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Jennifer came to the world of research from the world of classical music to learn how to create more rigorous music programs with research principles.


Department of Occupational Therapy


Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science

Representative Publications

  • 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.

Research Interests

  • Music intervention development

  • Dementia

Research Grants

  • 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