Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Frank Puga is an Assistant Professor in the UAB School of Nursing. He is a Hispanic scientist with a background in psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and aging health disparities. Dr. Puga's research aims to advance understanding of the relationships among stress, aging, resilience, and the mental health of older adults. Dr. Puga is known for his work examining daily and long-term patterns of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation among older adults with chronic illness and their family caregivers.
  • 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
    2021 Multi-sample assessment of stress reactivity as a mediator between childhood adversity and mid- to late-life outcomesAging and Mental Health2021
    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 stressful experiences, depressive symptoms, and behavioral responses of ADRD family caregiversAlzheimer's and Dementia.  16. 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 focuses on stress, resilience, and the mental health of older adults living with chronic illness and their family caregivers. He is specifically interested in daily and long-term patterns of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. 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 depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation, b) to identify psychosocial, behavioral, and biological factors that increase resilience to stress and improve quality of life in older adults and c) to test behavioral interventions that reduce stress and the burden of age-related diseases for patients and their family caregivers. A significant focus of his research is on diverse patient populations, specifically Hispanics and sexual/gender minorities, that are disproportionately impacted by stress and age-related diseases.
  • 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