Email to:

mgcrowe@uab.edu

Dr. Michael Crowe

Assistant Professor

EDUCATION
:

B.S., 1998, University of Illinois
Ph.D., 2004, University of Southern California


RESEARCH PROGRAM:

My primary research focus is identifying risk and protective factors for cognitive decline, functional decline, and Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. I am particularly interested in how potentially modifiable factors such as stress, “enriched” environment, exercise, diet, and educational experiences may play a role in cognitive aging. The ultimate goals of my research are to inform intervention strategies that may delay onset of dementia and to identify those who are at greatest risk of cognitive and functional decline in order to target interventions to these individuals.

REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS:

Crowe, M., Allman, R. M., Triebel, K., Sawyer, P., & Martin, R. (in press). Normative performance on an executive clock drawing task (CLOX) in a community-dwelling sample of older adults. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Crowe, M., Sartori, A., Clay, O. J., Wadley, V. G., Andel, R., Wang, H. -X., Sawyer, P., & Allman, R. (in press). Diabetes and cognitive decline: Investigating the potential influence of factors related to health disparities. Journal of Aging and Health.

O’Connor, M. L., Edwards, J. D., Wadley, V. G., & Crowe, M. (in press). Changes in mobility among older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.

Wang, H. -X., Karp, A., Herlitz, A., Crowe, M., Winblad, B., & Fratiglioni, L. (2009). Personality and lifestyle in relation to dementia incidence. Neurology, 72, 253-259.

Wadley, V.G., Okonkwo, O., Crowe, M., Vance, D.E., Elgin, J.W., Ball, K.K., Owsley, C. (2009). Mild Cognitive Impairment and everyday function: An investigation of driving performance. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 22, 87-94.

Crowe, M., Andel, R., Wadley, V., Okonkwo, O., Sawyer, P., & Allman, R. M. (2008). Life-space and cognitive decline in a community-based sample of African American and Caucasian older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 63, 1241-1245.

Wadley, V. G., Okonkwo, O. C., Crowe, M., & Ross-Meadows, L. A. (2008). Mild Cognitive Impairment and everyday function: Evidence of reduced speed in performing instrumental activities of daily living. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 16, 416-424.

Andel, R., Crowe, M., Pedersen, N. L., Fratiglioni, L., Johansson, B., & Gatz, M. (2008). Physical exercise at midlife and risk of dementia three decades later: A population-based study of Swedish twins. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 63, 62-66.

Crowe, M., Clay, O. J., Sawyer, P., Crowther, M. R., & Allman, R. M. (2008). Education and reading ability in relation to differences in cognitive screening between African American and Caucasian older adults. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 23, 222-223.

Crowe, M., Andel, R., Pedersen, N. L., & Gatz, M. (2007). Do work-related stress and reactivity to stress predict dementia 30 years later? Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, 21, 205-209.

Wadley, V. G., Crowe, M., Marsiske, M., Cook, S. E., Unverzagt, F. W., Rosenberg, A. L., & Rexroth, D. (2007). Changes in everyday function among individuals with psychometrically defined Mild Cognitive Impairment in the ACTIVE Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 55, 1192-1198.

Gatz, M., Mortimer, J. A., Fratiglioni, L., Johansson, B., Stig, B., Andel, R., Crowe, M., Fiske, A., Reynolds, C. A., & Pedersen, N. L. (2007). Accounting for the relationship between low education and dementia: A twin study. Physiology & Behavior, 92, 232-237.

Crowe, M., Andel, R., Pedersen, N. L., Fratiglioni, L., & Gatz, M. (2006). Personality and risk of cognitive impairment 25 years later. Psychology and Aging, 21, 573-580.

Vance, D. E. & Crowe, M. (2006). A proposed model of neuroplasticity and cognitive reserve in older adults. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 30, 61-79.

Crowe, M., Andel, R., Wadley, V., Cook, S., Unverzagt, F., Marsiske, M., & Ball, K. (2006). Subjective cognitive function and decline among older adults with psychometrically defined amnestic MCI. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 21, 1187-1192.

Andel, R., Crowe, M., Pedersen, N. L., Mortimer, J. A., Crimmins, E. M., Johansson, B., & Gatz, M. (2005). Complexity of work and risk of Alzheimer’s disease: A population-based study of Swedish twins. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 60B, P251-P258.

Andel, R., Hughes, T. F., & Crowe, M. (2005). Strategies to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Aging Health, 1, 107-116.

Crowe, M., Andel, R., Pedersen, N. L., Johansson, B., & Gatz, M. (2003). Does participation in leisure activities lead to reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease? A prospective study of Swedish twins. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 58B, P249-P255.


TEACHING/ RESEARCH  INTERESTS
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Psychology and Aging, Health Psychology