Jennifer Dunkin, Ph.D. 

Clinical Professor


Contact Information

T: (858) 657-7880
F: (858) 657-7881


Jennifer Dunkin, Ph.D. received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. She completed an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in geriatric psychology at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, and in 1994 joined the faculty of the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. She served as Director of Psychological Services and Neuropsychology in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, and as Director of the UCLA Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Geriatric Psychology from 1995-2005. She joined the faculty at UCSD in November of 2005. Since then, she has served as Director of the Senior Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program at UCSD.

Research Interests

Research Focus

Dr. Dunkin has a strong interest in aging and cognition, with an emphasis on cognition in late-life depression, and the relationships between hormones, cognition, and mood disorders in postmenopausal women. She was Co-Principal Investigator on an NIMH grant investigating effects of exogenous estradiol on cognition and mood in peri- and post-menopausal women, and has served as a Co-Investigator on a number of other research grants. Dr. Dunkin has published over 30 papers in the area of aging and cognition, and has close to 50 published abstracts and professional conference presentations.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Dunkin’s primary clinical interests are in neuropsychological evaluation of cognitive disorders associated with aging, and psychotherapy with older adults. She is currently Director of UCSD’s Senior Intensive Outpatient Program within Senior Behavioral Health. She has a strong interest in training and program development, particularly training in geriatrics and aging for clinical psychology trainees at all levels of training. Her book The Geriatric Neuropsychology Casebook: Practical Applications of Neuropsychological Testing in the Differential Diagnosis of Age-Related Cognitive Disorders is due in 2007 from Psychology Press.


  • Dunkin, J.J., Leuchter, A.F., Cook, I.A., Kasl-Godley, J.E., Abrams, M., & Rosenberg-Thompson, S. (2000). Executive dysfunction predicts nonresponse to fluoxetine in major depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 60, 13-23.
  • Cook, I.A., Morgan, M.L., Dunkin, J.J., David, S., Witte, E., Lufkin, R., Abrams, M., Rosenberg-Thompson, S.& Leuchter, A.F. (2002). Estrogen replacement therapy is associated with less progression of subclinical structural brain disease in normal elderly women: a pilot study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 17, 610-618.
  • Rasgon, N., Altshuler, L., Fairbanks, L., Dunkin, J., Davtyan, C., Elman, S., & Rapkin, A. (2002). Estrogen replacement therapy in the treatment of major depression in perimenopausal women. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 63, Suppl 7, 45-8.
  • Dunkin J., Rasgon, N., Wagner-Steh, K., David, S., Altshuler, L., Rapkin, A. (2005). Reproductive events modify the effects of estrogen replacement therapy on cognition in healthy postmenopausal women. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 30, 284-296.
  • Dunkin J., Rasgon N., Zeller, M., Wagner-Steh, K., David S., Altshuler, L., Rapkin, A. (2006). Estrogen replacement and cognition in postmenopausal women: Effect of years since menopause on response to treatment. Drug Development Research, 66, 150-159.