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Dorothy Farrar-Edwards

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Dorothy Farrar-Edwards

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Kinesiology
Occupational Therapy (OT)

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1300 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706-1509
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dfedwards@education.wisc.edu
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Personal Biography

I am a Professor in the School of Education with appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Neurology at the School of Medicine and Public Health.



 

 

Teaching Interests

Research Methods and Statistics, Normal Aging, Health Behaviors and Behavior Change, Minority Elders, Functional Assessment

Scheduled Teaching

  • Fall 2013 - Evidence for Practice
    Course Number: 671, Section: 1, Minimum Credit Hours: 3, Course Level: Graduate
     
  • Summer 2013 - Ks: 508 Health Behavior Theory
    Minimum Credit Hours: 3, Maximum Credit Hours: 3, Course Level: Undergraduate, Course Delivery Mode: Lecture
     

Research Interests

Cognition after Stroke, Secondary prevention of stroke, Functional performance and Alzheimer's disease, Health disparities, Minority research participation Activity and health, wellbeing

Grants and Sponsorships

  • 4/30/2019 - "Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Minority Recruitment Satellite Program (core F)," Awarded By: University of Wisconsin Madison Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Grant Institution: National Institute on Aging, Sponsor Type: Federal, Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, Principal; Sanjay Asthana M.D., Principal.
  • 2013-2018 - "Recruitment Renetion And Outcomes Core," Awarded By: Stroke National Capital Area Network for Research, Grant Institution: Stroke Clinical Trial Network Program, Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, Principal; A.W. Dromerick, Principal; A.Hsia, Principal.
  • 5/31/2017 - "Verifying Information And Communication Technology And Outcomes Research In Stroke (victors)," Awarded By: National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), Grant Institution: Georgetown University Subcontract to UW, Sponsor Type: Federal, Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, Co-Principal; Kidwell Chelsea S., Principal.
  • 4/30/2015 - "Northern Manhatten Initiative For Minority Involvement In Neurological Clinical Trials," Awarded By: NIH: NIMHD, Grant Institution: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, Co-Principal; Bernadette Beden-Albala, Principal.
  • 2009-2015 - Amount: $625,000.00, "Enhancing Participation Of Underrepresented Groups In Biomarkers Research," Awarded By: NIH/NIMHD, Grant Institution: NIH/NCMHD, Sponsor Type: Federal, Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, Principal; Alexandra Adams, Co-Principal; Christine Sorkness, Co-Principal.
  • 6/30/2013 - Amount: $26,114.00, "Development Of An Exercise And Physical Activity Based Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Program For African American Women," Awarded By: UW Virginia Horne Henry Fund, Sponsor Type: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, Principal.
  • 6/30/2013 - Amount: $58,178.00, "Pilot Neural Correlates Of Driving Performance In Older Adults," Awarded By: UW Graduate School, Sponsor Type: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, Principal; Vivek Prabhakaran, Co-Principal; Madhav Chituri, Supporting.
  • 5/31/2013 - "Development Of A Culturally Tailored African American Alzheimers Disease Prevention Program," Awarded By: Wisconsin Alzheimers Disease Research Center, Grant Institution: UW Madison, Sponsor Type: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, Principal.
    Abstract: ADRC Pilot Proposal Abstract Cultural beliefs and values must be considered to establish the concept of disease, to recognize disease related symptoms, seek treatment and initiate prevention programs. Despite increasing national attention to Alzheimer disease (AD), notable differences among groups defined by race and ethnicity in knowledge, awareness, and beliefs about the disease have been documented in recent research. For example, several studies have shown that African Americans reported significantly lower levels of basic knowledge about AD than Whites and lower levels of perceived risk of AD and fewer information sources about the disease. 1, 2 These findings are particularly significant given the data suggesting that African Americans are at greater risk for the development of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias3. Recent studies suggest that the risk of dementia as well as the progression from normal aging to MCI and MCI to AD can be altered by lifestyle and cognitive stimulation interventions.4, 5 These interventions traditionally include exercise and increased physical activity, dietary changes, stress reduction, social engagement and cognitive stimulation.6, 7 Unfortunately, the majority of prevention studies have had had limited participation of persons of color. The purpose of this two stage formative study is to first explore attitudes and beliefs of African Americans regarding the cause, symptoms and possible prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. In the second stage we propose to use qualitative methods (focus groups) to explore and define culturally appropriate and acceptable activities within the areas of intervention traditionally used in Alzheimer’s prevention programs ( exercise and physical activity, dietary changes, social engagement and cognitive stimulation)5. This information is needed to support the development of a pilot AD risk reduction intervention for African Americans with MCI. We plan to respond to an NIA RFA (PA-12-024) for interventions to address chronic health conditions in primary care to support this AD risk reduction intervention. However, we need to further understand the attitudes and beliefs of the African American community before we can develop an effective behavioral intervention. To meet the above goal we propose the following specific aims: 1. Use the Common Sense Belief Model survey developed by Anderson et al to examine individual beliefs about the causes, symptoms and risk factors for AD among a sample of 100 African American women. 2. Conduct focus groups to explore the perceived relationship among commonly held beliefs about AD risk and perceived benefits of lifestyle and behavioral prevention strategies shown to be effective in reducing AD risk or slowing AD progression in previous intervention studies with Caucasian samples. 3. Use the focus groups to identify acceptable and culturally tailored activities within the standard domains used in previous behavioral prevention studies. 4. Develop a culturally tailored pilot prevention program for African Americans with MCI based on the information obtained in this pilot study incorporating published guidelines to effective lifestyle interventions with African Americans.
  • 4/30/2013 - Amount: $15,000.00, "Pilot Project : Development Of An Alzheimer's Disease Prevention Program For African Americans W," Awarded By: Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Grant Institution: UW Madison, Dorothy Farrar-Edwards.
  • 2007-2012 - Amount: $756,490.00, "Stroke Disparites Project Core B: Patient Recruitment, Retention, Behavioral Intervention And Outcomes," Awarded By: Georgetown University, Grant Institution: National Institute of Neruologic Disease and Stroke, Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, Principal; Chelsea A. Kidwell, Principal.

