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Kristina F. Zdanys, M.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
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Academic Office Location:
Department of Psychiatry
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-6415
Phone: 860-679-5446
Fax: 860-679-6736

Department of Psychiatry

B.A.Yale UniversityCognitive Science
M.D.Yale School of MedicineMedical Degree

Post-Graduate Training
ResidencyNew York University School of MedicinePsychiatry
FellowshipYale University School of MedicineGeriatric Psychiatry

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
University of Connecticut School of Medicine Coaching AwardUniversity of Connecticut School of Medicine
American Psychiatric Association 2023 Assembly Resident-Fellow Member Mentor AwardAmerican Psychiatric Association
Outstanding Attending AwardGeriatric Psychiatry Fellowship
The Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric PsychiatryAmerican Psychiatric Association
Physician Leadership AcademyConnecticut State Medical Society
Psychiatry Residency Outpatient Attending AwardUCONN Psychiatry Residents
Psychiatry Residency Outpatient Attending AwardUConn Health Residents
Health Care Heroes FinalistHartford Business Journal
Psychiatry Residency Outpatient Attending AwardUConn Health Residents
Junior Resident Award for Clinical Excellence in Inpatient PsychiatryNew York University School of Medicine
Norma Bailey Berniker PrizeYale School of Medicine
Edward Foster Blair PrizeYale College
Later-life mental health problems, including cognitive and mood disorders in the context of aging-related psychosocial changes
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Scholars ProgramProfessional/Scientific OrganizationChairExternalNational2019
Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee (MSAC), CT Alzheimer's AssociationAdvisory CommitteeChairExternalState2015
Memory Disorders ProgramAdvisory CommitteeCo-DirectorUConn HealthUniversity2013
Teaching and Training Committee, American Association for Geriatric PsychiatryEducation CommitteeMemberExternalNational2013
American Association for Geriatric PsychiatryProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2012
American Psychiatric AssociationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2010

Journal Articles


  • Tampi RR, Zdanys KF, Yarns BC, & Tampi D. Psychotherapy in Later Life 2020 Feb;
  • Psychiatry Board Review 2017 Mar;
  • The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, Sixth Edition.

Book Chapters

  • Neuropsychologial testing
    Zdanys K Fundamentals of Geriatric Psychiatry 2013 Aug;27-38
  • Neuropsychological Testing in the Geriatric Patient
    Zdanys, K., Tampi, R.R Neuropsychological Testing for Health Care Professionals 2010 Jan;415-437
  • Failure to Thrive
    Zdanys K & Fahed M Geriatric Psychiatry, What Do I Do Now?
  • Geriatric mood disorders.
    Zdanys K & Steffens DC Textbook of Mood Disorders, Second Edition.


Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
"Honors Scholars Alumni Session." AAGP Annual Meeting. New Orleans, March 6, 2023.LectureAAGP2023New Orleans, LA
"Striving and Thriving: Predictors of Burnout and Resilience Among Dementia Caregivers." AAGP Annual Meeting. New Orleans, March 5, 2023.LectureAAGP2023New Orleans, LA
"Anxiety in Older Adults." Project ECHO Program, July 19, 2023.OtherSUNY Upstate2023virtual
"Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Parkinson's Disease." Invited Grand Rounds.LectureSUNY Upstate2023virtual
"Approach to Dementia-Related Behaviors." Project ECHO Program. April 5, 2023.LectureSUNY Upstate2023virtual
"Treatment of Behavioral Disturbances in Dementia." Project REACH, April 13, 2023.LectureSUNY Upstate2023virtual
More than memory: approach to neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer's diseaseLectureAlzheimer's Foundation of America Educating America Tour2020
Getting some ZZZs--the challenges of sleep in dementia.LectureCT Alzheimer's Association Annual Dementia Education Conference2019Mohegan Sun Casino
Neuropsycholgoical Assessment of Patients with DementiaLectureCT Alzheimer's Association Annual Dementia Education Conference2019Mohegan Sun Casino
A New Wrinkle to Consider: Personality Traits in Cognitive Decline and Neurocognitive DisordersLectureAPA Annual Meeting2018New York, NY
Managing Challenging Behaviors in Dementia: An UpdateLectureCT Alzheimer's Association2018
Neurocognitive Disorders and Chronic Psychiatric IllnessLectureCT Alzheimer's Association2016Cromwell, CT
"Dementia and Behaviors"Talk2016Middlewoods of Farmington
Emotional and Social Aspects of AgingTalkMiddlewoods of Farmington2014
Assessment of Decision-Making Capacity in DementiaLectureThe Alzheimer's Association, CT Chapter, Annual Education Conference2013
Optimizing Treatments for Elderly Patients with Mental Illness: Using Multidisciplinary Teams in the Continuum of CareOtherAmerican Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, Annual Meeting2013
Discovery Series "Memory Matters" 10/8/13OtherUCHC2013UCHC
A Resident Leader's ToolkitOtherAmerican Psychiatric Association2012
BDNF Variants Influence Premorbid Educational Attainment but not Disease Characteristics in Alzheimer's DiseasePosterThe Alzheimer's Assocation, CT Chapter, Annual Education Conference2008
Apolipoprotein E Epsilon4 Allele Increases Risk for Psychotic Symptoms in Alzheimer's DiseasePosterThe Alzheimer's Assocation, CT Chapter, Annual Education Conference2007