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ARIA goes to GSA!

  • November 14th, 2022
  • in News

The following ARIA members were active at GSA this year:

  • Shot on the Spot Vaccination Community Outreach (Poster)
    • First Author: Alissa McIntyre, B.A., University of Alabama
      Second Author: Rebecca Allen, PhD, ABPP, The University of Alabama
      Third Author: Brian Cox, B.S., Alabama Research Institute of Aging
      Fourth Author: Loretta Wilson, MBA, HCM, Rural Alabama Prevention Center
      Fifth Author: Pamela Payne-Foster, MD, MPH, Rural Health Institute/Community Rural Medicine
      Sixth Author: JoAnn S. Oliver, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, Capstone College of Nursing
      Seventh Author: Yan Luo, n/a, The University of Alabama
      Eighth Author: Hee Lee, PHD, University of Alabama
  • Correlates of Health Literacy in the Black Belt Areas of Alabama: Importance of Internet Access (Poster)
    • First Author: Avani Shah, MA,MSW,PhD, University of Alabama
      Second Author: Yan Luo, n/a, The University of Alabama
      Third Author: LeAnna Roberts, n/a, University of Alabama
      Fifth Author: Hee Lee, PHD, University of Alabama
  • Supporting Dementia Caregivers During COVID-19 with CareHeroes IT: Usage Patterns and Outcomes (Poster)
    • First Author: Nicole Ruggiano, PhD, MSW, University of Alabama
      Second Author: Ellen Brown, EdD, MS, RN, FAAN, Florida International University
      Third Author: C. Victoria Framil, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC ,CNE, Florida International University
      Fourth Author: Shannon Hurley, n/a, Florida State University
      Fifth Author: Lisa Roberts, PT, MS, DPT, CSCS, Florida International University
      Sixth Author: Peter Clarke, PhD, Florida International University
      Seventh Author: Sai Chaithra Allala, n/a, Florida International University
      Eighth Author: Jane Daquin, PhD, University of Alabama
  • Building Bridges: An Age-Friendly Conference for the Geropsychology Workforce (Symposium)
    • Chair: Brian D. Carpenter, PhD, FGSA – Washington University in St. Louis
      Co-Chair: Jennifer Moye, PhD – VA Boston Healthcare System
      Discussant: Rebecca S. Allen, PhD – The University of Alabama
      Individual Symposium Abstract First Author: Jennifer Moye, PhD – VA Boston Healthcare System
      Individual Symposium Abstract First Author: Erin Emery-Tiburcio, PhD, ABPP – Rush University Medical College
      Individual Symposium Abstract First Author: Meghan McDarby, PhD – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
      Individual Symposium Abstract First Author: Candice D. Reel, MA – The University of Alabama

 

  • The Unique Impact of the COVID Pandemic on Predoctoral Geropsychology Training: Recommendations from the Field (Symposium)
    • Individual Symposium Abstract First Author: Candice Reel, MA, The University of Alabama
      Co-Author: Hannah Bashian, Ph.D., VA Boston HCS
      Co-Author: Julia Boyle, PsyD., New England GRECC
      Co-Author: Lindsey Jacobs, Ph.D.,MSPH, ABPP, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center & The University of Alabama
      Co-Author: Michelle Mlinac, PsyD., ABPP, VA Boston HCS
  • Social Determinants of Health and Willingness for End-of-Life Discussion Among Korean American Immigrants (Symposium)
    • Individual Symposium Abstract First Author: Hyunjin Noh, PhD, MSW, FGSA, The University of Alabama School of Social Work
      Co-Author: Eunyoung Choi, PhD, School of Global Public Health, New York University
      Co-Author: Lewis Lee, PhD, MSW, School of Social Work, The University of Alabama
      Co-Author: Hee Lee, PHD, University of Alabama

 

  • APA Guidelines for the Evaluation of Dementia and Age-Related Cognitive Change: Overview and Clinical Application (Symposium)
    • Chair: Benjamin T. Mast, PhD, ABPP – University of Louisville
      Discussant: Peter A. Lichtenberg, PhD, FGSA – Wayne State University
      Individual Symposium Abstract First Author: Benjamin T. Mast, PhD, ABPP – University of Louisville
      Individual Symposium Abstract First Author: Ann M. Steffen, PhD, ABPP – University of Mis-souri-St. Louis
      Individual Symposium Abstract First Author: Rebecca S. Allen, PhD, ABPP – The University of Alabama

 

