Suzanne Meeks, PhD
Chair and Professor
- Ph.D. Catholic University of America, 1985
Mental health in late life, especially depression and other disorders in long-term care settings.
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, 88-99. DOI: 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
- PSYC 313 Tests and Measurement
- Mental Health and Aging
- PSYC 679 Introduction to Clinical Assessment
- PSYC 656 Legal and Ethical Issues
- Mental Health and Aging