Jennie Dorris PhD, MM is a research scientist working in the Department of Occupational Therapy. She obtained her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Her expertise lies in community-based arts programs for vulnerable populations. In addition to her skills in research, Dorris is a trained classical musician. She is interested in best practices of teaching music to older adults with memory loss.
- Dorris, JL, Neely, S, Terhorst, L, VonVille, HM, Rodakowski, J. Effects of music participation for mild cognitive impairment and dementia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021; 1– 9. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.17208
Music intervention development
- National Endowment for the Arts: Mixed-Methods Study of an Intergenerational music program delivered by adolescent musicians to older adults with early-stage cognitive decline.
- Academy of Country Music: Analyzing the effect of taking group music classes on the cognition of those with Mild Cognitive Impairment.
- National Institute on Aging: Influence of Strategy Training on Disability for Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment