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Meredeth A. Rowe, RN, PhD, FGSA, FAAN

Meredeth A. Rowe, RN, PhD, FGSA, FAAN

Professor, College of Nursing

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  • PhD, Nursing, University of Rochester, 1994

Research Interests

  • Meredeth Rowe, PhD, RN, FAAN is a Professor at the College of Nursing. Dr. Rowe's research focus is on improving lives of people with cognitive impairment (Alzheimer's disease and other dementias) and their caregivers A primary focus of her research interest is to understand the physiologic consequences of caregiving and develop interventions to prevent pathophysiologic changes. Dr. Rowe's research seeks to find strategies to lessen the inherent dangers associated with missing persons with Alzheimer's or dementia as well as analyze the physiological and psychological effects on caregivers of these patients. She has developed a home monitoring system for caregivers of persons with dementia and parents of autistic children. The system, called CareAlertTM, assists caregivers in managing nighttime activity and preventing unattended exits from the home. Dr. Rowe has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Justice and the Veteran's Administration.

Recent Publications

  • Bowen ME, Rowe MA, Ji M, Cacchione P. A research proposal testing a new model of ambulation activity among long-term care residents with dementia/cognitive impairment: the study protocol of a prospective longitudinal natural history study. BMC research notes. 12(1) : 557, 2019.
  • Steis MR, Unruh L, Gurupur VP, Shettian E, Rowe M, Golden A. CE: Original Research: New Acute Symptoms in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment: What Should Family Caregivers Do? The American journal of nursing. 119(3) : 22-29, 2019.
  • Bowen ME, Rowe M, Ersek M, Ibrahim S, Shea JA. The Physical and Cognitive Performance Test for Residents in Assisted Living Facilities. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 65(7) : 1543-1548, 2017.
  • Bowen ME, Rowe M. Intraindividual Changes in Ambulation Associated With Falls in a Population of Vulnerable Older Adults in Long-Term Care. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation. 97(11) : 1963-1968, 2016.
  • Bulat T, Kerrigan MV, Rowe M, Kearns W, Craighead JD, Ramaiah P. Field Evaluations of Tracking/Locating Technologies for Prevention of Missing Incidents. American journal of Alzheimer''s disease and other dementias. 31(6) : 474-80, 2016.
  • McCrae CS, Dzierzewski JM, McNamara JP, Vatthauer KE, Roth AJ, Rowe MA. Changes in Sleep Predict Changes in Affect in Older Caregivers of Individuals with Alzheimer''s Dementia: A Multilevel Model Approach. The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences. 71(3) : 458-62, 2016.
  • Rodriguez CS, Rowe M, Thomas L, Shuster J, Koeppel B, Cairns P. Enhancing the Communication of Suddenly Speechless Critical Care Patients. American journal of critical care : an official publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. 25(3) : e40-7, 2016.
  • Brewster GS, Varrasse M, Rowe M. Sleep and Cognition in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Review of Literature. Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland). 3(4) : 1243-70, 2015.
  • Maguire DJ, Rowe MA, Spring H, Elliott AF. Patterns of Disruptive Feeding Behaviors in Infants With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. 15(6) : 429-39; quiz E1-2, 2015.
  • Rowe M, Houston A, Molinari V, Bulat T, Bowen ME, Spring H, Mutolo S, McKenzie B. The Concept of Missing Incidents in Persons with Dementia. Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland). 3(4) : 1121-32, 2015.
  • D''Aoust RF, Brewster G, Rowe MA. Depression in informal caregivers of persons with dementia. International journal of older people nursing. 10(1) : 14-26, 2015.
  • Rodriguez CS, Spring HJ, Rowe M. Nurses'' experiences of communicating with hospitalized, suddenly speechless patients. Qualitative health research. 25(2) : 168-78, 2015.
