Robert B. Wallace

Robert B. Wallace, Photograph
Co-Investigator, Health and Retirement Study

Contact Information

Irene Ensminger Stecher Professor of Epidemiology and Internal Medicine
University of Iowa College of Public Health
Dept of Epidemiology S422 CPHB
145 N. Riverside Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: 319.384.1551
Fax: 319.384.4155


M.Sc., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1972
M.D., Northwestern University Medical School, 1967
B.S.M., Northwestern University Medical School, 1964

Research and Projects

Dr. Wallace is interested in the occurrence and prevention of chronic illnesses and disabilities in older persons. He has worked in the areas of prevention of coronary artery disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, dementia, osteoporotic fractures and various common cancers. In addition to the HRS, he has participated in trials of the prevention of disease, disability and falls, and in the common chronic conditions of post-menopausal women. He has been an investigator or consultant for other cohort studies of older persons, including NHATS, ELSA, NSHAP, MHAS and H-EPESE.

Selected Recent Publications

Espeland, M. A., Crimmins, E. M., Grossardt, B. R., Crandall, J. P., Gelfond, J. A., Harris, T. B., ... & Temprosa, M. (2017). Clinical trials targeting aging and age-related multimorbidity. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biomedical Sciences and Medical Sciences, 72(3), 355-361.

Kotagal, V., Langa, K. M., Plassman, B. L., Fisher, G. G., Giordani, B. J., Wallace, R. B., ... & Foster, N. L. (2015). Factors associated with cognitive evaluations in the United States. Neurology, 84(1), 64-71.

Al-rousan, T. M., Rubenstein, L. M., & Wallace, R. B. (2015). Preparación de los adultos mayores en los Estados Unidos para hacer frente a los desastres naturales: encuesta a escala nacional. American Journal of Public Health, 105(S4), S614-S620.

Kuźma, E., Llewellyn, D. J., Langa, K. M., Wallace, R. B., & Lang, I. A. (2014). History of alcohol use disorders and risk of severe cognitive impairment: a 19-year prospective cohort study. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22(10), 1047-1054.

Dutta, A., Henley, W., Robine, J. M., Langa, K. M., Wallace, R. B., & Melzer, D. (2013). Longer lived parents: protective associations with cancer incidence and overall mortality. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biomedical Sciences and Medical Sciences, 68(11), 1409-1418.