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MHLP Assistant Professor & Colleagues Receive Alzheimer's Disease Research Institute Grant

MHLP Assistant Professor & Colleagues Receive Alzheimer's Disease Research Institute Grant

Kyaien Conner, PhD, along with her co-investigators Dr. Jennifer Bugos from the School of Music and Nicole Crawford from the College of Public Heath, were recently awarded a grant from the Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer's Disease Research Institute for their project to investigate the impact of an African Drumming for Dementia Intervention on psychosocial outcomes in African Americans with Alzheimer's Disease and their caregivers. Dr. Conner was awarded $95,000 for this grant which covers a two-year grant period scheduled to begin on March 1st 2019. The project will involve an open trial whereby they will pilot test and determine the feasibility of the African Drumming for Dementia intervention for community dwelling African Americans with early stage AD (N= 30) and their caregivers (N=30). The aims of this novel pilot project are to: 1.) assess the feasibility and acceptability of the African Drumming for Dementia intervention; 2.) assess psychosocial outcomes for persons living with early-stage AD including: mood, quality of life, self-esteem and self-efficacy; and 3.) assess the following psychosocial outcomes for caregivers: caregiver burden, mood, quality of life, self-esteem and self-efficacy.