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Michael Crowe.

Director, Psychology Honors Program
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CH 334; HMB 111
(205) 934-0231

Research Interests: Gerontology, Cognitive Aging and Dementia, Clinical and Developmental Geropsychology, Psychology of Aging

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Psychology
  • Ph.D., University of Southern California, Clinical Psychology

Dr. Crowe is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialization in geropsychology and neuropsychology. His research is centered on cognitive and mental health during older adulthood, with an emphasis on modifiable risk and protective factors for cognitive decline and dementia.

Dr. Crowe has led a number of investigations focused on cognitive aging outcomes in relation to factors such as leisure activity and environmental complexity, indicators of stress, quantity and quality of education, and health conditions such as diabetes. In much of his recent work, he has focused on cognitive and mental health outcomes in populations with known disparities, older African American and Hispanic adults.

He is currently the Principal Investigator for a five-year project in Puerto Rico and serves as a co-leader for the Research Education Core of the Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR).

  • Research Interests

    Dr. Crowe’s research expertise is in the area of cognitive decline, Alzheimer's disease, and other forms of dementia in older adults. He has authored a number of publications on how potentially modifiable factors such as environmental complexity, stress, and health may play a role in cognitive aging. His other areas of research include mental health in older adults, and health disparities with aging. In recent work, Dr. Crowe has been conducting research on aging in Puerto Rico. He is also an investigator for national studies of aging and health that are based at UAB: REGARDS and CARDIA.

    Please visit Dr. Crowe’s Google Scholar page to learn more about his research.

  • Select Publications
    • Andel, R., Dávila, A., Grotz, C., Small, B., Markides, K., & Crowe, M. (2017). Complexity of work and incident cognitive impairment in Puerto Rican older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbx127.
    • Bell, T., Dávila, A., Clay, O.J., Markides, K.S., Andel, R., & Crowe, M. (2017). The association between cognitive decline and incident depressive symptoms in a sample of older Puerto Rican adults with diabetes. International Psychogeriatrics, 29, 1317-1325.
    • Garcia, M., Downer, B., Crowe, M., & Markides, K. (2017). Aging and disability among Hispanics in the U.S.: Current knowledge and future directions. Innovation in Aging, 1, doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igx020.
    • Fujishiro, K., MacDonald, L. A., Crowe, M., McClure, L.A., Wadley, V.G., & Howard, V.J. (2017). The role of occupation in explaining cognitive functioning in later life: Education and occupational complexity in a U.S. national sample of black and white men and women. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbx112.
    • Downer, B., Crowe, M., & Markides, K.S. (2017). Influence of type II diabetes and high depressive symptoms on the likelihood for developing activities of daily living (ADL) disability and mortality in older Puerto Ricans. Journal of Aging and Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0898264317708882.
    • Passler, J.S., Clay, O.J., Wadley, V.G., Ovalle, F., & Crowe, M. (2016). Stroke symptoms with absence of recognized stroke are associated with cognitive impairment and depressive symptoms in older adults with diabetes. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 142-148.
    • Jones, L. C., Clay, O. J., Ovalle, F., Cherrington, A., & Crowe, M. (2016). Correlates of depressive symptoms in older adults with diabetes. Journal of Diabetes Research, 2016, 1-8.
    • Kennedy, R., Williams, C., Sawyer, P., Allman, R., & Crowe, M. (2014). Comparison of in-person and telephone administration of the Mini-Mental State Examination in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Study of Aging. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62, 1928-1932.
    • Cook, S., Marsiske, M., Kelsey, T., Unverzagt, F., Wadley, V., Langbaum, J., & Crowe, M. (2013). Identification of Mild Cognitive Impairment in ACTIVE: Algorithmic classification and stability. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 19, 73-87.

    Please visit Dr. Crowe’s Google Scholar page to learn more about his research.

  • Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies

    Academic honors and awards

    • Health Disparities Investigator Award, UAB Minority Health & Health Equity Research Center (MHERC), 2011
    • Charles Barkley Young Investigator Award, 2008
    • Faculty Scholar, Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), 2008
    • UAB Health Disparities Research Training Program (HDRTP) Scholar, 2008
    • UAB Geriatric Education Center Faculty Scholar, 2008
    • Award for Social and Behavioral Sciences Research, UAB Center for Aging Annual Conference, 2007
    • American Geriatrics Society and National Institutes of Health, Cognitive Activity Conference Invited Fellow, 2006
    • National Institute on Aging Summer Institute Invited Participant, 2005
    • Final Year Dissertation Fellowship, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, University of Southern California, 2002-2003
    • Predoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Southern California Graduate School, 2001-2002
    • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Award, 1998-2001
    • Phi Beta Kappa, 1998
    • Campus Honors Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994-1998

    Mentored student research awards

    • Southeastern Psychological Association, Graduate Student Research Award (Tyler Bell, graduate student), 2017
    • American Psychological Association, Society of Clinical Geropsychology, Student Paper Award [1st place] (Jesse Passler, graduate student), 2016
    • UAB Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging Annual Meeting Student Poster Award [1st place] (Tyler Bell, graduate student), 2015
    • UAB Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging Annual Meeting Student Research Award [1st place] (Samantha Henry, graduate student), 2014
    • UAB Center for Aging Annual Meeting Student Research Award [1st place] (Camila Serafim, undergraduate student), 2012
    • UAB Summer Research Expo Award [2nd place] (Clinton Strickland, undergraduate McNair Scholar), 2012
    • UAB Center for Aging Annual Meeting Student Research Award [1st place] (Heather Cain, undergraduate student), 2011
    • Ost Undergraduate Research Competition Award [1st place-tie] (Hayley Wells, undergraduate student), 2011
    • National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) Student Poster Award [1st place] (Andrea Sartori, graduate student), 2011

    Professional memberships

    • Gerontological Society of America
    • International Neuropsychological Society
    • American Psychological Association: Division 12, Section II – Clinical Geropsychology