Primary Faculty

Rebecca S. Allen, PhD, received her PhD from Washington University in St. Louis in 1994. A professor of clinical geropsychology, Dr. Allen’s research and clinical interests are interventions to reduce the stress of individuals, family, and professional caregivers for older adults with advanced chronic or terminal illness and in the dynamics of healthcare decision making.  She has published on diversity in advance care planning, end-of-life issues, behavioral interventions in long-term care, and mental health among aging prisoners. Dr. Allen is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Psychological Association. She is associate editor of Aging and Mental Health. She teaches Clinical Psychology of Aging-Intervention, Lifespan Development, Geropsychology Practicum, and undergraduate statistics. Contact information for Dr. Allen is available in our faculty directory.

Selected Publications

  • Allen, R. S., Guadagno, R. E., Parmelee, P., Minney, J. A., Hilgeman, M. M., Tabb, K., McNeal, S. F., Houston, T., Kertesz, S., & Davis, L. (in press). Internet connectivity among rural Alabama veterans: Baseline findings from the Alabama Veterans Rural Health Initiative Project. Rural and Remote Health.
  • Allen, R. S., Eichorst, M. K., & Oliver, J. S. (in press). Advance directives: Planning for the end of life. In J. Werth (Ed.), Counseling Clients Near the End of Life: Practical Perspectives on Fundamental Issues. New York: Springer Publishers.
  • Allen, R. S., Harris, G. M., Crowther, M. R., Oliver, J. S., Cavanaugh, R., & Phillips, L. L. (2012). Does religiousness and spirituality moderate the relations between physical and mental health among aging prisoners? International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27 (9), DOI: 10.1002/gps.3874
  • Bailey, F. A., Allen, R. S., Williams, B. R., Goode, P. S., Granstaff, S., Redden, D. T., & Burgio, K. L. (2012). Do-Not-Resuscitate orders in the last days of life. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 15(2), 751-759. DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2011.0321.
  • Allen, R. S., Haley, P. P., Harris, G. M., Fowler, S. N., & Pruthi, R. (2011). Resilience: Definitions, ambiguities, and applications. In B. Resnick, L. Gwyther, & K. Roberto (Eds.), Resilience in Aging:  Concepts, Research, and Outcomes (pp. 1-13). New York: Springer Publishers.
  • Allen, J. Y.*, Hilgeman, M. M., & Allen, R. S. (2011). Prospective end-of-life treatment decisions and perceived vulnerability: Future time left to live and memory self-efficacy. Aging and Mental Health, 15(1), 122-131. DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2010.505229
  • Harris, G. M.*, Durkin, D. W., Allen, R. S., DeCoster, J., & Burgio, L. D. (2011). Exemplary care as a mediator of the effects of caregiver subjective appraisal and emotional outcomes. The Gerontologist, 51(3), 332-342. DOI: 10.1093/geront//gnr003
  • Phillips, L. L.*, Allen, R. S., Harris, G. M., Presnell, A. H., DeCoster, J., & Cavanaugh, R. (2011). Aging prisoners’ treatment selection: Does Prospect Theory enhance understanding of end-of-life medical decisions? The Gerontologist, DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnr039.
  • Allen, R. S., Allen, J. Y., Hilgeman, M. M., & DeCoster, J. (2008). End-of-life decision making, decisional conflict, and enhanced information:  Race effects. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 56(10), 1904-1909.
  • Allen, R. S., Hilgeman, M. M., Ege, M. A., Shuster, J. L., Jr., & Burgio, L. D.  (2008). Legacy activities as interventions approaching the end of life. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 11(7), 1029-1038.

Recent Grants

  • Advocates’ Role in Prostate Cancer Screening Decisions by Rural African American Men. National Institute of Nursing Research, TDC: $275,000, J. Oliver and R. S. Allen, Principal Investigators. 2011-2013.
  • Legacy Intervention Family Enactment (LIFE): An Effectiveness Trial, National Institute of Nursing Research, TDC: $275,000, R. S. Allen, Principal Investigator. 2008-2011.
  • Low-Dose Opiate Therapy for Discomfort in Dementia. Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Service A. L. Snow, Principal Investigator; R. S. Allen, Co-Investigator. 2008-2011.

