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2023 Scripps Impact Report

Letter from the Director

Executive Director, Scripps Gerontology Center It is with great excitement that we present our 2023 Impact Report. Scripps Gerontology Center continues to be the premier source of applied, evidence-based insights and innovative new programs, reports, and policy tools that are helping transform aging services in Ohio and in states and communities around the country. There is much to celebrate regarding how we make a difference in real-world settings and in the lives of aging individuals, their families, and their communities.

This report also honors the groundbreaking work of Dr. Elizabeth Lokon, founder of Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) who retired after 16 years directing the program. OMA remains well-positioned to expand and support intergenerational, arts-based programming.

In the past year and a half as the Center’s Executive Director, I have been humbled by our impact. I am proud of the high quality work our Staff and Fellows produce. I am grateful to our supporters and trusted partners who demonstrate their belief in the work we do through their generous donations.

Below we feature some of our many achievements in 2023. We highlight new program expansion, high-quality publications, awards, and emerging leaders in the field of gerontology. As always, please reach out to me with any comments, questions, or suggestions.


signature of Katy Abbott 


Katherine Abbott, Ph.D., MGS, FGSA
Executive Director, Scripps Gerontology Center
Professor of Gerontology, Department of Sociology and Gerontology, Miami University

Conducting Applied Research

Scripps excels at conducting rigorous applied research that matters to policymakers and aging services providers, and uses the latest ideas in implementation science to ensure projects are feasible in practice settings. Below we highlight our research numbers, publications, and a story highlighting researchers building trust with community partners. See the Current Projects for a full list of projects.

Research by the Numbers


2023 External research funding

33% from Federal, 37% from the Aging Network, 13% from the Ohio Department of Higher Education, 17% from Foundations totaling $2,500,000


External research funding accounts for 80% of the Scripps operating budget

18% from Miami University and 2% from the E.W. Scripps Endowment totaling in $3,101,322


External grant proposals submitted in 2023

Funded to date: 15

Scripps Impact in Publications

See the depth and breadth of topics covered by our 50 publications covered in 2023.

View our 2023 Publications

  • Anwar, A., Yadav, U. N., Huda, M. N., Ghimire, S., Rahman, M., Ali, A. R. M. M., Mahumud, R. A., Shuvo, S. D., Nowar, A., Mondal, P. K., Rizwan, A. A. M., & Mistry, S. K. (2023). COVID-19-related stigma among older adults residing in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. Stigma and Health. Advance online publication.

  • Bhattacharyya, K., Peterson, L., Molinari, V., & Bowblis, J. R. (2023). Consumer complaints in nursing homes: Analyzing substantiated single-allegation complaints to deficiency citations. Journal of Aging and Social Policy. Advance online publication.

  • Brunt, C., & Bowblis, J. R. (2023). Beyond nursing staff levels: The association of nursing home quality and the Five-Star Quality Rating System’s new staffing measures. Medical Care Research and Review, 80(6).

  • Bulanda, J. R., Curl, A. L., & Roberts, A. R. (2023). Marital quality and alcohol use among couples in mid- and later life. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 42(5), 1068-1077. 

  • Chapadia, B., Ghimire, S., Karmacharya, I., Subedi, J., & Adhikari, S. B. (2023). Role of social support on mental health among resettled Bhutanese refugees in Ohio. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 26(2), 316-324.

  • Chen, M., Goodwin, J. S., Bailey, J. E., Bowblis, J. R., Li, S., & Xu, H. (2023). Longitudinal associations of nursing staff shortages and staff levels with health outcomes in nursing homes. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 24(11), 1755-1760.e7.

  • Chidebe, R., Cummins, P., Narine, D., & Yamashita, T. (2023). Care for older adults: What skills to health care employers value in community college students. Innovation in Aging, 7(Supplement_1), 235-235.

  • Chidebe, R., Agha, A.A., Ugwu, E., Narine, D., Yamashita, T., & Cummins, P. (2023). Retiring to poverty: Veterans’ protests for nonpayment of pensions in Nigeria. Innovation in Aging, 7(Supplement_1), 609-609.

  • Chidebe, R., Agha, A. A., Nwakanma-Akanno, O., Akwiwu, C. O., Nwakasi, C., Aruah, S., Esiaka, D., & Cummins, P. (2023). Women supporting women: Peer support group for older women with metastatic breast cancer in Nigeria. Innovation in Aging, 7(Supplement_1), 453-454.

  • de Medeiros, K. & Kunkel, S. (2023). The AgeSmart Inventory: A multifaceted tool to understand age bias. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 9.

  • Dellasega, C., George, D. R., & Lokon, E. (2023). The transformative power of participating in Opening Minds through Art (OMA), an expressive arts program for medical students. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 1-13.

