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ADAPT Center

Areas of Distinction

  • Adaptive Leadership framework to guide development of symptom science
  • Mixed methods
  • Visual analysis
  • Development and application of emerging analytic models for use with complex data sets
  • 50 Center Investigators and growing

Center Aims

  • Enhance and sustain productivity of new scientists engaged in interdisciplinary biobehavioral research to understand and ameliorate symptoms, symptom distress, and symptom sequelae using adaptive approaches for people with cognitive / affective changes in chronic illness
  • Assist investigators to tailor research approaches and interventions to optimize research participation by people with cognitive / affective changes, by:
    • Addressing minority health issues, and
    • Refining existing, or creating new intervention protocols and self-report measures, such as the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System [PROMIS]
  • Increase investigator competence in using longitudinal quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches to examine the trajectories of:
    • Symptoms and symptom sequelae
    • Patient adaptation associated with cognitive/affective changes

Center Leadership

Center Director: Ruth A. Anderson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Center Co-Director: Sharron L. Docherty, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC/PC
Mentoring and Scholarship Core: Donald E. Bailey, Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN
Design and Methods Core: Bei Wu, PhD

Research Projects

Trajectory of Symptom Experiences Post-Ablation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
Project Director: Kathryn Wood, PhD, RN

Physiologic Mechanisms in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
Project Director: Karin Reuter-Rice, PhD, NP, FCCM

Careful Hand Feeding Dementia Feeding Skills Training Program for Nursing Home Staff
Project Director: Melissa Aselage, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC

Cognitive Status Changes Among Stroke Patients Receiving Acute Rehabilitation
Project Director: Janet Prvu Bettger, ScD, FAHA

Center Cores

Core I: Administrative

  • Coordinate and integrate all Center activities
  • Oversee progress and provide support for 4 ADAPT Center research studies
  • Fund 7 new research pilots over next 5 years
  • Promote interactions to develop new interdisciplinary studies
  • Host lunch & learn sessions with potential collaborating departments / centers
  • Evaluate effectiveness of the Center in achieving its aims and outcomes

Core 2: Mentoring and Scholarship

  • Mentoring for research, theory, developing interventions, grants management
    • Monthly meetings with project PIs
  • Professional Minority Advisory Board mentoring and collaboration
  • Proposal Writing Group mentoring sessions
  • Adaptive Leadership journal club
    • Adaptive theories, conceptual development, minority recruitment, tailoring for people with cognitive / affective challenges
  • Bi-monthly research seminars and annual visiting Scholar

Core 3: Design and Methods

  • Symptom measurement consultation
  • Statistical consultation on research design / methods, database management
  • Submission of grant to advance analytic innovations
    • Help develop new design and analytical methods
  • Methods journal club
    • Within-person coupling of relationship between health (i.e., hypertension, vision, self-reported sleep difficulties) and cognitive performance;
    • Case study approach to observational data
    • Model identification for fractional polynomials to identify nonlinear relationships;
    • Visual analysis of complex data sets
    • State space approach to time series analysis
  • Bi-monthly research seminars and annual visiting Scholar


Center Accomplishments as of March 25, 2013:

  • Live streamed learning sessions to Emory P30 Center of Excellence.
  • Conducted two meetings of the Professional Minority Advisory Board to enhance minority recruitment and retention in funded Center studies.
  • Developed Proposal Writing Group mentoring session procedures
    • First series begins in May 2013
  • Launched the Adaptive Leadership journal club
  • Launched the Methods journal club Collaborated with the Office of Research Affairs to offer two research seminars
  • Supported submission of an R34 application related to area of Center Science