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Academic Title
Associate Professor of Medicine

Education
Ph.D., Human Development & Family Studies, Cornell University
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Epidemiology of Aging, Yale University

Areas of Research Interest
Long-Term Supports and Services, Family Caregiving, Dementia, Depression

NIH Grants
U13AG039151                               Kuchel (PI)                                                                              8/12-7/15
NIA/NIH
AGS/NIA Conference Series in Geriatrics: From Bedside to Bench
The goal of this U13 Conference Grant application is to fund a series of three annual conferences addressing new research approaches into Delirium, Sleep Disorders and Urinary Incontinence.

Non-NIH Grants
CFDA 93.779                    Robison (PI)                                                                                                    1/07-12/15
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services/CT Department of Social Services
Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration
An evaluation of the state of Connecticut’s program to transition people out of nursing homes and rebalance the state’s long term care system.
Role: PI

HHS-2012-ACL-RO-1210; CFDA 93.517 Shugrue/Robison (PIs)                                               10/12-9/15
Administration for Community Living/CT Department of Social Services
Connecticut’s Enhanced ADRC Options Counseling Initiative Evaluation
An evaluation of State efforts to embed options counseling into the state’s long term services and supports system, link it to Medicaid rebalancing efforts, and strengthen and expand access to public programs.
Role: Co-PI

HHS-P23320095639WC                          Robison/Shugrue (PIs)                                               10/12-4/15
Department of Health & Human Services/Lewin Group
National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) Process Evaluation
Revise and pre-test surveys for caregivers and local service providers connected with the NFCSP, field survey to 1000 service providers and analyze results. 
Role: Co-PI

13-03-26                                                    Levy-Storms/Robison (PIs)                                        4/13-12/14
The Archstone Foundation
CaringConnections: An Interdisciplinary Intervention to Reduce Intergenerational and Intercultural Barriers to Communication among Caregivers for Persons with Dementia in Nursing Homes
A feasibility study to combine two distinct nursing home dementia unit-based communication training programs for family caregivers and paid nursing aides.

No number                                                Robison/Shugrue (PIs)                                               10/13-9/14
CT Department on Aging, Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Best Practices for Community Long-Term care Ombudsmen
Investigation into best practices across the country for expanding long-term care ombudsman services into home and community-based care to inform state pilot project beginning in July of 2014.

1H1CMS331307-01-00; CFDA 93.627     Tikoo/Robison (PIs)                                                    5/14-4/18
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services/CT Department of Social Services
Planning and Demonstration Grant for Testing Experience and Functional Tools in Community-Based Long Term Supports and Services (TEFT)
The grant is designed to field test an experience survey and a set of functional assessment items, demonstrate personal health records, and create a standard electronic LTSS record.

No Number                                                Robison                                                                       4/14-3/15
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services/Truven Health
Testing the Experience of Care Survey under the TEFT grant
We will administer the Experience of Care Survey data collection for the CT TEFT grant to participants in three Medicaid home and community-based services waivers.

Presentations
Shugrue, N., Ruiz, K., Lambert, D. & Robison, J. Money Follows the Person: Lessons from One State’s Study of Cases that Close without Successful Transition. Presented at the Academy Health annual meeting, San Diego, CA. June 7 2014.

Marrero, J. & Robison, J. Fall risks and outcomes in the CT Money Follows the Person Demonstration program. Presented at the American Geriatrics Society annual meeting, Orlando, FL. May 15 2014.

Robison, J. (2014, March 19). Center on Aging Evaluation and Population Assessment Core (EPAC). UConn-JAX Aging Symposium, Storrs, CT.

Robison, J. & Shugrue, N. (2013, December 9). Solving the “Institutional vs. Home and Community-Based Care” Equation: UConn’s Role in a Major Systems Change. University of CT Health Center, Center on Aging Grand Rounds.

Robison, J., Fortinsky, R., Kleppinger, A. & Lambert, D. Injury-related emergency department and hospital use after transition from nursing home to community living. Presented at the Gerontologic Society of America annual meeting, New Orleans, LA. November 22 2013.

Ruiz, K., Shugrue, N., Lambert, D. & Robison, J. Money Follows the Person: Lessons from One State’s Study of Cases that Close without Successful Transition. Presented at the Gerontologic Society of America annual meeting, New Orleans, LA. November 20 2013.