Publications

  • Schultz, S.A., Boots, E.A., Dougherty, R.J., Almeida, R.P., Oh, J.M., Einerson, K., Korcarz, C.E., Farrar-Edwards, D., Koscik, R.L., Dowling, N.M., Gallagher, C.L., Bendlin, B.B., Christian, B.T., Zetterberg, H., Blennow, K., Carlsson, C.M., Asthana, S., Hermann, B.P., Sager, M.A., Johnson, S.C., Stein, J.H., Cook, D.B., & Okonkwo, O.C. (2015). Cardiorespiratory fitness attenuates the influence of amyloid on cognition. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 21, 841-850.
  • Mackey, J., Wing, J.J., Norato, G., Sobotka, I., Menon, R.S., Burgess, R.E., Gibbons, M.C., Shara, N.M., Fernandez, S., Jayam-Trouth, A., Russell, L., Edwards, D.F., & Kidwell, C.S. (2015). High rate of microbleed formation following primary intracerebral hemorrhage.
  • Dromerick, A.W., Edwardson, M.A., Edwards, D.F., Giannetti, M.L., Barth, J., Brady, K.P., Chan, E., Tan, M.T., Tamboli, I., Chia, R., Orquiza, M., Padilla, R.M., Cheema, A.K., Mapstone, M.E., Fiandaca, M.S., Federoff, H.J., & Newport, E.L. Critical periods after stroke study: translating animal stroke recovery experiments into a clinical trial. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 9, 231.
  • Young, B.M., Nigogosyan, Z., Walton, L.M., Remsik, A., Song, J., Nair, V.A., Tyler, M.E., Edwards, D.F., Caldera, K., Sattin, J.A., Williams, J.C., & Prabhakaran, V. Dose-response relationships using brain-computer interface technology impact stroke rehabilitation. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 9, 361.
  • Song, J., Nair, V.A., Young, B.M., Walton, L.M., Nigogosyan, Z., Remsik, A., Tyler, M.E., Farrar-Edwards, D., Caldera, K.E., Sattin, J.A., Williams, J.C., & Prabhakaran, V. DTI measures track and predict motor function outcomes in stroke rehabilitation utilizing BCI technology. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 9, 195.
  • Boden-Albala, B., Farrar-Edwards, D., St. Claire, S., Wing, J.J., Fernandez, S., Gibbons, M.C., Hsia, A., Dromerick, A.W., & Kidwell, C.S. (2014). Methodology for a Community Based Stroke Preparedness Intervention: The ASPIRE Study. Stroke.
  • Morrison, M.T., Farrar-Edwards, D., & Giles, G.G. (2014). Performance Based Testing in Mild Stroke; Identifcation of Unmet Need for Occupational Therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  • Young, B.M., Nigogosyan, Z., Remsik, A., Walton, L.M., Song, J., Nair, V.A., Grogan, S.W., Tyler, M.E., Edwards, D.F., Caldera, K., Sattin, J.A., Williams, J.C., & Prabhakaran, V. (2014). Changes in Functional Connectivity Correlate with Behavioral Gains in Stroke Patients after Therapy Using a Brain-Computer Interface Device. Frontiers in Neuroengineering. 7, 1-12.
  • Obigviale, B., J, W.J., S, M.R., Erikson, B.R., Connor, G.M., Farrar-Edwards, D., & S, K.C. Association of Chronic Kidney Disease with Cerebral Microbleeds in Patients with Primary Intracerebral Hemorrhage. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 44, 2409-2413.
  • Morrison, M.T., Giles, G.M., Ryan, J.D., Baum, C.M., Dromerick, A.W., Polatajko, H., & Farrar-Edwards, D. (2013). Validation of the Multiple Errands Test-. Revised: A Performance-Based Measure of Executive Function in People with Mild Verebrovascular Accidents. American Journal Of Occupational Therapy. 67, 460-468.
  • Farrar-Edwards, D. (2013). Recruitment of Black Subjects for a Natural History Study of Intracerebral Hemorrhage. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 24, 27-35.
  • Zurhanic, D., Wing, J.J., Farrar-Edwards, D., Menon, R.S., Fernadez, S.J., Shara, N., Burgess, R., German, L., & Kidwell, C.S. (2012). Poor Long Term Blood Pressure Control after Intracerebral Hemorrhage. Stroke. 112.
  • Farrar-Edwards, D., Lang, C.E., Wagner, J.M., Birkenmeier, R.L., & Dromerick, A.W. (2012). An Evaluation of the Wolf Motor Function Test in Motor Trials. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • Menon, R., Burgess, R.E., Wing, J.J., Gibbons, M.C., Shara, N., Trouth, A.J., German, L., Sobatka, I., Farrar-Edwards, D., & Kidwell, C.S. (2011). New Insights into the Temporal Profile and Etiology of Ischemic Infarcts in ICH. Annals of Neurology.
  • Dromerick, A.W., Gibbons, M.C., Farrar-Edwards, D., Farr, D., Gianetti, M.L., Sanchez, B.N., Shara, N.M., Fokar, A., Trouth, A.J., & Kidwell, C.S. (in press). Preventing Recurrence of Thromboembolic Events through Coordinated Treatment in the District of Columbia (PROTECT DC). International Journal of Stroke. pp. 22.
  • Chang, Y., Farrar-Edwards, D., & Lach, H. (in press). The Collateral Source Version of Geriatric Depression Scale: Evaluation of Psychometric Properties and Discrepancy Between Collateral Sources and Patients with Dementia in Reporting Depression. International Psychogeriatrics. pp. 9.
  • Hsia, A., Castle, A., Wing, J.J., Farrar-Edwards, D., Brown, N.C., Higgins, T.M., Wallace, J.T., Koslosky, S.S., Gibbons, M.C., Sanchez, B.N., Fokar, A., Shara, N., Morgenstern, L.B., & Kidwell, C.S. (2011). Understanding Reasons for Delay in Seeking Acute Stroke Care in an Underserved Urban Population. Stroke. 42, 1697-1701.
  • Tucker, F.M., Farrar-Edwards, D., Mathews, L., Baum, C.M., & Connors, L.T. (in press). Modifying Health Outcome Measures for Persons with Aphasia. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. pp. 16.
  • Berg, C.R., Farrar-Edwards, D., & King, A. (2011). Neurocognitive performance on the Children’s Kitchen Task Assessment in children with Sickle Cell Disease and matched controls. Child Neuropsychology.
  • Hsia, A.W., Farrar-Edwards, D., Morgenstern, L.B., Wing, J.J., Brown, N.C., Coles, R.C., Loftin, S., Wein, A., Koslosky, S.S., Fatima, S., Sanchez, B.N., Fokar, A., Gibbons, M.C., Trouth, A.J., & Kidwell, C.S. (2011). Racial Disparities in tPA treatment rate for stroke: A population-based study. Stroke. pp. 2217-2221.
  • Lach, H.M., Mantell, S.T., Chang, Y.P., & Farrar-Edwards, D. Reliability and Validity of the Short Form of the Geriatric Depression Scale. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 35, 210-215.
  • Dromerick, A.W., Lang, C.E., Birkinmeier, R.L., Wagner, J.M., Videen, T.O., Powers, W.J., Wolf, S.L., Farrar-Edwards, D., & Farrar-Edwards, D. (2009). Very Early Constraint Induced Movement during Stroke Rehabilitation (VECTORS):A Single Center RCT. Neurology. 73, 195-201.
  • Lang, C.E., Farrar-Edwards, D., Birkenmeir, R.L., & Dromerick, A.W. Estimating minimal clinically important differences of upper extremity measures early after stroke. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 89, 1693-1700.
  • Lang, C.E., Wagner, J.M., Dromerick, A.W., & Farrar-Edwards, D. Measurement of upper extremity function early after stroke: Properties of the Action Research Arm Test. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 87, 1605-1610.

