Linda Teri, PhD

Linda Teri, PhD
Director, Northwest Research Group on Aging
Psychosocial & Community Health
Box 358733
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-8733


I have been active as a PI or Co-PI on almost 50 NIH funded grants, each focused on (1) understanding the relationship between cognitive, behavioral, and affective problems among older adults with varying levels of cognitive impairment or (2) developing and evaluating community-based treatment or training programs designed to decrease the behavioral and care-related problems experienced by older adults by working with them directly, with their family members, or with staff providing their care. My primary area of expertise is the development, implementation and evaluation of assessment and treatment approaches to reducing the disability inherent among older adults with significant cognitive disorders. I am committed to advancing the science and practice of translational research, especially for improving care of older adults with cognitive impairment and their family caregivers. Students working with me will learn the scholarly as well as the practical side of conducting research in this area. They gain first hand experience working in an interdisciplinary team of researchers and providers.


I teach courses in Mental Health and Aging, Translational Science, and Research Methods.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

I am the Director of the NIH funded Northwest Roybal Center (NRC) whose mission is to support translational research designed to “Improve Healthcare for Cognitively Impaired Elders and Their Caregivers” and Director of the UW’s Northwest Research Group on Aging, a multidisciplinary group of researchers committed to scholarly inquiry and empirical investigation of clinical approaches to improving care. I am on faculty of the UW’s NIH funded Institutional Translational Health Sciences - Clinical Translational Science Award (ITHS-CTSA) and am their representative to the NIA-CTSA multi-site collaborative trial task force. For the past 10 years, I have worked closely with Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to translate research advances into practice.

Current Publications

  • Teri, L., McCurry, S.M., Logsdon, R.G., Gibbons, L.E., Buchner, D.M., Larson, E.B. A randomized controlled clinical trial of the Seattle Protocol for Activity in older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2011, 59(1), 1188-1196. PMCID: PMC3318986
  • Teri, L., McKenzie, G., Logsdon, R.G., McCurry, S.M., Bollin, S., Mead, J., Menne, H. Translation of two evidence-based programs for training families to improve care of persons with dementia. The Gerontologist, 2012, 52(4), 452-459. PMCID: PMC3391381
  • McKenzie, G., Teri, L., Pike, K., LaFazia, D., van Leynseele, J. Reactions of assisted living staff to behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. Geriatric Nursing, 2012, 33(2):96-104.
  • McGough, L.E., Logsdon, R.G., Kelly, V.E., Teri, L. Functional mobility limitations and falls in assisted living residents with dementia. Physical performance assessment and quantitative gait analysis. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 2012, 36(2):78-86.
  • Teri, L. Gibbons, L.E., McCurry, S.M., Logsdon, R.G., Buchner, D.M., Barlow, W.E., Kukull, W.A., LaCroix, A.Z., McCormick, W.C., Larson, E.B. Exercise plus behavioral management in patients with Alzheimer Disease: A randomized controlled trial. The Journal of the American Medical Association, 2003, 290(15), 2015-2022.

Current Research Projects

  • 1RO1 AG041716-01 (PI L. Teri) 04/01/2012 – 3/31/2017
    Funding agency: NIA (~$2,500,000)
    Project Title: From Evidence-Base to Practice: Implementing RDAD in AAA Community-Based Services
    Purpose: To conduct and evaluate the translation of RDAD, an evidence-based exercise and behavioral training program for caregivers of older adults with dementia, conducted via existing AAA community-based agencies.
  • 1RC1MH088368-01( PI: L. Teri) 09/01/09 – 12/31/11
    |Funding Agency: NIA-ARRA (~$2,500,000)
    Project Title: “Uptake of STAR: Increasing Qualified Staff to improve care of older adults in Assisted Living”
    Purpose: The major goals of this project are the uptake and translation of an effective empirically evaluated treatment to improve care, reduce affective and behavioral problems, and reduce transfer to more costly long-term care options.
Research Interests: 
Epidemiological and longitudinal studies of dementia and normal aging. Assessment and treatment of behavioral problems in dementia; clinical outcome trials; caregiving interventions.
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