David Vance, PhD, MGS, MS
David Vance

David Vance, PhD, MGS, MS

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Anyone can do something that's easy.  -Jame H. Vance (Dad)


Dr. David Vance actively researches neurocognitive aging and HIV. His funded studies focus on cognitive training, cognitive prescriptions, transcranial direct current stimulation, olfactory dysfunction, aging with HIV, and HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAND). He chairs the Neurocognitive Working Group of the Women’s Interagency HIV Study, a national longitudinal cohort study. His scholarship has led to numerous publications (+200 peer-reviewed articles; H-index of 25) and national and international presentations (+500). He has been an invited participant to a specially convened White House forum and an NIH Think Tank, both focused on aging with HIV.

In 2016, he was awarded two grants:

  1. A $2.9 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH/NIMH) titled, “An RCT of Speed of Processing Training in Middle-Aged and Older Adults with HIV” (a.k.a., THINK FAST)
  2. A $404,000 grant from the National Institute on Nursing Research (NIH/NINR) titled, “Individualized-Targeted Cognitive Training in Older Adults with HAND” (a.k.a., Training on Purpose Study or the TOPS Study)

In both clinical trials, he is seeking adults with HIV who are interested in improving their mental functioning as they age.

Research/Clinical/Teaching Expertise and Interest

In 2001, I realized that highly active antiretroviral therapy was changing the demographic profile of HIV. Now, we are witnessing this change with the graying of the epidemic. In fact, by 2015 half of those with HIV will be 50 and older. Sadly, many older adults with HIV express a cognitive frailty phenotype that interferes with everyday functioning, quality of life, and healthcare. Although I publish across disciplines, I focus primarily in nursing since nurses are on the frontline in providing health care to these adults.

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