  • Before a Neurocognitive Evaluation: Roles and Competencies of Behavioral Health Providers (Symposium)
    • Individual Symposium Abstract First Author: Ann Steffen, PhD, ABPP, University of Missouri-St. Louis
      Co-Author: Rebecca Allen, PhD, ABPP, The University of Alabama
  • After a Neurocognitive Evaluation: Roles and Competencies of Behavioral Health Providers (Symposium)
    • Individual Symposium Abstract First Author: Rebecca Allen, PhD, ABPP, The University of Alabama
      Co-Author: Ann Steffen, PhD, ABPP, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • The Effect of Depression and Subjective Health Condition on Intra-Individual Cognitive Variability (Poster)
    • First Author: Shayne Lin, MA, The University of Alabama
      Second Author: Rebecca Allen, PhD, ABPP, The University of Alabama
  • Reimagining Aging: Examining The Impact Of Lifetime Discrimination Experiences On Everyday Metamemory (Poster)
    • First Author: Timothy Ly, BS, The University of Alabama
      Second Author: Jeanne Cundiff, PhD, The University of Alabama
      Third Author: Jason DeCaro, PhD, The University of Alabama
      Fourth Author: Rebecca Allen, PhD, ABPP, The University of Alabama
  • Intergenerational Connections: Turning points in college student attitudes about older adults and aging (Paper)
    • First Author: Wendy Watson, PhD, Bowling Green State University
      Second Author: Sandra Faulkner, PhD, Bowling Green State University
      Third Author: Madison Pollino, MA, Bowling Green State University
      Fourth Author: Jaclyn Shatterly, PhD, University of Alabama
      Fifth Author: Charlie Stelle, PhD, Bowling Green State University
  • Adverse Social Experiences, Social Support, and Health Outcomes Among Black and White Family Caregivers (Poster)
    • First Author: Wesley Browning, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
      Second Author: Ghislaine Atkins, PhD, University of Tampa
      Third Author: Pamela Bowen, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, BBA, University of Alabama at Birmingham
      Fourth Author: Michael Crowe, PhD, University of Alabama-Birmingham
      Fifth Author: Laura Dreer, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
      Sixth Author: Nicole Ruggiano, PhD, MSW, University of Alabama
      Seventh Author: Olivio Clay, PhD, FGSA, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Narrative Literature Review of Photovoice Studies to Explore Methodology, Analysis, and the Dementia Experience (Poster)
    • Individual Symposium Abstract First Author: Emerald Jenkins, PhDc, MSN, RN, Johns Hopkins University
      Co-Author: Phatt Thaitrong, MS, RD, University of Alabama
      Co-Author: Janiece Taylor, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN, Johns Hopkins University
      Co-Author: jenni Seale Reiff, OTR/L, Johns Hopkins University
      Co-Author: Grace Huynh, MSN, RN, Johns Hopkins University
      Co-Author: Melissa Hladek, PhD, CRNP, Johns Hopkins University
      Co-Author: Sarah Szanton, PhD, RN, FAAN, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Life After Loss: Emerging Insights on Grief Adjustment and Health in Late Life (Symposium)
    • Chair: Emily L. Mroz, PhD – Yale University
      Co-Chair: Sara E. Hackett, PhD – University of South Florida
      Discussant: Deborah Carr, PhD, FGSA (she/her/hers) – Boston University
      Individual Symposium Abstract First Author: Emily L. Mroz, PhD – Yale University
      Individual Symposium Abstract First Author: Sara E. Hackett, PhD – University of South Florida
      Individual Symposium Abstract First Author: Holly G. Prigerson, PhD – Weill Cornell Medicine
      Individual Symposium Abstract First Author: Danielle McDuffie, MA, The University of Alabama/ Durham VAMC

Welcome Back to ARIA was a success!

  • October 4th, 2022
  • in News

We had over 70 people attend our recent welcome back event where we discussed what ARIA has been, what we are currently up to, and where we would like to see ourselves go in the future.  If you weren’t able to attend, the recording can be accessed here: https://ua-edu.zoom.us/rec/share/Xqo0eoGmx38fcCIzkgQPMogm9SWxfOhm4PCpWncqbsPAf1QC1h9B5mFgD8ODhksq.DDA1LN0f0QTIwptZ

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There is also a Qualtrics survey about what you would like to see from ARIA in the future that we would appreciate you taking the time to complete.  https://universityofalabama.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebq7uWA5pMyBmK2

Doctoral Student Reviews Dietary Guidelines for Actor’s Foundation

  • June 7th, 2019
  • in News

Christine Ferguson’s interest in nutrition started early in her UA academic career and blossomed into a niche research area based on a personal connection. And while Ferguson had big aspirations for her future, she never imagined her expertise would lead to a pivotal role in providing dietary guidelines endorsed by a national nonprofit founded by one of Hollywood’s most recognized actors.

