Meet the research team!
Dr. Jung Kwak and Dr. Michael Brondino from the Center on Aging and
Translational Research in the Helen
Bader School of Social Welfare, at the University of Wisconsin,
Milwaukee, will conduct the evaluation of the Wisconsin Music & Memory program.
Dr. Thomas Fritsch will serve as a consultant for this evaluation.
Dr. Kwak's primary research areas focus on quality of care in long-term
care settings, end-of-life care decision making, and developing
caregiver support interventions at the end of life.
Dr. Brondino is trained as a quantitative psychologist and has more than
twenty five years of experience in the design and implementation of
research in applied settings and in the analysis of data from such
Dr. Fritsch's research over the past ten years has focused on
translating epidemiological findings into rational, applied programs to
serve people with neurodegenerative illnesses but by using
The evaluation will use data collected by the one hundred nursing
homes and will be collected in two ways.
- Ninety of the one hundred nursing homes will select fifteen
residents to participate. The research team will use a portion of
the MDS (Minimum Data Set) data that is being collected for those
- The remaining ten nursing homes will be part of a more intensive
data collection process. The researchers at these sites will
randomly select six residents to participate in the evaluation, and
the nursing home staff will select the other nine participants.
- The six randomly selected residents will receive a special
iPod Touch, with an application that tracks the music the
resident is listening to, as well as how often the resident is
listening to it;
- A research assistant will visit the residents and observe
their behavior at randomly selected time points; and
- At the end of the evaluation, the researchers will examine
the data collected to determine whether the Wisconsin Music & Memory
program has any impact on resident behaviors, or on the use of
anti-psychotics or anti-anxiety medications.
Current Research -
MUSIC & MEMORYSM:
Current Research, Dan Cohen, MSW
Last Revised: April 01, 2014