Dr. Patricia C. Griffiths serves as Assistant Director for Outreach and Education for the Atlanta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center's Rehabilitation Research and Development Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation. Dr. Griffiths is a Gerontologist and Health Research Scientist in the CVNR. She earned her B.S. in Psychology Summa Cum Laude from Trinity College of VT followed by a MS. in Life-Span Developmental Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Griffiths was awarded a fellowship from the National Institutes on Aging to travel to the Institute of Gerontology in Jonkoping Sweden to complete her Doctoral Degree.
In addition to her Center appointment, Dr. Griffiths holds appointments as Investigator in the Department of Veterans Affairs Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, Senior Research Scientist at GA Tech's Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, Assistant Professor in the Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics and Adjunct Professor at the Nell Hodgson School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta where she co-teaches graduate level courses about Health in Aging in the 21st Century. Dr. Griffiths is a member of the education core for the Emory University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
Dr. Griffiths serves as chair for a Distinguished Lecture Series in honor of her longtime mentor and friend Bettye Rose Connell, PhD. This memorial Lecture was instituted to discuss and honor important contributions that Dr. Connell made to the fields of gerontology, architecture, design of the physical environment and interactions between the physical environment, aging and behavior. This annual springtime event allows junior investigators from Emory University, the Atlanta region, and the state of Georgia to get to know and interact with important national leaders in gerontology research through the format of the lectureship and fellowship. The 2014 annual lecture is scheduled for April 1st. Keynote speaker Dr. Art Kramer will moderate a panel discussion on Exercise and Aging on April 2nd in the VA Gathering Place. Details coming soon!
Dr. Griffiths' research focuses multi-component technology-based cognitive-behavioral, psycho-educational and meditation interventions to improve quality of life for Veterans and their caregivers with and without dementia. Within the context of aging and caregiving, her research interests include continuity and change in the constructs of sleep, depression, burden, pain and spirituality. She is particularly interested in strategies to enhance and promote aging in place and aging with choice which will prevent or delay unwanted institutionalization. These include the use of tele-health devices and technology to augment or deliver intervention components. Dr. Griffiths serves on national committees devoted to supporting caregivers of Veterans and enhancing effective communication skills with persons with dementia.
*** Dr. Griffiths is the director of the Veteran Caregiving Support Studies Group which has four active studies!
1.The CG ASSIST program involves caregiving dyads who needhelp with activities of daily living. We provide assistive technology devices and training to the dyads within their homes.
2.SLEEP-E Dyads explores non-pharmacological approaches to sleep and sleep disturbance in caregiving dyads.
3.Tele-Savvy uses iPad technology to bring the Savvy Caregiver Educational Programinto the homes of caregivers providing care to Veterans with a diagnosis of dementia.
4.Caregiver Registry maintains contact information for Veterans and caregivers who are interested in receiving resources for caregivers, notifications about events in the Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation, and information on upcoming studies.
Please call or email one of Dr. Griffiths’ project coordinators for more information.
•Ashley Harrill (x1191 or)
•Christine Towler (x7093 or) or
•Mary Whitney (x6788 or)
Phone: (404) 321-6111 x 7138
Fax: (404) 728-4837
Assistant Director for Outreach and Education (Atlanta CVNR)
Research Health Scientist (Atlanta CVNR)
Investigator (Birmingham-Atlanta VA GRECC)
Assistant Professor (Emory University Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics)
Senior Research Scientist (Center for Assistive Technology & Environmental Access – GA Tech)
Education Core Member (Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center)