Presentations

  • Benedict, R., Presenter & Author, Larson, E., Presenter & Author, Auserdau, K., Presenter & Author, Farrar-Edwards, D., Author Only, & Chen, R., Presenter & Author (2012, November 2). Update on Current Occupational Therapy Research: Autism: Caregiving, Sensory Features & Feeding; Cerebral Palsy: Interventions, Child & Caregiver Outcomes; Stroke: Disparities & Treatment, Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association, Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association, MIddleton, WI.
  • Mackey, J., Presenter & Author, Wing, J.J., Author Only, Sobotka, I., Author Only, Menon, R.S., Author Only, Burgess, R.B., Author Only, Gibbons, M.C., Author Only, Shara, N., Author Only, Trouth, A.J., Author Only, Farrar-Edwards, D., & KIdwell, C.S., Author Only (2012). High Rate of Silent Ischemic Lesions at 1 Year in Patients with Primary Intracerebral Hemorrhage., International Stroke Conference 2012, American Hearth Association, New Orleans La.
  • Farrar-Edwards, D., Presenter & Author, Smith, K., Author Only, Menon, R.S., Author Only, Tiffany, D., Author Only, Gibbons, M.C., Author Only, Shara, N., Author Only, German, L., Author Only, Wing, J.J., Author Only, Trouth, A.J., Author Only, Kidwell, C.S., Author Only, (2012). Poor Neurocognitive Outcomes in a Longitudinal Study of Primary Intracerebral Hemorrhage., International Stroke Conference 2012, American Heart Association, New Orleans La.
  • KIdwell, C.S., Presenter & Author, Menon, R., Author Only, Sobotka, I., Author Only, German, L.S., Author Only, Fernadez, S., Author Only, Gibbons, M.C., Author Only, Wing, J.J., Author Only, Farrar-Edwards, D., Presenter & Author, Burgess, R.B., Author Only, (2012). Rapid Microbleed Formation in the First Year Following Primary Intracerebral Hemorrhage, International Stroke Conference 2012, American Heart Association, New Orleans La.
  • Farrar-Edwards, D., Presenter & Author, Menon, R.S., Author Only, Gibbons, M.C., Author Only, Wing, J.J., Author Only, Sanchez, B.S., Author Only, Fokar, A., Author Only, Shara, N., Author Only, & Kidwell, C.S., Author Only (2011, February 10). High Rate of Enrollment of Black Subjects in a Genetic Substudy of an Intracerebral Hemorrhage Natural History Study, International Stroke Conference, American Heart Association, Los Angeles CA.
  • Menon, R., Presenter & Author, Burgess, R.E., Author Only, Gibbons, M.C., Author Only, Fokar, A., Author Only, Shara, N., Author Only, Trouth, A.J., Author Only, Farrar-Edwards, D., Author Only, & Kidwell, C.S., Author Only (2011, February 10). Interval Development of New Ischemic Lesions within 30 Days of Primary Intracerebral Hemorrhage, International Stroke Conference, American Heart Association, Los Angeles CA.
  • Burgess, R.E., Presenter & Author, Menon, R., Author Only, Gibbons, M.C., Author Only, Fokar, A., Author Only, Shara, N., Author Only, Farrar-Edwards, D., Author Only, & Kidwell, C.S., Author Only (2011, February 10). Presence of DWI Lesions is the Strongest Predictor of Poor 1 Year Outcome in Patients with Primary Intracerebral Hemorrhage, International Stroke Conference, American Heart Association, Los Angeles CA.
  • Farrar-Edwards, D. (2010, July 18). Multilevel Community Based Interventions to Decrease Barriers to Acute Stroke Treatment in and Underserved Urban Population, Systematic Neuroscience Research Program Health Disparities Conference, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, San Juan Puerto Rico.
