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Ann L. Gruber-Baldini
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Ann L. Gruber-Baldini Ph.D.

Academic Title: Professor
Primary Appointment: Epidemiology & Public Health
Additional Title(s): Director of Statistical and Data Analysis Group, Division of Gerontology
Location: Howard Hall, 213
Phone: (410) 706-2444
Phone: (410) 706-4433

Personal History:

* Post-doctoral Fellow - University of Michigan, Institute of Gerontology, 1991-1993
* Ph.D. - Pennsylvania State University, Human Development & Family Studies, 1989-1991
* M.S. - Pennsylvania State University, Human Development & Family Studies, 1985-1989
* B.A. - Bucknell University, Psychology & Sociology, 1981-1985

Research Interests:

Dr. Gruber-Baldini's research interests are in gerontology, psychological  and cognitive functioning, and the impact of chronic conditions on functioning. She has worked on projects examining functioning in both community-dwelling and institutionalized elderly. Her research has examined the impact of chronic disease on physical and cognitive outcomes. Both her doctoral (on the Seattle Longitudinal Study) and postdoctoral (on the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging) research has involved longitudinal studies that examined the influence of chronic disease conditions on cognitive and physical functioning over time. She has worked as a co-investigator and senior data analyst for many longitudinal studies, including the Baltimore Hip Studies, the University of Maryland Long-Term Care Project,  the Collaborative Studies of Long-term Care, and the University of Maryland Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center.

Dr. Gruber-Baldini is currently investigating the interaction of cognition (including dementia and delirium) and health in both hospitals and long-term care settings. She was awarded a Task Order to study treatment and outcomes of dementia by AHRQ as part of the DEcIDE (Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness) Network. She has been the Principal Investigator of a  NHLBI-funded grant to look at delirium outcomes in an ongoing study of blood transfusion protocols in hip fractures  (FOCUS). She is a co-investigator on studies on cognitive disorders after hip fracture (delirium and dementia) as part of the Baltimore Hip Studies program and is the site Co-PI for the Community Ambulation Study rehabilitation interventions for hip fracture patients.. She is also working on potential interventions for persons with dementia after hip fracture.

She is a co-investigator of the University of Maryland Movement Disorders Quality of Life and Functions Study, which has analyzed longitudinal data on over 2500 patients with Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions. She is also a co-investigator on the NIH-funded PROMIS Development and Validation of a Self-Efficacy Item Bank grant, which utilizes data from 5 neurological patient groups (Parkinson’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, peripheral vascular disease, and epilepsy).

Dr. Gruber-Baldini serves as the Director of the Statistical Analyses and Data Management Group within the Division of Gerontology. She has extensive experience in SAS, STATA, and SPSS analyses packages and in the data management of longitudinal studies. She is chair of the EPH computer committee and the Appointmet, Promotions, and Tenure committee. . In addition, she is heavily involved in the Gerontology Doctoral Program, where she serves as chair of the admissions committee and teaches  core courses in Psychology of Aging and Epidemiology of Aging.


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Selected Publications:

Gruber-Baldini, A.L., Zimmerman, S.I., Mortimore, E. & Magaziner, J. (2000). The validity of the Minimum Data Set in measuring the cognitive impairment of persons admitted to nursing homes. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 48(12): 1601-1606. PMID: 11129749.

Gruber-Baldini, A.L., Zimmerman, S., Morrison, R.S., Grattan, L.M., Dolan, M., Hebel, J.R., Hawkes, W., & Magaziner, J. (2003). Cognitive impairment in hip fracture patients: Timing of detection and longitudinal follow-up. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 51(9): 1227-1236. PMID: 12919234.

Gruber-Baldini, A.L., Boustani, M., Sloane, P.D., & Zimmerman, S. (2004). Behavioral symptoms in Residential Care/Assisted Living (RC/AL) facilities: Prevalence, risk factors, and medication management. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 52(10): 1610-7. PMID: 15450035.

Gruber-Baldini, A.L., Zimmerman, S., Boustani, M., Watson, L., Williams, C.S., & Reed, P.S. (2005). Characteristics associated with depression in long-term care residents with dementia. The Gerontologist, 45 Suppl 1:50-55. PMID: 16230749.

Gruber-Baldini, A.L., Stuart, B., Zuckerman, I., Simoni-Wastila, L., & Miller, R. (2007). Treatment of Dementia in Community-Dwelling and Institutionalized Medicare Beneficiaries. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 55(10), 1508-1516. PMID: 17727648.

Gruber-Baldini, A.L., Day, H., & Magaziner, J. (2009). Epidemiology of Psychiatric Conditions in Nursing Homes. In: W. E. Reichman & P. R. Katz (Eds.), Psychiatry in Long-Term Care, 2nd edition (pp. 3-16). NY: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-516094-9.

Gruber-Baldini, A.L., Ye, J., Andersen, K., & Shulman, L. (2009). Effects of Optimism/Pessimism and Locus of Control on Disability and Quality of Life in Parkinson's Disease. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 15, 665-669 PMID: 19362510.

Gruber-Baldini, A.L., Stuart, S., Zuckerman, I., Hsu, V.D., Boockvar, K.S., Zimmerman, S., Kittner, S., Quinn, C., Hebel, J.R., May, C. & Magaziner, J. (2009). Sensitivity of nursing home cost comparisons to method of dementia diagnosis ascertainment. Accessible at: Int J Alzheimers Dis. 2009 Sep 22;2009:780720.PMID:20526431

Gruber-Baldini AL, Resnick B, Hebel JR, Galik E, Zimmerman S. Adverse Events Associated With the Res-Care Intervention. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2010 Sep 30. [Epub ahead of print]PMID:21450187

Gruber-Baldini AL, Resnick B, Hebel JR, Galik E, Zimmerman S. Adverse events associated with the Res-Care Intervention. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2011; 12(8):584-9. PMID: 21450187

Gruber-Baldini AL, Marcantonio E, Orwig D, Magaziner J, Terrin M, et al. Delirium outcomes in a randomized trial of blood transfusion thresholds in hospitalized older adults with hip fracture. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2013; 61(8):1286-95. NIHMSID: NIHMS484159. PMID:23898894. PMCID:PMC3743942

Links of Interest:

Division of Gerontology