Preventive Medicine
Medicine-Internal Medicine

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  • 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 Interest/Specialty





VA Caregiver Center.  Teaching VA staff nationwide to deliver evidence based interventions

Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program

2011- ongoing

$396,000 per year

Research Study




Telephone Support During Overseas Deployment for Military Spouses

DoD - Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP)



Effect of Dementia Caregiver Interventions on Healthcare Cost


9/30/13 – 7/31/16


Implementation of REACH into Indian Country: Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregivers Health in Tribal Communities

Rx Foundation

2/1/15 – 1/31/18


Integrating Caregiver Support into MS Care

VA Rehabilitation Research & Development Service (RR&D) Small Projects in Rehabilitation (SPiRe).



My Current CV

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, the Department of the Army, and the National Institute on Aging. 
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, PTSD, ALS and MS caregivers and with spouses of post 9/11 Veterans. 

Research Keywords

Caregiving, dementia, military families


  1. Nichols, LO, Martindale-Adams, J, Burns, R, Zuber, J, Graney, MJ. REACH VA: Moving from Translation to System Implementation. Gerontologist, 56 (1), 135-44, 2016.
  2. Martindale-Adams, J, Nichols, LO, Zuber, J, Burns, R, Graney, MJ. Dementia Caregivers' Use of Services for Themselves. Gerontologist, 2015.
  3. Edes, T, Kinosian, B, Vuckovic, NH, Nichols, LO, Becker, MM, Hossain, M. Better access, quality, and cost for clinically complex veterans with home-based primary care. J Am Geriatr Soc, 62 (10), 1954-61, 2014.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Nichols, LO, Martindale-Adams, J, Graney, MJ, Zuber, J, Burns, R. Easing reintegration: telephone support groups for spouses of returning Iraq and Afghanistan service members. Health Commun, 28 (8), 767-77, 2013.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.