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Nursing Research Projects

Ongoing Research and Research opportunities

  • CAPABLE Caregiver
    Title:  CAPABLE Caregiver

    Description: Adapting the CAPABLE program (which is a program to support older adults to achieve daily functional goals to age in the community)  to better support caregivers of people living with physical disability

    Available research opportunities (e.g. PhD research opportunity, postdoctoral research opportunity, work study student opportunity)

    Contact: Dr. Sarah Szanton
    Email:  sarah.szanton@jhu.edu
  • CAPABLE Family
    Title:  CAPABLE Family

    Description: Adapting the CAPABLE program (which is a program to support older adults to achieve daily functional goals to age in the community)  for people living with dementia

    Available research opportunities (e.g. PhD research opportunity, postdoctoral research opportunity, work study student opportunity)

    Contact: Dr. Sarah Szanton
    Email:  sarah.szanton@jhu.edu
  • Effectiveness of the combined technology-enhanced home exercise program and other non-pharmacological interventions on fatigue, physical function and well-being among cancer survivors (CRMS (Protocol # J1876))
    Title: Effectiveness of the combined technology-enhanced home exercise program and other non-pharmacological interventions on fatigue, physical function and well-being among cancer survivors (CRMS (Protocol # J1876))

    Description: This a pilot randomized control trial aims to examine the feasibility of a 12-week technology-enhanced home exercise (TEHE) program and combined technology-enhanced home exercise and Ear Acupressure (TEHE plus) program among cancer survivors and investigate the effect of the TEHE plus program on fatigue, physical activity and serum biomarkers (Heat Shock Protein 90 and Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) compared to control (usual care), exercise only, and ear acupressure groups.

    Available research opportunities (e.g. PHD research opportunity, postdoctoral research opportunity, work study student opportunity)

    Contact: Dr. Nada Lukkahatai
    Email: nada.lukkahatai@jhu.edu
  • Effect of a tailored technology-enhanced home-based exercise program on DNA methylation change among cancer survivors with multiple chronic conditions

    Title: Effect of a tailored technology-enhanced home-based exercise program on DNA methylation change among cancer survivors with multiple chronic conditions

    Description:  This pre-post test pilot study aims to examine the effect of a tailored technology-enhanced home-based exercise (iHBE) program on the epigenetic and identify the relationship among the change of epigenetics (DNAm methylation age) and symptoms (including, fatigue, pain, cognitive decline and resilience).

    Available research opportunities (e.g. PHD research opportunity, postdoctoral research opportunity, work study student opportunity)

    Contact: Dr. Nada Lukkahatai
    Email: nada.lukkahatai@jhu.edu

  • GOALS
    Title:  GOALS

    Description: Developing and pilot testing a program to increase function at home by de-prescribing and optimizing medications around older people’s goals

    Available research opportunities (e.g. PhD research opportunity, student volunteer opportunity)

    Contact: Dr. Sarah Szanton
    Email:  sarah.szanton@jhu.edu
  • Reducing racial disparities in AD/ADRD: Addressing structural discrimination and resilience
    Title:  Reducing racial disparities in AD/ADRD: Addressing structural discrimination and resilience

    Description: to develop a measure of structural racial discrimination and resilience, test it in national datasets, understand how structural discrimination impacts AD/ADRD and develop interventions
    Available research opportunities (e.g. PhD research opportunity, postdoctoral research opportunity, work study student opportunity)

    Contact: Dr. Sarah Szanton
    Email:  sarah.szanton@jhu.edu

  • A Personalized Behavioral Intervention for Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment and  Sleep Complaints
    Title: A Personalized Behavioral Intervention for Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment and  Sleep Complaints

    Description: This pilot randomized controlled trial aims to test the feasibility and acceptability of a 16-week mHealth facilitated physical activity intervention protocol in older adults with mild cognitive impairment and sleep complaints.  We will also test the preliminary effectiveness of the intervention to promote physical activity and sleep outcomes.

    Contact email: Junxin.li@jhu.edu

  • A Personalized Behavioral Intervention to Improve Physical Activity, Sleep and Cognition in Sedentary Older Adults
    Title: A Personalized Behavioral Intervention to Improve Physical Activity, Sleep and Cognition in Sedentary Older Adults

    Description: This randomized controlled trial aims to test the effect of a 24-week mHealth facilitated personalized behavioral intervention on physical activity, sleep, and cognition in community-dwelling older adults without cognitive impairment. The intervention includes personalized exercise prescription, training, mHealth strategies, goal-setting, and financial incentives.

    Contact email: Junxin.li@jhu.edu

  • Understanding the impact of COVID on older adults living in New York City with disability
    Title:  Understanding the impact of COVID on older adults living in New York City with disability

    Description: Understanding changes in financial strain, social support, social isolation and technology use during the COVID pandemic

    Available research opportunities (e.g. student volunteer opportunity)

    Contact: Dr. Sarah Szanton
    Email:  sarah.szanton@jhu.edu

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