Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
Neurodegenerative and Neurodevelopmental Conditions
- As a public health social worker, Dr. Burke’s research focuses on cognition and cognitive impairment, which includes neurodevelopmental disabilities and neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Her translational objective is to decrease health disparities through the utilization of culturally responsive multi-modal assessment procedures, diagnostic methods, and interventions targeting cognitive impairments and chronic diseases across the lifespan.
- At FIU, she has received funding for 11 studies as PI or Co-PI from foundation, state, and federal sources.
- She has been funded by the Florida Department of Public Health twice (2017 and 2019). The first project was aimed to computerize a consensus diagnostic algorithm to predict mild cognitive impairment and dementia in diagnostic batteries used at Alzheimer’s Disease Centers. She was also recently funded by the Florida Department of Health to understand the impact of psychiatric conditions, on brain structure and volume, and how these changes impact Alzheimer’s disease risk and development.
- She is currently funded by the Department of Education / University of Central Florida in collaboration with FIU Embrace, to create, implement, and evaluate a program that trains faculty and staff to mentor FIU students with intellectual disabilities. As part of this funding, a program was created and implemented to train students with intellectual disabilities to become productive and engaged mentees, and in turn, become mentors for incoming students with intellectual disabilities. This project is part of a larger grant, funded by the Department of Education / University of Central Florida, to evaluate a post-secondary program for students at FIU with intellectual disabilities. This program seeks to provide students with a socially and academically inclusive University experience while also increasing their employment outcomes and independent living skills.
- In 2017, she was awarded the New Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.
- Dr. Burke is a licensed clinical social worker in both Massachusetts and Florida.
- Most recently, she has taught courses at FIU on topics, such as research methodology, clinical assessment and intervention, and clinical gerontology practice at FIU.
- Simmons College, Ph.D.
- Springfield College, MSW
- Smith College, BA
- Bard College at Simon’s Rock, AA
Cadet, T., Berrett-Abebe, J., Burke, S., Bakk, L., Kalenderian, E., & Maramaldi, P. (2015). Evidence-based health promotion in nursing homes: A pilot intervention to improve oral health. Journal of Educational Gerontology. doi: 10.1080/03601277.2015.1121754
Burke, S., Maramaldi, P., Cadet, T., & Kukull, W. (2016). Associations between depression, sleep disturbance, and apolipoprotein E in the development of Alzheimer’s disease: dementia. International Psychogeriatrics, 28(9), 1409-1424. doi:10.1017/S1041610216000405
Burke, S., Maramaldi, P., Cadet, T., & Kukull, W. (2016). Neuropsychiatric symptoms and apolipoprotein e: Associations with eventual Alzheimer’s disease development. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 65, 231-298. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2016.04.006.
Burke, S. & Maramaldi, P. (2016). Smith-Magenis Syndrome and the Compassionate Allowances Program. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 54(4), 273-284. doi: 10.1352/1934-9556-54.4.273
Burke, S. & Maramaldi, P. (2016). Variability in Clinical and Anatomical Manifestation of Velocardiofacial Syndrome Presents Diagnostic and Policy Uncertainty. Fetal and Pediatric Pathology. doi: 10.1080/15513815.2016.1231248
Burke, S., O’Driscoll, J., *Alcide, A., & Li, T. (2016). Moderating Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease through the Use of Anxiolytic Agents. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 10.1002/gps.461
Burke, S. & Maramaldi, P. (2017, March). An Evaluative Review of the Evidence Supporting Idiopathic Basal Ganglia Calcification for Inclusion in the Compassionate Allowances Program. Basal Ganglia, 7, 1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.baga.2016.11.001
Burke, S. & Maramaldi, P. (2017). The Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances Initiative: Condition Spotlight: Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome. Health & Social Work.
*Ahmadinejad-Naseh, M. & Burke, S. (2017). They Survived, We Can Help Them Thrive: Older Adult Refugees in the United States. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.
Burke, S., Cadet, T., Alcide, A., O’Driscoll, J., Maramaldi, P. (In Press). Psychosocial Risk Factors and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Associative Effect of Depression, Sleep Disturbance, and Anxiety. Aging and Mental Health.
Burke, S., Maramaldi, P., Cadet, T., & Kukull, W. (In Press). Decreasing hazards of Alzheimer’s disease with the use of antidepressants: Mitigating the risk of depression and apolipoprotein E. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
Mitchell, J., Cadet, T., Burke, S., Williams, E., Alvarez, D. (In Press). The Paradoxical Impact of Companionship on the Mental Health of Older African American Men. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences: Special Issue: Psycho-social Influences of African Americans Men’s Health.