School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine


This Core will coordinate recruiting efforts for all Projects and pilot studies in conjunction with the investigators and will house key staff assigned to the four Projects and pilot studies. Also, this Core will be responsible for making nutritional assessments. Interviewer training for all Projects and pilot studies will be undertaken by this Core. Many study personnel for the Projects have been placed in this Core to facilitate staffing efficiencies, cross-training, and to provide a ready made infrastructure for cost-efficient execution of pilot studies. The location of this Core, its equipment and personnel will be in the Department of Medicine's CRC. The Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Nutrition Core, equipment, and personnel will be integral components of this Core.s.

Dorothy A. Nelson, Ph.D.

Dorothy A. Nelson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Internal Medicine at Wayne State University and the Director of the Clinical Research Center in the Department of Internal Medicine.  Trained as a physical anthropologist, Dr. Nelson’s research interests include a focus on ethnicity and ethnic differences in diseases such as osteoporosis and various cancers. She has expertise in bone densitometry and body composition, and is a Certified Clinical Densitometrist (International Society for Clinical Densitometry).  She has served as Principal Investigator on a number of NIH grants as well as a Department of Defense grant, and has published widely in the bone and mineral research field.   As the Director of the Recruitment and Clinical Measures Core for our Center, Dr. Nelson brings expertise in the recruitment of minorities for research as well as a strong background in research ethics.

Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D.

Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D., is the Director (Message from the Director) of the IOG and Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Wayne State University. Dr. Lichtenberg received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Purdue University, where he also minored in aging.

Director of the IOG since 1999, Lichtenberg has led this research and education unit to record levels of funding (annual totals of over $4,000,000), to an expansion of research focus by recruiting faculty in the area of cognitive neuroscience, and the leadership of several highly successful training and mentoring grants (See below for details on the Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Training and on the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research). Dr. Lichtenberg also created the first IOG-funded development Board of Visitors

Dr. Lichtenberg is the author of five books, including the highly acclaimed Handbook of Dementia (2003, Handbook of Assessment in Clinical Gerontology (Wiley press, 1999) and A Guide to Psychological Practice in Geriatric Long Term Care (Haworth Press 1994). In addition, Dr. Lichtenberg has edited a four volume series for the organization Medical Psychotherapy, and has published over 100 peer reviewed scientific articles. His particular areas of research include mental health in long term care, geriatric depression, and the early detection and management of Alzheimer's Disease.

Dr. Lichtenberg has been awarded many distinctions including the 1996 Early Career Award in Rehabilitation Psychology, Fellowship in the Gerontological Society of America and the American Psychological Association, the Outstanding Contribution Award for Psychologists in Long Term Care, and both the 2001 Distinguished Faculty Award and Outstanding Mentor Award at Wayne State University. In 2002, he was the first educator to be given the Alzheimer's Advocate Award. In 2004, on behalf of the IOG, he accepted community honors from the ARea Agency on Aging 1C and Wayne County

Dr. Lichtenberg is a leader in many community organizations in Detroit and the State of Michigan including chair of the Michigan Dementia Coalition, past-chair of the Central City Aging Services Consortium, and Board member for the Bon Secours Nursing Care Center, Area Agency on Aging 1-B Advisory Board, and Lourdes Care Facility Board.