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Jane B. Tornatore, Ph.D.
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EDUCATION
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Ph.D. 1998
Major: Family Social Science, Emphasis: Family Therapy
Dissertation Title: Predictors of Caregiver Burden and Satisfaction after Nursing Home Placement of a Relative with Dementia

University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
M.S. 1992
Major: Human Development and Family Studies
Thesis Title: Invasion and Social Reproduction in a Rural Midwestern Village: A Precarious Future

Carleton College, Northfield, MN
BA 1984
Major: English Literature

Honors
" Selected attendee for future leaders conference, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Association 1998, Dallas, TX
" Faculty Fellow, The Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center, 1998
" Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Outstanding Student Award, 1997
" University of Minnesota's Center on Aging Graduate Student Research Award 1997
" Member of Kappa Omicron Nu 1993
" Neubeck Graduate Award 1991

WORK EXPERIENCE

Research Director, Screen, Inc., Automated Screening Tests for Mild Cognitive Impairment Study, 2002. A 3-year study funded by the National Institute on Aging to evaluate and refine a computerized screen for early cognitive impairment. Manage data collection and analysis of longitudinal data. Develop an algorithm, using risk factors and cognitive test scores, that signals when a person is at risk for developing Alzheimer's. Write research articles for publication and reports to the National Institute on Aging.

Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Veteran's Affairs, Health Service Research & Development, 2000-2002. Analyzed data from a Hartford Foundation funded study that examined Medicaid-funded Washington state residents in community residential settings. Reviewed literature pertaining to resident characteristics in community residential settings. Assisted in preparation of reports and papers.

Co-Investigator, Department of Veteran's Affairs, Health Service Research & Development, Evaluation of Pilot Program in Assisted Living, 2001-2004. A project funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs to evaluate a pilot program in assisted living for veterans. Evaluate the satisfaction of veterans and their family caregivers with the pilot program, and with the facility in which the veterans live. Develop and test a satisfaction instrument to administer to the study participants. Perform data analysis.

Co-Investigator, U of MN, Department of Family Practice, Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type Family Training: Managing Behaviors/Making Decisions Study, 1997-2000.
National Institute of Nursing Research-supported project to test the effectiveness of programs to train dementia family caregivers. Train and supervise six to seven graduate and undergraduate students. Lecture. Facilitate communication between all project personnel and participants. Coordinate data collection, entry and analysis. Compose papers. Redesign curriculum for a family and self-care training workshop.

Principal Investigator, U of MN, Department of Family Practice, The Community Partners Project: Dementia Training for Family Caregivers, 1999-2000. Funded by the UCARE Foundation. This study tests the effectiveness of volunteer-led program that provides family caregivers of relatives with dementia the knowledge, skills, and sense of mastery they need to manage day-to-day caregiving for a family member with dementia.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, St. Mary's University, Marriage & Family Therapy Program, 1999. "Assessment of Couples and Families" (Summer: 14 students; Fall: 6 students)


Graduate Research Assistantships

Project Coordinator, U of MN, Division of Health Management and Policy, Alzheimer's Special Care Unit Study, 1993-1997.
Supervised research assistants and interviewers for a 5-year study of special care units in Minnesota nursing homes. Interviewed nursing home residents. Interfaced with nursing home employees and dementia resident family members. Coordinated data editing, entry, and analysis. Generated data reports.

Research Assistant, U of MN, Division of Child Psychiatry, Minnesota Competency Enhancement Project, 1991-1993.
Collected assessments from teachers, parents, and children to assess efficacy of interventions for children with Attention Deficit Disorder. Maintained contact with parents, teachers, school administrators, and support staff involved with the five-year study. Administered and scored psychological evaluations. Recruited participants to be observed in order to analyze parent/child interactions.

Research Assistant, U of MN, Department of Family Social Science, 1990-1993.
Managed upkeep of Alzheimer project office, publications, and computer files. Analyzed data. Compiled articles and wrote annotated bibliography on Expressed Emotion.

Research Assistant, U of MN, Department of Family Social Science, 1992.
Conducted literature search and wrote literature review on Locus of Control. Performed statistical analysis using SPSS on data set consisting of 2100 subjects.

Research Assistant, U of IL, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, 1988-1990. Developed questionnaires for studies examining the social support divorced mothers received after their divorce (1988-89), and the social reproduction of working poor families in a rural community (1989-90). Recruited and interviewed study participants. Coded, entered, and analyzed data.


Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistant, U of MN, Department of Family Social Science, 1996- 1997.
Full teaching responsibility for "Introduction to Family Relationships" an introductory course to the field of family science. (Fall: 35 students; Spring 23: students). Prepared course outline and syllabus, lecture, constructed and graded exams, created and graded paper assignments, and assisted students.

Teaching Assistant, U of MN, Department of Family Social Science, 1991-1992.
Assisted with "Theories of Marital and Family Therapy " (A graduate level seminar) and "Family Relationships" (70 students). Prepared course materials and exams, lectured, graded, and assisted students.

Teaching Assistant, U of IL, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, 1989-1990.
Assisted with "Introduction to Family Ecology" (27 students). Prepared course materials and exams, lectured, graded, and assisted students.


Other Employment

Media Planner, Young & Rubicam Advertising Agency, New York, 1985-86.
Worked on AT&T International account. Found best media vehicles to reach client's target audience. Interfaced with AT&T employees, account executives, creative personnel, and media salespeople.


OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Co-facilitator Early-Stage Alzheimer's group, University of Minnesota, 1994-1998.
Meet weekly with people who have Alzheimer's disease. The purpose of the group is to provide support to individuals with dementia, give information about the disease, provide suggestions for ways to adapt to the effects of the disease, and share the experience of having Alzheimer's disease.

Family Therapy Intern, Health Partners, Arden Hills, 1995-96.
Diagnosed and provided therapy to families, with a primary focus on children. Interfaced with medical personnel and child protection agencies.

Group Facilitator, Chrysalis--A Center for Women, Minneapolis, 1987-88.
Worked 100 hours as a facilitator for "Self-Worth" groups. Ensured smooth group functioning and individual participation of women in groups of 6-10. Issues discussed ranged from a dying pet to child abuse.


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

National Council of Family Relations board member, 2002
Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapists board member, 1996-2000.
Minnesota Council of Family Relations board member, 1991-93.


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

The Gerontological Society of America
National Counsel of Family Relations


PUBLICATIONS

Tornatore, J.B., Hill, E., Laboff, J.A., McGann, M.E. (Winter, 2005). Self-administered screening for mild cognitive impairment: Initial validation of a computerized test battery. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences,17: 98-105.

Tornatore, J. B. & Grant, L. (2004). Family caregiver satisfaction with the nursing home after placement of a relative with dementia. Journals of Gerontolgy: Social Sciences 59B (2), S80-S.88

Tornatore, J. B., Hedrick, S.C., Sullivan, J. H., Gray, S. L., Sales, A., & Curtis, M. (2003) Community residential care: Comparison of cognitively impaired and non-cognitively impaired residents. Alzheimer’s Disease & Associated Disorders 18(4), 240-246.

Hedrick, S. C., Sales, A., Sullivan, J., Gray, S., Tornatore, J. B., Curtis, M. & Zhou, X. A. (2003). Resident outcomes of Medicaid-funded community residential care. The Gerontologist 43(4), 473-482.

Tornatore, J. B. & Grant, L. (2002). Burden among family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease in nursing homes. The Gerontologist, 42(4), 497-506.

Hepburn, K., Lewis, M. L., Narayan, S., Tornatore, J. B., Lindstrom Bremer, K. & Wexler Sherman, C. (2002) Discourse derived perspectives: differentiating among spouses' experiences of caregiving. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias 17(4), 213-226.

Gray, S. L., Hedrick, S. C., Rhinard, E., Sales, A., Sullivan, J., Tornatore, J. & Curtis, M. (In press). Potentially inappropriate medication use by older adults residing in community residential care.

Hepburn, K., Tornatore, J. B., Center, B. & Ostwald, S. (2001). Dementia family caregiver training: affecting beliefs about caregiving and caregiver outcomes. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 49(4),450-457.

Narayan, S., Lewis, M., Tornatore, J. B., Hepburn, K., Corcoran-Perry, S. (2001). Subjective responses to caregiving for a spouse with dementia. Journal of Gerontological Nursing 27(3), 19-28.

Corcoran-Perry, S., Hepburn, K., Narayan, S., Lewis, M., Tornatore, J. (2000). Family caregiving for persons with dementia: helping the caregivers make decisions. Bulletin of Osaka Prefectural College of Nursing 6(1), 81-92.

Salamon, S. & Tornatore, J. B. (1994). Territory contested through property in a midwestern agricultural community. Rural Sociology, 59(4), 636-654.