Kuchel, G., Aldrich, V. & Robison, J. (2013, November 19). Dementia care: A brief overview of diagnosis and multidisciplinary management. Presented to the CT Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, Hartford, CT.

Lambert, D. & Robison, J. (2013, November 15). Changing the Face of Long Term Care. National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter, Cromwell, CT.

Robison, J., Shugrue, N., Porter, M. & Lambert, D. Challenges to Transition in the Money Follows the Person Demonstration. Presented at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Baltimore, MD. June 24 2013.

Shugrue, N., Higgins, P., Ruiz, K., Price, M. & Robison, J. Health Care Experiences of Medicare/Medicaid-Eligible Older Adults in Connecticut: A Qualitative Study. Presented at the Gerontologic Society of America annual meeting, San Diego, CA. November 17 2012.

Robison, J. Shaping National Long Term Supports and Services Policy: The Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration National and State Evaluations. Presented at the Gerontologic Society of America annual meeting, San Diego, CA. November 15 2012.

Kellett, K., Reed, I., Porter, M., Lambert, D., & Robison, J. Quality of Life in Connecticut’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) Program for Adults Age 65 and Older With and Without Mental Health Challenges. Presented at the Gerontologic Society of America annual meeting, San Diego, CA. November 17 2012.

Fortinsky, R.H., Kleppinger, A., Robison, J., & Sanders-Gonzalez, D. Dementia management self-efficacy: Comparison of Latino and White family caregivers. Presented at the Gerontologic Society of America annual meeting, San Diego, CA. November 17 2012.

Selected Publications
Robison, J., Shugrue, N., Fortinsky, R. F., & Gruman, C. (2014). Long term supports and services planning for the future: Implications from a statewide survey of baby boomers and older adults. The Gerontologist, 54(2), 297-313.

Gruman, C., Shugrue, N., Koppelman, J., Schimmel, J., Porter, A., & Robison, J. (2014). The impact of benefits counseling and vocational rehabilitation on employment and earnings. Journal of Rehabilitation, 80(3), 20-29.

Robison, J., Shugrue, N., Porter, M., Fortinsky, R.H., & Curry, L.A. (2012). Transition from home care to nursing home: Unmet needs in a home and community-based program for older adults.  Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 24(3), 251-270.

Finkelstein, E. S., Reid, M. C., Kleppinger, A., Pillemer, K., & Robison, J. (2012). Are baby boomers who care for their older parents planning for their own future long-term care needs? Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 24(1), 29-45.

Robison, J., Shugrue, N., Reed, I., Thompson, N., Smith, P., & Gruman, C. (2011). Community-based versus institutional supportive housing: Perceived quality of care, quality of life, emotional well-being, and social interaction. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 30, 275-303.DOI: 10.1177/0733464810369810.

Kellett, K., Gruman, C., Shugrue, N., & Robison, J. (2010). Identifying the long term care needs of older and middle aged adults with mental illness. International Review of Modern Sociology, 36, 143-168.

Shugrue, N. & Robison, J. (2009).  Intensifying individual, family and caregiver stresses: Health and social effects of economic crisis.  Generations,33, 34-39.

Robison, J., Schensul, J. J., Coman, E., Diefenbach, G. J., Radda, K. E., Gaztambide, S., Disch, W. B. (2009). Mental health in senior housing: Racial/ethnic patterns and correlates of major depressive disorder. Aging and Mental Health, 13, 659-673.

Curry, L. A., Robison, J., Shugrue, N., Keenan, P., & Kapp, M. (2009). Individual decision making in the non-purchase of long-term care insurance. The Gerontologist, 49, 560-569.

Robison, J., Fortinsky, R., Kleppinger, A., Shugrue, N., & Porter, M. (2009). A broader view of family caregiving: Effects of caregiving and caregiver conditions on depressive symptoms, health, work, and social isolation. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences; 64B, 788-798, doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbp015.

Pillemer, K., Meador, R., Henderson, C. Jr., Robison, J., Hegeman, C., Graham, E., & Schultz, L. (2008). A facility specialist model for improving retention of nursing home staff: Results from a randomized, controlled study. The Gerontologist, 48, 80-89.

