Ann I. Scher, PhD

Ann I. Scher, PhD

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Name: Ann I. Scher, PhD

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Director, Professor

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Office Phone: (301) 295-3615
Room: A1039B

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  • BA Mathematics University of Rochester;
  • MS Computer Science University of Maryland
  • PhD Epidemiology Johns Hopkins School of Public Health


Dr Scher's primary research focus is on headache disorders and traumatic brain injury. She is currently involved in projects related to the relationship between migraine and cardiovascular disease as well as natural history and prognostic factors for post-traumatic and post-deployment headache disorders. She is or has been Principal Investigator or collaborator on studies supported by the DoD, NIH, and private foundations including the Migraine Research Foundation, the American Headache Society, and the Migraine Trust. Dr Scher is also an adjunct investigator at the National Institute on Aging, Laboratory of Epidemiology Demography and Biometry.


  • Course director PMO 513 (Advanced Epidemiologic Methods)

Areas of Expertise

Epidemiology methods, neuroepidemiology, headache disorders, population-based imaging studies

Selected Recent Publications

Scher AI, Ross GW, Sigurdsson S, Garcia M, Gudmundsson LS, Sveinbjörnsdóttir S, Wagner AK, Gudnason V, Launer LJ, Midline migraine and late-life parkinsonism: AGES-Reykjavik study, Neurology. 2014 Sep 30;83(14):1246-52

Gudmundsson LS, Scher AI, Sigurdsson S, Geerlings MI, Vidal J-S, Eiriksdottir E, Garcia MI, Harris TB, Kjartansson O, Aspelund T, van Buchem MA, Gudnason V, and Launer LJ, Migraine, Depression and Brain Volume: The AGES-Reykjavik Study , Neurology. 2013 Jun 4;80(23):2138-44

Scher AI, Eiriksdottir G, Garcia M, Feit P, Smith AV, Harris TB, Roecklein KA, Gudmundsson LS, Gudnason V, Launer LJ, Cephalalgia, Lack of Association between the MTHFR C677T Variant and Migraine with Aura in an Older Population: Could Selective Survival Play a Role?, Cephalalgia. 2013 Apr;33(5):308-15

Shively S, Scher AI, Perl DP, Diaz-Arrastia R, Dementia Resulting from Traumatic Brain Injury: What is the Pathology? Arch Neurol. 2012;69(10):1245-1251

Scher AI, Wu H, Tsao JW, Blom HJ, Feit P, Nevin RL, Schwab KA, MTHFR C677T Genotype as a Risk Factor for Epilepsy Including Post-Traumatic Epilepsy in a Representative Military Cohort, Journal of Neurotrauma, September 2011, 28(9): 1739-1745

Scher AI, Xu Y, Korf ESC, Hartley SW, Witter MP, Scheltens P, White LR, Thompson PM, Toga AW, Valentino DJ, Launer LJ, Hippocampal Morphometry in Population-Based Incident Alzheimer's Disease and Vascular Dementia: the HAAS, J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2011;82:373e377

Gudmundsson L, Scher AI, Aspelund T, Eliasson J, Johannsson M, Thorgeirsson G, Launer LJ, Gudnason V, Migraine with Aura Is an Independent Risk Factor for Cardiovascular and All-Cause Mortality in Men and Women: A 26-Year Cohort Study, British Medical Journal 2010;341:c3966

Scher AI, Launer LJ, Migraine with aura increases the risk of stroke (editorial), Nature Reviews Neurology 6, 128?129, 2010

Scher AI, Lipton RB, Stewart WF, Bigal M, Patterns of Medication Use by Chronic and Episodic Headache Sufferers in the General Population: Results from the Frequent Headache Epidemiology Study, Cephalalgia 2010, 30(3) 321?328

Peterlin BL, Rosso AL, Rapoport AM, Scher AI, Obesity and Migraine: The Effect of Age, Gender and Adipose Tissue Distribution, Headache 2010;50:52-62

Neely ET, Midgette L, Scher AI, Clinical Review and Epidemiology of Headache Disorders in US Service Members: With Emphasis on Post-traumatic Headache, Headache 2009, 49 (7): 1089-1096

Scher AI, Gudmundsson LS, Sigurdsson S, Ghambaryan A, Aspelund T, Eiriksdottir G, van Buchem MA, Gudnason V, Launer LJ, Migraine Headache in Middle-Age and Late-Life Brain Infarcts: The Age Gene/Environment Susceptibility - Reykjavik Study, JAMA 2009; 301(24):2563-2570

Couch JR, Lipton RB, Stewart WF, Scher AI, Head or Neck Injury Increases the Risk of Chronic Daily Headache: A Population-Based Study, Neurology 2007; 69:1169-1177.

Professional Activities

Dr. Scher is a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and the American Headache Society and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. She is an associate editor of Cephalalgia and is a member of many scientific and editorial review panels.