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.
- Neurodegenerative and Neurodevelopmental Conditions
Scholarly & Creative Works
principal investigator on
- Project Panther LIFE 2015-2020 Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education awarded by U.S. Department of Education 2015 - 2018
- Enhancing Work-Based Learning, Interdependent Living Skills, and Universal Design in Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities awarded by University of Central Florida 2021 - 2024
- Center for Latino Health Research Opportunities-CLaRO awarded by Minority Health and Health Disparities 2021 - 2022
- Shared neuroanatomical models of psychiatric conditions and Alzheimer's disease spectrum disorders: The effects of depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbance and associated changes in brain morphology leading to Alzheimer's disease awarded by Florida Department of Health 2019 - 2021
- Project Panther LIFE 2015-2020 Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education awarded by U.S. Department of Education 2015 - 2021
- Closing the employment and earnings gap for higher education students with intellectual disabilities through the implementation of a Mentor Certification Program. awarded by Institute of Education Sciences 2018 - 2020
- Characterization of Gilbert's Syndrome in Florida awarded by University of Florida 2019 - 2020
- Demographic, Neuropsychological and Functional Classification, Risk Factors, and Progression Rates of Individuals Diagnosed as "Impaired Not MCI" in the National Alzheimer's awarded by Florida Department of Health 2017 - 2019
- The effectiveness of Virtual Interactive Training Agents (ViTA) software in improving participants' interview skills and self-efficacy. awarded by Dan Marino Foundation 2016 - 2019
- Development of a Battery of Measurement Instruments to Assess Dementia Spectrum Impairments and Client Satisfaction/Outcomes awarded by Neuroscience Centers of Florida Foundati 2016 - 2018
- Development of a Battery of Measurement Instruments to Assess Caregiver Wellbeing awarded by Neuroscience Centers of Florida Foundati 2017
co-principal investigator on
- MRI: Development of an Instrument for a Comprehensive Study of Alzheimer's Disease: Multimodal Imaging, Visualization, Machine Learning and Therapeutic Brain Stimulation awarded by National Science Foundation 2019 - 2024
- FIU Center for Reducing Health Disparities in Substance Abuse & HIV in South Florida awarded by Minority Health and Health Disparities 2018 - 2022
- Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center: Biomarker Core awarded by National Institutes of Health 2020 - 2021
- Identifor Study awarded by Identifor 2016 - 2017
subproject principal investigator on
- Health Disparities in Alzheimers and Related Diseases awarded by National Institute on Aging 2020 - 2025
- Shanna Burke
- https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6969-3536 (confirmed)
publication subject areas
- Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine
- Education & Educational Research
- Family Studies
- General & Internal Medicine
- Geriatrics & Gerontology
- Health Care Sciences & Services
- Neurosciences & Neurology
- Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
- Social Work
- Women's Studies