CNSA News : 2013 : February

Jessica Taha wins the 2013 Graduate Student Research Award

The Graduate Student Research Award recognizes a graduate student for research relevant to aging and applicable to practice. The 2013 winner is Jessica Taha, who earned her Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of Miami in Florida, and is currently a senior research associate at the Center on Aging at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. Her award-winning research paper investigated the ability of 56 middle-aged adults (ages 40−59) and 51 older adults (ages 60−85) to use a simulated electronic personal health record (PHR) to perform 15 common health management tasks covering medication management, review/interpretation of lab/test results, and health maintenance activities. Findings from Taha’s study point up important factors for designing PHRs to meet the needs of middle-aged and older adults.