Kara B. Dassel, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE
  • Assistant Dean, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program , College Of Nursing
  • Professor, College Of Nursing

Research Statement

I have had the unique opportunity of studying cognitive aging from an interdisciplinary background in Gerontology. This experience has allowed me to view neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) from biological, psychological, public health, public policy, and health care perspectives. This specialized training also provides a deep understanding and appreciation of how ADRD has deleterious consequences on the individual, their primary caregiver, additional family members, and society at-large. My research as addressed diagnostic indicators, functional outcomes, caregiver health outcome, and most recently end-of-life care planning associated with ADRD.

My research over the past 5 years has resulted in the creation and validation of an end-of-life planning guide known as the LEAD Guide (Life-Planning in Early Alzheimer’s and Dementia; Dassel, Utz, Supiano, Bybee, & Iacob, 2019). Our first study examined EOL care preferences based on hypothetical disease scenario in large national sample of older adults (Dassel, Utz, Supiano, McGee & Latimer, 2018). We received funding from the University of Utah Center on Aging to conduct this study. In this study we found that EOL preferences do differ between hypothetical death scenarios with various death trajectories; gradual (Alzheimer’s disease), intermittent (congestive heart failure), and acute (pancreatic cancer). Our second study examined values and preferences between hypothetical disease scenarios and found that a person’s values do influence preferences across diseases and therefore should be included in advance care planning discussions (Supiano, McGee, Dassel, & Utz, 2017). Our most recent work (Dassel, Utz, Supiano, Bybee, & Iacob, 2019), which was funded by the Dick and Timmy Burton Foundation, outlines the psychometric development of a dementia-focused EOL planning guide that includes patient values and preferences as well as one’s wishes across the spectrum of dementia.Our team is currently conducting an ACP intervention trial using the LEAD Guide (funded by the National Alzheimer's Association). 

In regards to educational research, as Co-I of the Utah Geriatrics Education Consortium (UGEC), I have led the development and evaluation of “ADRD Best Practices in Long-Term Care Settings” online training for informal and formal caregivers, hosted of 8 dementia caregiver educational conferences across the State of Utah (in rural and urban communities), quarterly educational “Fireside Chats” with our long-term care services and support partners focused on the 4Ms of Age-Friendly Health Care (visit https://utahgwep.org to access the LEAD Guide and online training programs).

 

