Rebecca Logsdon PhD
I am a clinical psychologist specializing in gerontology, and have worked with older adults with memory loss and their families for 30 years. My research focuses on psychosocial interventions to improve mental and physical health and quality of life for individuals with memory loss and their families.
Currently I am principal investigator of an Alzheimer’s Association-funded grant evaluating outcomes for early stage support programs, and co-investigator of an NIA-funded investigation of physical activity interventions for individuals with cognitive impairment. I am Pilot Core director of the UW Roybal Center for Translational Research on Aging, and co-investigator and site director of the CDC funded Healthy Brain Research Network.
Other ongoing projects include collaborating on Administration on Aging-funded translational research on dementia care programs in Washington and Oregon, evaluating participant outcomes of an experiential arts program at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, WA, and assessing quality of life in individuals with dementia and their caregivers.
Nationally, I am a member of the NIH standing review committee for Community Level Health Promotion; internationally, I chair the Psychosocial Intervention Interest Group of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART).
Psychosocial and Community Health
What classes do you teach?
None at the moment.
What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?
I especially appreciate the strong sense of social responsibility and focus on clinical service and translational research to benefit individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
- cognitive impairment
- healthy aging
- physical activity
- Lifespan Health
- McCurry, S.M., Logsdon, R.G., Mead, J., Pike, K.C., LaFazia, D.M., Stevens, L., & Teri, L. (2015). Adopting evidence-based caregiver training programs in the real world: Outcomes and lessons learned from the STAR-C Oregon translation study. Journal of Applied Gerontology. pii: 0733464815581483. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25873454
- Burnside, L.D., Knecht, M.J., Hopley, E.K., & Logsdon, R.G. (2015) here:now – Conceptual model of the Impact of an experiential art program on persons with dementia and their care-partners. Dementia. Mar 19. pii: 1471301215577220. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25795584
- Logsdon, R.G., Pike, K.C., Korte, L., & Goehring, C. (2014). Memory care and wellness services: Efficacy of specialized dementia care in adult day services. The Gerontologist (epub ahead of print: March 10 2014), PMID: 24615230 DOI: 10.1093/gerontgnu012.