Aging & Geriatric

Psychiatry

Research

Dr. Donald R. Royall, M.D. is Chief of the Division, and the Julia and Van Buren Parr Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Royall’s research interests include the cognitive predictors of functional outcomes and mortality. This work primarily involves Executive Control Function (ECF) and frontal lobe brain functions.

 

Dr. Royall has developed two widely used ECF measures, CLOX: An Executive Clock-drawing Task and the Executive Interview (EXIT25). These measures have been validated in a wide variety of medical and psychiatric conditions, and are important predictors of independent living skills, decision making and treatment adherence.

 

Dr. Royall’s work on the cognitive predictors of mortality focus on conditions that affect right hemisphere brain functions, including stroke, Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Lewy Body disease (LBD) and normal aging. Lesions to the right hemisphere, particularly those that affect the insular cortex, may explain falls, cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death in both demented and non-demented older adults.

 

Dr. Royall is an investigator in the Women’s Health Initiative and the Hispanic Established Population for Epidemiological Studies in the Elderly (HEPESE). He advises and collaborates with other longitudinal studies of aging, notably the Honolulu-Asia Aging Study (HAAS), the Health ABC study. He is Primary Investigator for the Air Force Villages’ Freedom House Study (FHS).

 

Dr. Jason Schillerstrom, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the UTHSCSA Department of Psychiatry. His research interests include the relationship between medical illnesses and cognitive impairment. He is conducting studies that measure the course of cognitive impairments and functional decline in elders with cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He has received national recognition for his research by being awarded the American Psychiatric Association/Lilly Resident Research Award, the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education/Janssen Research Scholars in Severe Mental Illness Award the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) Fellowship.

 

Dr. Jason Schillerstrom, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in the UTHSCSA Department of Psychiatry. His research interests include the relationship between medical illnesses and cognitive impairment. He is conducting studies that measure the course of cognitive impairments and functional decline in elders with cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He has received national recognition for his research by being awarded the American Psychiatric Association/Lilly Resident Research Award, the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education/ Janssen Research Scholars in Severe Mental Illness Award the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) Fellowship.

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