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Shana D Stites

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Psychiatry

Contact information
Ralston House, Suite 214
3615 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Fax: 215-573-8684
B.S. (Pre-Med, Psychology)
Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA , 2000.
M.A. (Sociology)
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 2004.
M.S. (Psychology)
Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, 2008.
Psy.D. (Psychology)
Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, 2012.
--- (Aging Research)
NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program, 2020.
Post-Graduate Training
Clinical Internship, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA , 2011-2012.
Research Fellow, Alzheimer’s Association, 2017-Present.
Scholar, Christopher M. Clark Scholars at the Penn Memory Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2017-2020.
Postgraduate Clinical Trainee, Department of Neurology, Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2018-2019.
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Description of Research Expertise

Shana D. Stites, PsyD, MA, MS, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. As a clinical psychologist and researcher with the Penn Project on Precision Medicine for the Brain (P3MB), Dr. Stites’ research focuses on advancing diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease dementia. The goal is to understand ways to promote quality of life and psychological wellbeing. This includes understanding the impacts of the disease on individuals who may be directly affected by
pathology as well as their family members. As part of this work, Dr. Stites has a special focus on better understanding how aspects of identity, such as age, gender, and race, operate as determinants in the disease experience. Understanding these features of the disease experience may offer insights into disease-mechanisms and into development of
interventions that help limit burdens of the disease.

Dr. Stites is a graduate of the National Institute on Aging’s (NIA’s) Butler-Williams Scholars Program, has a master’s of arts in sociology from Lehigh University, and earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Chestnut Hill College with a concentration in psychological assessment and special focus on the role of multicultural diversity in clinical practice and representation in research. Dr. Stites clinical training includes completion of a doctoral internship at Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA and post-doctoral training in the Penn Memory Center and Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.

Selected Publications

Mielke M, Aggarwal N, Vila-Castelar C, Agarwal P, Arenaza-Urquijo E, Brett B, Brugulat-Serrat A, DuBose L, Eikelboom W, Flatt J, Foldi N, Franzen S, Gilsanz P, Li W, McManus A, Melo van Lent D, Milani S, Shaaban E, Stites SD, Sundermann E, Suryadevara V, Trani J, Turner AD, Vonk JM, Quiroz YT, Babulal GM: Consideration of sex and gender in Alzheimer's disease and related disorders from a global perspective. Alzheimer's & Dementia Page: 1-18, April 2022 Notes: Shared first authorship https://doi.org/10.1002/alz.12662.

Streitz M, Denny A, Xiong C, McCue L, Stites SD, Midgett S, Mechanic - Hamilton D, Moulder K, Morris J, Balls- Berry J : Development of a Comprehensive Battery to Collect Social and Structural Determinants of Health (SSDOH) in Cognitively Normal or Very Mildly Impaired Persons. Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders - An International Journal April 2022 Notes: DOI: 10.1097/WAD.0000000000000505.

Ryskina K, Anderson J, Stites SD, Brown R: Gender Disparity in Lead Authorship Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic: No News is Bad News? Journal of General Internal Medicine April 2022 Notes: doi:10.1007/s11606-022-07532-2

Stites SD, Largent E, Gill J, Gurian A, Harkins K, Karlawish J: The predictors of who serves as an Alzheimer’s disease research subject’s study partner and the impact of their relationship on partners’ reports on subjects. Research on Aging March 2022 Notes: doi:10.1177/01640275221075739.

Stites SD: The Association of Poverty With Well-being and Dementia Outcomes—It’s Not All About the Money. JAMA Network Open 5(3), March 2022 Notes: doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.4171.

Peterson A, Clapp J, Largent E, Harkins K, Stites SD, Karlawish J: What is paradoxical lucidity? The answer begins with its definition. Alzheimer's & Dementia 18: 513-521, March 2022 Notes: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/alz.12424.

Peterson A, Clapp J, Harkins K, Kleid M, Largent E, Stites SD, Karlawish J: Is there a difference between terminal lucidity and paradoxical lucidity? Alzheimer’s & Dementia 18(3): 540-541, February 2022 Notes: 10.1002/alz.12579.

Stites SD, Gill J, Largent E, Harkins K, Sankar P, Abba K, Karlawish J : The relative contributions of biomarkers, disease modifying treatment and dementia severity to Alzheimer’s stigma: A vignette-based experiment. Social Science and Medicine 292, January 2022 Notes: doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114620.

Stites SD, Vogt NM, Blacker D, Rumbaugh M, Parker MD: For the Advisory Group on Risk Evidence Education for Dementia (AGREED) Patients asking about APOE gene test results? Here’s what to tell them. Journal of Family Practice 71(4), 2022 Notes: doi:10.12788/jfp.0397.

Stites SD, Balls-Berry J, Barnes L: Toward a Model for Measuring Social and Structural Determinants of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. Innovation in Aging 5(1): 80, December 2021 Notes: https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igab046.303.

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