Research Keywords

  • Caregiving Related To Dementia

Presentations

  • Cajavilca, M., Dassel, K., Utz, R., Supiano, K., & Portugal, G. Establishing a Spanish focused advanced care planning educational session for Latina breast cancer survivors. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Indianapolis, IN. November, 2022. Poster, Presented, 11/05/2022.
  • Hebdon, M., Neller, S. A., Wickens, E., Scammon, D. L., Utz, R. L., Dassel, K. B., Terrill, A. L., Ellington, L., & Kirby, A. V. “Out of duty and love”: Experiences and needs of diverse family caregivers. Poster presentation for the Conference on Caregiving Research. Pittsburgh, PA: September, 2022. Poster, Presented, 09/03/2022.
  • Dassel, K., Savage, K., Telonidis, J., & Edelman, L. Direct-Care Workforce Training in Best Care Practices for persons with ADRD in LTSS. Poster presentation at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. San Diego, CA: July, 2022. Poster, Presented, 07/02/2022.
  • Nachtweih, E., Utz, R., Supiano, K., Iacob, E., & Dassel, K. LEADing Advance Care Conversations: Development of an Intervention Platform. Poster presentation at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. San Diego, CA: July, 2022. Poster, Presented, 07/02/2022.
  • Dassel, K. B., Ewen, H., Katherina Nikzad-Terhune, K., & Howe, J. L. (2021, November). Cyber- Pedagogy to the Rescue: Creating Effective Online Programming for Students and Trainees During the Pandemic. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Phoenix, AZ. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/06/2021.
  • Cajavila, M. F., Solkowski, L., Utz, R. Sanchez-Birkhead, A., Aruscavage, N., Supiano, K., Iacob, E., & Dassel, K. B. (2021, November). Creation of a Latin-American Dementia Advance Care Planning Guide. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Phoenix, AZ. Poster, Presented, 11/06/2021.
  • Alsulami, A., Dassel, K. B., He, Y., Allen, N. (2021, November). The Association Between Medicare Annual Wellness Visits and Detection and Management of Diabetes Among Older Adults. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Phoenix, AZ. Poster, Presented, 11/06/2021.
  • Dassel, K., Towsley, G., Utz, R., & Ellington, L. (June, 2021). Caregiving and Advance Care Planning During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Poster presentation at the University of Utah COVID-19 Research Symposium. Poster, Presented, 06/05/2021.
  • VanDussen, D., Dassel, K., Hughes, T., & Wilson, K. (2021, April). Gerontologists in the Aging Network: Training Curriculum for Geriatric Case Managers. Ohio Association . Presentation, Presented, 04/03/2021.
  • Advance Care Planning in Dementia. Utah Geriatric Education Consortium ECHO Learning Community. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/17/2020.
  • Dassel, K., Edelman, L. S., Brunker, C., & McLeskey, N. (November, 2020). Age-Friendly Online Training Programs for Long-Term Services and Supports Staff to Improve Care for Older Adults. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontology Society of America (virtual conference). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/07/2020.
  • Dassel, K., Garrett, L., Andersen, T., Ballard, J., Freimer, M., Butler, J., & Edelman, L. (November, 2020). Development of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) Best Care Practices in Long-Term Care Settings Online Modules. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontology Society of America (virtual conference). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/07/2020.
  • Mata, A., Mickens, M., Dassel, K., & Utz, R. (November, 2020). Unsung Heroes: Caregiver Experiences During COVID-19. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (virtual conference). Poster, Presented, 11/07/2020.
  • Dassel, K., Rupper, R., Butler, J., Telonidis, J., Witt, C., & Edelman, L.S. (2020, November). Fireside Chats During COVID-19: Caregiver Community-Based Education. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (virtual conference). Poster, Presented, 11/07/2020.
  • Dassel, K., Rupper, R., Butler, J., Telonidis, J., Witt, C., & Edelman, L.S. (November, 2020). Fireside Chats During COVID-19: Caregiver Community-Based Education. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (virtual conference). Poster, Presented, 11/05/2020.
  • Utah Geriatric Education Consortium (UGEC): Caregiver Education Programs. GWEP Caregiver Task Force. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/29/2020.
