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Behavioral Science





Additional 2009 Accomplishments


  • Lee X. Blonder, Professor
  • Dr. Blonder is the Principal Investigator on an NIH grant entitled “Neuroimaging Studies of Depression in Parkinson's Disease.”  She is also a co-investigator on an R21/R33grant “A Comparative Developmental Study of Face Processing,” (Jane Joseph, PI).  She presented data from the Parkinson’s grant at the Organization for Human Brain Mapping conference in San Francisco in June and gave an invited talk on these data at an NINDS sponsored panel at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology meeting in Fort Lauderdale in December. She has a chapter in press, another in preparation, and a journal article under revision.  In addition to supervising graduate students, Dr. Blonder served as a preceptor for Patient Centered Medicine in the Spring of 2009 and is currently a preceptor in Introduction to Clinical Medicine (Fall of 2009 to the present).  Dr. Blonder’s service accomplishments include having chaired the Pilot Grant Committee in Behavioral Science and served as a reviewer on the Alzheimer’s Disease Center Pilot Grant Review Committee (Center on Aging).  She was also a member of the search committee to recruit a new Center on Aging Director (College of Medicine).  Dr. Blonder served on the Health Care Colleges Council as an alternate member, the University Research Professorship Committee, (Vice President for Research Office), is an elected member of the University Senate and serves on the Senate Rules and Elections committee. She is also a longstanding member of the Certificate in Gerontology Committee (College of Public Health). At the national level, she reviewed several American Recovery and Reinvestment Act challenge grant applications, as well as applications for the NIMH and NIDA Loan repayment programs.  In October she served as a temporary member on the Biobehavioral Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress and Health [MESH] Study Section.  She has reviewed manuscripts for several journals.

  • Deb Danner, Assistant Professor
  • An Administrative Supplement to the Alzheimer’s Disease Center (ADC) grant written by Dr. Danner was funded in September of 2009. This supplement will expand dementia research in the Lexington/ Bluegrass African-American community. Her work as Director of the Education Core of the ADC grant continued to emphasize local minority outreach efforts. Dr. Danner received funding from the local African-American Council of Ministers for a conference emphasizing the importance of research participation by African Americans. This conference was held on March 22, 2009, in Lexington and was attended by 230. Work on the conference involved extensive coordination with community groups through the ADC’s Community Action Council and Council of Ministers. A video, Granny Pearl, presenting a story of how AD affects an African-American family was revised from live performance format and edited and produced for national distribution. The Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Service (ADEAR) gave an extremely positive review of the video before listing Granny Pearl in their resource library. The community resource, the Book of Alzheimer’s for African-American Churches, written by Dr. Danner was updated and reprinted during 2009. Sites nationwide have requested this book with over 2,000 copies distributed 2009. The update of the Center’s community volunteer registry which involves a mailing to 20,000 registered voters has continued with 2300 new volunteers for aging research recruited to date. Dr. Danner’s national visibility included election for a three-year term on the ADC Education Core steering committee and consulting with other ADCs in the development of their minority outreach programs. Dr. Danner’s accomplishments in research include publishing two co-authored manuscripts and completion of data collection and analysis for the state funded evaluation of the Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care. A final report on the evaluation was submitted to the state and a manuscript of the findings is currently being completed. A manuscript related to the identification of mild cognitive impairment in African Americans is currently being revised for journal submission.

  • J. Robert Walker, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
  • Robert Walker had six publications in 2009 with three as first author. He completed three outcome and evaluation reports for the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. A CSAT-funded residential program for pregnant and postpartum women has completed its first year with Robert Walker as evaluator and grant author. Clinical data have been collected on 51 women to date. Robert Walker completed an evaluation project for Family Futures, a family treatment drug court in Lexington, Kentucky. This CSAT funded project was a 4 year treatment and case management program for parents whose drug use contributed to child maltreatment. As co-investigator, Robert Walker contributed to TK Logan’s NIJ report on the effectiveness of civil protective orders.  He developed and wrote a grant for the Kentucky Department on Aging and Independent Living for an infrastructure support system for programs on traumatic brain injury.  Robert Walker conducted journal reviews for six journals in 2009. He serves as a prisoner advocate reviewer for the UK Medical IRB and, as a general member, reviewed over 100 studies this year. Robert Walker, with Gregory Jicha (Neurology & Sanders Brown), developed and implemented new IRB policies and procedures for assessing decisional capacity among human research subjects. This also the first automated process for the UK IRB.  Robert Walker had six publications in 2009 with three as first author.   Robert Walker and his staff continued to develop an electronic data system for the Kentucky Division of Child Care in the Department for Community Based Services.  Total external funds for this year were $1.1 million.


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