• As a public health social worker, Dr. Burke’s research focuses on cognition and cognitive impairment, which includes neurodevelopmental disabilities and neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Her translational objective is to decrease health disparities through the utilization of culturally responsive multi-modal assessment procedures, diagnostic methods, and interventions targeting cognitive impairments and chronic diseases across the lifespan.

    At FIU, she has received funding for more than 11 studies as PI or Co-PI from foundation, state, and federal sources.
    She has been funded by the Florida Department of Public Health twice (2017 and 2019). The first project sought was aimed to computerize a consensus diagnostic algorithm to predict mild cognitive impairment and dementia in diagnostic batteries used at Alzheimer’s Disease Centers. She was also recently funded by the Florida Department of Health to understand the impact of psychiatric conditions, on brain structure and volume, and how these changes impact Alzheimer’s disease risk and development.
    She is currently funded by the Department of Education / University of Central Florida in collaboration with FIU Embrace, to create, implement, and evaluate a program that trains faculty and staff to mentor FIU students with intellectual disabilities. As part of this funding, a program was created and implemented to train students with intellectual disabilities to become productive and engaged mentees, and in turn, become mentors for incoming students with intellectual disabilities. This project is part of a larger grant, funded by the Department of Education / University of Central Florida, to evaluate a post-secondary program for students at FIU with intellectual disabilities. This program seeks to provide students with a socially and academically inclusive University experience while also increasing their employment outcomes and independent living skills.

    In 2017, she was awarded the New Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.
    Dr. Burke is a licensed clinical social worker in both Massachusetts and Florida.
    Most recently, she has taught courses at FIU on topics, such as research methodology, clinical assessment and intervention, and clinical gerontology practice at FIU.

research interests

  • Neurodegenerative and Neurodevelopmental Conditions

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  • Shanna Burke