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

Research Description

Caregiver Center, providing training and evaluation for VA Medical Centers for REAH VA and Spouse Telephone Support, as part of VHA Caregiver Support Program
VHA Patient Care Services              
Reintegration: The Role of Spouse Telephone BATTLEMIND pilot project
Spouse READI - Telephone support for Reintegration randomized clinical trial
Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial Memory and Cognition IN Decreased Hypertension Substudy
09/09- 08/18
Telephone Support During Deployment for OEF/OIF Spouses. 

Research Keywords

Caregiving, dementia, military families

Research Interest/Specialty

I am a heath science researcher at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center at Memphis. I am a counselor with interests that include promoting well-being and quality of life through empowerment and skills building as well as the effectiveness of delivery of education and support by telephone support groups. 
My research is funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and the Department of the Army. In February 2011, our research became the basis for two evidence-based national service programs for the Veterans Health Administration as part of the implementation of the VA’s caregiver legislation. The Caregiver Center at the Memphis VA Medical Center provides training to VA staff across the country to work with dementia, SCI and TBI caregivers and with spouses of post 9/11 Veterans. 


  1. Nichols, LO, Martindale-Adams, J, Burns, R, Graney, MJ, Zuber, J. Typical and atypical dementia family caregivers: systematic and objective comparisons. Int J Aging Hum Dev, 72 (1), 27-43, 2011.
  2. Nichols, LO, Martindale-Adams, J, Burns, R, Graney, MJ, Zuber, J. Translation of a dementia caregiver support program in a health care system--REACH VA. Arch Intern Med, 171 (4), 353-9, 2011.
  3. Nichols, L, Martindale, J, Greene, WA, Burns, Graney, M.. Dementia Caregivers Most Pressing Concerns. Clinical Gerontologist, 32, 1–14, 2009.
  4. Nichols, LO, Chang, C, Lummus, A, Burns, R, Martindale-Adams, J, Graney, MJ, Coon, DW, Czaja, S, ,. The cost-effectiveness of a behavior intervention with caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease. J Am Geriatr Soc, 56 (3), 413-20, 2008.
  5. Burns, R, Graney, MJ, Lummus, AC, Nichols, LO, Martindale-Adams, J. Differences of self-reported osteoarthritis disability and race. J Natl Med Assoc, 99 (9), 1046-51, 2007.
  6. Belle, SH, Burgio, L, Burns, R, Coon, D, Czaja, SJ, Gallagher-Thompson, D, Gitlin, LN, Klinger, J, Koepke, KM, Lee, CC, Martindale-Adams, J, Nichols, L, Schulz, R, Stahl, S, Stevens, A, Winter, L, Zhang, S, ,. Enhancing the quality of life of dementia caregivers from different ethnic or racial groups: a randomized, controlled trial. Ann Intern Med, 145 (10), 727-38, 2006.
  7. Czaja, SJ, Schulz, R, Belle, SH, Burgio, LD, Armstrong, N, Gitlin, LN, Coon, DW, Martindale-Adams, J, Klinger, J, Stahl, SM. Data and safety monitoring in social behavioral intervention trials: the REACH II experience. Clin Trials, 3 (2), 107-18, 2006.
  8. Burns, R, Nichols, LO, Graney, MJ, Martindale-Adams, J, Lummus, A. Cognitive abilities of Alzheimer's patients: perceptions of Black and White caregivers. Int J Aging Hum Dev, 62 (3), 209-19, 2006.
  9. Nichols, L., & Martindale-Adams, J.. The Decisive Moment: Caregivers’ Acceptance of the Dementia Diagnosis. Clinical Gerontologist, 1 (30), 39-52, 2006.
  10. Gitlin, LN, Roth, DL, Burgio, LD, Loewenstein, DA, Winter, L, Nichols, L, Argüelles, S, Corcoran, M, Burns, R, Martindale, J. Caregiver appraisals of functional dependence in individuals with dementia and associated caregiver upset: psychometric properties of a new scale and response patterns by caregiver and care recipient characteristics. J Aging Health, 17 (2), 148-71, 2005.
  11. Nichols, L, Martindale-Adams, J, Burns, R, Coon, D, Ory, M, Mahoney, D, Tarlow, B, Burgio, L, Gallagher-Thompson, D, Guy, D, Arguelles, T, Winter, L. Social marketing as a framework for recruitment: illustrations from the REACH study. J Aging Health, 16 (5 Suppl), 157S-76S, 2004.
  12. Burns, R, Nichols, LO, Martindale-Adams, J, Graney, MJ, Lummus, A. Primary care interventions for dementia caregivers: 2-year outcomes from the REACH study. Gerontologist, 43 (4), 547-55, 2003.
  13. Martindale, J., Nichols, L., Burns, R., & Malone, C. Telephone support groups: A lifeline for isolated Alzheimer’s Disease Caregivers. Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly, 2 (3), 181-189, 2002.
  14. Burns, R, Nichols, LO, Martindale-Adams, J, Graney, MJ. Interdisciplinary geriatric primary care evaluation and management: two-year outcomes. J Am Geriatr Soc, 48 (1), 8-13, 2000.