lohmanCongratulations to PhD Candidate Matt Lohman, who received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award fellowship. The title of Matt's research is "Frailty and depression: A latent trait analysis". Matt's award, from the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, will support his research for the next two years. The study focuses on the evidence that suggests that geriatric conditions such as frailty may signal elevated vulnerability to adverse health outcomes like falls and hospitalization. Matt will look at achieving a better understanding of frailty and how it is related to depression. His project aims to guide clinicians and researchers toward a more accurate definition and identification of frailty, and timely intervention to prevent adverse health events among older adults. Click here to read the VCU news feature.

Dr. Moon Choi, Ph.D. from Lexington, Kentucky credits her mentors with making all the difference in the world for her career. She had three key mentors who have walked with her throughout her journey, including Dr. Briana Mezuk of the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health. Click here to read her member spotlight from the Gerontological Society of America.

WBUR, Boston's NPR news station published an article entitle "Urban Debate Teams Motivate At-Risk Students to Succeed" highlighting the research of Dr. Briana Mezuk on the impact of participating in a policy debate program on academic achievement in the Greater Chicago area.

Click here to read the article. Click here to read the research paper.