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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.
Scholar, Christopher M. Clark Scholars at the Penn Memory Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2017-2020.
Research Fellow, Alzheimer’s Association, 2017-Present.
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

Stites, S.D.: “Patterns Among Same-Sex Spousal Couples: Diverse Sociocultural Representation in Alzheimer’s Research" Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Conference 2021, Philadelphia PA (Virtual Oral Presentation). November 2021 Notes: (Oral Presentation).

Dedhia M, La Joie R, Stites SD.: Differences in Brain Volume between Men and Women in a Homogenous Sample of Cognitively Unimpaired Older Adults. Promoting Diverse Perspectives: Addressing Health Disparities Related to Alzheimer’s and All Dementias. June 2021 Notes: Dedhia M Student.

Midgett S, Mechanic-Hamilton D, Stites SD.: Implementation of Social and Structural Determinants of Health (SSDoH) Measures in the UPenn Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC). Promoting Diverse Perspectives: Addressing Health Disparities Related to Alzheimer’s and All Dementias. June 2021 Notes: Midgett S student.

Lee BN, Wang J, Hall MA, Kim D, Stites SD, Shen L.: Sex modifies predictive effects of imaging and CSF biomarkers on Alzheimer’s disease cognitive outcomes. Promoting Diverse Perspectives: Addressing Health Disparities Related to Alzheimer’s and All Dementias. June 2021.

Stites SD, Largent EA, Johnson R, Harkins K, Karlawish J.: Effects of Self-Identification as a Caregiver on Expectations of Public Stigma of Alzheimer’s Disease. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease Reports, 5(1): 31-39, 2021 Notes: 10.3233/ADR-200206.

Stites SD, Turner RS, Gill J, Gurian A, Karlawish J, & Grill J.: Research Attitudes Questionnaire scores predict Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial dropout. Clinical Trials 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1177/1740774520982315.

Cabin, W. & Stites, S.D.: Mental Health Issues in Older Adults: Social determinants and modalities of service delivery. Social Determinants of Healthy Aging: A Public Health Perspective. Jurkowski, E. Guest, M. A. and Aging & Public Health Section of APHA (eds.). (Under contract with APHA Press), 2021.

Stites S.D. ,Midgett S. , Mechanic-Hamilton D. , Zuelsdorff M. , Glover C.M.,Marquez D.X. , Balls-Berry J.E. , Streitz M.L.,Babulal G., Trani J.F ,Henderson J.N , Barnes, L.L. , Karlawish J.,Wolk, W.A.: "Establishing a framework for gathering structural and social determinants of health in Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers" The Journals of Gerontology: Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences. 2021.

Stites, S.D, Vogt, N.M , Blacker, D , Rumbaugh, M ,Parker, M.W. : "What do you to tell patients who ask about their APOE gene test result?" Journal of Family Practice Journal of Family Practice 2021.

Stites, S.D , Cao, H. , James, R. ,Harkins, K. , Flatt, J. : "Measuring sex and gender in U.S. Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) research." The Journals of Gerontology. The Journals of Gerontology, 2021.

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