  • Caregiver Experiences During COVID-19. College of Nursing Caregiver Advisory Council. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/17/2020.
  • Survey Development: Real World Applications. NURS 7208: Quantitative Methods II. University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/10/2020.
  • Dementia Advance Care Planning Clinical Trial Intervention. Alzheimer's Association, Cleveland Chapter Board. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/20/2020.
  • Clinical Trial Intervention to Promote Advance Care Planning. Alzheimer's Association, Utah Chapter, Board Meeting. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/01/2020.
  • Clayton, M.F., Utz, R., Supiano, K, Caserta, M.S., Dassel, K.B., Eaton, J., Fuhrmann, H., Iacob, E., & Towsley, G.L. Live Discharge from Hospice: Experiences of Patients, Caregivers & Staff. (April 2020). Poster presentation at the Western Institute of Nursing 53rd Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference (virtual conference). Poster, Presented, 04/23/2020.
  • VanDussen, D., Hughes, T., & Dassel, K. (April, 2020). Gerontologists in the Aging Network: Training Curriculum for Geriatric Case Managers. Ohio Association of Gerontological Educators (OAGE) Annual Conference. Symposium. Athens, Ohio. (Conference Cancelled). Conference Paper, Refereed, Other, 04/20/2020.
  • The LEAD Guide: Life-Planning in Early Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Utah Geriatrics Education Consortium (UGEC) Fireside Chat. Salt Lake City Veterans Home. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/11/2020.
  • “LEADing Dementia EOL Care Discussions”. NICHE: Nurses Improving Care for Health- system Elders. National Webinar. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/21/2019.
  • Dassel, K., Felsted, K., & Eaton, J. (November, 2019). The influence of revision an online gerontology program on the student experience. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Austin, Texas. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/15/2019.
  • Dassel, K., Supiano, K., Utz, R., Bybee, S., & Iacob, E. (November, 2019). The LEAD Guide: Life-Planning in Early Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Austin, Texas. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/15/2019.
  • Dassel, K., Rupper, R., Supiano, K., Andersen, T., Butler, J., Telonidis, J., & Edelman, L. (November, 2019) Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program: Educational Outcomes of Dementia Caregiver Conferences in Rural Utah. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Austin, Texas. Poster, Presented, 11/15/2019.
  • “Evolution of ADRD Online Training Modules”. Utah Geriatric Education Consortium Retreat. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/09/2019.
  • “Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias”. Alzheimer’s Association Early-Stage Support Group. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/22/2019.
  • “Survey Design: Development of an End-of-Life Planning Tool.” NURS 7028: Quantitative Methods II. University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/03/2019.
  • Dassel, K., Edelman, L., Butler, J., & Telonidis, J. (2019, May). Evaluation of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia online training modules. Poster presentation. Neurocognitive Research Conference. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Poster, Presented, 05/01/2019.
  • “Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD): Online Training”. Spreading Success: A Multi-State Virtual Learning Summit for Long-Term Care Stakeholders Webinar. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/05/2019.
  • Clayton, M., Iacob, E., Caserta, M., Utz, R., Towsley, G., Supiano, K., Fuhrmann, H., Eaton, J., & Dassel, K. (2019, April). Live hospice discharge: Outliving hospice eligibility. Poster presentation for the annual meeting of the Western Institute of Nursing, San Diego, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/01/2019.
  • Supiano, K., Dassel, K., Utz, R., & Bybee, S. (2019, April). Development of an end-of-life planning tool specific to persons with dementia. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Utah Aging Alliance, West Valley City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 04/01/2019.
