School of Nursing
University at Buffalo
102 A Wende Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079
Dean Lewis is a specialist in psychiatric-mental health and nursing education, with expertise in curriculum and instructional systems. Her research focuses on family caregivers of persons with dementia and on decision making for patients and families. She works with an interdisciplinary team in nursing, gerontology, family social science, psychology and occupational therapy.
Lewis' research has included group interventions to decrease caregiver stress and burden, creation of a decision making tool for family caregivers, development of online caregiver training to accommodate caregivers who are unable to leave their family member to attend group sessions, and expansion of the caregiver intervention to Hispanic and African American populations, as well as to family caregivers in India.
The Savvy Caregiver training program, a transportable intervention that can be facilitated by community members, is being conducted across the country primarily sponsored through chapters of the Alzheimer's Association. The Savvy Caregiver was heralded as one of the country's evidence-based programs for caregivers, by the Administration on Aging.
Marsha Lewis has received 19 research grants and seven educational training-program grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research, the National Institute of Aging, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, the Alzheimer’s Association and the NIH-Fogarty International Research Collaboration.
Lewis’ grants have funded research that addresses a number of important issues in nursing and care giving, such as caregiver stress, online caregiver training and development, and testing of Hispanic and African American training programs related to Alzheimer’s disease. Her current research focus is on developing family caregiver skills for the promotion of calm behavior in persons with dementia.
Refereed, Data based*
Forbat, L., Robinson, R., Bilton-Simek, R., Francois, K., Lewis, M., & Haraldsdottir, E. (2017). Distance education methods are useful for delivering education to palliative caregivers: A single-arm trial of an education package (Palliative Caregivers Education Package). Palliative Medicine, 32(2), 581-588. doi:10.1177/0269216317712849
Kirk, L., Smith, G. E., Gaugler, J. E., Hepburn, K., Knopman, D., & Lewis, M. (2017). Development and testing of a neuropsychiatric symptoms model in mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 44(1), 21-30. doi:10.3928/00989134-20170908-02
Narayan, S., Varghese, M., Hepburn, K., Lewis, M., Paul, I., & Bhimani, R. (2015). Caregiving experiences of family members of persons with dementia in South India. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 30(5), 508-516. doi:10.1177/1533317514567125
Lewis, M. L., Hobday, J. V., & Hepburn, K. W. (2010). Internet-based program for dementia caregivers. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias, 25(8), 674-679.
Hepburn, K., Lewis, M., Tornatore, J., Wexler Sherman, C., Lindstrom Bremer, K., & Dolloff, J. (2007) The Savvy Caregiver Program: The demonstrated effectiveness of a transportable dementia caregiver psychoeducation program. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 33(3), 30-36.
Lewis, M. L., Hepburn, K. W., Narayan, S., & Kirk, L. (2005). Relationship matters in dementia caregiving. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias, 20(6), 341-347.
Hepburn, K. W., Lewis, M., Narayan, S., Center, B., Tornatore, J., Lindstrom Bremer, K., & Kirk, L. (2005). Partners in caregiving: A psychoeducation program affecting dementia family caregivers’ distress and caregiving outlook. Clinical Gerontologist, 29(1), 53-69.
Hepburn, K., Lewis, M., Sherman, C. W., & Tornatore, J. (2003). The Savvy Caregiver Program: Developing and testing a transportable dementia family caregiver training program. The Gerontologist, 43(6), 908-915.
Hepburn, K., Lewis, M., Narayan, S., Tornatore, J., Bremer, K., & Sherman, C. (2002). Discourse-derived perspectives: Differentiating among spouse’s experiences of caregiving. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 17(4), 213-226.
Hepburn, K., & Lewis, M. (2002). Effective dementia care: Lessons from a family caregiver training program. Home HealthCare Consultant, 9(4), 10-17.
Narayan, S., Lewis, M., Tornatore, J., Hepburn, K., & Corcoran-Perry, S. (2001). Subjective responses to caregiving for a spouse with dementia. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 27(3), 19-28.
Lewis, M., Hepburn, K., Narayan, S., Corcoran-Perry, S., Maddox, M., Lally, R., Dropkin, K., & Haase, S. (2000). Decision making by family caregivers of elders experiencing dementia. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 15(6), 361-366.
Narayan, S., Hepburn, K., Lewis, M., & Corcoran-Perry, S. (2000). Decision-making focused education as a mediator of family caregiving stress. Neurobiology of Aging, 21(1S), S269.
Lewis, M., Hepburn, K., Narayan, S., Corcoran-Perry, S., & Lally, R. (1999). The Options, outcomes, values, likelihoods decision-making guide for patients and families. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 25(12), 19-25.