Community Research Center for Senior Health Leadership

The Community Research Center for Senior Health is led by a long-standing, highly functioning partnership between Scott & White, Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health, and the Central Texas ADRC/AAA. Dr. Stevens, Dr. Ory, and Mr. McGhee have a successful history of working together to secure private and governmental funding for numerous programs. The partnership is a natural fit to meet the NIH requirement of a healthcare-academic-community structure of the Center.

Alan Stevens PhD
Vernon D. Holleman-Lewis M. Rampy Centennial Chair in Gerontology at Scott & White, Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC)

Dr. Stevens leads a research team investigating clinical and organizational issues related to care delivery for older adults and their caregivers. Specific attention is given to the creation, evaluation and translation of clinical interventions to address both the behavioral and affective symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and also the consequences associated with family caregiving.  He works closely with clinicians to recruit study subjects and with community leaders to implement evidence-based programs in clinical and community settings. He is also the director of the Scott & White Office of Scientific Investigator Development, an initiative set forth by Scott & White’s leadership to provide support services to investigators fostering investigator initiated research proposals.

Marcia Ory PhD
Regents Professor in the SRPH Department of Social and Behavioral Health

Building on 20 years of extramural social science research at NIA/NIH, Dr. Ory has directed numerous academic-community translational research projects. Dr. Ory is a founding faculty member of Center for Community Health Development, and serves as the co-director of the research and translation core for the Program on Rural and Minority Health Disparities Research. As Director of the RWJF-sponsored Active for Life ® National Program Office, she examines the translation of evidence-based programs to community settings. Working with the Administration on Aging and the State of Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities on evidence-based health promotion initiatives, Dr. Ory provides technical assistance in the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based programs both statewide and nationally. Serving as the Resource Center for the Health Maintenance Consortium, a group of 21 NIH sites working to improve long term maintenance of behavior change, Dr. Ory is an expert in identifying successful elements of varied intervention approaches.

Richard McGhee
Director of the Central Texas Area Agency on Aging and Project Manager for the Central Texas Aging and Disability Resource Center

With 32 years of experience in community-based service organizations, Mr. McGhee combines his training  in social work with a keen knowledge of organizational management to create highly innovative service programs for Seniors that fit well within the aging services network. He has collaborated with Dr. Stevens on three funded projects. He has worked with Dr. Ory and the evaluation team for Texas Healthy Lifestyles, a state-wide initiative to disseminate evidence-based programs. He collaborates with the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System to deliver the Veterans-Directed Home and Community Based Services Program in Central Texas.

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