Karen Marder, MD, MPH

Dr. Karen Marder completed her residency training in Neurology at the Neurological Institute and fellowship training in Behavioral Neurology with Dr. Richard Mayeux and Neuroepidemiology training with Dr. W. Allan Hauser at Columbia. She joined the faculty as an assistant professor of Neurology in 1989 and is currently the Sally Kerlin Professor of Neurology.  Her research has focused on the genetic epidemiology and treatment of cognitive, behavioral and motor impairments in a range of neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s disease, dementia with Lewy Bodies, Huntington’s Disease, HIV dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She has held several leadership roles including Chief of the Division of Aging and Dementia since 2001 and director of the UCNS fellowship in Behavioral Neurology since its inception in 2004. She served as Co-Chair and then Chair of the Parkinson Study Group, a network of clinical trialists (2006-2012). She founded the Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence at Columbia in 1991, which serves 250 families. She co-directs the Lewy Body Disease Association Center of Excellence. Lastly, she directs the Clinical Research Resource, and the Integrating Special Populations (ISP) resource of Columbia's CTSA.