Cassandra M Germain

Assistant Professor and Associate Director for CIHDER

Cassandra M Germain
College of Health & Human Sciences


Science Building 226
Ph.D.Psychology / North Carolina State University
M.S.Psychology / North Carolina State University
B.A.Psychology / Hunter College


Dr. Cassandra M. Germain received her B.A. from Hunter College- CUNY and her MS and PhD from North Carolina State University. Dr. Germain is a big fan of nature, music and the arts. She also spent 9 1/2 years as primary caregiver to a family member with Alzheimer's disease.

Research Interests

Dr. Germain's research focuses on preserving functional health and wellbeing in older adults who are at risk for disability and dementia. Current projects include 1) examining the impact of music intervention on cognition, mood and
neuropsychiatric symptoms in older adults with cognitive impairment/dementia; and 2) Understanding the relative contributions of chronic disease and health behaviors on functional impairment in aging women; and 3) examining the impact of music on cognitive processes and behavior.

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Recent Publications

  • J Batsis, T Mackenzie, E Vasquez, Cassandra Germain, R Emeny, P Rippberger, F Lopez-Jimenez, S Bartels (2018). (Association of adiposity, telomere length and mortality: data from the NHANES 1999-2002.). (2) 42, pp. 198-204. International journal of obesity (2005).
  • E Vásquez, Cassandra Germain, F Tang, M Lohman, K Fortuna, J Batsis (2018). (The Role of Ethnic and Racial Disparities in Mobility and Physical Function in Older Adults.). pp. 733464818780631. Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society.
  • Cassandra Germain, J Batsis, E Vasquez, D McQuoid (2016). (Muscle Strength, Physical Activity, and Functional Limitations in Older Adults with Central Obesity.). 2016, pp. 8387324. Journal of aging research.
  • Cassandra Germain, Elizabeth Vasquez, John Batsis (2016). (Physical Activity, Central Adiposity, and Functional Limitations in Community-Dwelling Older Adults). (2) 39, pp. 71-76. JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPY.
  • John Batsis, Cassandra Germain, Elizabeth Vasquez, Alicia Zbehlik, Stephen Bartels (2016). (Physical Activity Predicts Higher Physical Function in Older Adults: The Osteoarthritis Initiative). (1) 13, pp. 6-16. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & HEALTH.
  • J Batsis, Cassandra Germain, E Vásquez, S Bartels (2016). (Prevalence of weakness and its relationship with limitations based on the Foundations for the National Institutes for Health project: data from the Health and Retirement Study.). (10) 70, pp. 1168-1173. European journal of clinical nutrition.
  • Cassandra Germain, Elizabeth Vasquez, John Batsis, Douglas McQuoid (2016). (Sex, race and age differences in muscle strength and limitations in community dwelling older adults: Data from the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS)). 65, pp. 98-103. ARCHIVES OF GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS.
  • J Batsis, Cassandra Germain, E Vásquez, F Lopez-Jimenez, S Bartels (2015). (Waist Circumference, Physical Activity, and Functional Impairments in Older U.S. Adults: Results from the NHANES 2005-2010.). (3) 23, pp. 369-76. Journal of aging and physical activity.
  • John Batsis, Cassandra Germain, Elizabeth Vasquez, Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, Stephen Bartels (2015). (Waist Circumference, Physical Activity, and Functional Impairments in Older US Adults: Results from the NHANES 2005-2010). (3) 23, pp. 369-376. JOURNAL OF AGING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.
  • Kathleen Hayden, Oksana Makeeva, L. Newby, Brenda Plassman, Valentina Markova, Ashley Dunham, Heather Romero, Zarui Melikyan, Cassandra Germain, Kathleen Welsh-Bohmer, Allen Roses (2014). (A comparison of neuropsychological performance between US and Russia: Preparing for a global clinical trial). (6) 10, pp. 760-768. ALZHEIMERS & DEMENTIA.
  • Heather Romero, Kathleen Welsh-Bohmer, Lisa Gwyther, Henry Edmonds, Brenda Plassman, Cassandra Germain, Michelle McCart, Kathleen Hayden, Carl Pieper, Allen Roses (2014). (Community Engagement in Diverse Populations for Alzheimer Disease Prevention Trials). (3) 28, pp. 269-274. ALZHEIMER DISEASE & ASSOCIATED DISORDERS.
  • Elizabeth Vasquez, John Batsis, Cassandra Germain, Benjamin Shaw (2014). (Impact of Obesity and Physical Activity on Functional Outcomes in the Elderly: Data From NHANES 2005-2010). (6) 26, pp. 1032-1046. JOURNAL OF AGING AND HEALTH.
  • Thomas Hess, Cassandra Germain, Elizabeth Swaim, Nicole Osowski (2009). (Aging and Selective Engagement: The Moderating Impact of Motivation on Older Adults' Resource Utilization). (4) 64, pp. 447-456. JOURNALS OF GERONTOLOGY SERIES B-PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES.
  • Cassandra Germain, Thomas Hess (2007). (Motivational influences on controlled processing: Moderating distractibility in older adults). (5) 14, pp. 462-486. AGING NEUROPSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITION.