Positions

Overview

  • Patricia Sawyer, PhD is a medical sociologist with research interests focused on the study of mobility and the ability to remain independent with age, with a particular focus on disparities among older community-dwelling African American and Whites. She is an Associate Professor in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is Director of the UAB Gerontology Education Program, Associate Director of the UAB Geriatric Education Center, and co-PI of the UAB Study of Aging, a longitudinal study of mobility among community-dwelling older adults. She also serves as Research Advisor for the Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2019 Association Between Executive Dysfunction and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living: Racial and Ethnic Differences Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults in the Southeastern US. 2019
    2019 Determination of the Minimal Important Change in the Life-Space Assessment 2019
    2019 Life-Space Predicts Health Care Utilization in Community-Dwelling Older Adults 2019
    2018 A comparison of urban and non-urban African American older adults on health-related characteristics 2018
    2018 Prevalence and predictors of co-occurring diabetes and hypertension in community-dwelling older adults 2018
    2018 Can you detect early dementia from an email? A proof of principle study of daily computer use to detect cognitive and functional decline 2018
    2018 Utilizing Geriatrics-Focused Web-Based Continuing Education to Reach Practitioners in Rural Practice 2018
    2018 Factors That Contribute to Recovery of Community Mobility After Hospitalization Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults. 2018
    2018 Associations of Multimorbid Medical Conditions and Health-Related Quality of Life among Older African American Men 2018
    2018 Life-space mobility and clinical outcomes in COPD 2018
    2018 Racial Differences in Associations of Perceived Health and Social and Physical Activities With Advance Care Planning, End-of-Life Concerns, and Hospice Knowledge 2018
    2017 Impact of Driving Cessation on Trajectories of Life-Space Scores Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults 2017
    2017 Life-Space Mobility Change Predicts 6-Month Mortality 2017
    2017 ED Utilization and Self-Reported Symptoms in Community-Dwelling Older Adults 2017
    2016 Neighborhood Disadvantage and Life-Space Mobility Are Associated with Incident Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults 2016
    2016 Impact of Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalization on Mobility Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults 2016
    2016 Ficolin-2 inhibitors are present in sera after prolonged storage at -80 °C 2016
    2016 Life-Space Assessment composite score rationale 2016
    2015 An examination of lower extremity function and its correlates in older African American and white men 2015
    2015 The impact of veteran status on life-space mobility among older black and white men in the deep south 2015
    2015 Advancing Geriatric Education: Development of an Interprofessional Program for Health Care Faculty 2015
    2015 Association between neighborhood disadvantage and hypertension prevalence, awareness, treatment, and control in older adults: Results from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Study of Aging 2015
    2015 The Association Between Life-Space and Health Care Utilization in Older Adults with Heart Failure 2015
    2015 The interprofessional clinical experience: Interprofessional education in the nursing home 2015
    2014 Religiosity After a Diagnosis of Cancer Among Older Adults 2014
    2014 Community mobility among older adults with reduced kidney function: A study of life-space 2014
    2014 Benzodiazepine (BZD) Use in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Longitudinal Associations with Mobility, Functioning, and Pain 2014
    2014 Comparison of in-person and telephone administration of the mini-mental state examination in the University of Alabama at Birmingham study of aging 2014
    2014 Life-space mobility declines associated with incident falls and fractures 2014
    2014 Nutritional risk and body mass index predict hospitalization, nursing home admissions, and mortality in community-dwelling older adults: Results from the UAB study of aging with 8.5 years of follow-up 2014
    2014 Race and Sex Differences in Correlates of Systolic Blood Pressure in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. 2014
    2013 Racial and sex differences in associations between activities of daily living and cognition in community-dwelling older adults 2013
    2013 Predicting the Trajectories of Perceived Pain Intensity in Southern Community-Dwelling Older Adults: The Role of Religiousness 2013
    2013 Measuring symptoms in community-dwelling older adults: The psychometric properties of a brief symptom screen 2013
    2013 Religiosity and Function Among Community-Dwelling Older Adult Survivors of Cancer 2013
    2013 Symptom burden predicts nursing home admissions among older adults 2013
    2013 Functional status, life-space mobility, and quality of life: A longitudinal mediation analysis 2013
    2013 Life-space mobility predicts nursing home admission over 6 years 2013
    2013 Physical impairment is associated with nursing home admission for older adults in disadvantaged but not other neighborhoods: Results from the UAB study of aging 2013
    2013 Creation of an interprofessional clinical experience for healthcare professions trainees in a nursing home setting 2013
