Juleen Rodakowski is an occupational therapist with expertise in late-life disability and caregiving. Her primary appointment is in the Department of Occupational therapy; she holds a secondary appointment in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
Her research program examines factors that influence independent living for older adults who are at-risk for disability. Rodakowski primarily focuses on older adults with mood and cognitive changes as well as caregivers of older adults who are themselves vulnerable to poor health and disability. She is currently conducting three clinical trials that examine the influence of a non-pharmacological intervention on disability and quality of life for older adults at-risk for disability. She is leading work with the Health Policy Institute that examines system wide implications of including caregivers in the hospital stays.
Her work has been recognized by UPMC Aging Institute and has been discussed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Tribune Review, among many other media outlets.