Aging and Mental Health Lab

SUZANNE MEEKS, Ph.D.

Summary of Research Interests:

Broadly my research has focused on mental health in late life. My primary research focus for the past 8 years has been developing and testing a behavioral intervention for depression in nursing homes. This work is embedded in a program of research that involves investigating the nature of depression and anxiety in later life. I am also interested in other facets of mental health in long-term care, and my students are involved in investigations of anxiety, sleep, medication prescribing, depression, and grief as they pertain to medically ill and cognitively impaired older adults. Recently I have begun to be interested in positive mental health constructs such as "flourishing," and "resilience," and we are currently working on a prospective study of long-term care admissions to look at predictors of well-being.

Clinical Interests: Geropsychology

Orientation: Cognitive-behavioral