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Susy Stark

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Susy Stark

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Social Work, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Susy Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, has built an impressive research program examining environmental modifications and adaptation to support aging-in-place for community-dwelling older adults. She has focused her efforts on older adults vulnerable for institutional placement, particularly those with impairments due to chronic and degenerative conditions such as stroke and dementia. Stark’s thematically linked research program has direct implications for occupational therapy research and practice. 

What sets Stark’s research apart from most aging research is her study of the lived environment. In addition, Stark’s studies address a complex range of personal, environmental, and functional factors that contribute to falls in the home. Her more recent research examines the timing of falls in the progression of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease, and the association between this timing and pre-identified neuroimaging correlates. Findings from this study are likely to improve early identification of candidates likely to benefit from intervention, with the intent that such intervention may contribute to slowed trajectories of decline.

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