significant longterm effects of estrogen use on reduced risk of breast cancer, and statistically significant differences in effects of estrogen on acute myocardial infarction, colo-rectal cancer, global index and death that differed by age group at baseline (LaCroix, JAMA 2011). 

Brookdale Fellow Class of 1990