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menneHeather L. Menne, PhD

Senior Research Scientist I

Areas of Expertise: Caregiver Stress, Decision-making Involvement of Cognitively Impaired Individuals, Program Evaluation

Heather L. Menne, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. Her research explores the theoretical underpinnings of the stress process for individuals with cognitive impairment, family caregivers, and formal caregivers. Her recent work includes the evaluation of evidence-based and evidence-informed programs for older adults and family caregivers. Other research interests include examining the connection between home and community-based services and health outcomes for older adults and adults with disabilities.

In 2013-2014, Dr. Menne was a Health and Aging Policy Fellow serving in the office of U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA). She serves on the editorial board for Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, is a reviewer for several international journals, and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and a member of the American Society on Aging and Academy Health. Dr. Menne earned a doctorate in sociology from Case Western Reserve University, a master's in gerontological studies from Miami University, and a bachelor's degree from Ripon College.

Listen to Dr. Menne's interview with Regina Brett on WKSU: Aging Gracefully (aired Jan 25, 2012)