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Bonnie C. Sachs PhD, ABPP

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionWake Forest School of Medicine
DepartmentNeurology, Neuropsychology
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    TitleAssociate Professor
    InstitutionWake Forest School of Medicine
    DepartmentInternal Medicine, Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine

    TitleAssociate Professor
    InstitutionWake Forest School of Medicine
    DepartmentSocial Sciences & Health Policy (Public Health Sciences)


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    Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VAB.S.05/2000Psychology
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FLM.S.05/2005Clinical Neuropsychology
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FLPh.D.07/2009Clinical Neuropsychology
    Emory University, Atlanta, GA07/2009Neuropsychology Internship
    Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL07/2011Neuropsychology Fellowship

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    Dr. Bonnie Sachs is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in working with older adults with memory loss and other cognitive disorders. Her areas of focus, both clinically and in research, include mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Alzheimer's disease (AD), and other forms of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's disease, Frontotemporal dementia, Vascular dementia, and Lewy Body dementia. Dr. Sachs is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Internal Medicine, Section of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine, and is also an Investigator with the Wake Forest Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC). Additionally, Dr. Sachs enjoys education training and she currently co-directs the Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship Program at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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    1. Lockhart SN, Schaich CL, Craft S, Sachs BC, Rapp SR, Jung Y, Whitlow CT, Solingapuram Sai KK, Cleveland M, Williams BJ, Burke GL, Bertoni A, Hayden KM, Hughes TM. Associations among vascular risk factors, neuroimaging biomarkers, and cognition: Preliminary analyses from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Alzheimers Dement. 2021 Sep 05. PMID: 34482601.
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    2. Sachs BC, Chelune GJ, Rapp SR, Couto AM, Willard JJ, Williamson JD, Sink KM, Coker LH, Gaussoin SA, Gure TR, Lerner AJ, Nichols LO, Still CH, Wadley VG, Pajewski NM. Robust demographically-adjusted normative data for the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA): Results from the systolic blood pressure intervention trial. Clin Neuropsychol. 2021 Sep 01; 1-16. PMID: 34470584.
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    3. Schaich CL, Yeboah J, Espeland MA, Baker LD, Ding J, Hayden KM, Sachs BC, Craft S, Rapp SR, Luchsinger JA, Fitzpatrick AL, Heckbert SR, Post WS, Burke GL, Allen NB, Hughes TM. Association of Vascular Risk Scores and Cognitive Performance in a Diverse Cohort: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2021 Jul 03. PMID: 34216214.
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    4. Bailey MJ, Soliman EZ, McClure LA, Howard G, Howard VJ, Judd SE, Unverzagt FW, Wadley V, Sachs BC, Hughes TM. Relation of Atrial Fibrillation to Cognitive Decline (from the REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke [REGARDS] Study). Am J Cardiol. 2021 Jun 01; 148:60-68. PMID: 33684372.
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    5. Dodge HH, Goldstein FC, Wakim NI, Gefen T, Teylan M, Chan KCG, Kukull WA, Barnes LL, Giordani B, Hughes TM, Kramer JH, Loewenstein DA, Marson DC, Mungas DM, Mattek N, Sachs BC, Salmon DP, Willis-Parker M, Welsh-Bohmer KA, Wild KV, Morris JC, Weintraub S. Differentiating among stages of cognitive impairment in aging: Version 3 of the Uniform Data Set (UDS) neuropsychological test battery and MoCA index scores. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2020; 6(1):e12103. PMID: 33283037.
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    6. Younan D, Wang X, Casanova R, Barnard R, Gaussoin SA, Saldana S, Petkus AJ, Beavers DP, Resnick SM, Manson JE, Serre ML, Vizuete W, Henderson VW, Sachs BC, Salinas JA, Gatz M, Espeland MA, Chui HC, Shumaker SA, Rapp SR, Chen JC. PM2.5 associated with gray matter atrophy reflecting increased Alzheimers risk in older women. Neurology. 2020 11 18. PMID: 33208540.
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    7. Rapp SR, Gaussoin SA, Sachs BC, Chelune G, Supiano MA, Lerner AJ, Wadley VG, Wilson VM, Fine LJ, Whittle JC, Auchus AP, Beddhu S, Berlowitz DR, Bress AP, Johnson KC, Krousel-Wood M, Martindale-Adams J, Miller EC, Rifkin DE, Snyder JK, Tamariz L, Wolfgram DF, Cleveland ML, Yang M, Nichols LO, Bryan RN, Reboussin DM, Williamson JD, Pajewski NM. Effects of intensive versus standard blood pressure control on domain-specific cognitive function: a substudy of the SPRINT randomised controlled trial. Lancet Neurol. 2020 11; 19(11):899-907. PMID: 33098800.
