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Pilot Projects

Annually, pilot project proposals are solicited that will use secondary datasets to explore the sociocultural, behavioral, and environmental determinants of ADRD health disparities. Datasets to be used include the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Disease Registry, the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), or the Behavioral Risk Factor and Surveillance System (BRFSS). Research projects may be funded up to $30,000. An applicant may request a project period of 12 months beginning July 1st and ending June 30th. The call for proposals is released Spring of each year and will be distributed widely and posted on this webpage.

Eligible applicants include:

  1. Junior faculty or mid-career faculty transitioning to ADRD research.
  2. Faculty who have academic appointments at Allen University (AU), Claflin University (CU), Clemson University (Clemson), the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), South Carolina State University (SCSU), or the University of South Carolina (UofSC).

 

Currently Funded Projects

Nicole Davis

Nicole Davis, PhD, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, GNP-BC

Project Title: Addressing ADRD Health Disparities between Urban and Rural Populations in South Carolina

Project Description: The aims of this study are to (1) determine whether sociodemographic factors (e.g. race, gender, geographic location) contribute to ADRD prevalence across counties within South Carolina, and (2) examine the variation of health utilization across racial/ethnic groups, between urban and rural counties, and by their associations with ADRD types and health-related outcomes.

Datasets: South Carolina Alzheimer’s Disease Registry

Home Institution: Clemson University

Mentors: Cheryl Dye, Daniela Friedman, Mindi Spencer

Miriam Evans

Miriam Evans, EdD, MEd, MCHES

Project Title: Multi-Morbidity, Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) Types, and Mortality in South Carolina

Project Description: The aims of this study are to (1) estimate the prevalence of clusters of multi-morbidity by ADRD type and compare differences by race, and (2) estimate the association between multi-morbidity and mortality focusing on median survival time and all-cause mortality risk.

Datasets: South Carolina Alzheimer’s Disease Registry

Home Institution: South Carolina State University

Mentors: Cheryl Armstead, Maggi Miller, Jacobo Mintzer

Andrea Henderson-Platt

Andrea Henderson-Platt, PhD

Project Title: Religion and Cognitive Functioning: Race-Ethnicity and Gender Differences in Older Americans

Project Description: The aim of this study is to examine whether the association between various dimensions of religious involvement and cognition varies by race-ethnicity and gender simultaneously, and if this relationship is explained by psychosocial mechanisms.

Datasets: Health and Retirement Study

Home Institution: University of South Carolina

Mentors: Sue Levkoff, Katrina Walsemann, Sara Wilcox

Caroline Hartnett, PhD

Caroline Hartnett, PhD

Project Title: Racial Disparities in Cognitive Impairment: The Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Project Description: The purpose of this study is to examine whether adverse experiences in childhood help explain Black-White disparities in cognitive impairment at older ages. The investigator will use the BRFSS data set and analyze measures of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and cognitive impairment (along with selected covariates).

Datasets: Behavioral Risk Factor and Surveillance System

Home Institution: UofSC

Mentors: Cheryl Dye, Maggi Miller, Mindi Spencer

Karina Liles, PhD

Karina Liles, PhD

Project Title: Using Artificial Intelligence to Identify and Predict ADRD Risks

Project Description: Using decision tree models to examine existing health datasets, this project focuses on understanding the determinants of ADRD for African Americans (AAs) in South Carolina and using the findings to predict the risk of ADRD for AAs in the state with the ultimate aim of developing a social robot to engage the community in discussions and activities related to ADRD.

Datasets: Health and Retirement Study

Home Institution: Claflin University

Mentors: James Hardin, Sue Levkoff, Ben Schooley

Kevin Lu, PhD

Kevin Lu, PhD

Project Title:  Determinants and Disparities in Early Diagnoses of Cognitive Impairment  among the Elderly Population

Project Description: The purpose of this research is to examine the determinants of early diagnoses of cognitive impairment among the elderly; to determine if racial/ethnic disparities exist in early diagnoses of cognitive impairment among the elderly; and to determine if urban-rural disparities exist in early diagnoses of cognitive impairment among the elderly.

Datatsets: Health and Retirement Study

Home Institution: UofSC

Mentors: Daniela Friedman, Ye Luo, Katrina Walsemann


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