Research

Policy Briefs

This section contains our policy briefs. A policy brief is a concise summary of a particular issue, policy options, and recommendations.  Our policy briefs may also be an easy to read summary of an article written by our faculty or students on a policy related issue.

Self-Reported Satisfaction of Older Adult Residents in Nursing Homes: Development of a Conceptual Framework
Kallol Bhattacharyya 
This policy brief written by Dunya Al-Suffi, Kallol Bhattacharyya, and Victor Molinari of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Bhattacharyya, K. K., Molinari, V., & Hyer, K. (2021). Self-reported satisfaction of older adult residents in nursing homes: Development of a conceptual framework. The Gerontologist.

Person-Centered Care in Nursing Homes: Potential of Complementary and Alternative Approaches and Their Challenges
Kallol Bhattacharyya This policy brief written by Donovan Rider and Kallol Bhattacharyya of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Bhattacharyya, K. K., Morgan, J. C., & Burgess, E. O. (2021). Person-centered care in nursing homes: Potential of complementary and alternative approaches and their challenges. Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Personality and its Relationship to Depression and Cognition in Older Adults: Implications for Practice
Nasreen Sadeq, Ph.D. 
This policy brief written by Nhu Nguyen, Carlyn Vogel, Hillary Rouse, Victor Molinari, and Nasreen Sadeq of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Sadeq, N. A, & Molinari, V. (2018). Personality and its relationship to depression and cognition in older adults: Implications for practice. Clinical Gerontologist, 41(5), 385-398.

Job Strain and Late-Life Cognition: Findings from the Puerto Rican Elderly Health Conditions Study
Taylor Vigoureux
This policy brief written by Leonel Camejo, Hillary Rouse, Monica Nelson, Ross Andel, and Taylor Vigoureux of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Vigoureux, T., Nelson, M., Andel, R., Small, B., Dávila-Roman, A., & Crowe, M. (2021). Job strain and late-life cognition: Findings from the Puerto Rican Elderly Health Conditions Study. Journal of Aging and Health, 33(3-4), 273–284.

The Relationship of Caregiving to Work Conflict and Supervisor Disclosure with Emotional, Physical, and Financial Strain in Employed Family Caregivers
Maureen Templeman
This policy brief written by Mia Borja, Carlyn Vogel, Hillary Rouse, and Maureen Templeman of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Templeman, M.E., Badana, A.N.S., & Haley, W.E. (2019). The relationship of caregiving to work conflict and supervisor disclosure with emotional, physical, and financial strain in employed family caregivers. Journal of Aging and Health, 32(7-8), 698-707.

Understanding Burnout and Its Potential Effects on Clinical Care
Victor Molinari, Ph.D. 
This policy brief written by Nhu Nguyen, Hillary Rouse, and Victor Molinari of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
LoboPrabhu, S., Rouse, H., & Molinari, V. (2019). Understanding burnout and its potential effects on clinical care. In S. LoboPrabhu, F. Summer, & H. Moffic (Eds.) Combatting Burnout: A Guide for Psychiatrists (Chapter 4). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association Publishing.

International Perspectives on Residential Aged-Care
Nasreen Sadeq, Ph.D.
This policy brief written by Tomas Vivas, Hillary Rouse, Victor Molinari, and Nasreen Sadeq of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Sadeq, N. & Molinari, V. (2019). International perspectives on residential aged care. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology.  

Sleep Health is Associated with Next-Day Mindful Attention in Healthcare Workers
Soomi Lee, Ph.D. 
This policy brief written by Leonel Camejo, Hillary Rouse, Christina Mu, and Soomi Lee of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Lee, S., Mu, C., Gonzalez, B., Vinci, C., & Small, B. (2020). Sleep health is associated with next-day mindful attention in healthcare workers. Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. 

Does Sexual Orientation Relate to Health and Well-Being? Analysis of Adults 50+ Years of Age
Christi Nelson 
This policy brief written by Christian Slater, Hillary Rouse, and Christi Nelson of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Nelson, C. & Andel, R. (2020). Does sexual orientation relate to health and well-being? Analysis of adults 50+ years of age. The Gerontologist, 60(7), 1281-1290. 