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    8. Sachs BC, Steenland K, Zhao L, Hughes TM, Weintraub S, Dodge HH, Barnes LL, Craft S, Parker ML, Goldstein FC. Expanded Demographic Norms for Version 3 of the Alzheimer Disease Centers' Neuropsychological Test Battery in the Uniform Data Set. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2020 Jul-Sep; 34(3):191-197. PMID: 32483017.
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    9. Younan D, Petkus AJ, Widaman KF, Wang X, Casanova R, Espeland MA, Gatz M, Henderson VW, Manson JE, Rapp SR, Sachs BC, Serre ML, Gaussoin SA, Barnard R, Saldana S, Vizuete W, Beavers DP, Salinas JA, Chui HC, Resnick SM, Shumaker SA, Chen JC. Particulate matter and episodic memory decline mediated by early neuroanatomic biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease. Brain. 2020 01 01; 143(1):289-302. PMID: 31746986.
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    10. Hayden KM, Gaussoin SA, Hunter JC, Manson JE, Sachs BC, Shadyab AH, Tindle HA, Mossavar-Rahmani Y, Mozhui K, Snively BM, Rapp SR, Resnick SM. Cognitive resilience among APOE e4 carriers in the oldest old. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2019 12; 34(12):1833-1844. PMID: 31418472.
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    11. Nasrallah IM, Pajewski NM, Auchus AP, Chelune G, Cheung AK, Cleveland ML, Coker LH, Crowe MG, Cushman WC, Cutler JA, Davatzikos C, Desiderio L, Doshi J, Erus G, Fine LJ, Gaussoin SA, Harris D, Johnson KC, Kimmel PL, Kurella Tamura M, Launer LJ, Lerner AJ, Lewis CE, Martindale-Adams J, Moy CS, Nichols LO, Oparil S, Ogrocki PK, Rahman M, Rapp SR, Reboussin DM, Rocco MV, Sachs BC, Sink KM, Still CH, Supiano MA, Snyder JK, Wadley VG, Walker J, Weiner DE, Whelton PK, Wilson VM, Woolard N, Wright JT, Wright CB, Williamson JD, Bryan RN. Association of Intensive vs Standard Blood Pressure Control With Cerebral White Matter Lesions. JAMA. 2019 08 13; 322(6):524-534. PMID: 31408137.
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    12. Petkus AJ, Resnick SM, Rapp SR, Espeland MA, Gatz M, Widaman KF, Wang X, Younan D, Casanova R, Chui H, Barnard RT, Gaussoin S, Goveas JS, Hayden KM, Henderson VW, Sachs BC, Saldana S, Shadyab AH, Shumaker SA, Chen JC. General and domain-specific cognitive reserve, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia risk in older women. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2019; 5:118-128. PMID: 31011622.
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    13. Williamson JD, Pajewski NM, Auchus AP, Bryan RN, Chelune G, Cheung AK, Cleveland ML, Coker LH, Crowe MG, Cushman WC, Cutler JA, Davatzikos C, Desiderio L, Erus G, Fine LJ, Gaussoin SA, Harris D, Hsieh MK, Johnson KC, Kimmel PL, Tamura MK, Launer LJ, Lerner AJ, Lewis CE, Martindale-Adams J, Moy CS, Nasrallah IM, Nichols LO, Oparil S, Ogrocki PK, Rahman M, Rapp SR, Reboussin DM, Rocco MV, Sachs BC, Sink KM, Still CH, Supiano MA, Snyder JK, Wadley VG, Walker J, Weiner DE, Whelton PK, Wilson VM, Woolard N, Wright JT, Wright CB. Effect of Intensive vs Standard Blood Pressure Control on Probable Dementia: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2019 02 12; 321(6):553-561. PMID: 30688979.
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    14. Wells RE, Kerr C, Dossett ML, Danhauer SC, Sohl SJ, Sachs BC, Feeley JW, Wolkin J, Wall R, Kaptchuk T, Press DZ, Phillips RS, Yeh GY. Can Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment Build Cognitive Reserve and Learn Mindfulness Meditation? Qualitative Theme Analyses from a Small Pilot Study. J Alzheimers Dis. 2019; 70(3):825-842. PMID: 31282418.
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    15. Espeland MA, Chen JC, Weitlauf J, Hayden KM, Rapp SR, Resnick SM, Garcia L, Cannell B, Baker LD, Sachs BC, Tindle HA, Wallace R, Casanova R. Trajectories of Relative Performance with 2 Measures of Global Cognitive Function. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 08; 66(8):1575-1580. PMID: 29972592.
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    16. Sachs BC, Benitez A, Buelow MT, Gooding A, Schaefer LA, Sim AH, Tussey CM, Shear PK. Women's leadership in neuropsychology: historical perspectives, present trends, and future directions. Clin Neuropsychol. 2018 02; 32(2):217-234. PMID: 29376466.
