My research has centered on the psychosocial consequences of chronic illness for older adults. Although I have studied breast cancer, syncope, head and neck cancer, Parkinson's disease and Paget's disease of bone, my primary interest and focus has been on osteoporosis and its psychological and social impact on those who suffer from it.
In particular, my current research focuses on compliance and persistence with osteoporosis medications. One current study focuses on the impact of race/ethnicity on medication decision making. We are trying to determine the relative weight of cost, convenience, dosing interval, efficacy, and safety in making medication decisions and taking medication on a regular basis as prescribed by a health care provider. I am also on the Steering Committees of two major observational studies with different osteoporosis medications.
Finally, I have worked with voluntary health organizations to translate our research findings into positive real-world outcomes for people with chronic illness. I serve on the Board of Trustees of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and am Chair of its Education Committee. I have also chaired the International Symposium on Osteoporosis (ISO) for the last 8 years.
Education and Training
- Northwestern University, Ph.D. 1986
Selected Grants and Awards
- Behavioral and Physiology in Aging
- Behavior And Physiology In Aging
- APOE, Quality of Life and Medical Costs in Late Life
- Phase Ten Year Followup
- Phse Ten Year Follow-Up
- Phse Ten-Year Follow Up
- Claude D Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
- Alzheimer'S Disease Research Center
- Osteoporosis And Disability In Life Care Community Women
- Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
- Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Centers
- Osteoporosis And Disability In A Life Care Community
- Osteoporosis And Disability In Life-Care Community Women
- Coping With Chronic Illness In Later Life