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Selected Recent Publications:

Meeks, S., Looney, S.W., Van Haitsma, K., & Teri, L. (2008).  BE-ACTIV:  a staff-assisted, behavioral intervention for depression in nursing homes.  The Gerontologist, 48, 105-114.

Meeks, S., Sublett, R.L., *Kostiwa, I.M., *Rodgers, J.R., & Haddix, D.  (2008)  Treating depression in the prison nursing home:  Demonstrating research-to-practice translation.  Clinical Case Studies, 7, 555-574.

Meeks, S., *Shah, S., & *Ramsey, S. (2009).  The Pleasant Events Scale – Nursing Home version:  A useful tool for behavioral interventions in long-term care.  Aging and Mental Health, 13, 445-455.DOI: 10.1080/13607860802534617

Whitbourne, S.K., & Meeks, S. (2010).  Psychopathology, bereavement and aging.  In Schaie, K.W., & Willis, S. (Eds.), Handbook of the Psychology and Aging, 7th Ed. New York:  Academic Press.

Meeks, S., & Looney, S.W. (2011).  Depressed nursing home residents’ activity participation and positive affect as a function of staff positive engagement.  Behavior Therapy, 42, 22-29.

*Shah, S.N., & Meeks, S.  (2012). Late-life bereavement and complicated grief: A proposed comprehensive framework. Aging and Mental Health, 16, 39-56. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2011.605054

*Shah, S.N., Schoenbachler, B., & Meeks, S.  (2012).  Antidepressant prescribing in nursing homes.  Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 13, 406-412.  Doi:  10.1016/j.jamda.2011.09.004;  PMC3332146; NIHMSID #326641.

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

Kolanowski, A.M., Van Haitsma, K., Meeks, S., & Litaker, M.  (Online 1/2014) The positivity ratio and relationship to well-being in nursing home residents with dementia  American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias.  DOI: 10.1177/1533317513518657

Meeks, S., Van Haitsma, K., Schoenbachler, B., & Looney, S.W. (Online 4/2014).  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.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.  The BE-ACTIV project:  How research, professional training, education, and practice were integrated in a single clinical trial. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education. In Press Feb. 2015; doi:

* denotes student author