Sheila Black, PhD, received her PhD from Washington University in St. Louis in 1994. An associate professor of cognitive psychology, Dr. Black is interested in age-related changes in attentional and semantic processes. She is also interested in age-related changes in episodic memory. Dr. Black teaches the cognitive aging class in the geropsychology emphasis, and clinical students also have the opportunity to work with her on projects involving cognitive aging. Contact information for Dr. Black is available in our faculty directory.

Selected Publications

  • Black, S. R., McCown, S., Lookadoo, R.,  Leonard, R. C.,., Decoster, J.   & Wayde, E.  Spence, S.  Aging, imagery and the bizarreness effect. (in press). Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition.
  • Dillard, M., Boles, D., & Black, S.  (in press). Bidirectional resource training of simple and complex tasks. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
  • Black, S. R. (2010).  Impact of Type 2 Diabetes on African American Older Adults. African American Research Perspectives, 13, 35-51.
  • Roskos-Ewoldsen, B. B,  Black, S. R., & McCowan, S. M. (2008).  Age-related changes in creative thinking. Journal of Creative Behavior, 42, 33-57.
  • Black, S.  R.  (2008). Telemedicine: A way to improve glycemic control among older diabetics.  In Y. Xiao and H. Chen (Eds.) Mobile Telemedicine: A Computing and Networking Perspective (pp.161-172).Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Auerbach Publications, Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Black, S. R. (2004). Age-related changes in cognition among African Americans. African American Perspectives, 10, 106-118.
  • Black, S. R.,  Spence, S. A., & Safiya, O. R.  (2004).  Contributions of African Americans to the field of  Psychology. Journal of Black Studies, 35, 40-64.
  • Black, S. R.  (2003).  A review of semantic satiation  .In Serge P. Shohov (Ed.),  Advances in  Psychology Research, Volume 26 ( pp. 95-106). Huntington, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  • MacGregor, M. W., Davidson, K. W., Barksdale, C., Black, S.R., & MacLean, D. (2003). The impact of  adaptive defense use on resting blood pressure. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 55, 531-545.
  • Floyd, M., Rice, J., & Black, S. R. (2002). Recurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder in late life:  A cognitive aging perspective. Journal of Clinical Geropsychology, 8, 303-311.
  • Black, S. R. (2001). Semantic satiation and lexical ambiguity. American Journal of Psychology. 114, 593-510.

Recent Grants

  • Quality of life and older rural health care recipients: Research Supplement for underrepresented minorities. National Institutes of Health. TDC: $187,00. 2001-2003.
  • Faculty seed grant, University of Alabama Center for Mental Health and Aging. $5000. S. Black, Co-investigator. 2005-2006.
  • “Cognitive Interventions for Older Type 2 Diabetics.” National Institutes of Health. S. Black, Principal Investigator. 2008 (Submitted

Patricia Parmelee, PhD (1980, University of Utah), is Professor of Clinical Geropsychology and Director, Center for Mental Health and Aging. Dr. Parmelee is an applied social psychologist whose research focuses on late-life depression, the interaction of mental and physical health in older adults, and the quality of formal and informal long-term care.  She has published widely on depression among frail elderly institution residents,; the associations among pain, disability and depression, and on interventions to improve the quality of long-term care. Her current work focuses on the daily experience of osteoarthritis pain and disability among diverse older adults, and on staff interventions to improve nursing home quality. Dr. Parmelee is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Gerontological Society of America.  She currently teaches seminars in grantwriting and in aging and health. Contact information for Dr. Parmalee is available in our faculty directory.