    2013 Indicators of childhood quality of education in relation to cognitive function in older adulthood 2013
    2013 Dietary patterns and diet quality among diverse older adults: The university of Alabama at Birmingham study of aging 2013
    2012 Symptom burden predicts hospitalization independent of comorbidity in community-dwelling older adults 2012
    2012 Inflammatory biomarkers as predictors of hospitalization and death in community-dwelling older adults 2012
    2012 The influence of community and the built environment on physical activity 2012
    2012 Wearing the Garment of Widowhood: Variations in Time Since Spousal Loss Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults 2012
    2012 Life-space mobility in Mexican Americans aged 75 and older 2012
    2012 Predicting the trajectories of depressive symptoms among southern community-dwelling older adults: The role of religiosity 2012
    2012 Visual acuity's association with levels of leisure-time physical activity in community-dwelling older adults 2012
    2011 Heart failure is a risk factor for incident driving cessation among community-dwelling older adults: Findings from a prospective population study 2011
    2011 Intrinsic association of widowhood with mortality in community-dwelling older women and men: Findings from a prospective propensity-matched population study 2011
    2011 Predictors of overnight hospital admission in older African American and caucasian medicare beneficiaries 2011
    2011 Self-reported teenage body size and heart failure in adults ≥ 65 years of age 2011
    2011 Impact of chronic kidney disease on activities of daily living in community-dwelling older adults 2011
    2011 Predictors of 4-year retention among African American and white community-dwelling participants in the UAB Study of aging 2011
    2011 Oral health - Related quality of life and life-space mobility in community-dwelling older adults 2011
    2011 Response letter to Dr. Lisi 2011
    2010 Normative performance on an executive clock drawing task (CLOX) in a community-dwelling sample of older adults 2010
    2010 Incidence and risk factors for fecal incontinence in black and white older adults: A population-based study 2010
    2010 [Life-space of community-dwelling older adults using preventive health care services in Japan and the validity of composite scoring methods for assessment]. 2010
    2010 Predictive Validity of the Classification Schema for Functional Mobility Tests in Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Decline Among Older Adults 2010
    2010 Transportation difficulty of black and white rural older adults 2010
    2010 Diabetes and Cognitive Decline: Investigating the Potential Influence of Factors Related to Health Disparities 2010
    2010 Prevalence and correlates of nocturia in community-dwelling older adults 2010
    2010 Understanding the reasons for the underuse of pneumococcal vaccination by community-dwelling older African Americans 2010
    2009 Trajectories of life-space mobility after hospitalization 2009
    2008 Marital status and health: Exploring pre-widowhood 2008
    2008 Religiousness and longitudinal trajectories in elders' functional status 2008
    2008 Population Based Study of Incidence and Predictors of Urinary Incontinence in Black and White Older Adults 2008
    2008 Correlates of urinary, fecal, and dual incontinence in older African-American and white men and women 2008
    2008 Education and reading ability in relation to differences in cognitive screening between African American and Caucasian older adults 2008
    2008 Life-space and cognitive decline in a community-based sample of African American and Caucasian older adults 2008
    2008 Unintentional weight loss predicts decline in activities of daily living function and life-space mobility over 4 years among community-dwelling older adults 2008
    2007 Association between aspects of oral health-related quality of life and body mass index in community-dwelling older adults 2007
    2007 A cluster analysis typology of religiousness/spirituality among older adults 2007
    2007 Body mass index, weight loss, and mortality in community-dwelling older adults 2007
    2007 Self-reported health and driving cessation in community-dwelling older drivers 2007
    2007 Substantial Daily Pain Among Nursing Home Residents 2007
    2006 Pain and pain medication use in community-dwelling older adults 2006
    2006 The relationship between sociodemographic factors and oral health-related quality of life in dentate and edentulous community-dwelling older adults 2006
    2006 The feminization of bereavement among community-dwelling older adults 2006
    2006 The UAB study of aging: Background and insights into life-space mobility among older Americans in rural and urban settings 2006
    2005 Nonspousal family loss among community-dwelling older adults 2005
    2005 Assessing mobility in older adults: The UAB Study of Aging Life-Space Assessment 2005
    2005 Prevalence and correlates of fecal incontinence in community-dwelling older adults 2005
    2005 Social isolation, support, and capital and nutritional risk in an older sample: Ethnic and gender differences 2005
    2004 Racial similarities and differences in predictors of mobility change over eighteen months 2004
    2004 Depression and Religiosity in African American and White Community-Dwelling Older Adults 2004
    2003 Measuring Life-Space Mobility in Community-Dwelling Older Adults 2003
    2003 Religiosity and mental health in southern, community-dwelling older adults 2003
    2002 A Life-Space Approach to Functional Assessment of Mobility in the Elderly 2002

