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June 28, 2021

Werner lands NIH grant for technology to assist dementia caregivers

Written By: Tom Ziemer

Nicole Werner
Nicole Werner

Nicole Werner, the Harvey D. Spangler Assistant Professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has received an exploratory/developmental grant from the National Institutes of Health to create an information technology tool to support caregivers of people with dementia.

The project, funded through a two-year, $424,579 grant, is a collaboration with researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine. The group will apply a user-centered design process to develop an information technology-based intervention to help caregivers responsible for managing medications of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. These patients often have other conditions as well, requiring an array of medications, and the majority of them rely on family and friends to provide care.

Werner has also been elected as president-elect of the Division of Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology of the American Psychological Association.