Brian Downer, PhD Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences

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Research Area: Cognitive aging, risk factors for dementia and cognitive decline, minority aging


  • BS 2010 Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Psychology
  • PhD 2014 University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, Gerontology

Current Funding

Grant# K01 AG058789 (PI: Downer)
Improvement in Patients’ Cognition and Relationship with SNF Quality Measures
National Institute on Aging, NIH

Grant# R01 MD010355 (PI: Ottenbacher)
Long-term Health Outcomes in Mexican American Older Adults
National Institute on Aging, NIH
Role: Co-Investigator, 2015-2019

Select Publications

  1. Knox, S., Downer, B., Haas. A., Middleton, A., & Ottenbacher, K. J. Dementia Severity Associated with Increased Risk of Potentially Preventable Readmissions during Home Health Care (Accepted). Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.
  2. Downer, B., Al Snih, S., Chou, L. N., Kuo, Y. F., Markides, K. S., & Ottenbacher, K. J. (2019). Differences in hospitalizations, emergency room admissions, and outpatient visits among Mexican-American Medicare beneficiaries. BMC geriatrics, 19(1), 136. doi:10.1186/s12877-019-1160-9.
  3. Nguyen C., Downer B., Chou L.N., Kuo Y.F., Raji, M. End-of-Life Healthcare Utilization of Older Mexican-Americans with and without a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (2019). J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. doi: 10.1093/Gerona/glz065.
  4. Loomer, L., Downer, B., & Thomas, K. Relationship between Functional Improvement and Cognition in Short-Stay Nursing Home Residents (2019). J Am Geriatr Soc. 67(3), 553-557. doi:10.1111/jgs.15708.
  5. Middleton, A., Downer B., Haas, A., Knox, S., & Ottenbacher, K.J. Functional Status is Associated with 30-day Potentially Preventable Readmissions following Home Health Care (2019). Med Care. 57(2), 145-151. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001047.
  6. Downer, B., Garcia, M. A., Raji, M., & Markides, K. S. Cohort Differences in Cognitive Impairment and Cognitive Decline among Mexican-Americans Aged 75 and Older (2019). Am J Epidemiol. 1(1): 119-129. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwy196
  7. Downer, B., Al Snih, S., Howrey, B. T., Raji, M., Markides, K. S., & Ottenbacher, K. J. Combined Effects of Cognitive Impairment and Pre-Frailty on Future Frailty and Death in Older Mexican Americans (2018). Aging Ment Health. 1-8. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2018.1493719.