    Chapter

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    2010 Resilience in mobility in the context of chronic disease and aging: Cross-sectional and prospective findings from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) study of aging.  310-339. 2010

    Investigator On

  • Deep South Resource Center For Minority Aging Research (RCMAR)  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2018 - 2023
  • Deep South Resource Center in Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) - Administrative Core  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2018 - 2023
  • Deep South Resource Center in Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) - Research Education Core (REC)  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2018 - 2023
  • Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR)  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2013 - 2018
  • Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research - Administration Core  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2013 - 2018
  • Mobility Among Older African Americans and Whites  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2014 - 2016
  • UAB Geriatric Education Center  awarded by Health Resources and Services Administration/DHHS 2011 - 2015
  • Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2012 - 2014
  • Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research - Administration Core  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2012 - 2014
  • Mobility Among Older African Americans and Whites  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2010 - 2014
  • Comprehensive Program to Strengthen Physician Training in Geriatrics  awarded by Reynolds (Donald W.) Foundation 2012 - 2013
  • UAB Center of Excellence in Pain Education  awarded by ALTARUM INSTITUTE/PALLADIAN PARTNERS 2012 - 2013
  • Teaching Activities

  • DENT1110 - Dentistry & Culture (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • GER491 - Independent Study: Sociology (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • GRD600 - Core Issues in Aging (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • GRD600 - Core Issues in Aging (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • GER490 - Independent Study: Sociology (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • GER791 - Gerontological Subst Areas Sem (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • GRD600 - Core Issues in Aging (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • GRD602 - Health Care of Older Adults (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • GER791 - Gerontological Subst Areas Sem (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • GRD600 - Core Issues in Aging (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • GER490 - Independent Study: Sociology (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • GRD600 - Core Issues in Aging (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • SOC490 - Independent Study: Sociology (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • WS480 - Spec Topics in Women's Studies (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • GRD600 - Core Issues in Aging (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • GRD600 - Core Issues in Aging (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • GRD602 - Health Care of Older Adults (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • GRD600 - Core Issues in Aging (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • GER469 - Sociology of Aging (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • GER791 - Gerontological Subst Areas Sem (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • SOC469 - Sociology of Aging (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • SOC490 - Independent Study: Sociology (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • WS480 - Spec Topics in Women's Studies (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • GER455 - Minority Aging (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • GER655 - Minority Aging (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • SOC455 - Minority Aging (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • GER490 - Independent Study: Sociology (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • GER691 - Gerontological Subst Areas Sem (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • GRD600 - Core Issues in Aging (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • GER469 - Sociology of Aging (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • GER590 - Socio Substantive Areas Sem (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • GER691 - Gerontological Subst Areas Sem (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • SOC469 - Sociology of Aging (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • GER590 - Socio Substantive Areas Sem (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • GRD600 - Core Issues in Aging (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 1996
  • Master of Social or Behavioral Sciences in Sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 1993
  • Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Language Teacher Education, University of California System : Los Angeles 1966
  • Full Name

  • Patricia Sawyer