GRN Research

Participants in the UNCG Gerontology Research Network (GRN) share mutual interests yet pursue diverse research experiences. Below are listed their current research projects along with contact information.

Adaptations and adjustments to the neuromuscular system in response to aging, training, and fatigue.
Kurt Kornatz , PhD 336-334-5548
mailto:kurt_kornatz@uncg.edu


Advanced technology for training caregivers to communicate more effectively with elderly persons with dementia
Nancy Green , PhD 336-256-1133
mailto:nlgreen@uncg.edu


Aging, caregiving, and intergenerational relationships
Janice Wassel , PhD 336-256-1020
mailto:jiwassel@uncg.edu


Aging in India
Sudha Shreeniwas , PhD 336-256-0269
mailto:s_shreen@uncg.edu


Aging of the workforce
Susan Letvak , PhD, RN 336-256-1024
mailto:susan_letvak@uncg.edu


Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Elise Eifert , MS 618-780-2444
mailto:ekeifert@uncg.edu


Artificial intelligence (AI) applied to human-human and human-computer communication in healthcare and education.
Nancy Green , PhD 336-256-1133
mailto:nlgreen@uncg.edu


Artificial Intelligence (AI) for patient-tailored information in clinical genetics
Nancy Green , PhD 336-256-1133
mailto:nlgreen@uncg.edu


Behavioral senescence
Olav Rueppell , PhD 336-256-2591


Biodemography
Olav Rueppell , PhD 336-256-2591


Biology of aging
Olav Rueppell , PhD 336-256-2591


Business and aging
Janice Wassel , PhD 336-256-1020
mailto:jiwassel@uncg.edu


Caregiver Identity
Elise Eifert , MS 618-780-2444
mailto:ekeifert@uncg.edu


Caregiving on women’s health and their life courses
Janice Wassel , PhD 336-256-1020
mailto:jiwassel@uncg.edu


Chronic illnesses in older adults
Jie Hu , PhD, RN 336-256-1025
mailto:jie_hu@uncg.edu


Clinical Social Work with Older Adults
Jay Poole , MSW 336-334-4097
mailto:kjpoole@uncg.edu


Close relationships in older adults
Daniel Perlman , PhD 336-334-9843
mailto:d_perlma@uncg.edu


Cognitive aging
Dayna Touron , PhD 336-256-0410
mailto:d_touron@uncg.edu


Cognitive strategy use and skill acquisition in older adults
Dayna Touron , PhD 336-256-0410
mailto:d_touron@uncg.edu


Community based aging services and mental health in aging
Jay Poole , MSW 336-334-4097
mailto:kjpoole@uncg.edu


Community based services
Debra Wallace , PhD, RN 336-256-0572
mailto:dcwallac@uncg.edu


Community partnerships and aging services
John Rife , PhD, ACSW 336-256-0363
mailto:jcrife@uncg.edu


Cross Cultural Management
Kevin Lowe , PhD 336-334-3055
mailto:kblowe@uncg.edu


Depression
Eileen Rossen , PhD, MSN, RN 336-334-5058
mailto:eileen_rossen@uncg.edu


Diabetes among minority populations (Hispanics and Chinese older adults)
Jie Hu , PhD, RN 336-256-1025
mailto:jie_hu@uncg.edu


Effects of exercise and wellness programming on chronic rheumatological pain conditions, especially in older adults with a focus on fibromyalgia polymyalgia rheumatic and chronic fatigue.
William Karper , Ed.D. 336-334-3035
mailto:wbkarper@uncg.edu


Elder abuse
Carrie Fernald 336-992-4453


Elder Abuse
Elise Eifert , MS 618-780-2444
mailto:ekeifert@uncg.edu


Employment and aging
John Rife , PhD, ACSW 336-256-0363
mailto:jcrife@uncg.edu


End of life issues
Carrie Fernald 336-992-4453


Entrepreneurship and Aging
Dianne Welsh , PhD, SPHR 336-256-8507
mailto:dhwelsh@uncg.edu


Environmental factors leading to obesity, such as consumption of high-fat and calorically dense food
Lynda Brown , PhD 336-256-0320
mailto:lmbrown6@uncg.edu


Epidemic of obesity, a major risk factor for the metabolic syndrome, a constellation of metabolic impairments that includes insulin resistance, diabetes and heart disease
Lynda Brown , PhD 336-256-0320
mailto:lmbrown6@uncg.edu


Estrogen modified inflammation in adipose, cardiovascular and neuronal tissue.
Lynda Brown , PhD 336-256-0320
mailto:lmbrown6@uncg.edu


Estrogen’s role decreasing the inflammatory effects of aging and diet induced obesity.
Lynda Brown , PhD 336-256-0320
mailto:lmbrown6@uncg.edu


Estrogens as neuroprotective agents
Lynda Brown , PhD 336-256-0320
mailto:lmbrown6@uncg.edu


Faculty and student development in public scholarship
Emily Janke , PhD 336-256-1484
mailto:emjanke@uncg.edu


Family Caregiver Health
Elise Eifert , MS 618-780-2444
mailto:ekeifert@uncg.edu


Family finances across the life course
Janice Wassel , PhD 336-256-1020
mailto:jiwassel@uncg.edu


Family relationships and health among immigrant minority elders
Sudha Shreeniwas , PhD 336-256-0269
mailto:s_shreen@uncg.edu


Financial gerontology/Financial sociology
Janice Wassel , PhD 336-256-1020
mailto:jiwassel@uncg.edu


Friendship of older adults
Rebecca Adams , PhD 336-334-3578
mailto:rebecca_adams@uncg.edu