  • Farrar-Edwards, D. (2010, May 30). Home Based Diagnosis and Care Management of African American Elders with Dementa, Annual Parish Nurse Training, Aurora Sinai Health Care System, St. Marys Hospital Milwaukee WI.
  • Farrar-Edwards, D., Author Only, Coles, R.C., Presenter & Author, Farr, D., Presenter & Author, Gibbons, M.C., Author Only, Kidwell, C.S., Author Only, & Dromerick, A.W., Author Only (2010, May 20). Effective Minority Recruitment in Acute Care Settings, Quality of Care and Health Outcomes in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, American Heart Association, Washington DC.
  • Dromerick, A.W., Author Only, Gibbons, M.C., Author Only, Kidwell, C.S., Author Only, Farr, D., Presenter & Author, Coles, R.C., Author Only, & Farrar-Edwards, D., Author Only (2010, May 19). Positive Attitudes Toward Risk Factor Reduction in an Urban Underserved Population Newly Diagnosed with Stroke, Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, American Heart Association, Washington DC.
  • Farrar-Edwards, D., Hahn, M., Author Only, & Dromerick, A.W., Author Only (2010, May 5). Very Early Constraint Induced Movement Therapy: One Year Outcome of a Single Center Phase II Randomized Control Trial for Upper Extermity Hemipareis after Stroke, XV World Congress of Occupational Therapy, World Federation of Occupational Therapy, Santiago Chile.
  • Farrar-Edwards, D. (2010, April 10). Barriers to Recruitment of African Americans with Acute Stroke for Clinical Trials, Research Conference, Washington University Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Washington University in St. Louis MO.

Departmental Service

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences IRB
    Dates of Membership: Aug. 2010 - July 2013
  • Committee Chair. Period of Service: Aug. 2010 - July 2013

  • Kinesiology Scholarship Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2008 - Pres.
  • Committee Member. Period of Service: 2008 - Pres.

  • Program in Occupational Therapy Scholarship Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2007 - Pres.
  • Committee Member. Period of Service: 2007 - Pres.

  • Executive Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2006 - Pres.

Public Service

  • NIH/NIMHD Special Emphasis Panel
    Dates of Membership: 2012 - Pres.
  • Committee Member. Period of Service: 2012 - Pres.

  • NIA/NIH Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers Special Emphasis Panel
    Dates of Membership: 2011 - Pres.
  • Committee Member. Period of Service: 2011 - Pres.

  • New York Univeristy Alzheimer's Disease Center External Advisory Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2011 - 2014
  • Committee Member. Period of Service: 2011 - 2014

Awards and Honors

  • Annual Carpenter Lecture on Social Issues
    Organization: University of Missouri, St. Louis
    Date(s): 2013
  • Fellow American Occupational Therapy Academy of Research
    Organization: American Occupational Therapy Foundation
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: National
    Description: I was inducted as a Fellow into the Occupational Therapy Academy of Research in recognition of my contributions to understanding the impact of stroke and Alzheimer's disease on cognition and complex life functions as well as for mentoring scholars in the field.
    Date(s): April 27, 2012

Memberships

  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
    Scope of Organization: International
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