• 600 N. Wolfe Street
  • Meyer 279
  • Baltimore, MD 21287


Peter V. Rabins

Dr. Peter Rabins has focused his career on the study of psychiatric disorders in the elderly. His current research focuses on the effectiveness of current therapies for Alzheimer’s disease, the development of measures of quality of life in persons with Alzheimer’s disease, the care of patients with late-stage dementia, and autism in the elderly. Dr. Rabins was a core faculty member of the Berman Institute up until his retirement in 2016.

Dr. Rabins received a B.A. in political science from the University of Florida, his medical degree from Tulane University and an M.P.H. from Tulane University School of Public Health. After a psychiatry residence at the University of Oregon, he completed a one-year fellowship in consultation/liaison and neuropsychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and has been on the faculty there since 1978.


BA, University of Florida
MD, Tulane University School of Medicine
MPH, Tulane University School of Medicine

Recent Publications:

1: Tschanz, J. T., Piercy, K., Corcoran, C. D., Fauth, E., Norton, M. C., Rabins, P. V., … & Lyketsos, C. G. (2013). Caregiver coping strategies predict cognitive and functional decline in dementia: The Cache County Dementia Progression Study. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry21(1), 57-66.

2: Buckley, T., Fauth, E. B., Morrison, A., Tschanz, J., Rabins, P. V., Piercy, K. W., … & Lyketsos, C. G. (2012). Predictors of quality of life ratings for persons with dementia simultaneously reported by patients and their caregivers: the Cache County (Utah) Study. International Psychogeriatrics24(07), 1094-1102.

3: Cooper C. Mukadam N, Katona C, Lyketsos CG, Blazer D, Ames D. Rabins P, Brodaty h. de Mendonca Lima C, Livingston G. Systemic review of the effectiveness of pharmacological interventions to improve quality of life and wellbeing in people with dementia. AJGP, Jan. 12, 2012.

4: Piven J, Rabins PV, Berry-Kravis E, Bodfish J. et. al.: Autism spectrum disorders in older adults: toward defining a research agenda. JAGS, Oct. 14, 2011.

5: Rabins P, Hicks K, Black B: Medical decisions made by surrogates for persons with advanced dementia within weeks or months of death. AJOB Primary Research Journal, 2:61-65, 2011.

6: Pontone, G. M., Palanci, J., Bienvenu, O. J., Liang, K. Y., Nestadt, G., Rabins, P. V., … & Marsh, L. (2010). Familial aggregation of panic disturbances in Parkinson’s disease. The Journal of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences23(4), 417-424.

7: Johnston D, Samus QM, Morrison A, Leoutsakos S, Hicks K, Handel S, Rye R, Robbins B, Rabins PV, Lyketsos CH and Black BS: Unmet needs of community-residing persons with dementia and their informal caregivers: findings from the maximizing independence at home study. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2011:26:292-298.