  • Smith LO, Elder JH, Storch EA, Rowe MA. Activation thresholds and operating characteristics of commercial alarm products to provide surveillance for dementia caregivers. J Intellect Disabil Res. , 2014.
  • Rowe MA. Nurse entrepreneurs, arise!: improving lives of older adults by bringing your ideas to market. Journal of gerontological nursing. 39(10) : 16-21, 2013.
  • Williams JM, Kay DB, Rowe M, McCrae CS. Sleep discrepancy, sleep complaint, and poor sleep among older adults. The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences. 68(5) : 712-20, 2013.
  • Kay DB, Dzierzewski JM, Rowe M, McCrae CS. Greater night-to-night variability in sleep discrepancy among older adults with a sleep complaint compared to noncomplaining older adults. Behavioral sleep medicine. 11(2) : 76-90, 2013.
  • Greenblum CA, Rowe MA, Neff DF, Greenblum JS. Midlife women: symptoms associated with menopausal transition and early postmenopause and quality of life. Menopause (New York, N.Y.). 20(1) : 22-7, 2013.
  • Rowe, M. Activation thresholds and operating characteristics of commercial alarm products to provide surveillance for dementia caregivers. Gerontechnology. (20) : 480-7, 2013.
  • Rowe MA, Greenblum CA, DʼAoust RF. Missing incidents in community-dwelling people with dementia: understanding how these dangerous events differ from dementia-related ‘wandering’ is critical to assessment, intervention, and prevention. The American journal of nursing. 112(12) : 30-5, discussion 36-7, 2012.
  • Rowe MA, Greenblum CA, Boltz M, Galvin JE. Missing drivers with dementia: antecedents and recovery. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 60(11) : 2063-9, 2012.
  • Dautovich ND, Kay DB, Perlis ML, Dzierzewski JM, Rowe MA, McCrae CS. Day-to-day variability in nap duration predicts medical morbidity in older adults. Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association. 31(5) : 671-6, 2012.
  • Greenblum CA, Rowe MA. Nighttime activity in individuals with dementia: understanding the problem and identifying solutions. Journal of gerontological nursing. 38(5) : 8-11, 2012.
  • Rodriguez CS, Rowe M, Koeppel B, Thomas L, Troche MS, Paguio G. Development of a communication intervention to assist hospitalized suddenly speechless patients. Technology and health care : official journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine. 20(6) : 489-500, 2012.
  • Houston AM, Brown LM, Rowe MA, Barnett SD. The informal caregivers'' perception of wandering. American journal of Alzheimer''s disease and other dementias. 26(8) : 616-22, 2011.
  • Campbell JL, Rowe MA, Marsiske M. Behavioral symptoms of dementia: a dyadic effect of caregivers'' stress process? Research in gerontological nursing. 4(3) : 168-84, 2011.
  • Rowe MA, Vandeveer SS, Greenblum CA, List CN, Fernandez RM, Mixson NE, Ahn HC. Persons with dementia missing in the community: is it wandering or something unique? BMC geriatrics. 11: 28, 2011.
  • Bowen ME, McKenzie B, Steis M, Rowe M. Prevalence of and antecedents to dementia-related missing incidents in the community. Dementia and geriatric cognitive disorders. 31(6) : 406-12, 2011.
  • Rowe MA, Kairalla JA, McCrae CS. Sleep in dementia caregivers and the effect of a nighttime monitoring system. Journal of nursing scholarship : an official publication of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. 42(3) : 338-47, 2010.
  • Rodriguez C, Rowe M. Use of a speech-generating device for hospitalized postoperative patients with head and neck cancer experiencing speechlessness. Oncology nursing forum. 37(2) : 199-205, 2010.
  • Rowe MA, Ahn H, Benito AP, Stone H, Wilson A, Kairalla J. Injuries and unattended home exits in persons with dementia: a 12-month prospective study. American journal of Alzheimer''s disease and other dementias. 25(1) : 27-31, 2010.
