Maria P. Pavlou, MD
Dr. Pavlou is a geriatrician clinician-researcher in the Division of Geriatrics at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is a graduate of Yale University, and received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. She trained in internal medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Medical Center, and after working abroad in the field of international medicine with various disenfranchised populations, completed a geriatric medicine fellowship at Cornell University Medical Center. She subsequently joined the faculty at Cornell in 2005 as the recipient of the Weill Cornell-Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatrics Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.
Dr. Pavlou’s research focuses on understanding the complex syndrome of self-neglect in older adults. As a Brookdale Fellow, Dr. Pavlou will explore putative risk factors of self-neglect through estimating the prevalence of medical, functional, and psychosocial impairments and conditions in an ethnically diverse population of self-neglecting older adults compared to a non self-neglecting group. She will also create a clinically and community relevant research agenda in self-neglect that integrates the perspectives of both academicians and front line “responders” to self-neglect on the local and national level, using community-based participatory research techniques. Dr. Pavlou’s goal is not only to use these results to design interventions that will ameliorate or prevent the adverse outcomes of self-neglect, but on a larger scale bring to bear the expertise of academicians and practitioners in this field through community-based participatory research, as a model for approaching other similar complex geriatric problems.
Brookdale Leadership in Aging Fellow Class of 2007