  • Flattes, V., Dassel, K., & Edelman, L. (2018, May). Development of a novel post-acute/long-term care certificate. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society, Orlando, FL. Poster, Presented, 05/04/2018.
  • Dassel, K. B., Utz, R., Supiano, K., McGee, N., & Latimer, S. The Influence of Death Trajectories on End-of-Life Care Preferences. Gerontological Society of America. New Orleans, LA. November 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/19/2016.
  • Marcus, R., LaStayo, P., Edelman, L., Dassel, K., Goding, A., & Perkins, R. Using an iPad Application to Improve Older Adults’ Eccentric Control of Simple Movements. Gerontological Society of America. New Orleans, LA. November 2016. Poster, Presented, 11/19/2016.
  • Wan, N., Dassel, K., Edelman, L., Baraghoshi, D., Towsley, G., Terrill, A., Reblin, M., & Farrell, T. Interactions between Life-Space and Quality of Life in Spousal Dyads Coping with Chronic Conditions. Gerontological Society of America. New Orleans, LA. November 2016. Poster, Presented, 11/19/2016.
  • Supiano, K., Talebreza, S., Towsley, G., & Dassel, K. Understanding Goals of Care. University of Utah Center on Aging Research Retreat. Salt Lake City, UT. April 2016. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/21/2016.
  • McGee, N. Supiano, K., & Dassel, K. "Older Adults' Perspectives on End of Life Wishes: Does the Disease Matter?" University of Utah Center on Aging Research Retreat. Salt Lake City, UT. April 2016. Poster, Presented, 04/21/2016.
  • Dassel, K., Supiano, K., Utz, R., Battin, M., McGee, N., & Latimer, S. The Influence of Death Trajectories on End-of-Life Care Preferences. University of Utah Center on Aging Research Retreat. Salt Lake City, UT. April 2016. Poster, Presented, 04/21/2016.
  • Perkins, R., Edelman, L., Dassel, K., Towsley, G., & Felsted, K. Yoga for Seniors: Understanding Older Adults' Beliefs and Barriers to Participation. Western Institute of Nursing Conference. Anaheim: CA. April 2016. Poster, Presented, 04/12/2016.
  • Dassel, K. & Eaton, J. Navigating the Future of Gerontology Education: Curriculum Mapping to the AGHE Competencies. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Long Beach, CA. March 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/02/2016.
  • Hughes, J., Manning, L., Downer, B., McMullen, T., Vancleave, J., & Dassel, K. Learning is a Lifelong Process: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Successful Transitions across One’s Gerontology Career. Gerontological Society of America. Orlando, FL. November 2015. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/21/2015.
  • *Goding, A., Perkins, R., LaStayo, P., Marcus, R., Dassel, K., Sanders, N., & Edelman, L. Building Reserve: A Pilot Study of Physical Activity and Exercise in Frail Older adults. University of Utah Center on Aging Retreat, April 2015. Poster, Presented, 04/10/2015.
  • *Perkins, R., Goding, A., LaStayo, P., Marcus, R., Dassel, K., Sanders, N., & Edelman, L. Building Reserve: Physical Activity and Pre-Frail Older Adults. University of Utah Center on Aging Retreat, April 2015. Poster, Presented, 04/10/2015.
  • Mugiraneza, F., Dassel, K., Supiano, K., & Casterta, M. Assessing Alzheimer’s Awareness Among Diverse Racial and Ethnic Population Groups in Salt Lake City. Gerontological Society of America. Washington, DC. November, 2014. (Poster). Poster, Presented, 07/01/2014.
  • Dassel, K., Edelman, L., & Sanders, N. Differences in Function, Cognition, and Health Variables Based on Frailty Severity. Gerontological Society of America. Washington, DC. November, 2014. (Poster). Poster, Presented, 07/01/2014.
  • Dassel, K. “What is Alzheimer’s Disease?”, Utah Aging Alliance Spring Conference. Presentation, Presented, 04/01/2014.
  • Sanders, N., Edelman, L., & Dassel, K. Tackling the Trilogy of Falls, Frailty and Cognitive Impairment. University of Utah Center on Aging Research Retreat. Salt Lake City, UT. April 2014. (Presentation). Presentation, Presented, 03/01/2014.
  • Fauth, E., Dassel, K., Dibble, L., & Schaefer, S. Predicting Disability and Promoting Rehabilitation in Older Adults: Implications for Maintaining Cognitive and Physical Function. University of Utah Center on Aging Research Retreat. Salt Lake City, UT. April 2014. (Presentation). Presentation, Presented, 03/01/2014.
  • Dassel, K., & Carr, D.C. Spousal Caregiving and Associated Health Outcomes: Findings from the Health and Retirement Study. Gerontological Society of America. New Orleans, LA. November 2013. Poster, Presented, 11/21/2013.