Selected Publications

  • Allen, R. S., Guadagno, R. E., Parmelee, P., Minney, J. A., Hilgeman, M. M., Tabb, K., McNeal, S. F., Houston, T., Kertesz, S., & Davis, L. (in press). Internet connectivity among rural Alabama veterans: Baseline findings from the Alabama Veterans Rural Health Initiative project.
  • Parmelee, P. A., Harralson, T. L., McPherron, J. A.,* & Schumacher, H. R. (in press). The structure of affective symptomatology in older adults with osteoarthritis. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
  • Parmelee, P. A., Harralson, T., DeCoster, J., McPherron*, J., & Schumacher, H. R. (2012). Depression, pain and disability in osteoarthritis: Race and sex make a difference. Journal of Aging and Health, 24(1), 168-187.
  • Kim, G., Bryant, A. N., & Parmelee, P. (2012). Racial/ethnic differences in serious psychological distress among older adults in California. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27, 1070-1077. doi:10.1002/gps.2825
  • Kim, G., DeCoster, J., Chiriboga, D. A., Jang, Y., Allen, R. S., & Parmelee, P.A. (2011). Associations between self-rated mental health and psychiatric disorders among older adults: Do racial/ethnic disparities exist? American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 19(5), 416-422.
  • Griffiths, P.C., Davis, N., Lin, J., Wachtel, D., Ward, S., Painter, J., Forrester, M., Nagamia, J., Patton, A., Jasien, C., Connell B.R., Parmelee, P., Johnson, TM. (2011).  Using telehealth technology to support family caregivers:  description of a pilot intervention and preliminary results. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 28(4), 307-320.
  • Kim, G., Chiriboga, D. A., Jang, Y., Lee, S., Huang, C.-H., & Parmelee, P. (2010). Health status of older Asian Americans in California. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58, 2003-2008.
  • Parmelee, P. A., Laszlo, M. C., & Taylor, J. A. (2009). Perceived barriers to effective job performance among nursing assistants in long-term care. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 10, 559-567.
  • Parmelee, P.A., Bowen, S. E., Ross, A., Brown, H., & Huff, J. (2009). “Sometimes people don’t fit in boxes”: attitudes toward the Minimum Data Set among clinical leadership in VA nursing homes.  Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 10(2), 98-106.
  • Parmelee, P. A., Harralson, T.L. Smith, L.H. & Schumacher, H. R. (2007). Necessary and discretionary activities in knee osteoarthritis: Do they mediate the pain – depression relationship? Pain Medicine, 8(5), 449-461.

Recent Grants

  • Everyday Quality of Life among Blacks and Whites with Osteoarthritis. National Institute on Aging, TDC $2,143,169. P. Parmelee and D. Smith, Principal Investigators.
  • (Pending Grant Award) Pain Management and Tracking System for Osteoarthritis (Pain MATS-OA).  National Institute on Aging. C. Knott and W. Rogers, Principal Investigators; P. Parmelee, Co-Investigator. 2012-2017.
  • Two CLCs Implementing the Green House Model: A Mixed-Methods Baseline Assessment.  Department of Veterans Affairs TDC: $100,000. C. Hartmann, Principal Investigator; P. Parmelee, Co-investigator. 2010-2011.
  • Identifying and Characterizing High Performing VHA Nursing Homes. Department of Veterans Affairs IIR 06-260-3. M. Shwartz, Principal Investigator; P. Parmelee, Investigator. 2011-2008.
  • Enhancing Work Efficacy of Skilled Nursing Assistants. National Institute on Aging TDC:  $217,150. P. Parmelee, Principal Investigator. 2006-2009.

Forrest Scogin, PhD, received a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis in 1983. A professor of clinical geropsychology, Dr. Scogin is a clinical psychologist with research interests in mental health and aging, depression, and psychotherapy research. He has published many articles on these topics. Current investigations include the effectiveness of CBT with rural older adults and memory and depression treatment for older adults. Dr. Scogin is a fellow of APA and GSA, has served on several editorial boards, and was the president of the Society of Clinical Geropsychology and chair of APA’s Committee on Aging. Dr. Scogin regularly teaches Principles of Psychotherapy and Geropsychology Practicum. Contact information for Dr. Scogin is available in our faculty directory.