Kenny, A. M., Bellantonio, S., Fortinsky, R. H., Kleppinger, A., Robison, J., Gruman, C., Trella, P., Walsh, S., & Tsmikas, J. (2008). Factors associated with skilled nursing facility transfers in dementia-specific assisted living. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, 22, 255-260.

Robison, J., Curry, L., Gruman, C., Porter, M., Henderson, C. H. Jr., & Pillemer, K. (2007). Partners in Caregiving in a Special Care Environment: Cooperative Communication between Staff and Families on Dementia Units. The Gerontologist, 47, 504-515.

Robison, J. & Pillemer, K. (2007). Job satisfaction and intention to quit among nursing home nursing staff: Do Special Care Units make a difference? Journal of Applied Gerontology, 26, 1-18.

Erickson, M. A., Krout, J., Ewen, H., & Robison, J. (2006). Should I stay or should I go? Moving plans of older adults. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 20, 5-22.

Curry, L., Bradley, E. H., & Robison, J. (2004). Individual decisions regarding financing nursing home care: Psychosocial considerations. Journal of Aging Studies, 18(3), 337-352.

Robison, J., Curry, L., Gruman, C., Covington, T., Gaztambide, S., & Blank, K. (2003). Depression in later-life Puerto Rican primary care patients: The role of illness, stress, social integration, and religiosity. International Psychogeriatrics, 15(3), 239-251.

Curry, L., Gruman, C., & Robison, J. (2001). Medicaid estate planning: Perceptions of morality and necessity. The Gerontologist, 41(1), 34-42.

Robison, J. T., & Moen, P. (2000). A life-course perspective on housing expectations and shifts in late midlife. Research on Aging, 22(5), 499-532.

Walker, L., Gruman, C., & Robison, J. (1999). Medicaid eligibility workers discuss Medicaid estate planning for nursing home care. The Gerontologist, 39(2), 201-208.

Robison, J., Moen, P., & Dempster-McClain, D. (1995). Women's caregiving: Changing profiles and pathways. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 50B(6), S362-S373.

Moen, P., Robison, J., & Fields, V. (1994). Women's work and caregiving roles: A life course approach. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 49(4), S176-S186.

Editorial Boards
Journal of Applied Gerontology Editorial Board

Regional Boards
AcademyHealth Long Term Care Interest Group Advisory Committee
Alzheimer’s Resource Center of Connecticut, Inc. Board of Trustees, Secretary

UConn Boards
Ethel Donaghue Center for Translating Research into Practice and Policy Executive Committee
UCHC Geriatrics Education Committee

Recent Reports
Porter, M., Shugrue, N. & **Robison, J. (2014). Connecticut Long Term Care Ombudsman Community Expansion Pilot: An Analysis of Experiences from Twelve Existing Community Ombudsman Programs. Prepared for the Connecticut Long Term Care Ombudsman Program.

Kellett, K., Shugrue, N.,  Robison, J., Ruiz, K. & Higgins, P. (2014). Aging and Disability Resource Center Enhanced Options Counseling Initiative: Key Informant Process Evaluation Year 1. Prepared for the CT Department on Aging.

Shugrue, N. & Robison, J. (2014). Aging and Disability Resource Center Enhanced Options Counseling Initiative: Report on 2013 Consumer Survey Data. Prepared for the CT Department on Aging.

Kellett, K., **Robison, J., Shugrue, N., Kleppinger, A., Adomeit, K., & Reed, I. (2013). Bureau of Rehabilitation Services: 2013 Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment.  Prepared for the Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Ruiz, K., Shugrue, N., & **Robison, J. (2013). Analysis of MFP Cases Closed Between July 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. Prepared for the CT Department of Social Services.

Ruiz, K., Shugrue, N., & **Robison, J. (2013). Analysis of MFP Cases Closed Between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012. Prepared for the CT Department of Social Services.

Robison, J., Kellett, K., Porter, M., & Bodden, Y. (2013). Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration: Process Evaluation Year 4 July 2011-Dec 2012. Prepared for the CT Department of Social Services.

Educational Contribution
Fellows (MD)
Residents (MD)
Graduate students (MPH, PhD)
Undergraduate students (MD, DDS)

Contact Information
Phone: 860-679-4278
Fax: 860-679-1307
E-mail: jrobison@uchc.edu 

  
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