Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
Neurodegenerative and Neurodevelopmental Conditions
Dr. Shanna Burke is an assistant professor in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University. She earned her Ph.D. from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and her Master of Social Work from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her research focuses on psychosocial and biological risk factors for neurodegeneration, cross-cultural assessment of mental health and memory-related disorders, health disparities in chronic disease screening behaviors and technology-driven intervention modalities for those impacted by neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Since coming to Florida International University (FIU), she has received funding for six studies and has received the New Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. Dr. Burke was recently funded by the Florida Department of Public Health to enhance a diagnostic algorithm to predict mild cognitive impairment and dementia in diagnostic batteries used at Alzheimer’s Disease Centers. In addition, she is exploring gaps in services for individuals in Miami-Dade County with six waiver-eligible intellectual and developmental disabilities and is funded by FIU EMBRACE (Embracing Comprehensive Health Care for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders) to examine the effects of two technology interventions for individuals with autism spectrum and other neurodevelopment disorders. The Dan Marino Foundation, Inc. is funding an investigation which examines the use of Virtual Interactive Training Agents to improve interviewing skills for young adults with autism.
Dr. Burke is a licensed clinical social worker in both Massachusetts and Florida. Most recently, she has taught courses on research methodology, assessment and intervention, and gerontology 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.