Selected Publications

  • Shah, A., Scogin, F., Presnell, A., Morthland, M. & Kaufman, A. (in press). Social workers as research psychotherapists in an investigation of cognitive-behavioral therapy among rural older adults. Social Work Research.
  • Moss, K., Scogin, F., DiNapoli, E., & Presnell, A. (in press). A self-help behavioral activation treatment for geriatric depressive symptoms. Aging and Mental Health.
  • Presnell, A.H., Harris, G.M., & Scogin, F. (in press). Therapist and client ethnic match: An examination of treatment outcome and process with rural older adults in the Deep South. Psychotherapy Research. 
  • Scogin, F. & Shah, A. (2012). Evidence-based treatments for older adults. APA Books.
  • Scogin, F., Morthland, M., Kaufman, A., Chaplin, W., & Kong, G. (2011). Maintenance of quality of life improvements in diverse rural older adults. Psychology and Aging. 26, 475-480.
  • Snarski, M*., Scogin, F., DiNapoli, E., Presnell, A., McAlpine, J., & Marcinak, J. (2011). The effects of behavioral activation therapy with inpatient geriatric psychiatry patients. Behavior Therapy,42, 100-108.
  • Fairchild, K*., & Scogin, F. (2010). TEAM: Training to enhance adult memory. Aging and Mental Health, 14, 364-373.
  • Yon, A.*, & Scogin, F. (2009).  Behavioral activation as a treatment for geriatric depression. Clinical Gerontologist. 32, 91-103.
  • Hanson, A*., & Scogin, F. (2008).  Older adults’ acceptance of  psychological, pharmacological, and combination treatments for geriatric depression. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences,63, 245-248.
  • Scogin, F., Morthland, M., Kaufman, A., Burgio, L., Chaplin, W., & Kong, G. (2007). Improving quality of life in diverse rural older adults: A randomized trial of a psychological treatment. Psychology and Aging, 22,657-665.

Recent Grants

  • Treatment of Insomnia and Depression in Elders (TIDE). National Institute of Mental Health. F. Scogin, Co-Principal Investigator. 2011-2014.

A. Lynn Snow, PhD, received her PhD from Texas A&M University in 1998. An associate professor of clinical geropsychology, Dr. Snow’s main research interests are in nursing home organizational change (“culture change”) and related efforts in nursing home leadership, staff development, and quality of care interventions. Dr. Snow has a particular interest in the evaluation and management of pain in persons with dementia. Finally, her work also includes the development and evaluation of assessments and treatments of other psychological disorders in persons with dementia. She is located part-time at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, co-chairs the UA/VA Liaison Committee and is the College of Arts and Sciences Liaison to the VA. She teaches a undergraduate/graduate seminar on Multiple Perspectives in Dementia, a graduate course on Psychology of Aging – Assessment, and Introduction to Psychology. Contact information for Dr. Snow is available in our faculty directory. 

