Suzanne Meeks, PhD

Chair and Professor

Portrait of Suzanne Meeks

Life Sciences Building, 315-A

(502) 852-6068

(502) 852-8904

smeeks@louisville.edu

Lab

Life Sciences Building, 107/111

(502) 852-5950

Aging and Mental Health Lab

Education

  • Ph.D. Catholic University of America, 1985

Research Interest

Mental health in late life, especially depression and other disorders in long-term care settings.

Selected Publications

 Meeks, S., Van Haitsma, K., *Kostiwa, I., & Murrell, S.A. (2012).  Positivity and well-being among community-residing elders and nursing home residents: What is the optimal affect balance?  The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences,67(4):460-467.   doi:10.1093/geronb/gbr135.

 *Gerstenecker, A., Mast, B., *Shah, S., & Meeks, S.  (2014). Tracking cognition in nursing home residents.  Clinical Gerontologist, 37, 286-297.  doi: 10.1080/07317115.2014.885921  http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/Hn5EgnVi4CB8vgQAQT8b/full\

 Kolanowski, A.M., Van Haitsma, K., Meeks, S., & Litaker, M.  (2014) The positivity ratio and relationship to well-being in nursing home residents with dementia  American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 29, 457-462.  DOI: 10.1177/1533317513518657

 Meeks, S., Van Haitsma, K., Schoenbachler, B., & Looney, S.W. (2015).  BE-ACTIV vs. treatment as usual for depression in nursing homes:  Primary outcomes of a cluster randomized clinical trial. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences, 70(1), 13–23.doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu026

 Meeks, S., Getz, B.R., Hess, L.S., Kostiwa, I.M., Ludwin, B.M., Rodgers, J.R., & Shah, S.N.  (2015). The BE-ACTIV project:  How research, professional training, education, and practice were integrated in a single clinical trial.  Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 36, 318-329. DOI: 10.1080/02701960.2015.1031893.

 Meeks, S., Van Haitsma, K., Mast, B.T.,  Arnold, S., Streim, J.E., Sephton, S., Smith, P.J., Kleban, M., & Rovine, M. (2016).  Psychological and social resources relate to biomarkers of allostasis in newly admitted nursing home residents.  Aging and Mental Health, 20, 88-99DOI:  10.1080/13607863.2015.1072796.

 Meeks, S., *Ludwin, B.M., & Looney, S.W. (2016).  Falls as adverse events in psychosocial treatment of depression: Findings from a clinical trial in nursing homes.  Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 3, 139-141 doi:10.1016/j.conctc.2016.05.006

 Andrew, N*. & Meeks, S. (Online 10/2016).  Fulfilled preferences, perceived control, life satisfaction, and loneliness in elderly long-term care residents.  Aging and Mental Health.DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2016.1244804

 Meeks, S., Shryock, S.K.,* & Vandenbroucke, R.J.  (Online April 2017).  Theatre involvement and well-being, age differences, and lessons from long-time subscribers. The Gerontologist.  doi:10.1093/geront/gnx029

Courses Often Taught

Undergraduate

  • PSYC 313 Tests and Measurement
  • Mental Health and Aging

Graduate

  • PSYC 679 Introduction to Clinical Assessment
  • PSYC 656 Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Mental Health and Aging