Dr. Karlene K. Ball


University Professor and Chair

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Karlene BallContact Information:

Email: bethany@uab.edu
Office Phone: (205) 934 8721 or (205) 934 2610
Fax: (205) 975 6110


B.A., 1974, Indiana University, Psychology
M.S., 1977, Northwestern University, Psychology
Ph.D., 1979, Northwestern University, Psychology
Post-Doc, 1984, Northwestern University, Psychology

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

Dr. Karlene Ball, an experimental psychologist, is currently the Psychology Dept's Chairman and Director of the UAB Edward R. Roybal Center for Research on Applied Gerontology, funded by the National Institute on Aging, and is Associate Director of the university-wide Center for Aging. Dr. Ball recently chaired the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Technical Group on Aging, and she is a member of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council. Dr. Ball is investigating visual and cognitive correlates of mobility difficulties among older adults, with an emphasis on driving skills. She has served frequently on expert panels charged with setting the vision standards for commercial and older drivers, and she has authored numerous publications on visual, attentional, and cognitive changes with age, as well as on the identification of at-risk older drivers. She recently received a M.E.R.I.T. award from the National Institutes of Health to extend her basic research program on the everyday activity problems of older adults to the development of interventions to prevent or retard age-related declines. A further description of the UAB Roybal Center, along with its investigators, resources, and projects, may be found at www.uab.edu/roybal.

Representative Publications:

Edwards, J.D., Ross, L.A., Ackerman, M.A., Small, B.J., Ball, K. Dodson, J.E., & Bradley, S.A. (2008).Longitudinal predictors of driving cessation among older adults from the ACTIVE clinical trial. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 63B, P6-P12. PMID: 18332196.<

Ross, L.A., Clay, O.J., Edwards, J.E., Ball, K. ., Wadley, V.G., Vance, D.E., Cissell, G.M., Roenker, D.L., & Joyce, J.J. (2009). Do older drivers at-risk for crashes modify their driving over time? Journals of Gerontology: Series B Psychological Sciences, 64B, 163-170. PMC2655158

Edwards, J.D., Myers, C., Ross, L.A., Roenker, D.L., Cissell, G.M., McLaughlin, A.M., & Ball, K.(2009).1. The longitudinal impact of cognitive speed of processing training on driving mobility. The Gerontologist, 49, 485-494. PMC2709540

Unverzagt, F.W., Smith, D.M., Rebok, G.W., Marsiske, M., Morris, J.N., Jones, R., Willis, S.L.,Ball, K.,King, J.W., Koepke, K.M., Stoddard, A., & Tennstedt, S.L. (2009). The Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center’s symposium on Mild Cognitive Impairment. Cognitive training in older adults: Lessons from the ACTIVE study. Current Alzheimer Research, 6, 375-383. PMCID: PMC2729785

Ball, K. Edwards, J.D., Ross, L.A., & McGwin, Jr., G. (2010). Cognitive training decreases motor vehicle collision involvement among older drivers. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 58, 11, 2107-2113. NIHMS 215798 PMC is assigned by publisher 12 months after publication.

Teaching Interests:

Psychology of Aging, Gerontology