Lynn Snow


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  • phone (205) 348-3655
  • office location Osband Hall 210


  • PhD, Texas A&M University


A. Lynn Snow received her PhD from Texas A&M University in 1998. A 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 an undergraduate/graduate seminar on Multiple Perspectives in Dementia, a graduate course on Psychology of Aging – Assessment, and Introduction to Psychology.

Recent Grants

  • Enhancing Sleep Quality for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia: Pragmatic Trial of an Evidence-Based Frontline Huddling Program. NIH Clinical Trial (Current Phase: Pilor Phase – R61). A. L. Snow, Principal Investigator. (Approved). 2020-present.
  • 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.


  • Alabama Research Institute on Aging
  • 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.