Newly Funded Grants

Dr. Patricia Parmelee
Project title: “Everyday Quality of Life in Older Blacks and Whites with Osteoarthritis” (EQUAL)

Mechanism: R01 funded by the National Institute on Aging

Description: This research uses osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee as a model to examine relationships among pain, everyday activities and mood states, and long-term quality of life among African American and non-Hispanic White older adults.

Drs. Rebecca Allen and JoAnn Oliver

Project title: “Advocates’ Role in Prostate Cancer Screening Decisions by Rural African American Men”

Mechanism: R21 funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research

Description:  The goal of this project is to provide in-depth information about factors that influence rural African American males’ decision to undergo screening for prostate cancer, with a specific focus on the role that the social networks of these men – their “health care advocates” – play in that decision. We will be working in Sumter, Hale, and Greene counties using mixed methods to explore medical decision making in family groups regarding prostate cancer screening.

Dr. Giyeon Kim

1. Project Title: “The Role of Geography on Racial Disparities in Mental Health Service Use”

Mechanism: Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) Pilot Grant

Description:  The goal of this project is to identify geographic correlates of Black-White disparities in mental health service use among older adults from nationally representative data sets.

2.  Project Title:  “Racial/Ethnic and Geographic Disparities in Mental Health Service Use”

Mechanism: Health Disparities Research Training Award Program (HDRTP) Pilot Research Grant

Description: The goal of this project is to investigate the interactive role of race/ethnicity and geographic factors on mental health service use among older adults from nationally representative data.

Dr. Lynn Snow

Project title:  “Development of a Multidimensional Pain Measure for Persons with Dementia”

Mechanism:  Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) grant

Description:  The primary objectives of this project are to:  1) Develop an efficient and specific measure comprised of behavior observations that best discriminate pain from other constructs (e.g., agitation, boredom); 2) Evaluate the validity of item response theory-calibrated PIM-D scores in a cross-sectional sample of NH residents; 3) Evaluate the responsiveness of the PIM-D to analgesic therapy; 4) Evaluate the incremental validity of PIM-D scores compared to existing pain behavior measures and compared to nurse and NA gestalt pain intensity ratings in predicting changes in Expert Clinician Pain Evaluations.

Seed Grants Program

The University of Alabama Center for Mental Health and Aging (CMHA) funds seed grants for faculty associates and affiliates.  CMHA provides support for both new researchers in aging and for faculty members interested in expanding their research into one of our aging focus areas. Funding decisions are made by a subcommittee of the Executive Committee. Following is information on each of this year’s funded studies.


Drs. Forrest Scogin and Kenneth Lichstein, PI
Dept. of Psychology
The University of Alabama
Technology Mediated Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Comorbid Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, and Depressive Symptoms among Rural Older Adults”

Prior funded seed grants