Education & Certifications
Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Aging/Dementia (2013)
Fellowship, Sierra-Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Aging/Dementia (2013)
Ph.D., University of Miami (2010)
Internship, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Geropsychology/Neuropsychology (2009)
M.S., University of Miami (2007)
B.S., University of Miami (2003)
VA Cultivating Access to Resources, Education, and Skills for Dementia Caregivers (VA CARES)
According to VA estimates, nearly 500,000 Veterans suffer from dementia. There is currently no cure for dementia. Ultimately, dementia will have a large impact on quality of life in Veterans and families, lead to expensive nursing home placement, and decrease life expectancy for patients and family caregivers. The experience of high burden in a caregiver for a Veteran with dementia increases the likelihood of permanent nursing home placement and can separate Veterans from their families. To address the high burden of caring for a Veteran with dementia, we aim to study the effect of a low-cost, rehabilitative intervention for family caregivers of Veterans with dementia. Our novel approach uses video technology that can reach caregivers in rural areas who do not have easy access to major VA medical centers. If this rehabilitative intervention proves successful, it may represent an approach to Veteran- and family-centered dementia care that can be used throughout VA with low staff, resource, and cost burdens.
The VA CARES project studies the effects of an education and skill-building rehabilitation (ESBR) intervention, designed to be low-cost and clinically translatable through video telehealth, on family caregivers of Veterans with dementia. The trial will consist of 150 family caregivers coping with all causes of dementia who will be randomized to our ESBR intervention (n=50 in-clinic, ESBR-i; n=50 via video telehealth, ESBR-v) or to usual care plus supplemental educational materials on dementia (n=50, UC). Intervention effects will be examined longitudinally at six, 12, and 24 months post-intervention. Advanced statistical techniques will be used to determine the impact of the intervention on: quality of life in caregivers of Veterans with dementia (Primary Aim 1), depressive symptoms in caregivers (Secondary Aim 2), and community tenure, time to long-term care placement, and survival (Secondary Aim 3). The proposed study will utilize the infrastructure of the Sierra-Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) to investigate this innovative method of caregiver intervention. This award creates an ideal environment where Dr. Scanlon can wholly focus his time on Veteran- and family-centered clinical research and enables him to pursue his long-term career objective: developing a fully independent research program investigating low-cost, pragmatic and clinically translatable methods for improving rehabilitation and management of neurodegenerative disease and dementia.
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