Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, PhD

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Faculty Member

Dr. Zeki Al Hazzouri’s primary research focus pertains to how exposures from across the life-course influence cognitive function, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, stroke and other related health outcomes in old age. In her work on cognitive aging, she also focuses on minority populations. One of her research goals is to employ lifecourse models to better understand how modification of social and cardiovascular factors or their timing may reduce the burden of cognitive aging and dementia disparities. She is currently leading two NIH-funded R01 projects that use advanced causal inference methods to understand determinants of dementia and selection biases. Prior to joining Columbia University, she was an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Miami. Dr. Zeki Al Hazzouri earned her Bachelor and Master degrees from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and completed her doctoral studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


Education & Training:
PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
MSc, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
BSs, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Honors and Awards:
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association/American Academy of Neurology Foundation Lawrence M. Brass, M.D. Stroke Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012
Alzheimer's Association in Northern California and Northern Nevada for “Excellence in Research on Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders,” 2012


Elfassy T, Zeki Al Hazzouri A, Cai J, et al. Incidence of Hypertension Among US Hispanics/Latinos: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, 2008 to 2017 [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jun 1]. J Am Heart Assoc. 2020;e015031. doi:10.1161/JAHA.119.015031

Grasset L, Smit RAJ, Caunca MR, ...Zeki Al Hazzouri A, et al. Association of High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol With Cognitive Function: Findings From the PROspective Study of Pravastatin in the Elderly at Risk [published online ahead of print, 2020 May 27]. J Aging Health. 2020;898264320916959. doi:10.1177/0898264320916959

Caunca MR, Odden MC, Glymour MM, ...Zeki Al Hazzouri A, et al. Association of Racial Residential Segregation Throughout Young Adulthood and Cognitive Performance in Middle-aged Participants in the CARDIA Study [published online ahead of print, 2020 May 4]. JAMA Neurol. 2020;e200860. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2020.0860

Grasset L, Glymour MM, Yaffe K, ...Zeki Al Hazzouri A, et al. Association of traumatic brain injury with dementia and memory decline in older adults in the United States [published online ahead of print, 2020 Apr 22]. Alzheimers Dement. 2020;10.1002/alz.12080. doi:10.1002/alz.12080

Elfassy T, Zhang L, Raij L, ...Zeki Al Hazzouri A, et al. Results of the CARDIA study suggest that higher dietary potassium may be kidney protective [published online ahead of print, 2020 Apr 21]. Kidney Int. 2020;S0085-2538(20)30402-6. doi:10.1016/j.kint.2020.02.037

Schaich CL, Malaver D, Chen H, ...Zeki Al Hazzouri A. et al. Association of Heart Rate Variability With Cognitive Performance: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. J Am Heart Assoc. 2020;9(7):e013827. doi:10.1161/JAHA.119.013827