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Family Consumer and Human Development Affiliated Faculty

 

 

 

Beth Fauth

Beth Fauth

Email: beth.fauth@usu.edu
Location: FL 222
Office Phone: 797-1989
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Beth Fauth, PhD – Dr. Fauth conducts research on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias; stress processes for caregivers of older adults; and the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial components of late life disability. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in aging, including the cognitive and neural changes associated with normative and non-normative aging (e.g. dementia and mild cognitive impairment).   
 
 

Maria NortonMaria Norton

Email: maria.norton@usu.edu
Location: FL 111B / SER 129
Office Phone: 797.0613 /797.2491
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Maria Norton, PhD – Dr. Norton’s research program focuses on geriatric mental health and the psychosocial factors that affect risk for depression and dementia in late-life, including lifestyle choices, stressful life events, social support networks, personality, religiosity, and the extent to which these factors might alter genetic influences.  Her current work examines psychosocial stressors across the entire lifespan (e.g. family member deaths, poverty, divorce, teen or unwed pregnancy, widowhood, premature offspring birth) and their association with late-life cognitive health, and the moderating effects of depression and genes.  Dr. Norton is also engaged in the development and testing of evidence-based lifestyle behavioral interventions with a multi-disciplinary team (health educator, neuropsychologist, sports educator, nutritionist, therapist, human developmentalist, and gerontologist) to encourage and support middle-aged persons in making and sustaining healthy lifestyle changes towards the goal of lowering risk for Alzheimer's disease.