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    17. Gifford AR, Lawrence JA, Baker LD, Balcueva EP, Case D, Craft S, Curtis AE, Griffin L, Groteluschen DL, Klepin HD, Lesser GJ, Messino MJ, Naughton M, Samuel TA, Rapp S, Sachs B, Sink KM, Williamson J, Shaw EG. National Institute on Aging /Alzheimer's Association criteria for Mild Cognitive Impairment applied to chemotherapy treated breast cancer survivors. J Oncol Research. 2017; 1(1). PMID: 29873324.
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    18. Sachs BC, Rush BK, Pedraza O. Validity and reliability of the NAB Naming Test. Clin Neuropsychol. 2016 May; 30(4):629-38. PMID: 27030079.
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    19. Gross AL, Mungas DM, Crane PK, Gibbons LE, MacKay-Brandt A, Manly JJ, Mukherjee S, Romero H, Sachs B, Thomas M, Potter GG, Jones RN. Effects of education and race on cognitive decline: An integrative study of generalizability versus study-specific results. Psychol Aging. 2015 Dec; 30(4):863-880. PMID: 26523693.
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    20. Gross AL, Benitez A, Shih R, Bangen KJ, Glymour MM, Sachs B, Sisco S, Skinner J, Schneider BC, Manly JJ. Predictors of Retest Effects in a Longitudinal Study of Cognitive Aging in a Diverse Community-Based Sample. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2015 Aug; 21(7):506-18. PMID: 26527240.
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    21. Bangen KJ, Gu Y, Gross AL, Schneider BC, Skinner JC, Benitez A, Sachs BC, Shih R, Sisco S, Schupf N, Mayeux R, Manly JJ, Luchsinger JA. Relationship Between Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Cognitive Change in a Multiethnic Elderly Cohort. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Jun; 63(6):1075-83. PMID: 26096383.
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    22. Dzierzewski JM, Potter GG, Jones RN, Rostant OS, Ayotte B, Yang FM, Sachs BC, Feldman BJ, Steffens DC. Cognitive functioning throughout the treatment history of clinical late-life depression. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 Oct; 30(10):1076-84. PMID: 25703072.
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    23. Schneider BC, Gross AL, Bangen KJ, Skinner JC, Benitez A, Glymour MM, Sachs BC, Shih RA, Sisco S, Manly JJ, Luchsinger JA. Association of vascular risk factors with cognition in a multiethnic sample. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2015 Jul; 70(4):532-44. PMID: 24821298.
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    24. Sisco S, Gross AL, Shih RA, Sachs BC, Glymour MM, Bangen KJ, Benitez A, Skinner J, Schneider BC, Manly JJ. The role of early-life educational quality and literacy in explaining racial disparities in cognition in late life. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2015 Jul; 70(4):557-67. PMID: 24584038.
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    25. Sachs BC, Lucas JA, Smith GE, Ivnik RJ, Petersen RC, Graff-Radford NR, Pedraza O. Reliable change on the Boston naming test. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2012 Mar; 18(2):375-8. PMID: 22264406.
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    26. Pedraza O, Sachs BC, Ferman TJ, Rush BK, Lucas JA. Difficulty and discrimination parameters of Boston naming test items in a consecutive clinical series. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2011 Aug; 26(5):434-44. PMID: 21593059.
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    27. Howe LL, Anderson AM, Kaufman DA, Sachs BC, Loring DW. Characterization of the Medical Symptom Validity Test in evaluation of clinically referred memory disorders clinic patients. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2007 Aug; 22(6):753-61. PMID: 17651938.
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    28. Berl MM, Balsamo LM, Xu B, Moore EN, Weinstein SL, Conry JA, Pearl PL, Sachs BC, Grandin CB, Frattali C, Ritter FJ, Sato S, Theodore WH, Gaillard WD. Seizure focus affects regional language networks assessed by fMRI. Neurology. 2005 Nov 22; 65(10):1604-11. PMID: 16301489.
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    29. Ahmad Z, Balsamo LM, Sachs BC, Xu B, Gaillard WD. Auditory comprehension of language in young children: neural networks identified with fMRI. Neurology. 2003 May 27; 60(10):1598-605. PMID: 12771248.
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    30. Sachs BC, Gaillard WD. Organization of language networks in children: functional magnetic resonance imaging studies. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2003 Mar; 3(2):157-62. PMID: 12583845.
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    31. Gaillard WD, Sachs BC, Whitnah JR, Ahmad Z, Balsamo LM, Petrella JR, Braniecki SH, McKinney CM, Hunter K, Xu B, Grandin CB. Developmental aspects of language processing: fMRI of verbal fluency in children and adults. Hum Brain Mapp. 2003 Mar; 18(3):176-85. PMID: 12599275.
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    32. Gaillard WD, Balsamo LM, Ibrahim Z, Sachs BC, Xu B. fMRI identifies regional specialization of neural networks for reading in young children. Neurology. 2003 Jan 14; 60(1):94-100. PMID: 12525725.
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