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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Helen C. Kales, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone: (734) 764-3168
Fax: (734) 615-8739

Primary Programs/Services:
Geriatric Psychiatry


  • Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship: University of Michigan
  • Psychiatry Residency: University of Michigan
  • Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY
  • College: Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA, Summa cum Laude

Clinical Interest:

  • Late-life Depression
  • Coexisting Dementia and Depression

Research Interest:

  • Depression and dementia
  • Racial differences in late-life mental health care
  • Late-life depression care adherence
  • Antipsychotics and mortality

Academic Appointment:

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Medical School
  • Director, Program for Positive Aging
  • Associate Director for Mental Health and Aging Research, U-M Geriatrics Center
  • Research Scientist, VA Center for Clinical Management Research
  • Research Scientist, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Kales HC, Neighbors HW, Valenstein M, Blow FC, McCarthy JF, Ignacio RV, Taylor KK, Gillon L, Mellow AM: Effect of race and sex on primary care physicians’ diagnosis and treatment of late-life depression. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 53: 777-784, 2005.
  • Kales HC, Chen P, Blow FC, Welsh DE, Mellow AM: Rates of clinical depression diagnosis, functional impairment and nursing home placement in coexisting dementia and depression. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 13: 441-449, 2005.
  • Kales HC, Neighbors HW, Blow FC, Taylor KK, Gillon L, Welsh DE, Maixner SM, Mellow AM: Race, gender, and psychiatrists’ diagnosis and treatment of major depression among elderly patients. Psychiatric Services 56: 721-728, 2005.
  • Kales HC, Mellow AM: Race and depression: Does race affect the diagnosis and treatment of late-life depression? Geriatrics 61: 18-21, 2006.
  • Kales HC, Valenstein M, Kim HM, McCarthy JF, Ganoczy D, Blow FC: Mortality risk in patients with dementia treated with antipsychotics versus other psychiatric medications. The American Journal of Psychiatry 164: 1568-1576, 2007.