Selected Publications

  • Snow, A. L., Huddleston*, C., Robinson*, C., Kunik, M. E., Bush, A. L., Wilson, N. W., Calleo, J., Paukert, A., Kraus-Schuman, C., Petersen, N. J., & Stanley, M. (2012).  Psychometric Properties of a Structured Interview Guide for the Rating for Anxiety in Dementia (RAID-SI). Aging and Mental Health, Epublication ahead of print February 28.
  • Bradford*, A., Shrestha*, S., Snow, A. L., Stanley, M. A., Wilson, N., Hersch, G., Kunik, M. E. (2012).  Managing pain to prevent aggression in people with dementia: A nonpharmacologic intervention. American Journal of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias, 27, 41-47.
  • Kunik, ME, Snow, A. L., Davila, JA, Steele, AB, Balasubramanyam, V, Doody, R, Schulz, PE, Kalavar, JS, and Morgan, RO. (2010). Causes of aggressive behavior in patients with dementia. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 71(9), 1145-1152.
  • Kunik, M. E., Snow, A. L., Davila, J. A., McNeese, T., Steele, A. B., Balasubramanyam, V., Doody, R., Schulz, P. E., Kalavar, J. S., Walder, A., & Morgan, R. O. (2010). Consequences of aggressive behavior in patients with dementia. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 22, 40–47.
  • Snow, A. L., Chandler, J.*, Kunik, M. E., Balasubramanyam, V., Steele, A., Davila, J. A., & Morgan, R. O. (2009). Self-Reported Pain in Persons with Dementia Predicts Subsequent Decreased Psychosocial Functioning.  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 17(10), 873-880.
  • Buffum, M., Hutt, E., Chang, V., Craine, M., Snow, A. L. Cognitive Impairment and Pain Management:  A Review of Issues and Challenges (2007). Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 44(2), 315-330.
  • Snow, A. L., & Shuster, J. L. (2006). Assessment and treatment of pain in persons with cognitive and communicative impairment.  Journal of Clinical Psychology, 62, 1379-1387.
  • Snow, A. L., Powers D., & Liles, D. (2006). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Long-Term Care Patients with Dementia.  In: L. Hyer , R. Intrieri  (Eds.). Clinical Applied Gerontological Interventions In Long-term Care. Springer Publishing Company. (pp 265-293).
  • Husebo, B., Strand, L. I., Moe-Nilssen, R., Husebo, S. B., Snow, A. L., Ljunggren, A. E. (2007).  Mobility – Observation – Behavior – Intensity – Dementia Pain Scale (MOBID): Development and Validation of a Nurse Administered Pain Assessment Tool for Use in Dementia. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 34, 67-80.
  • Snow, A. L., Cook, K., Lin, P. S., Morgan, R., & Magaziner, J. (2005). Proxies and Other External-Raters: Methodological Considerations. HSR, 40(5), 1676-1693.

Recent Grants

  • Examining the Relationship of Culture Change, Adverse Events and Costs in CLCs. Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research and Development Service. TDC:  $1,057,214.  J. Sullivan, Principal Investigator, A. L. Snow, Co-investigator. (Approved; pending award). 2013-2016.
  • Optimizing Dementia Outcomes in the Community. Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, Career Development Award.  $200,423. .M. Hilgeman, Principal Investigator, A. L. Snow, Co-investigator & Mentor. (Approved; pending award). 2013-2015.
  • Telephone Access Dementia Outreach. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Rural Health, Clinical Demonstration Project.  TDC: $175,693.  M. Hilgeman, Principal Investigator, A. L. Snow, Co-investigator. 2012-2013.
  • Development of a Multidimensional Pain Measure for Persons with Dementia. Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research and Development Service,.  TDC: $1,097,363.  A. L. Snow & M. Ersek, Co-Principal Investigators. 2012-2015.
  • Preventing Aggression in Veterans with Dementia.   Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research and Development Service.  TDC:  $2,156,301.  M. Kunik, Principal Investigator, A. L. Snow, Co-investigator. 2011-2015.

Affiliated Faculty

Martha Crowther, PhD, MPH (1998, Duke University), is Associate Professor of Clinical Geropsychology, Director of Clinical Training and coordinator of the PhD/MPH program. Dr. Crowther has extensive experience in the field of health disparities in older adults and African Americans, assessment of caregiving-related stressors and outcomes, the relation between religion, spirituality and health in older adults, and mental health and aging.  She has broad expertise in community-based recruitment and retention strategies, and health-promotion interventions in African American and rural communities.  Dr. Crowther has been the recipient of federal and foundation funding.  She has received funding from NIH/NIA examining the nature, impact, and consequences of custodial grandparenting. She is the co-director of the Community Liaison Core of the Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR). She recently completed a community-based interdisciplinary project in conjunction with the West Alabama Mental Health Center focused on providing physical and behavioral health care to rural residents via a mobile unit.  Dr. Crowther has also published journal articles and book chapters on mental health and aging and cultural diversity in research training. Dr. Crowther teaches Geropsychology Practicum, Cultural Competency, Professional Consultation and Peer Supervision, and Introduction to Psychology.