Does Sexual Orientation Influence Trajectories of Change in Health? A 20-Year Follow-Up Study
Christi Nelson
This policy brief written by Christian Slater, Hillary Rouse, and Christi Nelson of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Nelson, C. & Andel, R. (2020). Does sexual orientation influence trajectories of change in health? A 20-year follow-up study. LGBT Health, 7(7), 385-392.

Self-Rated Health and Mental Health Among Older Incarcerated Males
Carlyn Vogel 
This policy brief written by Tomas Vivas, Hillary Rouse, Victor Molinari, and Carlyn Vogel of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Vogel, C. E., Molinari, V., Andel, R., & Barry, L. C. (2020). Self-rated health and mental health among older incarcerated males. Aging & Mental Health, 1–9.

Understanding the Roles of Patient Symptoms and Subjective Appraisals in Well-Being Among Breast Cancer Patients
Adrian Badana, Ph.D.
This policy brief written by Joseph Ayala, Hillary Rouse, and Adrian Badana of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Badana, A.N.S., Marino, V., Templeman, M., McMillan, S., Tofthagen, C., Small, B., & Haley, W. (2019). Understanding the roles of patient symptoms and subjective appraisals in well-being among breast cancer patients. Supportive Care in Cancer, 27(11), 4245-4252.

Effects of Yoga-Related Mind-Body Therapies on Cognitive Function in Older Adults: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis
Kallol Bhattacharyya
This policy brief written by Kallol Bhattacharyya, Hillary Rouse, and Brent Small of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Bhattacharyya, K.K., Andel, R., & Small, B.J. (2021). Effects of yoga-related mind-body therapies on cognitive function in older adults: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 93(104319), 1-10.

Discussing End-of-Life Care Preferences With Family: Role of Race and Ethnicity
Lindsay Peterson, Ph.D. 
This policy brief written by Tomas Vivas, Hillary Rouse, and Lindsay Peterson of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Peterson, L., Hyer, K., Meng, H., Dobbs, D., Gamaldo, A., & O'Neil, K. (2019). Discussing end-of-life care preferences with family: Role of race and ethnicity. Research on Aging, 41(9), 823–844.

The Unique Challenges Faced by Assisted Living Communities to Meet Federal Guidelines for COVID-19
Debra Dobbs, Ph.D. 
This policy brief written by Christian Slater, Hillary Rouse, and Debra Dobbs of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Dobbs, D., Peterson, L., & Hyer, K. (2020). The unique challenges faced by assisted living communities to meet federal guidelines for COVID-19. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 32, 4-5, 334-342.

Speech Therapy in Florida's Rural and Urban Assisted Living Communities
Lindsay Peterson, Ph.D. 
This policy brief is based on research by Jocelyn Brown, Christian Slater, and Lindsay Peterson of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Quality Concerns in Nursing Homes that Serve Large Proportions of Residents with Serious Mental Illness
Dylan Jester
This policy brief written by Joseph Ayala, Hillary Rouse , Lindsay Peterson, Kathryn Hyer, and Dylan Jester of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Jester, D.J., Hyer, K., & Bowblis, J.R. (2020). Quality concerns in nursing homes that serve large proportions of residents with serious mental illness. The Gerontologist, 1-10.

Care Demands and Well-Being of Primary and Secondary Non-Spousal Caregivers of Aging Adults
Victoria Marino
This policy brief written by Christian Slater and Victoria Marino of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Marino, V.R., Badana, A.N., & Haley, W.E. (2020). Care demands and well-being of primary and secondary non-spousal caregivers of aging adults. Clinical Gerontologist, 43(5), 558-571.

Mild Behavioral Impairment as a Predictor of Cognitive Functioning in Older Adults
Hillary Rouse 
This policy brief written by Mia Torres, Hillary Rouse, and Brent Small of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Rouse, H. J., Small, B. J., Schinka, J. A., Loewenstein, D. A., Duara, R., & Potter, H. (2020). Mild behavioral impairment as a predictor of cognitive functioning in older adults. International Psychogeriatrics, 1-9.

