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. Loomer, L., Downer, B., & Thomas, K. Relationship between Functional Improvement and Cognition in Short-Stay Nursing Home Residents (Accepted for publication). J Am Geriatr Soc. 

  2. 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 

  3. 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. 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001047 

  4. 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. 

  5. Middleton A., Downer, B., Haas, A., Li, Y.L., Graham J. E., & Ottenbacher, K. J. (2018). Functional Status is Associated with 30-day Potentially Preventable Readmissions following Skilled Nursing Facility Discharge among Medicare Beneficiaries. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 19(4): 348-354.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2017.12.003. PMID: 29371127 

  6. Downer, B., Thomas, K. S., Mor, V., Goodwin, J. S., & Ottenbacher, K. J. (2017). Cognitive Status of Older Adults on Admission to a Skilled Nursing Facility According to a Hospital Discharge Diagnosis of Dementia. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 18 (8): 726-728. doi:10.1016/j.jamda.2017.04.021. PMID: 28623153 

  7. Downer, B., Veeranki, S. P., & Wong, R. (2016). A Late Life Risk Index for Severe Cognitive Impairment in Mexico. J Alzheimers Dis. 52(1), 191-203. doi:10.3233/JAD-150702. PubMed PMID: 27060940.