Clinical Lecturer, Psychiatry, Medical School.
D.O., Medicine, Western Univ of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
A key area of my research interest is in understanding trends and appropriate use of psychotropic medications among older adults including evaluating how psychotropic medications are utilized in end of life care. I have used national survey and administrative claims data to evaluate the growth of central nervous system (CNS) medication polypharmacy use among older adults and to understand how health systems respond to warnings (e.g., from the US FDA) for psychotropic medications. My work aims to inform safe and rationale psychotropic medication prescribing among older adults-including understanding how to best target appropriate treatment to patients that would benefit from treatment the most.
Select Aging Publications
Gerlach, Lauren, Ilse R. Wiechers, and Donovan T. Maust. 2018. "Prescription Benzodiazepine Use Among Older Adults: A Critical Review." Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 26(5): 264.
Gerlach, Lauren, Donovan T. Maust, Shirley H. Leong, Shahrzad Mavandadi, and David W. Oslin. 2018. "Factors Associated With Long-term Benzodiazepine Use Among Older Adults." JAMA Internal Medicine, 178(11): 1560-1562.
Gerlach, Lauren, Mark Olfson, Helen C. Kales, and Donovan T. Maust. 2017. "Opioids and Other Central Nervous System-Active Polypharmacy in Older Adults in the United States." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 65(9): 2052-2056.