Neuropsychiatric Symptoms as a Distinguishing Factor Between Memory Diagnoses
Hillary Rouse
This policy brief written by Mia Torres, Hillary Rouse, and Brent Small of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Rouse, H. J., Small, B. J., Schinka, J. A., Hazlett, A. M., Loewenstein, D. A., Duara, R., & Potter, H. (2020). Neuropsychiatric symptoms as a distinguishing factor between memory diagnoses. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 1-8.

Assessment of Cognitive Training & Social Interaction in People with Mild to Moderate Dementia: A Pilot Study
Hillary Rouse
This policy brief written by Tomas Vivas, Hillary Rouse, and Brent Small of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Rouse, H. J., Small, B. J., & Faust, M. E. (2019). Assessment of cognitive training & social interaction in people with mild to moderate dementia: A pilot study. Clinical Gerontologist, 42(4), 421–434.

Physical and Occupational Therapy Availability in Florida's Assisted Living Communities
Lindsay Peterson, Ph.D. 
This policy brief is based on research by Christian Slater, Jocelyn Brown, and Lindsay Peterson of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Pet Therapy in Florida's Assisted Living Communities
Lindsay Peterson, Ph.D. 
This policy brief is based on research by Christian Slater, Jocelyn Brown, and Lindsay Peterson of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Sleep Health in Direct-Care Workers
Soomi Lee, Ph.D. 
This policy brief written by Jeilah Pabon, Christina Mu, Taylor F.D. Vigoureux, Joseph Obiagwu, Alexandra Carey, Ana Sorto, Hillary Rouse, Brent Small, Kathryn Hyer and Soomi Lee of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies; Sleep, Stress, and Health Lab; and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Assisted Living Communities During Hurricane Irma: The Decision to Evacuate or Shelter in Place and Resident Acuity 
Lindsay Peterson, Ph.D.
This policy brief written by Christian Slater, Hillary Rouse, and Lindsay Peterson of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Peterson, L. J., June, J., Sakib, N., Dobbs, D., Dosa, M. D., Thomas, S. K., Jester, J. D., & Hyer K. (2020). Assisted living communities during Hurricane Irma: The decision to evacuate or shelter in place and resident acuity. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 21(8), 1148–1152. 

Comparison of Assisted Living Communities With and Without Memory Care in Florida
Hillary Rouse 
This policy brief is based on research by Hillary Rouse, Daniel Pupo, Lindsay Peterson, and Kathryn Hyer of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Physical Therapy in Florida's Rural and Urban Assisted Living Communities
Hillary Rouse
This policy brief is based on research by Jocelyn Brown, Christian Slater, Hillary Rouse, and Lindsay Peterson of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Mind-Body Practices in U.S. Adults: Prevalence and Correlates 
Kallol Bhattacharyya
This policy brief written by Kallol Bhattacharyya , Hillary Rouse, and Gizem Hueluer of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Bhattacharyya, K. K., Hueluer, G., Meng, H., & Hyer, K. (2020). Mind-body practices in U.S. adults: Prevalence and correlates. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 52(102501), 1-5. 

The Use of Mobility Devices and Personal Assistance: A Joint Modeling Approach 
Lindsay Peterson, Ph.D.
This policy brief written by Chloe Burns, Hillary Rouse, Jocelyn Brown, and Lindsay Peterson of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Meng, H., Peterson, L., Feng, L., Dobbs, D., & Hyer, K. (2019). The use of mobility devices and personal assistance: A joint modeling approach. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 5, 1-7.

Using Deficiency Data to Measure Quality in Assisted Living Communities: A Florida Statewide Study 
Joseph June
This policy brief written by Christian Slater, Hillary Rouse, and Joseph June of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
June, J., Meng, H., Dobbs, D., & Hyer, K., (2019). Using deficiency data to measure quality in assisted living communities: A Florida statewide study. Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 32(2), 125-140.

