Associate Professor
Director, Undergraduate Psychology Honors Program
Assistant Director, Roybal Center for Research in Applied Gerontology
Campbell Hall 334
Holley-Mears Building 111
(205) 934-0231

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

Michael Crowe

Office Hours: By appointment and as listed in syllabus


  • BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Psychology
  • PhD, University of Southern California, Clinical Psychology

Dr. Crowe is a native of Jacksonville, Alabama, and returned to his home state for a clinical internship at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and UAB School of Medicine. He subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in gerontology and neuropsychology before joining the faculty at UAB. He is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialization in clinical geropsychology.


Dr. Crowe’s research expertise is in the area of cognitive decline and 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 the consequences of cognitive and mental health in terms of everyday activities and health behaviors. In recent work, Dr. Crowe has been conducting research on the association between factors related to health disparities (e.g., diabetes, educational factors, health literacy) and cognitive function in older adulthood.

Learn more about his research at the UAB Center for Research on Applied Gerontology website.

  • Kennedy, R., Williams, C., Sawyer, P., Allman, R., & Crowe, M. (in press). Comparison of in-person versus telephone administration of the MMSE in the UAB Study of Aging. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
  • Andel, R., Infurna, F., Rickenbach, E., Crowe, M., Marchiondo, L., Fisher, G. (2015). Job strain and trajectories of change in episodic memory before and after retirement: Results from the Health and Retirement Study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 69(5), 442-6.
  • Kennedy, R., Wadley, V., McClure, L., Letter, A., Unverzagt, F., Crowe, M., Nyenhius, D., Kelley, B., Kana, B., Marceaux, J., Tamura, M., Howard, V., & Howard, G. (2014). Performance of the NINDS-CSN 5-minute cognitive battery in a national population-based sample. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20(8), 856–867.
  • Crowe, M., Clay, O.J., Martin, R.C., Howard, V.J., Wadley, V.G., Sawyer, P., & Allman, R. M. (2013). Indicators of childhood quality of education in relation to cognitive function in older adulthood. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 68(2), 198-204.
  • 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(1), 73-87.
  • Unverzagt, F., Guey, L., Jones, R., Marsiske, M., King, J., Wadley, V., Crowe, M., Rebok, G., & Tennstedt, S. (2012). ACTIVE cognitive training and rates of incident dementia. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18(4), 669-677.
  • Sartori, A.C., Wadley, V.G., Clay, O.J., Parisi, J.M., Rebok, G.W., & Crowe, M. (2012). The relationship between cognitive function and life space: The potential role of personal control beliefs. Psychology and Aging, 27(2), 364-374.
  • Crowe, M., Allman, R.M., Triebel, K., Sawyer, P., & Martin, R. (2010). Normative performance on an executive clock drawing task (CLOX) in a community-dwelling sample of older adults. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 25(7), 610-617.
  • Crowe, M., Sartori, A., Clay, O.J., Wadley, V. G., Andel, R., Wang, H.-X., Sawyer, P., & Allman, R. (2010). Diabetes and cognitive decline: Investigating the potential influence of factors related to health disparities. Journal of Aging and Health, 22(3), 292-306.
Academic honors and awards
  • Health Disparities Investigator Award, UAB Minority Health Research Center (MHRC), 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
  • 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
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) Student Poster Award [1st place] (Andrea Sartori, graduate student), 2011
  • 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

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