  • DiBenedetti, D., Menne, H., Paulsen, R., Krasa, H. B., Vradenburg, G., Comer, M., Callahan, L. F., Winfield, J., Potashman, M., Heithoff, K., Hartry, A., Oberdhan, D., Wilson, H., Hoffman, D. L., Weinberg, D., Kremer, I. N., Taylor, G. A., Taylor, J. M., Lappin, D., Martin, A. D., Hauber, B., & Romano (DeMuro), C. (2023). Technical review of clinical outcomes assessments across the continuum of Alzheimer's disease. Neurology & Therapy, 12(2), 571-595.

  • Duan, Y., Ng, W., Bowblis, J.R., Akosionu, O., & Shippee, T. (2023). Nursing home resident preferences for daily care and activities: A latent class analysis of national data. The Gerontologist. Advance online publication.

  • Even, W. E., Yamashita, T., & Cummins, P. A. (2023). The STEM wage premium across the OECD. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, 35(1), 5-19.

  • Goldman, A. S., Abbott, K. M., Huang, L., Naylor, M. D, & Hirschman, K. B. (2023). Changes in tangible social support over time among older adults receiving long-term services and supports. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 42(5), 981-991.

  • Grabowski, D. C. & Bowblis, J. R. (2023). Federal Nursing Home Minimum Nursing Staff Rule: Opportunities and challenges. New England Journal of Medicine, 389(18), pp. 1637-1640

  • Hermesch, A., Kunkel, M. C., Heppner, A., Van Haitsma, K., & Abbott, K. M. (2023). “It was like a whole new world opened up”: Nursing home provider perspectives on implementing a person-centered communication intervention. Annals of Long-Term Care.

  • Janssen, L.M., & Abbott, K.M. (2023). “It hits me right here at my heart”: Promoting emotional health of home care workers. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 42(4), 680-688.

  • Kang, Y., David, S. V., Bowblis, J. R., Intrator, O., Downer, B., Li, C. Y., Goodwin, J. S., & Xu, H. (2023). Financial performance is associated with PPE shortages in chain-affiliated nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic: A longitudinal study. INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organizations, Provision, and Financing, 60.

  • Karmacharya, I., Janssen, L.M., & Brekke, B. (2023). “Let them know that they’re appreciated”: The importance of work culture on direct care worker retention. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 49(8), 7-13.

  • Kinney, J., Abbott, K., McLaughlin, S., Janssen, L., &; Applebaum, R. (2023). Bridging the gap between education, practice and policy in Gerontology. Public Policy & Aging Report, 33(1), 3-7.

  • Koumoutzis, A. & Vivoda, J. M. (2023). On the road again: Factors associated with family/friend caregiver-provided transportation. Journal of Transport & Health, 31

  • Kunkel, M. C., Bowblis, J. R., Straker, J., Van Haitsma, K., & Abbott, K. M. (2023). Impact of implementing the Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory on nursing home survey deficiencies. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 24(1), 113-118.

  • Kunkel, M. C., Kasler, K., Heppner, A., Van Haitsma, K., & Abbott, K. M. (2023). Implementing preference-based communication tools in nursing homes: Influence of champions. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 1-16.

  • Kunkel, M. C., Bowblis, J. R., Straker, J., Van Haitsma, K., & Abbott, K. M. (2023). Can implementing person-centered care tools reduce complaints? Evidence from the Implementation of PELI in Ohio Nursing Homes. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 36(1), 141-155.

  • Kunkel, M. C., Bowblis, J. R., Straker, J., Van Haitsma, K., & Abbott, K. M. (2023). Exploring the relationship between extent of person-centered care implementation and staffing levels in Ohio nursing homes. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 42(11) 2189-2987.

  • Kunkel, M. C., Applebaum, R., & Nelson, M. (2023). Strategies to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Ohio nursing home staff. The Gerontologist, 63(9), 1510–1517.

  • Kunkel, M., Bowblis, J. R., Straker, J., Van Haitsma, K., & Abbott, K. M. (2023). Exploring the relationship between extent of person-centered care implementation and staffing levels in Ohio nursing homes. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 42(11), 2189-2197.

  • Kunkel, M., Bowblis, J. R., Straker, J., Van Haitsma, K., & Abbott, K. M. (2023). Can implementing person-centered care tools reduce complaints? Evidence from the implementation of PELI in Ohio nursing homes. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 36(1), 141-155.

  • Kusmaul, N., Roberts, A. R., Hector, P., Galambos, C., Zimmerman, S., & Bern-Klug, M. (2023). Social workers critical to honoring commitments to residents and families in long-term care. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 66(6), 811-821.