Giyeon Kim, PhD, received her PhD from the University of South Florida in 2007. An assistant professor of developmental science and clinical geropsychology, Dr. Kim is a gerontologist and joined The University of Alabama in 2009. Dr. Kim’s research focuses primarily on racial/ethnic disparities in mental health and mental health service utilization among older adults. Dr. Kim has been involved in several projects relating to mental health disparities and has extensive experience with diverse racial and ethnic groups, including non-Hispanic Whites, African Americans, Latinos (Mexican Americans and Cuban Americans), Asians (Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, Vietnamese and Koreans), and American Indians/Alaska Natives (AIANs).  Dr. Kim also conducts research on measurement equivalence of mental health screening tools across diverse cultural groups.  She teaches Psychology of Aging (undergraduate), Seminar in Health Disparities (graduate), and Cultural Competency (graduate).

Kenneth Lichstein, PhD, received his PhD from the University of Tennessee in 1976 with a major in child clinical, but shortly thereafter, his interests shifted to behavioral medicine. For the past 20 years, his research has focused on sleep disorders with an emphasis on insomnia in older adults. Dr. Lichstein’s research has been supported continuously since 1988 by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, private foundations, and industry. He is the founding editor of Behavioral Sleep MedicineContact information for Dr. Lichstein is available in our faculty directory.

Beverly E. Thorn, PhD, received her PhD from Southern Illinois University in 1980. Dr. Thorn has been the Director of Clinical Training since 1992. She is active in teaching, clinical supervision, and research supervision. She teaches ethics, supervises psychotherapy practicum, and teaches advanced sex therapy. She has published over 50 articles and book chapters in the area of pain, its neurochemical substrate, and pain management and is grant-supported by the National Institutes of Health. Her research also examines the areas of psychological assessment and treatment of painful states. She is a frequent reviewer for the various pain-related journals as well as Health Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. She serves on the APA Council of Representatives for the Division of Health Psychology. Contact information for Dr. Thorn is available in our faculty directory.

Michelle M. Hilgeman, Ph.D. (2010, University of Alabama)
VA Research Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Hilgeman’s work focuses on the development, adaptation, and implementation of behavioral interventions that improve access to high quality care and outcomes for at risk Veterans (i.e., dementia, caregivers, LGBTQ, rural) across healthcare settings. Dr. Hilgeman’s work has been supported by grants from the VA Office of Rural Health, VA Innovation Network, VA Rehabilitation Research & Development Service, and VA Health Services Research & Development. For example, some of Dr. Hilgeman’s current projects include evaluation of: 1) a 6-month telephone-based counseling approach for community-dwelling Veterans with dementia and their family caregivers; 2) adaptation of a Montessori-informed person-centered care approach in VA long-term care neighborhoods; and 3) a 10-week health education group for sexual and gender minority Veterans. Dr. Hilgeman is a strong mentoring presence in the geropsychology program and regularly serves on thesis and dissertation committees for graduate students. Dr. Hilgeman is not currently teaching courses at UA, but she does teach didactic seminars for Psychology Interns and Chaplain Residents at the VA Medical Center on topics including: ethics, rural health, capacity assessment, behavioral modification, and cultural humility / diversity issues (LGBTQ Veterans, individuals with disabilities).