PRESENTATIONS

Tornatore, J. B., Hill, E., Laboff, J. & Hammond, K. W. (2002). Automated screening for mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. Presented at the Eighth International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, Stockholm, Sweden.

Wexler Sherman, C., Lindstrom Bremer, K., Lewis, M., Narayan, S., Tornatore, J., & Hepburn, K. (2001).
Beyond the dyad: Exploring dementia caregivers' perceptions of family involvement. Presented
at the Seventh Annual Midwest Qualitative Research Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Lindstrom Bremer, K., Wexler Sherman, C., Lewis, M., Narayan, S., Tornatore, J., & Hepburn, K. (2001). A transformative path: Life lessons of daughters caring for their mothers with dementia.
Presented at the Seventh Annual Midwest Qualitative Research Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Lindstrom Bremer, K.; Lewis, M.; Narayan, S.; Wexler Sherman, C.; Tornatore, J.; & Hepburn, K. (2001). Positive coping and spirituality in dementia caregiving. Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America, Chicago, IL.

Lewis, M., Hepburn, K., Narayan, S., Tornatore, J., Lindstrom Bremer, K. & Wexler Sherman, C. (2001). Relationship of Dementia Caregiver Perception and Stress Variables. Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America, Chicago, IL.

Wexler Sherman, C., Lindstrom Bremer, K. Hepburn, K., & Tornatore, J. (2001). Beyond the dyad:
Exploring dementia caregivers' perceptions of family involvement. Presented at the National
Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Rochester, NY.

Tornatore, J.B., Hedrick, S., Sales, A.., Sullivan, J., Gray, S. & Curtas, M. (2001). Community Residential Settings: Differences Between Residents With and Without Cognitive Impairment. Department of Veterans Affairs Annual Health Services Research and Development Service Meeting, Washington, DC.

Tornatore, J.B., Lindstrom Bremer, K. & Wexler Sherman, C. (2000). Voices of Dementia:
Themes Across Generations. National Counsel of Family Relations Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Tornatore, J.B., Hedrick, S., Sales, A.., Sullivan, J., Gray, S. & Curtas, M. (2000). Residents in Community Residential Care in Washington State. The Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington DC.

Tornatore, J.B., Siegenthaler, A., Hepburn, K., Ostwald, S. (1999). The Minnesota Family Workshop: Significant Changes in the Predominance of Caregiver Strategy and Caregiver Problems. The Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Hepburn, K., Tornatore, J., Lewis, M., Corcoran-Perry, S., & Narayan, S. (1999). Artisans and Prisoners: Gender and Metaphors of Dementia Caregiving. The Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Lewis, M, Corcoran-Perry, S., Narayan, S., Tornatore, J., Hepburn, K., (1999). Spouses of Persons with Dementia as Decision Makers. The Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting.

Narayan, S., Lewis, M, Tornatore, J., Hepburn, K., Corcoran-Perry, S. (1999). Subjective Responses to Caregiving for a Spouse with Dementia. The Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting.

Siegenthaler, A. & Tornatore, J., Hepburn, K., Ostwald, S. (1999). Minnesota Family Workshops: Themes in the Lives of Family Caregivers. National Counsel of Family Relations Annual Meeting, Irvine, CA.

Corcoran-Perry, S., Hepburn, K., Narayan, S., Lewis, M., & Tornatore, J. (1999). Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia: Helping them Make Decisions. International Nursing Forum. Osaka, Japan.

Tornatore, J.B. & Grant, L. (1998). Predictors of Caregiver Burden and Satisfaction after Nursing Home Placement of a Relative with Dementia. National Counsel of Family Relations Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI.

Tornatore, J. B., Hepburn, K., & Ostwald, S. (1998). Family Caregivers: Reducing the Impact of Dementia-Related Behavior Problem. The Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Hepburn, K., Tornatore, J. B., & Ostwald, S. (1998). Dementia Caregivers: Clinical Training Reduces Caregiving Impact. The Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Tornatore, J.B. (1996). "I'm Losing my Mind": The Meaning of Living with Dementia. Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop, National Counsel of Family Relations , Kansas City, MO.

Tornatore, J.B. & Solamon S. (1991) Home-Ownership-Social and Economic Improvement for the Rural Working Poor? Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH.

Tornatore, J.B. & Solamon S. (1991) Invasion and Conflict: Poor Families Transforming a Midwestern Rural Community. National Counsel of Family Relations Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

   
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