  • Kwon, J., Qiu, X., Abbott, K. M., Straker, J K., & Applebaum, R. (2023). Associations between complaints and organizational characteristics among Ohio nursing homes. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 25(4), 585-590.

  • Madrigal, C., Moore, R., Kunkel, M., Bowblis, J., Straker, J., VanHaitsma, K., & Abbott, K. (2023). Organizational and resident characteristics of nursing homes associated with partial and complete implementation of the Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory (PELI). Innovation in Aging, 7(2).

  • Mistry, S. K., Ali, A. M., Yadav, U. N., Huda, M. N., Khanam, F., Kundu, S., Khan, J. R., Hossain, M. B., Anwar, A., & Ghimire, S. (2023). Change in prevalence over time and factors associated with depression among Bangladeshi older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychogeriatrics, 23(2), 230–242.

  • Mistry, S. K., Ali, A. R. M. M., Yadav, U. N., Ghimire, S., Anwar, A., Huda, M. N., Khanam, F., Mahumud, R. A., Parray, A. A., Bhattacharjee, S., Lim, D., & Harris, M. F. (2023). The burden of non-disabled frailty and its associated factors among older adults in Bangladesh. PloSone, 18(11).

  • Morrow-Howell, N., Kunkel, S., Gendron, T., Jarrott, S., & Andreoletti, C. (2023). Anti-ageism for gerontologists. Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 1-11.

  • Narine, D., Yamashita, T., Chidebe, R. C., Cummins, P. A., Kramer, J. W., & Karam, R. (2023). Associations between education, information-processing skills, and job automation risk in the United States. Journal of Adult and Continuing Education,

  • Narine, D., Yamashita, T., Punksungka, W., Helsinger, A., Kramer, J. W., Karam, R., & Cummins, P. A. (2023). Reliance on social networks and health professionals for health information in the US adult population. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Advance online publication.

  • Rommerskirch-Manietta, M., Manietta, C., Purwins, D., Van Haitsma, K., Abbott, K. M., & Roes, M. (2023). “This is Slowly Becoming my Interest…”: The understanding of leisure and preferences for leisure activities of people receiving adult day services. Research on Aging, 46(3-4), 210-227.

  • Rommerskirch-Manietta, M., Bergmann, J. M., Manietta, C., Purwins, D., Van Haitsma, K. M., Abbott, K. M., & Roes, M. (2023). Exploration of the content and structure of preferences for leisure activities of people receiving adult day services using concept mapping, The Gerontologist, (64)5.

  • Rommerskirch-Manietta, M., Manietta, C., Hoffmann, A.L., Rohra, H., Gove, D., Alpers, B., Hung, L., Geary, C.R., Abbott, K.M., Ren, L.H., Oberfeld, S., Diaz, A., & Roes, M. (2023). Participatory development of a framework to actively involve people living with dementia and those from their social network, and healthcare professionals in conducting a systematic review: The DECIDE-SR protocol. Research Involvement and Engagement, 9(52).

  • Shakya, S., Silva, S. G., McConnell, E. S., McLaughlin, S. J., & Cary M. P., Jr. (2023). Does cumulative psychosocial stress explain frailty disparities in community-dwelling older adults? Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 13(105055).

  • Shakya, S., Silva, S. G., McConnell, E. S., McLaughlin, S. J., Cary, M. P., Jr. (2023). Structural determinants and cardiometabolic typologies related to frailty in community-dwelling older adults. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 117(105171).

  • Shippee, T. P., Parikh, R. R., Duan, Y., Bowblis, J. R., Woodhouse, M., & Lewis, T. (2023). Measuring nursing home quality of life: Validated measures are poorly correlated with proxies from MDS and quality of life deficiency citations. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 24(5), 718-722.e4.

  • Sun, N., Xu, Z., Pittman, A., Qiu, X., Abdou, B., Hua, C., & Brown, J. S. (2023). Self-perception of aging and perceived medical ageism. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 71(10), 3049-3058.

  • Wisch, J. K., Kianfar, J., Carr, D. B., Dickerson, A. D., Vivoda, J. M., Harmon, A., Trani, J.-F., Johnson, A. M., Doherty, J. M., Murphy, S. A., Domash, H., Ashraf, S., Aschenbrenner, A. J., Schindler, S. E., Benzinger, T. L. S., Morris, J. C., Ances, B. M., & Babulal, G. M. (2023). Differential impacts of road diets on driving behavior among older adults with and without preclinical Alzheimer’s pathology. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 98, 18-28.

