Cassandra M Germain

Assistant Professor

Cassandra M Germain
College of Health & Human Sciences


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


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 and the arts. She also spent 9 1/2 years as primary caregiver to a person with dementia.

Research Interests

Dr. Germains research focuses on preserving functional health and wellbeing in older adults. 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.

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Recent Publications

  • S Bartels, J Batsis, R Emeny, Cassandra Germain, F Lopez-Jimenez, T Mackenzie, P Rippberger, E Vasquez (2018). (Association of adiposity, telomere length and mortality: data from the NHANES 1999-2002.). (2) 42, pp. 198-204 ). International journal of obesity (2005).
  • J Batsis, K Fortuna, Cassandra Germain, M Lohman, F Tang, E Vásquez (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.
  • Stephen Bartels, John Batsis, Cassandra Germain, Elizabeth Vasquez, Alicia Zbehlik (2016). (Physical Activity Predicts Higher Physical Function in Older Adults: The Osteoarthritis Initiative). (1) 13, pp. 6-16 ). JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & HEALTH.
  • John Batsis, Cassandra Germain, Elizabeth Vasquez (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, Douglas McQuoid, Elizabeth Vasquez (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, D McQuoid, E Vasquez (2016). (Muscle Strength, Physical Activity, and Functional Limitations in Older Adults with Central Obesity.). 2016, pp. 8387324 ). Journal of aging research.
  • S Bartels, J Batsis, Cassandra Germain, E Vásquez (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.
  • Stephen Bartels, John Batsis, Cassandra Germain, Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, Elizabeth Vasquez (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.
  • S Bartels, J Batsis, Cassandra Germain, F Lopez-Jimenez, E Vásquez (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.
  • Ashley Dunham, Cassandra Germain, Kathleen Hayden, Oksana Makeeva, Valentina Markova, Zarui Melikyan, L. Newby, Brenda Plassman, Heather Romero, Allen Roses, Kathleen Welsh-Bohmer (2014). (A comparison of neuropsychological performance between US and Russia: Preparing for a global clinical trial). (6) 10, pp. 760-768 ). ALZHEIMERS & DEMENTIA.
  • Henry Edmonds, Cassandra Germain, Lisa Gwyther, Kathleen Hayden, Michelle McCart, Carl Pieper, Brenda Plassman, Heather Romero, Allen Roses, Kathleen Welsh-Bohmer (2014). (Community Engagement in Diverse Populations for Alzheimer Disease Prevention Trials). (3) 28, pp. 269-274 ). ALZHEIMER DISEASE & ASSOCIATED DISORDERS.
  • John Batsis, Cassandra Germain, Benjamin Shaw, Elizabeth Vasquez (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.
  • Cassandra Germain, Thomas Hess, Nicole Osowski, Elizabeth Swaim (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.