Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Frank Puga is an Assistant Professor in the UAB School of Nursing. Dr. Puga is a behavioral neuroscientist with advanced training in neuroendocrinology, and aging research. Dr. Puga’s program of research is centered on individual-level and contextual factors that affect the well-being of diverse aging populations. His work aims to advance understanding of the relationships among stress, mediators of stress, mental health outcomes, and healthy aging.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2021 Gender differences in caregiver burden among family caregivers of persons with dementiaJournal of Gerontological Nursing.  47:33-42. 2021
    2020 Suicidal Ideation in Dementia Family CaregiversInnovation in Aging.  4:477-477. 2020
    2020 The Half Life of Stress: Caregiver Stress Increases Next-Day Severity of Behavioral Symptoms of DementiaInnovation in Aging.  4:253-254. 2020
    2020 Daily context for abusive and neglectful behavior in family caregiving for dementiaGerontologist.  60:483-493. 2020
    2019 RISK AND PROTECTIVE FACTORS FOR ABUSE AND NEGLECT IN DAILY CAREGIVINGInnovation in Aging.  3:S544-S544. 2019
    2019 STRESS, DEPRESSION, AND COGNITIVE FUNCTION IN ADRD FAMILY CAREGIVERSInnovation in Aging.  3:S487-S488. 2019
    2019 Transitioning into the caregiver role following a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia: A scoping reviewInternational Journal of Nursing Studies.  96:119-131. 2019
    2018 Advancing care for family caregivers of persons with dementia through caregiver and community partnershipsResearch Involvement and Engagement.  4. 2018
    2017 Beyond the Horizon: International Learning Experiences, Community Engagement, and Mental Health in GuatemalaIssues in Mental Health Nursing.  38:455-457. 2017
    2016 The citizen scientist: Community-academic partnerships through Translational Advisory BoardsPatient Education and Counseling.  99:2087-2090. 2016
    2015 Standards of Best Practice: Simulation Standard VIII: Simulation-Enhanced Interprofessional Education (Sim-IPE)Clinical Simulation in Nursing.  11:293-297. 2015
    2014 AONE and AONE Foundation Honor 2014 Award RecipientsNurse Leader.  12:21-23. 2014
    2014 Chronic social stress in puberty alters appetitive male sexual behavior and neural metabolic activity 2014
    2012 Improving the odds through the Collaboration Success WizardTranslational Behavioral Medicine.  2:480-486. 2012
    2009 Risk assessment and avoidance in juvenile golden hamsters exposed to repeated stress 2009
    2007 Functional networks underlying latent inhibition learning in the mouse brainNeuroImage.  38:171-183. 2007

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Puga's research broadly focuses on stress, aging, and mental health. His lab uses multi-time scale designs and applies structural equation modeling, multi-level modeling, and group-based trajectory modeling a) to examine inter-and intra-individual variations in mental health outcomes across the lifespan, b) to identify factors that increase resilience to stress and improve mental health outcomes over time and c) to test cognitive and behavioral interventions that improve healthy aging. A significant focus of Dr. Puga's lab is on diverse patient populations living with dementia and their caregivers, including Hispanics, African Americans, and sexual/gender minorities.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, University of Texas System : Austin 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Trinity University 2004
  • Full Name

  • Frank Puga