Pauline Maki, PhD

Senior Director of Research

Contact: 312-413-8595 |

Pauline MakiDr. Pauline M. Maki, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  In this role, she also serves as Director of Women’s Mental Health Research, Associate Director of the Center for Research on Women and Gender, and Program Director of the K12 BIRCWH program (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health). Dr. Maki received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 1994, and completed postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1994-1996), and at the National Institute of Aging, through the NIA National Research Council Fellowship (1996-1999).  Following this training, Dr. Maki was a tenure-track investigator in the NIA Laboratory of Personality and Cognition, until she joined the UIC faculty in 2002.  She has a longstanding interest in the effects of sex hormones and phytoestrogens on cognition, brain function, and psychological well-being in young, midlife and elderly women. For the past 15 years, she has led a program of NIH-funded research on the role of sex steroid hormones on cognition, mood, brain function, and stress responsibility.



Recent Peer-Reviewed Data-Based Journal Articles

Gass ML, Maki PM, Shifren JL, Schnatz PF, Kaunitz AM, Shapiro M, Sievert LL. NAMS supports judicious use of systemic hormone therapy for women aged 65 years and older. Menopause. 2015 Jul;22(7):685-6. PMID: 26035151.

Maki PM, Mordecai KL, Rubin LH, Sundermann E, Savarese A, Eatough E, Drogos L. Menstrual cycle effects on cortisol responsivity and emotional retrieval following a psychosocial stressor. Hormones and Behavior. July 14 2015 . PMID: 26187711.

Thurston RC, Aizenstein HJ, Derby CA, Sejdić E, Maki PM. Menopausal hot flashes and white matter hyperintensities. Menopause. Jun 8 2015. PMID: 26057822.

Rubin LH, Carter CS, Drogos LL, Pournajafi-Nazarloo H, Sweeney JA, Maki PM. Effects of sex, menstrual cycle phase, and endogenous hormones on cognition in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia research. May 16 2015. PMID: 25990704

Thurston RC, Maki PM, Derby CA, Sejdic E, Aizenstein HJ. Menopausal hot flashes and the default mode network. Fertil Steril. 2015 Jun;103(6):1572-8.e1. PMID: 25910572

Rubin LH, Cook JA, Weber KM, Cohen MH, Martin E, Valcour V, Milam J, Anastos K, Young MA, Alden C, Gustafson DR. & Maki PM. The association of perceived stress and verbal memory is greater in HIV-infected versus HIV-uninfected women. J Neurovirol. 2015 Aug;21(4):422-32. PMID: 25791344

Valcour V, Rubin LH, Tien P, Anastos K, Young M, Mack W, Cohen M, Golub ET, Crystal H, & Maki PM. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) modulates the associations between insulin resistance and cognition in the current combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) era: a study of the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS). Journal of neurovirology. Mar 5 2015. PMID: 25740539

Sundermann EE, Bishop JR, Rubin LH, Little DM, Meyer VJ, Martin E, Weber K, Cohen M, Maki PM. Genetic predictor of working memory and prefrontal function in women with HIV. J Neurovirol. Feb 2015;21(1):81-91. PMID: 25515329

Maki PM, Rubin LH, Valcour V, Martin E, Crystal H, Young M, Weber KM, Manly J, Richardson J, Alden C, Anastos K. Cognitive function in women with HIV: findings from the Women’s Interagency HIV study. Neurology. 2015 Jan 20;84(3):231-40 PMID: 25540304

Scherzer R, Bacchetti P, Messerlian G, Goderre J, Maki PM, Seifer DB, Anastos K, Karim R, Greenblatt RM. Impact of CD4+ lymphocytes and HIV infection on anti-müllerian hormone levels in a large cohort of HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected women. Am J Reprod Immunol. 2014 Oct 23. PMID: 25339186

Rubin LH, Sundermann EE, Cook JA, Martin EM, Golub ET, Weber KM, Cohen MH, Crystal H, Cederbaum JA, Anastos K, Young M, Greenblatt RM, Maki PM. Investigation of menopausal stage and symptoms on cognition in human immunodeficiency virus-infected women. Menopause. 2014 Sep;21(9):997-1006. PMC4119867.

Walega DR, Rubin LH, Banuvar S, Shulman LP, Maki PM. Effects of stellate ganglion block on vasomotor symptoms: findings from a randomized, controlled clinical trial in postmenopausal women. Menopause. 2014 Aug;21(8):807-14. PMC4110158.

Meyer VJ, Little DM, Fitzgerald DA, Sundermann ES, Rubin LH, Martin EM, Weber KM, Cohen MH, Maki PM. Crack cocaine use impairs anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortex function in women with HIV. J Neurovirol. 2014 Aug;20(4):352-61. PMC4090256.

Weber M, Maki PM, McDermott MP. Cognition and mood in perimenopause: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2014 Jul;142:90-8. PMC3830624.

Vajaranant TS, Grossardt BR, Maki PM, Pasquale LR, Sit AJ, Shuster LT, Rocca WA. Risk of glaucoma after early bilateral oophorectomy. Menopause. 2014 Apr;21(4):391-8. PMC3880394.


Recent Peer-Reviewed Review Articles, Commentaries and Theoretical Papers

Maki PM. Verbal memory and menopause. Maturitas. In Press.

Gass ML, Maki PM, Shifren JL, Schnatz PF, Kaunitz AM, Shapiro M, Sievert LL. NAMS supports judicious use of systemic hormone therapy for women aged 65 years and older. Menopause. 2015 Jul; 22(7):685-6. PMID:: 26035151.

Maki PM. Women and memory. Menopause. 2015 Jan;22(1):4-5

Shifren JL, Gass ML; NAMS Recommendations for Clinical Care of Midlife Women Working Group. The North American Menopause Society recommendations for clinical care of midlife women. Menopause. 2014 Oct;21(10):1038-62.

Walega DR, Maki P. Response to letter to the editor. Menopause. 2014 Sep;21(9):1027-8.

Weber MT, Maki PM. Beliefs about hot flashes drive treatment benefit. Menopause. 2014 Jun;21(6):553-5.

Kantarci K, Maki PM. Past hormone therapy in older women: does the brain recover from adverse effects? Neurology. 2014 Feb 4;82(5):380-1.