Associate Professor & Director Yi-Fang Chuang

Associate Professor Yi-Fang Chuang

Office:Room 208, Second Medical Building

Contact number:(02) 2826-7000 #67981

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Johns Hopkins University

○ Ph.D., Department of Public Health and Mental Health (2012)

○ National Taiwan University Department of Medicine (2002)


○ Attending Physician, Department of Psychiatry, Yadong Hospital (2015-present)

○ National Institute on Aging) Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2014)

○ Attending Physician of Psychiatry at Min-Sheng General Hospital(2007-2008)

○ Residency in Psychiatry, National Taiwan University Hospital (2003-2007)


Epidemiology of Mental Illness, Cognition of the Elderly, Mental Health of the Elderly, Drug Epidemiology of the Elderly

Research interest

Risk factors and biomarkers of cognitive degeneration and dementia in the elderly, brain structure and functional imaging,

Cardiovascular disease and dementia in the elderly, obesity and dementia in the elderly.

Books (or research publications)

○ Publications in PubMed

Featured publications (selected 6 articles)

  1. Chuang, YF & Liu, YC & Tseng, HY & Lin, PX & Li, CY & Shih, MH & Lin, KC & Yang, TYO & Yan, SH & Chiu, YL. (2021).Urban-rural differences in the prevalence and correlates of mild cognitive impairment in community-dwelling older adults in Taiwan: The EMCIT study. Journal of the Formosan Medical Association. 120. 10.1016/j.jfma.2021.03.005.
  2. Chiu, Y. L., Tsai, H. H., Lai, Y. J., Tseng, H. Y., Wu, Y. W., Peng, Y. Sen, … Chuang, Y. F. (2019). Cognitive impairment in patients with end-stage renal disease: Accelerated brain aging? Journal of the Formosan Medical Association. (in press) ttps://
  3. Chuang YF, Elango P, Gonzalez CE, Thambisetty M. Midlife anticholinergic drug use, risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and brain atrophy in community-dwelling older adults. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions. 2017(3) 471-479
  4. Chuang YF, Yang An, Murat Bilgel, Dean F. Wong, Juan C. Troncoso, Richard J. O’Brian, Luigi Ferruci, Susan M. Resnick, Madhav Thambisetty. Midlife Adiposity predicts earlier onset of Alzheimer’s dementia, neuropathology and presymptomatic cerebral amyloid accumulation. Mol Psychiatry. 2016 Jul;21(7):910-5
  5. Chuang YF, Tanaka T, Beason-Held LL, An Y, Terracciano A, Sutin AR, Kraut M, Singleton AB, Resnick SM, Thambisetty M. FTO genotype and Aging: pleotrophic longitudinal effects on adiposity, brain function, impulsivity and food preference. Molecular Psychiatry 2015 Feb;20(1):140-7
  6. Chuang YF, Breitner JC, Chiu YL, Khachaturian A, Hayden K, Corcoran C, Tschanz J, Norton M, Munger R, Welsh-Bohmer K, Zandi PP; For the Cache County Investigators. Use of diuretics is associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease: The Cache County Study. Neurobiology of aging 2014 Nov;35(11):2429-35

Featured advisee thesis

  1. The relationship between sleep quality and cognitive function performance and brain structure changes in Taiwan's elderly population
  2. To explore the correlation between the burden of cardiovascular risk factors and cognitive function changes in the elderly in the community
  3. The impact of social activity participation on cognitive function among middle-aged and elderly people in Taiwan
  4. Correlation of exposure to air and noise pollution on cognitive performance in the elderly population in Taiwan
  5. The relationship between subjective sleep quality and cognitive function performance, brain structure and white matter integrity in the elderly population of Taiwan community