Read the full story in the UA News

ARIA Student Activity

  • October 14th, 2017
  • in News

Keisha Carden Ivey, a third-year graduate student in clinical geropsychology mentored by ARIA faculty Dr. Rebecca S. Allen, received the 2017 Award for Outstanding Master’s Thesis in the UA Department of Psychology. The thesis was titled  The Effect of Daily Stress, Positive Events, Positive and Negative Affect, and Adult Day Services on Caregivers’ Pain: Outcomes from the Daily Stress and Health (DASH) Study.

Shelley Condon,  a first-year graduate student in clinical geropsychology mentored by ARIA faculty Dr. Patricia A. Parmelee, received a Graduate Student Travel Award from Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) of the American Psychological Association. The award will support Ms. Condon’s travel to the 2017 APA conference to present her poster titled Pain, Anger, Sleep and Depression among Older Adults with Osteoarthritis.

Shelley also placed second in the overall presentation category at the Southeast Consortium on Gerontology and Geriatrics Student Mentoring Conference, held in Atlanta on April 21-22. Her presentation was titled Exploring the Construct of Emotional Intelligence: A Factor Analysis Approach.

Soohyun Park, a second-year graduate student in clinical geropsychology mentored by ARIA faculty Dr. Giyeon Kim, received the 2016 Minority Issues in Gerontology Student Poster Award from Gerontological Society of America (GSA). The award was presented at the Minority Issues in Gerontology Award Presentation and Reception at GSA on November 18, 2016. Her award-winning paper is titled “Reasons for Immigration and Mental Disorders among Asian and Latino Immigrant Elders: Ethnic Differences Existed.”

2014 Aging Successfully Conference

  • May 1st, 2014
  • in News

CMHA will cosponsor the 2014 Aging Successfully Conference with The College for Continuing Studies on May 16, 2014, at The University of Alabama Bryant Conference Center. Please see the brochure for more information.

Newly Funded Grants

  • July 2nd, 2013
  • in News

ARIA faculty members have been awarded several federal grants to help further their research.  Read about some of our recently funded grants.

Drs. Todd Freeborn and Patricia Parmelee

Project title: “Electrical Impedance-Based Wearable Device for Monitoring Inflammation in Knee Osteoarthritis”

Mechanism: R21 funded by the National Institute of Health

Description: Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic illness and the leading cause of pain and disability among older adults. As the population ages, prevalence of OA is rising sharply; this, in turn, portends rising rates of disability and health care costs. Inflammation of the joint space is clearly associated with OA pain and stiffness, disability, and progression of the disease. However, there are currently no feasible methods for ambulatory monitoring of joint inflammation. This project therefore will develop and test a wearable device using bio-impedance (electrical resistance) to assess inflammation of the knee joint among persons with knee OA. By clarifying how localized impedance changes are associated with short-term changes in pain and other OA symptoms, this research will lay a foundation for improved management of this very common and disabling condition.

Dr. Rebecca Allen

Project title: “Deep South Comprehensive Graduate Psychology Training Pipeline: Substance and Opioid Use (SUD/OUD) Assessment and Brief Treatment”

Mechanism: HRSA

Description:  The purpose is to address the mental health provider shortage in West Alabama with a focus on SUD/OUD by expanding and enhancing integrated, interprofessional behavioral health training within the clinical psychology graduate training program at UA. Our diverse interprofessional training team will develop new practicum experiences based in primary medical care settings focused on assessment, treatment and prevention of SUD/OUD in two rural medical clinics and an urban federally qualified health center (FQHC).

Dr. Lynn Snow

Project title:  “ Enhancing Sleep Quality for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia: Pragmatic Trial of an Evidence-Based Frontline Huddling Program”

Mechanism: R61/R33 funded by the National Institute of Health

Description:  This study will improve clinical outcomes for an important, growing, and vulnerable population—nursing home (NH) residents with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias (ADRDs)—by implementing an evidence-based intervention (LOCK) to improve these residents’ sleep. It will also significantly increase our understanding of how to implement and sustain nursing home interventions.