Selected Recent Publications
Lange, T.M., Hilgeman, M.M., Portz, K.J., Intoccia, V.A., & Cramer, R.J. (in press). Pride in All Who Served: Development, Feasibility, and Initial Efficacy of a Health Education Group for LGBT Veterans. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, Special Issue on Trauma, Advocacy, and Social Movements. Accepted April 2020. Doi:10.1080/15299732.2020.1770147
Luci, K., Simons, K., Hagemann, L., Jacobs, M.L., Bower, E.S., Eichorst, M.K. & Hilgeman, M.M. (2019). SAVE-CLC: An Intervention to Reduce Suicide Risk in Older Veterans Following Discharge from VA Nursing Facilities. Clinical Gerontologist, Special Issue on Late Life Suicide, co-edited by A. Fiske, PhD, and R. Cui, MS. DOI: 10.1080/07317115.2019.1666444
Hilgeman, M. M., Boozer, E. M., Snow, A. L., Allen, R.S., & Davis, L. L. (2019). Use of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) in a Rural Outreach Program for Military Veterans. Journal of Rural Social Sciences. 34(2): Article 2. Available At:
Hilgeman, M., Uphold, C., Collins, A., Davis, L., Olsen, D., Burgio, K., DeCoster, J., Gay, W., & Allen, R. (2018). Enabling Advance Directive Completion: Feasibility of a New Nurse-Supported Advance Care Planning Intervention. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 44(7), 31-42.
Hilgeman, M. M., Allen, R. S., & Carden, K. D. (2016). Identity process as a predictor of memory beliefs in older adults. Aging and Mental Health. Link to article:
Hilgeman, M. M., Allen, R. S. Snow, A. L., Durkin, D.W., DeCoster, J., & Burgio, L., (2014). Preserving Identity and Planning for Advance Care (PIPAC): Preliminary Outcomes from a Patient-Centered Intervention for Individuals with Mild Dementia. Aging & Mental Health, 18(4): 411-424. DOI:10.1080/13607863.2013.868403; Link to article:
Hilgeman, M.M., Mahaney-Price, A.F., Stanton, M.P., McNeal, S.F., Pettey, K.M., Tabb, K.D., Litaker, M.S., Parmelee, P., Hamner, K., Martin, M.Y., Hawn, M., Kertesz, S.G., Davis, L.L. and the Alabama Veterans Rural Health Initiative Steering Committee. (2014). Alabama Veterans Rural Health Initiative: A Pilot Study of Enhanced Community Outreach in Rural Areas. Journal of Rural Health; 30:153-163.
Hilgeman, M. M., Moye, J., Archambault, E., Billings, R., Karel, M., Gosian, J., & Naik, A. (2012). In the veterans’ voice: Psychosocial needs after cancer treatment. Federal Practitioner, 29, (Suppl. 3), 51S-59S.
Hilgeman, M. M., Durkin, D.W., Sun, F., DeCoster, J., Allen, R. S., Gallagher-Thompson, D. & Burgio, L. D. (2009). Testing a theoretical model of the stress process in Alzheimer’s caregivers with race as a moderator. The Gerontologist, 49(2), 248-261.
Hilgeman, M. M., Allen, R. S., DeCoster, J., & Burgio, L. D. (2007). Positive aspects of caregiving as a moderator of treatment outcome over 12 months. Psychology and Aging, 22(2), 361-371.

Recent Grants (selected)
2015-2020 Optimizing Dementia Care through Collaborative Recovery Interventions. Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research & Development Career Development Award – Level 2 [RX001824-01A1]. Role: Principal Investigator / Awardee. Lori Davis, M.D., Primary Mentor; Lynn Snow, Ph.D., Secondary Mentor. TDC: $920,100
2017-2020 Adapting Montessori Activity Programming for Veterans Living in Community Living Centers. Veterans Affairs Health Services Research & Development Investigator Initiated Research [IIR-16-018]. Role: Principal Investigator. TDC: $1,012,714.
2018-2020 Serving All Who Served: Improving Access to Healthcare for LGBT Veterans; Veterans Affairs Innovators Network – Spark, Seed, & Spread Investment Grants ($141,760) funded by VA Office of Mental Health & Suicide Prevention and Office of Rural Health. Role: Co-PI / Project Lead with Tiffany Lange-Altman, PsyD.
2017-2019 Suicide Awareness of Veterans Exiting the CLC (SAVE-CLC) Veterans Affairs FY17 Innovation Network – Spark and Seed Grants ($59,954). Role: Co-PI with Katherine Luci, PhD.
2015-2017 Development of a Multidimensional Pain Measure for Persons with Dementia (PIMD) Veterans Affairs Health Services Research & Development IIR [10-172-2]. Role: Site PI / Co-Investigator; Mary Ersek, PI. Study dates 4/1/12 – 05/31/17.
Contact information for Dr.Higgeman

* Indicates a mentored student publication.