  • Rowe MA, Kelly A, Horne C, Lane S, Campbell J, Lehman B, Phipps C, Keller M, Benito AP. Reducing dangerous nighttime events in persons with dementia by using a nighttime monitoring system. Alzheimer''s & dementia : the journal of the Alzheimer''s Association. 5(5) : 419-26, 2009.
  • Spring HJ, Rowe MA, Kelly A. Improving caregivers'' well-being by using technology to manage nighttime activity in persons with dementia. Research in gerontological nursing. 2(1) : 39-48, 2009.
  • Rowe M. Wandering in hospitalized older adults: identifying risk is the first step in this approach to preventing wandering in patients with dementia. The American journal of nursing. 108(10) : 62-70; quiz 71, 2008.
  • Dautovich ND, McCrae CS, Rowe M. Subjective and objective napping and sleep in older adults: are evening naps "bad" for nighttime sleep? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 56(9) : 1681-6, 2008.
  • Rowe MA, McCrae CS, Campbell JM, Benito AP, Cheng J. Sleep pattern differences between older adult dementia caregivers and older adult noncaregivers using objective and subjective measures. Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. 4(4) : 362-9, 2008.
  • McCrae CS, McNamara JP, Rowe MA, Dzierzewski JM, Dirk J, Marsiske M, Craggs JG. Sleep and affect in older adults: using multilevel modeling to examine daily associations. Journal of sleep research. 17(1) : 42-53, 2008.
  • Rowe M, McCrae C, Campbell J, Horne C, Tiegs T, Lehman B, Cheng J. Actigraphy in older adults: comparison of means and variability of three different aggregates of measurement. Behavioral sleep medicine. 6(2) : 127-45, 2008.
  • Rowe M, Lane S, Phipps C. CareWatch: A Home Monitoring System for Use in Homes of Persons With Cognitive Impairment. Topics in geriatric rehabilitation. 23(1) : 3-8, 2007.
  • McCrae CS, Rowe MA, Dautovich ND, Lichstein KL, Durrence HH, Riedel BW, Taylor DJ, Bush AJ. Sleep hygiene practices in two community dwelling samples of older adults. Sleep. 29(12) : 1551-60, 2006.
  • Weber BA, Yarandi H, Rowe MA, Weber JP. A comparison study: paper-based versus web-based data collection and management. Applied nursing research : ANR. 18(3) : 182-5, 2005.
  • McCrae CS, Rowe MA, Tierney CG, Dautovich ND, Definis AL, McNamara JP. Sleep complaints, subjective and objective sleep patterns, health, psychological adjustment, and daytime functioning in community-dwelling older adults. The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences. 60(4) : P182-9, 2005.
  • Rowe MA, Feinglass NG, Wiss ME. Persons with dementia who become lost in the community: a case study, current research, and recommendations. Mayo Clinic proceedings. 79(11) : 1417-22, 2004.
  • Rowe MA, Fehrenbach N. Injuries sustained by community-dwelling individuals with dementia. Clinical nursing research. 13(2) : 98-110, discussion 111-6, 2004.
  • Rowe MA. Lost and found. The American journal of nursing. 104(5) : 15, 2004.
  • Rowe MA. People with dementia who become lost. The American journal of nursing. 103(7) : 32-9; quiz 40, 2003.
  • Bass E, Rowe MA, Moreno M, McKenzie B. Expanding participation in Alzheimer''s association Safe Return by improving enrollment. American journal of Alzheimer''s disease and other dementias. 23(5) : 447-50
  • Rowe MA, Bennett V. A look at deaths occurring in persons with dementia lost in the community. American journal of Alzheimer''s disease and other dementias. 18(6) : 343-8
  • Bowen ME, Rowe M. Wandering Behaviors and Activities of Daily Living Among Older Adults With Cognitive Impairment. Rehabilitation nursing : the official journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. 44(5) : 282-289
  • Cowan LJ, Stechmiller JK, Rowe M, Kairalla JA. Enhancing Braden pressure ulcer risk assessment in acutely ill adult veterans. Wound repair and regeneration : official publication of the Wound Healing Society [and] the European Tissue Repair Society. 20(2) : 137-48
  • Bowen ME, Rowe MA, Hart-Hughes S, Barnett S, Ji M. Characteristics of and Barriers to Functional Status Assessment in Assisted Living. Research in gerontological nursing. 8(5) : 220-30