Current Fellows

Lyndsey Miller, PhD, RN

Lyndsey Miller, PhD, RN

Research Focus: Improving the care planning process for persons with dementia and their family caregivers through tailored dyadic interventions

Dr. Miller's ongoing research program, beginning with her dissertation study [F31NR015195] of hospitalized persons with dementia and their family caregivers, is to use dyadic methods and theory to examine and improve the way that persons with dementia plan for future care together with their family caregivers.  Dr. Miller's postdoctoral fellowship research will include several analyses aimed at uncovering the heterogeneous patterns of decision making and care planning among families with dementia, which will lead to the design of a pilot intervention tailored to distinct subgroups of dementia care dyads.  The ultimate goals of this line of research are to: 1) assist persons with dementia in participating in their own care planning to the fullest extent possible; 2) assist family caregivers in their transition to surrogate decision-making; 3) support the dementia care dyad as a unit so that they are able to find a new balance between their relationship and their individual needs as they plan together for future care.

Faculty Advisor:  Michael Caserta, PhD