  • Xu, H., Bowblis, J. R., Becerra, A. Z., & Intrator, O. (2023). Developing a machine learning risk adjustment method for hospitalizations and emergency department visits of nursing home residents with dementia. Medical Care, 67(9), 619-626. 

  • Yamashita, T., Punksungka, W., Narine, D., Helsinger, A., Kramer, J. W., Cummins, P. A., & Karam, R. (2023). Adult numeracy skill practice by STEM and non-STEM workers in the USA: An exploration of data using latent class analysis. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 42(1), 59-76.

  • Yamashita, T., Narine, D., Punksungka, W., Kramer, J. W., Karam, R., & Cummins, P. A. (2023). Associations between volunteering, STEM backgrounds, and information-processing skills in adult populations of the United States. Social Indicators Research, 169(3), 1087-1108.

  • Yamashita, T., Narine, D., Chidebe, R., Cummins, P., Kramer, J., & Karam, R. (2023). Digital skills, STEM occupations, and job automation risk among older workers in the US. Innovation in Aging, 7(Supplement_1), 663-664.

  • Yamashita, T., Smith, T. J., & Cummins, P. A. (2023). Age, period, and cohort effects on adult literacy skills in the United States. Adult Literacy Education, 5(1), 4-20.


Moving at the Speed of Trust

Researchers spend a year in dialogue with community partners before pragmatic trial begins.

Molly Noble, Amy Kotterman, Director of Customer Experience at United Church Homes, and Katy Abbott meeting with residents and staff at the Trinity Community at Beavercreek in Beavercreek, OH to talk about the IPPI.

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Delivering Program Innovation and Community Service

To meet the needs of an aging society, Scripps pursues creative approaches and programming. Our staff, faculty, and fellows engage with this work beyond the academic setting—they provide professional service and leadership in many volunteer roles at the local, state, and national levels. Below are stories from the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) programs in Indonesia, a new certification course, the first virtual art show, and Scripps' community work with Age-Friendly Oxford (AFO). 


OMA Impact

Building Bridges Across Age and Cognitive Barriers through Art


New OMA Facilitators trained

A total of 1,091 OMA Facilitators globally

Our Work Towards an Age-Friendly Future Starts at Home

Oxford is one of 30 Ohio communities and 856 communities nationwide who have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. The vision of Age-Friendly Oxford (AFO) is an inclusive livable community with housing, transportation, social opportunities, and services that support the well-being of citizens of all ages.

Scripps has been an integral partner in Oxford's age-friendly work since it first began in 2017 and currently serves as one of the pillar organizations coordinating AFO's second cycle of work.  Our involvement in AFO has helped Scripps build and strengthen collaborations with local organizations and other age-friendly communities across the state. Additionally, it has provided an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines to see opportunities and challenges associated with aging addressed at a community level.

Read more about how Community Comes Together to Discuss Loneliness


Building Leaders in Gerontology

Led by engaged faculty and internationally recognized research scholars, Scripps offers students opportunities to join ground-breaking applied research, learn from experts and in real world settings, and get a powerful start to a career in aging services. Read two of the student's stories, watch the annual Leaders in Aging lecture by Dr. Perzynski, and see who was awarded the 2023 Cottrell Distinguished Alumni Award.

Meet the Students

Lucas Adams worked on the racial disparities within nursing homes and their relationship to COVID-19 deaths and McKenna McClure is on her way to becoming a long-term care administrator.


Peer Reviewed publications from students in 2023


Awards including Top Presenter at the Miami University Graduate Research Forum and Judith D. Tamkin Scholar Award

Leaders in Aging Research

Each year the Scripps Gerontology Center brings a Leader in Aging Research to campus for a cutting-edge lecture.

Adam Perzynski, PhD Professor of Medicine and SociologyThis year Scripps invited Adam Perzynski, professor of Medicine and Sociology at Case Western Reserve University to speak on his incredible work on health determinants in Cleveland. 

Healthcare systems, researchers, and policymakers have dramatically increased attention to the importance of social determinants of health. However, there remains a lack of clarity surrounding the most effective, community-centered pathways toward population health improvement. Drawing on bioecological developmental systems theory, Dr. Perzynski reviewed how individual and structural factors coalesce to differentiate and determine health and social outcomes for older adults. 

Watch the full lecture on Youtube

Cottrell Distinguished Alumni Award

The W. Fred Cottrell Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes Miami University gerontology graduate student alumni for outstanding leadership in the field of aging.

2023 Cottrell Award presented to Dawn Carr ’09

Dawn Carr, who holds a doctorate in Social Gerontology from Miami University, came back to Ohio to accept the Cottrell Award on Wednesday, April 26, 2023. She was kind enough to answer questions on her time as a student and her journey to become the Director of the Claude Pepper Center.

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