LINDA O. NICHOLS, Ph.D., M.A., B.A.

FR-Professor
Preventive Medicine
 
Professor
Medicine-Internal Medicine

Office: 11H VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER
1030 JEFFERSON AVENUE
MEMPHIS TN 381040000
Tel: (901) 577-7485
lnichol6@uthsc.edu
https://academic.uthsc.edu/docs/fac_port_cv/RESUMEUT-Linda.pdf

Education

  • Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis, MO, Anthropology
  • M.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, Anthropology
  • B.A., Memphis State University, Memphis, TN, Anthropology

Research Description

I am a health services researcher and medical anthropologist with interests in dementia caregiving and the challenges faced by military families during and post deployment. 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. 
 

Research Keywords

Caregiving, dementia, military families

Research Interest/Specialty

Study
Role
Funding/ Period
Amount
Caregiver Center, providing training and evaluation for VA Medical Centers for REACH VA and Spouse Telephone Support, as part of VHA Caregiver Support Program
Co-director
 
VHA Patient Care Services 2/11-9/13
$1,772,036
Spouse READI (resilience education and deployment information) RCT
PI
DoD CDMRP 10/09-4/15

$1,072,618

Effect of Dementia Caregiver Interventions on Healthcare Cost
PI
NIA
9/14-8/17
$$597,313
Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial Memory and Cognition IN Decreased Hypertension Substudy
VA Network MIND CO-PI
NHLBI 09/09- 08/18
$1,868,503
Telephone Support During Deployment for OEF/OIF Spouses. 
 
PI
Army MOMRP 4/11-4/15
$1,016,828
 

Research Interest/Specialty

Study
Role
Funding/ Period
Amount
Caregiver Center, providing training and evaluation for VA Medical Centers for REACH VA and Spouse Telephone Support, as part of VHA Caregiver Support Program
Co-director
 
VHA Patient Care Services 2/11-9/13
$1,772,036
Reintegration: The Role of Spouse Telephone BATTLEMIND pilot project
PI
DoD CDMRP 10/08-9/11
$600,000
Spouse READI - Telephone support for Reintegration randomized clinical trial
PI
Army MOMRP 9/09-8/13
$1,072,618
Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial Memory and Cognition IN Decreased Hypertension Substudy
VA Network MIND CO-PI
NHLBI 09/09- 08/18
$1,868,503
Telephone Support During Deployment for OEF/OIF Spouses. 
 
PI
Army MOMRP 4/11-4/15
$1,016,828
 
Family-Centered Care across the Polytrauma System of Care. From Minneapolis VA Medical Center. To be resubmitted.
Co-I
VHA QUERI
$96,825

Publications

  1. Kales, HC, Gitlin, LN, Lyketsos, CG, ,. Management of neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia in clinical settings: recommendations from a multidisciplinary expert panel. J Am Geriatr Soc, 62 (4), 762-9, 2014.
  2. Salgado-García, FI, Zuber, JK, Graney, MJ, Nichols, LO, Martindale-Adams, JL, Andrasik, F. Smoking and Smoking Increase in Caregivers of Alzheimer's Patients. Gerontologist, 2013.
  3. Martindale-Adams, J, Nichols, LO, Burns, R, Graney, MJ, Zuber, J. A trial of dementia caregiver telephone support. Can J Nurs Res, 45 (4), 30-48, 2013.
  4. Fields, JA, Nichols, LO, Martindale-Adams, J, Zuber, J, Graney, M. Anxiety, social support, and physical health in a sample of spouses of OEF/OIF service members. Mil Med, 177 (12), 1492-7, 2012.
  5. Nichols, LO, Martindale-Adams, JL, Burns, R, Graney, MJ, Zuber, JK, Kennedy, SE. Potential explanations for control group benefit. Clin Trials, 9 (5), 588-95, 2012.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  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. Roff, LL, Burgio, LD, Gitlin, L, Nichols, L, Chaplin, W, Hardin, JM. Positive aspects of Alzheimer's caregiving: the role of race. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci, 59 (4), P185-90, 2004.
  13. 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.
  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.