Associate Professor
Preventive Medicine

MEMPHIS TN 381040000
Tel: (901) 577-7485


  • Ed.D., Memphis State University, Memphis, TN, Counseling and Personnel Services, Emphasis in Gerontology
  • M.S., Memphis State University, Memphis, TN, Counseling and Personnel Services, Emphasis in Gerontology
  • M.S., Memphis State University, Memphis, TN, Geriatrics, Emphasis in Health Care
  • B.S., Union University, Jackson, Tennessee, Psychology and Sociology







VA National Caregiver Center – training, certifying, coaching VA staff nationwide to deliver evidence based interventions. Role: Center Co-Director

VA Caregiver Support Program


$400,000 per year

VA National Caregiver Center – training VA Caregivers in Self-Care nationwide. Role: Center Co-Director

VA Caregiver Support Program

10/16 – ongoing

$690,000 per year

VA National Caregiver Center – providing REACH to VA Caregivers. Role: Center Co-Director

VA Office of Rural Health


$261,000 per year

VA National Caregiver Center, as part of VA Dementia Caregiving Telehealth Alliance, funded by VA Office of Rural Health. Role: Center Co-Director

VA Office of Rural Health







Career Development Award, Dementia Caregiver Intervention for Non-Responders.  From New York Harbor VA Medical Center.  Role: Mentor Awardee, Cory Chen

VHA Health Service Research & Development



Effect of Dementia Caregiver Interventions on Healthcare Cost.  Role PI




Implementation of REACH into Indian Country: Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregivers Health in Tribal Communities. Role: Co-I

Rx Foundation



Integrating Caregiver Support into MS Care, September 2015. Role: PI

VA Rehabilitation Research & Development Service



Interventions for Parent Caregivers of Injured Military/Veteran Personnel. Role: Co-PI

U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command



Adapting and testing an Alzheimer’s family caregiver intervention in Vietnam.  (1R21AG054262-01).  Role:  Consultant. WL Hinton and Huong Nguyen


National Institute on Aging, 9/1/16-8/31/18


Cancer Caregiver-driven Text Messaging. Role: Co-I. M Martin and J Martindale-Adams

National Cancer Institute

7/1/18-6/30/23, submitted 10/5/17



I am a counselor, gerontologist and health services researcher with interests in family caregiving, including dementia caregivers, and spouse and family caregivers of military personnel and Veterans. 


I am Co-Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs national Caregiver Center and the UTHSC Caregiver Center. Each Center has two missions: to develop and test caregiving interventions and to implement as clinical programs evidence-based interventions. The VA Center provides training to VA staff across the country to implement two evidence based caregiving interventions – an individual intervention, Resources for Enhancing All Caregivers Health (REACH) and Telephone Support groups. Center staff also work directly with caregivers. The UTHSC Center provides training to health care and social service professionals to implement the REACH intervention to dementia caregivers.


My current research includes examining the REACH intervention for parents of combat wounded military personnel and Veterans, determining the impact of successful dementia caregiving interventions on healthcare costs, and implementation of the REACH dementia caregiving intervention into American Indian/Alaska Native communities, into an MS clinic, and into Vietnam through the National Geriatric Hospital in Hanoi.

Complete List of Published Work:

University of Tennessee Health Science Center Caregiver Center

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Caregiver Center, in the Department of Preventive Medicine, provides training in the REACH Community dementia caregiving Program. Staff from health and social service agencies serving individuals with dementia and their caregivers can be trained and certified in the REACH Program.

REACH Community (Resources Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health in the community), the product of 20 years of research and clinical translations, is a proven dementia caregiving behavioral intervention focusing on information, safety, caregiver health, caregiver emotional well-being, and patient behavior management. REACH Community is based on the successful REACH VA intervention which was a clinical translation of the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH II) study.

REACH has been shown to decrease burden, depressive symptoms, the impact of depressive symptoms on daily life, the potential for abuse as measured by caregiving frustrations, and the number of troubling dementia related behaviors reported.

REACH Community is a caregiver support intervention delivered by a certified Program Coach. Sessions are targeted, by a risk assessment of each caregiver, and structured through protocols and scripts. There are:

  • Individual core sessions (Active Phase)
  • Optional additional sessions if needed
  • Maintenance sessions if caregiver requests

REACH Community training is one (three hour) session; completed within a time frame set by the Program Coach and the caregiver. Two to three months is a fairly common time frame. Sessions can be conducted either face-to-face (home or facility), by telephone, or using tele-health equipment if available.

To become a certified Program Coach, staff first attend REACH Community training, which is 3 hours (webinar/video conference format). For certification, staff must complete an additional 1 hour role play session. UTHSC Caregiver Center staff provide ongoing consultation with Program Coaches to answer any questions concerning the program.

 For more information about the Training Materials & Certification Package, contact Jennifer Martindale-Adams, EdD.