Research Groups

  • RITe Group, Research Professor. College of Nursing. 08/01/2013 - 08/07/2021.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • LEADing Dementia End-of-Life Planning Conversations. PI: Dassel. Co-PI(s): Supiano, K., Iacob, E., & Utz, R. . NIA, 07/01/2022 - 06/30/2027. Total project budget to date: $3,007,000.00
  • End-of-Life Planning Intervention. PI: Dassel. Co-PI(s): Supiano, K., Iacob, E., & Utz, R. . Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant. , 06/01/2019 - 05/31/2023. Total project budget to date: $149,957.00
  • Live Patient Discharge from Hospice: Implications for Families and Hospice Staff. PI: Mardie Clayton, PhD. C-FAHR Faculty Pilot Fund. University of Utah. , 11/01/2018 - 11/01/2019. Total project budget to date: $5,021.00
  • Geriatric Workforce Education Program . PI: Linda Edelman, PhD, RN. HRSA, 07/01/2018 - 06/30/2019. Total project budget to date: $881,789.00
  • Measuring End-of-Life Care Preferences for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. Dick and Timmy Burton Pilot Grant. PI: Kara Dassel. Co-PI(s): Katherine Supiano, PhD, LCSW, FT, Rebecca Utz, PhD, Sara Bybee, LCSW. Dick and Timmy Burton Pilot Grant. College of Nursing., 08/01/2017 - 03/31/2019. Total project budget to date: $27,074.00
  • HRSA Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. PI: Ginette Pepper . Co-PI(s): Mark Supiano, Linda Edelman, Kara Dassel. HRSA, 08/01/2015 - 08/01/2018. Total project budget to date: $2,544,000.00
  • Online Program Development Grant . PI: Kara Dassel. Ruth Watkins Office University of Utah , 08/01/2015 - 08/31/2017. Total project budget to date: $155,000.00
  • “Interactions Between Life-Space and Quality of Life in Spousal Dyads Coping with Chronic Conditions”. PI: Lind Edelman. Co-PI(s): Neng Wan, Alexandra Terrill, Gail Towsley. C-FAHR, 06/01/2015 - 06/01/2016. Total project budget to date: $16,000.00
  • “End-of-Life Care Preferences Based on Disease Type.” . PI: Kara Dassel. Co-PI(s): Rebecca Utz, Margaret Battin, Katherine Supiano. UofU Center on Aging Pilot Funding, 04/01/2015 - 04/01/2016. Total project budget to date: $18,367.00
  • “A Feasibility Study of Prefrail Older Adults’ Willingness to Engage in a Home-Based iPad-Delivered Physical Activity Program.”. PI: Linda Edelman. College of Nursing Research Grant, 07/01/2014 - 07/01/2015. Total project budget to date: $10,000.00
  • “Health Related Quality of Life of the Frail Older Adult.” . PI: Linda Edelman. Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor’s Society Grant. , 06/01/2014 - 06/01/2015. Total project budget to date: $1,000.00

