• I am an assistant professor in the department of Occupational Therapy at UAB. I started working at UAB in September, 2019. My areas of interests are gerontology, dementia care, caregiver education, and health promotion.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Interventions for Attitudes and Empathy Toward People With Dementia and Positive Aspects of Caregiving: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.Research on Aging.  164027519884766. 2019
    2019 Effects of Korean dementia simulation program for caregivers of the elderly with dementia: A pilot studyJournal of Korean Geriatric Psychiatry.  23:65-71. 2019
    2019 Predictors of instrumental activities of daily living in community-dwelling older adultsArchives of Psychiatric Nursing.  33:43-50. 2019
    2019 The use of motivational interviewing during an interdisciplinary service-learning activity for older adults at risk for dementia.Gerontology and Geriatrics Education.  1-13. 2019
    2019 Interventions for dysphagia following stroke: A systematic review of randomized controlled trialsJournal of the Korean Dysphagia Society.  9:26-35. 2019
    2019 Development and reliability of the Korean version of the Feeding Abilities AssessmentHong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy.  32:69-74. 2019
    2019 Interventions for caregivers of people with dementia: A systematic review of randomized controlled trialsKorean Journal of Occupational Therapy.  27:67-78. 2019
    2019 Feasibility of Training and Delivering Compassionate Touch in Long-Term CareClinical Gerontologist.  42:277-285. 2019
    2019 Characteristics and effects of lifestyle intervention for community dwelling older adults: A systematic reviewTherapeutic Science for Rehabilitation.  8:7-30. 2019
    2019 Older Adults’ Perspectives on Volunteering in an Activity-Based Social Program for People with DementiaActivities, Adaptation and Aging.  43:145-163. 2019
    2019 A systematic review of effective interventions to improve executive function of children and adolescents with ADHDKorean Journal of Occupational Therapy.  27:85-102. 2019
    2019 Effect of physical activity on executive function for older adults with mild cognitive impairment: A systematic reviewKorean Journal of Occupational Therapy.  27:27-38. 2019
    2019 Effect of smooth pursuit eye movement combined with neck muscle vibration to unilateral neglect and performance of activities of daily living on chronic stroke patients: A single subject research designKorean Journal of Occupational Therapy.  27:71-83. 2019
    2019 Compassionate Touch® Delivered by Long-term Care Staff for Residents with Dementia: Preliminary ResultsJournal of Social Service Research2019
    2019 Experiences of caregivers of people with dementia in a Korean dementia simulation programDementia2019
    2019 Learning Experiences of Older Volunteers in a Community-based Social Program for People with DementiaJournal of Social Service Research2019
    2018 Perspectives of caregivers and volunteers on Stepping Stones for people with dementiaHong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy.  31:86-96. 2018
    2018 Experiences of Caregivers in a Dementia Simulation ProgramJournal of Social Service Research2018
    2017 The risk of stroke in spouses of people living with dementia in KoreaInternational Journal of Stroke.  12:851-857. 2017
    2017 The Benefits of a Person-Centered Social Program for Community-Dwelling People with Dementia: Interpretative Phenomenological AnalysisActivities, Adaptation and Aging.  41:47-71. 2017
    2016 Spousal Caregiver Perspectives on a Person-Centered Social Program for Partners with DementiaAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias.  31:465-473. 2016
    2016 The Benefits of Individualized Leisure and Social Activity Interventions for People with Dementia: A Systematic ReviewActivities, Adaptation and Aging.  40:219-265. 2016
    2016 Perspectives of People with Dementia about Meaningful ActivitiesAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias.  31:115-123. 2016


    Year Title Altmetric
    2016 Cognitive executive abilities in aging and everyday life.  235-244. 2016
    2014 Advanced major neurocognitive disorder: Effect on occupation and occupational therapy evaluation and intervention 2014

    Research Overview

  • Areas of my research interests include person-centered/relationship-centered care approaches for people with dementia and their caregivers, education for caregivers of older adults, and promotion of older adults' engagement in meaningful activities and healthy behaviors.
  • Teaching Overview

  • I thought research related courses, psychology related courses, and older adults related courses at Texas Woman's University and Yonsei Unversity (South Korea). I also gave lectures in various courses at the University of Kansas Medical Center while working as a graduate teaching assistant in the OT department for 4 years.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy / Therapist, University of Kansas School of Medicine 2015
  • Master of Occupational Therapy in Occupational Therapy / Therapist, University of Kansas School of Medicine 2011
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Occupational Therapy / Therapist, 2009
  • Full Name

  • Areum Han