Function
Debra Wallace , PhD, RN 336-256-0572
mailto:dcwallac@uncg.edu


Genetics/Genomics
Olav Rueppell , PhD 336-256-2591


Gerontological Nursing
Laurie Kennedy-Malone , PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FAGHE, FAANP, FGSA 336-334-5012
mailto:laurie_kennedy-malone@uncg.edu


Gerontology policy
John Rife , PhD, ACSW 336-256-0363
mailto:jcrife@uncg.edu


Growth curve modeling for change over time
William Dudley , PhD 336-256-2465
mailto:wndudley@uncg.edu


Health and safety of older workers
Susan Letvak , PhD, RN 336-256-1024
mailto:susan_letvak@uncg.edu


Health disparities
Debra Wallace , PhD, RN 336-256-0572
mailto:dcwallac@uncg.edu


Health promotion (depression, quality of life, self-esteem, and psychological well-being)
Eileen Rossen , PhD, MSN, RN 336-334-5058
mailto:eileen_rossen@uncg.edu


Healthy aging
Janice Wassel , PhD 336-256-1020
mailto:jiwassel@uncg.edu


Heart disease and diabetes
Debra Wallace , PhD, RN 336-256-0572
mailto:dcwallac@uncg.edu


Hormonal signals whose secretion is proportional to body fat (adiposity signals, leptin and insulin) reduce food intake and body weight by directly stimulating receptors in the ARC
Lynda Brown , PhD 336-256-0320
mailto:lmbrown6@uncg.edu


Identity formation, communication, and outcomes of partnerships for service-learning and community engagement
Emily Janke , PhD 336-256-1484
mailto:emjanke@uncg.edu


Inflammation and aging
Lynda Brown , PhD 336-256-0320
mailto:lmbrown6@uncg.edu


Inflammatory signaling pathways in obesity causally linked to insulin resistance
Lynda Brown , PhD 336-256-0320
mailto:lmbrown6@uncg.edu


Institutions and the life course
Janice Wassel , PhD 336-256-1020
mailto:jiwassel@uncg.edu


Interaction of aging, sex differences, obesity and inflammation.
Lynda Brown , PhD 336-256-0320
mailto:lmbrown6@uncg.edu


Leadership
Kevin Lowe , PhD 336-334-3055
mailto:kblowe@uncg.edu


Leisure and health of family caregivers of older adults
Leandra Bedini , PhD, LRT/CTRS 336-334-3260
mailto:labedini@uncg.edu


Leisure of girls and woman with disabilities
Leandra Bedini , PhD, LRT/CTRS 336-334-3260
mailto:labedini@uncg.edu


Mental Health and Aging
Jay Poole , MSW 336-334-4097
mailto:kjpoole@uncg.edu


Metabolic syndrome, symptoms of which include increased visceral adipose tissue, insulin resistance and increased visceral obesity animal models of these processes
Lynda Brown , PhD 336-256-0320
mailto:lmbrown6@uncg.edu


Metacognition influences on older adults cognition
Dayna Touron , PhD 336-256-0410
mailto:d_touron@uncg.edu


Minority aging
Debra Wallace , PhD, RN 336-256-0572
mailto:dcwallac@uncg.edu


Misbehavior of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)
William Tullar , PhD 336-334-4526
mailto:wltullar@uncg.edu


Model organisms
Olav Rueppell , PhD 336-256-2591


Nervous system strategies mediating control of upper extremities
Kurt Kornatz , PhD 336-334-5548
mailto:kurt_kornatz@uncg.edu


Older adults health and well being
Eileen Rossen , PhD, MSN, RN 336-334-5058
mailto:eileen_rossen@uncg.edu


Organizational leadership and change for community engagement
Emily Janke , PhD 336-256-1484
mailto:emjanke@uncg.edu


Physical activity and cognitive function in older adults
Jennifer Etnier , PhD 336-334-3037
mailto:jletnier@uncg.edu


Psychometric properties of the Self-Efficacy Relocation Scale
Eileen Rossen , PhD, MSN, RN 336-334-5058
mailto:eileen_rossen@uncg.edu


Qualitative research methods
Susan Letvak , PhD, RN 336-256-1024
mailto:susan_letvak@uncg.edu


Regulation of food intake and body weight
Lynda Brown , PhD 336-256-0320
mailto:lmbrown6@uncg.edu


Relocation transition experiences and health (psychosocial, and quality of life outcomes of relocation to independent living communities)
Eileen Rossen , PhD, MSN, RN 336-334-5058
mailto:eileen_rossen@uncg.edu


Research emphasizes social psychology and physical activity; current research emphasizes gender/cultural diversity and the relationship between physical activity and quality of life.
Diane Gill , PhD 336-334-4683
mailto:dlgill@uncg.edu


Rheumatology
Carrie Fernald 336-992-4453


Self esteem
Eileen Rossen , PhD, MSN, RN 336-334-5058
mailto:eileen_rossen@uncg.edu


Sex hormones influencing the efficacy of adiposity hormones as they interact with food intake control systems in the brain
Lynda Brown , PhD 336-256-0320
mailto:lmbrown6@uncg.edu


Sport and Exercise Psychology, with specialization in social psychology of physical activity
Diane Gill , PhD 336-334-4683
mailto:dlgill@uncg.edu


Support Service Utilization by Family Caregivers
Elise Eifert , MS 618-780-2444
mailto:ekeifert@uncg.edu


Women’s labor force participation and retirement
Janice Wassel , PhD 336-256-1020
mailto:jiwassel@uncg.edu