Publications

  • Dassel KB & Edelman LS (2022). "I worry about this patient EVERY day": Geriatrics Clinicians' Challenges in Caring for Unrepresented Older Adults. Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society. Vol. 41, 116711741167-1174. Published, 04/01/2022.
  • Dassel KB & Edelman LS (2022). "I worry about this patient EVERY day": Geriatrics Clinicians' Challenges in Caring for Unrepresented Older Adults. Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society. Vol. 41, 1167-1174. Published, 03/01/2022.
  • Ewen, H. & Nizkad-Terhune, K., & Dassel, K. (2020). Exploring beliefs about aging and faith: Development of the Judeo-Christian Religious Beliefs and Aging Scale. Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 10, 1-12. Published, 09/10/2020.
    https://www.mdpi.com/2076-328X/10/9/139
  • Ewen HH & Dassel KB (2020). Social Lives and Cliques Within Senior Housing Communities. Housing and society. Vol. 46, 129-143. Published, 09/01/2020.
  • Ewen HH & Dassel KB (2020). Social Lives and Cliques Within Senior Housing Communities. Housing and society. Vol. 46, 129143129-143. Published, 09/01/2020.
  • Dassel, K. B. & Rupper, R., Supiano, K., Andersen, T., Butler, J., Telonidis, J., & Edelman, L. (2020). Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program: Educational outcomes of community-based dementia caregiver conferences. Educational Gerontology. Vol. 46, 768-773. Published, 09/01/2020.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/03601277.2020.1820676
  • Supiano KP & McGee N (2020). A Comparison of the Influence of Anticipated Death Trajectory and Personal Values on End-of-Life Care Preferences: A Qualitative Analysis. (pp. 247258247-258). Vol. 42. Clinical gerontologist. Published, 08/01/2020.
  • Dassel KB, Flattes V & Eaton J (2020). Development of a Gerontology Graduate Certificate in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care. Journal of gerontological nursing. Vol. 45, 47-52. Published, 07/01/2020.
  • Dassel KB, Flattes V & Eaton J (2020). Development of a Gerontology Graduate Certificate in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care. Journal of gerontological nursing. Vol. 45, 475247-52. Published, 07/01/2020.
  • Perkins, R. & Dassel, K., Felsted, K., Towsley, G., & Edelman, L. (2020). Yoga for seniors: Understanding their beliefs and barriers to participation. Yoga for seniors: Understanding their beliefs and barriers to participation. Educational Gerontology. Vol. 46, 1-11. Published, 05/01/2020.
  • Dassel, K. & Butler, J., Telonidis, J., & Edelman, L. (2020). Development and evaluation of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) best care practices in long-term care online training program. Educational Gerontology. Published, 02/14/2020.
  • Dassel, K. & Flattes, V., Eaton, J., Towsley, G., Moyers, L. & Edelman, L. (2019). Development of a post-acute care/long-term care graduate certificate for doctoral Nurse Practitioner students. Geriatric Nursing. Vol. 45, 47-58. Published, 08/01/2019.
  • Ewen, H. E. & Dassel, K. B., Kahal, J. K., Robert, A. R., & Azugbene, E. (2019). Social lives and cliques in senior housing. Housing and Society. Published, 07/06/2019.
  • Dassel, K. & Utz, R., Supiano, K., Bybee, S. & Iacob, J. (2019). Development of a dementia specific end-of-life planning tool: The LEAD Guide (Life-planning in Early Alzheimer’s and Dementia). Innovation in Aging. Published, 07/01/2019.
  • *Dassel, K., & Eaton, J., & Felsted, K. (2018). Navigating the future of gerontology education: Curriculum mapping to the AGHE competencies. Journal of Gerontology & Geriatrics [Epub ahead of print, July 20th, 2018] doi: 10.1080/02701960.2018.1500908. Published, 07/20/2018.
  • *Dassel, K. (2018). Caregiving: The need for a modern paradigm. The Gerontologist, 58(4), 793- 796. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gny057. Published, 07/13/2018.
  • Dassel KB & Utz R (2018). The Influence of Hypothetical Death Scenarios on Multidimensional End-of-Life Care Preferences. The American journal of hospice & palliative care. Vol. 35, 525952-59. Published, 07/01/2018.
  • Braden BB, Dassel KB, Bimonte-Nelson HA & O'Rourke HP (2018). Sex and post-menopause hormone therapy effects on hippocampal volume and verbal memory. Neuropsychology, development, and cognition. Section B, Aging, neuropsychology and cognition. Vol. 24, 227246227-246. Published, 02/01/2018.
  • Dassel KB (2017). Does Dementia Caregiving Accelerate Frailty? Findings From the Health and Retirement Study. The Gerontologist. Vol. 56, 444450444-50. Published, 12/01/2017.
  • *#Supiano, K., McGee, N., Dassel, K., & Utz, R. (2017). Comparison of the influence of anticipated death trajectory and personal Values on end of life care preferences: A qualitative analysis. Clinical Gerontologist. [Epub ahead of print, August 17th, 2017] doi: 10.1080/07317115.2017.1365796. Published, 08/17/2017.
  • *#Mohlman, W., Dassel, K., Supiano, K., & Caserta. M. (2017). End-of-Life education and discussions with assisted living nursing assistants. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 44(6),41-48. https://doi.org/10.3928/00989134-20180327-011. Published, 08/01/2017.
  • Dassel KB (2017). Does Caring for a Spouse With Dementia Accelerate Cognitive Decline? Findings From the Health and Retirement Study. (pp. 319328319-328). Vol. 57. The Gerontologist. Published, 07/01/2017.
  • *#Dassel, K. B., Utz, R., Supiano, K., McGee, N., & Latimer, S. (2016). The influence of hypothetical death scenarios on multi-dimensional end-of-life care preferences. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. doi: 10.1177/1049909116680990. Published, 12/01/2016.
  • *#Braden, B. B., Dassel, K. B., Bimonte-Nelson, H. A., O’Rourke, H. P., Connor, D. J. ,Moorhous, S., Sabbagh, M. N., Caselli, R. J., & Baxter, L. C. (2016). Sex and post-menopause hormone therapy effects on hippocampal volume and verbal memory. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. (e-pub ahead of print). doi:10.1080/13825585.2016.1182962. Published, 09/01/2016.
  • Dassel KB, Ewen H & Carr D (2016). What can I do with a doctoral degree in gerontology? Expanding your options. Gerontology & geriatrics education. Vol. 35, 277284277-84. Published, 06/01/2016.
  • *#Dassel, K. B., Carr, D. C., & Vitaliano, P. (2015). Does caring for a spouse with dementia accelerate cognitive decline? Findings from the Health and Retirement Study. The Gerontologist. Advanced online publication. Published, 11/04/2015.
  • *#Dassel, K. B., Carr, D. C., & Vitaliano, P. (2017). Does caring for a spouse with dementia accelerate cognitive decline? Findings from the Health and Retirement Study. The Gerontologist, 57(2), 227-246. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv148. [Epub ahead of print, November 18th, 2015]. Published, 11/01/2015.
  • *#Dassel, K. B., & Carr, D. C. (2014). Does dementia caregiving accelerate frailty? Findings from the Health and Retirement Study. The Gerontologist. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1093/geront/gnu078. Accepted, 09/01/2014.
  • *#Dassel, K., Ewen, H., Carr, D., Manning, L., Leach C., & Fitzgerald, K. (2014). What can I do with a doctoral degree in gerontology? Expanding your options. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 35(3): 277-284. doi: 10.1080/02701960.2013.870901. Accepted, 03/01/2014.
  • Dassel KB (2009). The impact of caregiver executive skills on reports of patient functioning. (pp. 781792781-92). Vol. 48. The Gerontologist. Published, 05/01/2009.
  • Locke DE, Dassel KB, Hall G & Baxter LC (2009). Assessment of patient and caregiver experiences of dementia-related symptoms: development of the Multidimensional Assessment of Neurodegenerative Symptoms questionnaire. Dementia and geriatric cognitive disorders. Vol. 27, 260272260-72. Published, 05/01/2009.