Pauline Maki

DG14_01_13_055.jpgPhD, University of Minnesota

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine

Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Director, Women’s Mental Health Research Program

Senior Director of Research, Center for Research on Women and Gender

Office: 328 NPI (Psychiatry); 1022B BSB (Psychology)


Phone: (312) 996-6941


Web Site: Women’s Mental Health Research Program Page


Research Interests:

A central focus of my research has been on sex-specific factors that influence cognition, brain function, and mood in women. These factors include sex steroid hormones, menopausal transition and hot flashes, and hormone therapy. Recent areas of research include: (1) the influence of trauma, stress, menopause, and substance dependence on neurocognitive and neuroimaging outcomes in HIV-infected women; (2) the efficacy and mechanism of action of interventions such as hormone therapy, soy, and alternative treatments (e.g., stellate ganglion blockade and mobile health apps) as a means of maintaining memory performance and mood during the menopausal transition and reducing hot flashes; (3) establishing an enduring database linking perinatal depression and anxiety diagnoses, medical records, and a biorepository of blood samples from routine perinatal clinic visits in an effort to advance understanding of the determinants of perinatal mood disorders in minority women.



Maki, P.M., Drogos, L.L., Rubin, L.H., Banuvar, S., Shulman, L.P., & Geller, S.E. Objective hot flashes are negatively related to verbal memory performance in midlife women. Menopause, 15 (2008) 848.

Maki, P.M., Mordecai, K.L., Rubin, L.H., Sundermann, E., Savarese, A., Eatough, E., & Drogos, L. Menstrual cycle effects on cortisol responsivity and emotional retrieval following a psychosocial stressor. Hormones Behav., 74 (2015) 201-208.

Rubin, L.H., Cook, J.A., Grey, D.D., Weber, K., Wells, C., Golub, E.T., Wright, R.L., Schwartz, R.M., Goparaju, L., Cohan, D., Wilson, M.L., & Maki, P.M. Perinatal depressive symptoms in HIV-infected vs. HIV-uninfected women: a prospective study from preconception to postpartum. J. Women’s Health, 20 (2011) 1287-1295.

Maki, P.M., Rubin, L.H., Valcour, V., et al. Cognitive function in women with HIV: findings from the Women’s Interagency HIV Study. Neurology, 84 (2015) 231-240.

Maki, P.M., Cohen, M.H., Weber, K., et al. Impairments in memory and hippocampal function in HIV-positive vs HIV-negative women: a preliminary study. Neurology, 72 (2009) 1661-1668.