Rebecca Logsdon, PhD

Rebecca Logsdon, PhD
Research Professor
Research Professor
Psychosocial & Community Health
Box 357263
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7263


I am a clinical psychologist specializing in gerontology and have worked and conducted research with older adults for 25 years. My research focuses on translation of evidence-based psychosocial interventions for individuals with dementia and their family caregivers into community settings, including early stage dementia support programs and physical activity interventions for individuals with cognitive impairment. Other ongoing research studies include developing and evaluating specialized dementia care programs in Washington State adult day centers and board and care facilities, and assessing quality of life in individuals with dementia and their caregivers. I have recently completed a research infrastructure-building grant being implemented with two tribes in the Pacific Northwest to develop collaborative research and health promotion efforts. I am also a co- investigator of the CDC-funded Healthy Aging Research Network, with a specific focus on outreach to diverse communities regarding brain health.


As research faculty, my teaching responsibilities are limited to advising graduate students and colleagues regarding research with older adults. In addition, I do a significant amount of continuing education training of community health providers to deliver evidence-based interventions to clients with dementia and their caregivers.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

I am a member of a number of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teams, including collaborations with physicians, social workers, nurses, epidemiologists, public health specialists, community agencies, and government organizations. I have regularly collaborated with colleagues from other departments and schools in the University of Washington as well as from other institutions and agencies, particularly the Washington and Oregon Departments of Social and Health Services, the Oregon and Western and Central Washington chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association, and several Western Washington Area Agencies on Aging. I currently serve as a member of the Community Level Health Promotions study section at National Institutes of Health, and as a co-chair of the psychosocial intervention professional interest area of the Alzheimer's Association International Research Group.

Current Publications

  • Logsdon, RG & Teri, L (2010) An Evidence-Based Exercise and Behavior Management Program for Dementia Care. Generations, 34 (1), 80-83.
  • Logsdon, RG, Pike, K.C., McCurry, S.M., Hunter, P., Maher, J., Snyder, L., & Teri, L. (2010) Early stage memory loss support groups: Outcomes from a randomized controlled clinical trial. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 65B (6), 691- 97.
  • Leon-Salas, B, Logsdon, RG, Olazaran, J, Martinez-Martin, P. (2011) QoL-AD psychometrics in advanced dementia: different constructs for different perspectives? Aging and Mental Health, Jan 1, 1-9.
  • Teri, L., McKenzie, G., Logsdon, R.G., McCurry, S.M., Bollin, S., Mead, J., Menne, H. (2012) Translation of Two Evidence-based Programs for Training Families to Improve Care of Persons with Dementia. The Gerontologist, 52, 452-9.
  • McGough, E.L., Logsdon, R.G., Kelly, V.E., & Teri, L. (2013). Functional mobility limitations and falls in assisted living residents with dementia: Physical performance assessment and quantitative gait analysis. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 36: 78-86. PMID: 22976811.

Current Research Projects

  • Title: From Evidence-Base to Practice: Implementing RDAD in AAA Community-Based Services
    Source of Funding: National Institute on Aging, 1 R01 AG041716-01
    Period: 2012-2017
    Funding: $2,335,235
    Role: Co Investigator (Linda Teri, PhD, PI)
  • Title: Two Interventions for Early Stage Dementia: A Comparative Efficacy Trial
    Source of Funding: Alzheimer's Association Non-Pharmacological Strategies to Ameliorate Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease (NPSASA-11-203555)
    Period: 2011-2014
    Funding: $399,990
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Title: Building a Sustainable American Indian Tribal Infrastructure for Translational Research
    Source of Funding: NINR RC4NR012344 (C. J. Strickland)
    Period: 7/23/10 - 6/30/13 (Extension through 9/30/13)
    Funding: $194,532
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator (C.J. Strickland, PI)
  • Title: Enhance Mobility Exercise Program in Dementia Care
    Source of Funding: Older Americans Act Grant to Washington State DSHS, Contract #0230-00520
    Period: Sept 1, 2009-December 31, 2013
    Funding: $82,884
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Title: Community Translation of STAR-C
    Source of funding: Administration on Aging Grant to the State of Oregon, Contract #130311
    Period: Oct 30, 2009-June 30, 2013
    Funding: $91,346
    Role: Principal Investigator
Research Interests: 
My research focuses on translation of evidence-based psychosocial interventions for individuals with dementia and their family caregivers into community settings.
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