The Association Between Assisted Living Direct Care Worker End-of-Life Training and Hospice Use Patterns 
Debra Dobbs, Ph.D.
This policy brief written by Christian Slater, Hillary Rouse, and Debra Dobbs of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Dobbs, D., Kaufman, S., & Meng, H. (2018). The association between assisted living direct care worker end-of-life training and hospice use patterns. Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine, 4, 1- 5. 

Florida Power Rule: Discrepancies Reported and Actual Compliance
Hillary Rouse
This policy brief is based on research by Hillary Rouse, Joseph June, Christian Slater, Lindsay Peterson, and Kathryn Hyer of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Reducing Unfair Treatment and Improving the Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults
Christi L. Nelson This policy brief is based on research by Christi L. Nelson of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Defining Memory Care Services in Florida Assisted Living Communities
Hillary Rouse
This policy brief is based on research by Chloe Burns, Hillary Rouse, and Kathryn Hyer of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging. 

Lack of Preparation for Demographic Shifts in Rural Florida
Hillary Rouse
This policy brief is based on research by Joseph Ayala, Hillary Rouse, Lindsay Peterson, and Kathryn Hyer of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Limited Access to Memory Care Services in Assisted Living Communities in Rural Florida
Hillary Rouse
This policy brief is based on research by Hillary Rouse, Joseph Ayala, and Kathryn Hyer of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

The Above Average Burden of Hearing Loss for Rural Counties in Florida
Daniel Pupo
This policy brief is based on research by Daniel Pupo, Hillary Rouse, Lindsay Peterson , Michelle Arnold and  Kathryn Hyer of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Limited Access to Audiology Services in Florida Assisted Living Communities
Daniel Pupo
This policy brief is based on research by Daniel Pupo, Moriah Jones, Hillary Rouse, and Kathryn Hyer of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging. 

Rural and Urban Assisted Living Communities in Florida
Hillary Rouse
This policy brief is based on research by Jocelyn Brown, Joseph Ayala, Hillary Rouse, Lindsay Peterson, and Kathryn Hyer of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

The State of the States: How Easy is It for Consumers to Learn About Assisted Living in the U.S.?
Amy Haywood
Faculty and a PhD student performed an analysis of state websites for Assisted Living facilities to determine if the information was publicly available and user-friendly. This information has recently been published in an article in the Gerontologist.
Article:
Roberts, M., Peterson, L. J., & Hyer, K. (2020). The State of States’ Assisted Living Websites: Information Available to Consumers. The Gerontologist, 1-7.

Medicaid Hearing Aid Coverage for Older Adult Beneficiaries: A State-By-State Comparison
Amy Haywood
This policy brief is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article written by faculty and students of the School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Arnold, M.L., Hyer, K., & Chisolm, T. (2017). Medicaid hearing aid coverage for older adult
beneficiaries: A state-by-state comparison, Health Affairs, (8), 1476-1484

Medical Faculty Beliefs: Self-Rated Importance and Confidence in Teaching Geriatrics Primary Care
Amy Haywood
This policy brief is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article written by faculty and students of the School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Hyer, K., Jester, D., Badana, A.N.S., D’Aoust, R., Robinson, B.E., Guerra, L., Michael, M., Molinari, V., Schwartz, A., Shocken, D., Wills, T., Wilson, C., Andel, R., (2019). Medical faculty beliefs: Self-rated importance and confidence in teaching geriatrics primary care. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, (67)3, 576-580.

Sharing End-of-Life Care Preferences with Family Members
Amy Haywood
This policy brief is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article written by faculty and students of the School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Peterson, L. J., Dobbs, D., Meng, H., Gamaldo, A., O'Neil, K., & Hyer, K. (2018). Sharing end-of-life care preferences with family members: who has the discussion and who does not. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 21(4), 463-472.

Bidirectional Associations of Sleep With Cognitive Interference in Employees’ Work Days
Amy Haywood
This policy brief is a concise and easy to read summary of a journal article written by faculty and students of the School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging. See the citation below for information on the original article.
Article:
Lee, S., Buxton, O. M., Andel, R., & Almeida, D. M. (2019). Bidirectional associations of sleep with cognitive interference in employees' work days. Sleep health, 5(3), 298-308.