People

Meet the core project team

Join Us!

We have multiple unpaid positions for research assistants and interns. These positions offer flexible hours and involve tasks such as literature review, data collection, data analysis, project management, and providing interventions to older adults. Opportunities to coauthor manuscripts are available. Undergraduate and graduate students in Psychology, BCN, Public Health, and Social Work are welcome to apply. Interested candidates should email xiangxi@umich.edu.

TEAM EMPOWER@HOME

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Principal investigator
Xiaoling Xiang /Shaolin Shawn/, PhD, MSW, MPhil

Associate Professor

University of Michigan School of Social Work

Email: xiangxi@umich.edu

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Project Coordinator
Skyla Turner, MSW

Email: skturner@umich.edu 

Phone: 734-215-5654

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Research Specialist
Samson Ash, MSW

Email: empower-at-home@umich.edu

Phone: 734-215-5654

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Open Position-Research Specialist
TBD

Email: empower-at-home@umich.edu

Phone: 734-215-5654

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Open - Research Assistant
TBD

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Open - Research Assistant
TBD

TBD

Zi Wang
UX Designer
Zi Wang

University of Michigan School of Information

Co-Investigators on R01 Project

Joe Himle
Joseph Himle, PhD

University of Michigan School of Social Work

Jennie Jester
Jennie Jester, PhD

University of Michigan School of Social Work

Grethen Piatt
Gretchen Piatt, PhD

University of Michigan School of Public Health

Ruopeng An
Ruopeng An, PhD

Washington University in St. Louis Brown School

Community Partners for R01 Project

Senior Resources

An Area Agency on Aging providing comprehensive services to older adults and families in West Michigan. Address: 560 Seminole Road, Muskegon, MI 49444 

Reliance Community Care Partners

Reliance has been a resource for elders, caregivers, and others with long-term care needs since 1979 with a range of programs available. Address: 2100 Raybrook St. Grand Rapids, MI  49546

Hannan Center

The mission of the Hannan Center is to preserve the dignity and enhance the quality of life of older adults 55+ in Michigan. Address: 4750 Wooodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Acknowledgements

The development and evaluation of Empower@Home would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of numerous individuals who have contributed in various capacities. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to:

  • Technical Advisor: Alex Halavanau
  • Technical Support: Robert LaRoe
  • Web Developers: Ruochong Chen, Wonbin Jin, Duy Nguyen, Angela Peng, Rushi Saha, Roee Tsimhoni, Andrew Wilks-Millard, Ethan Yeager
  • UX Design: Zi Wang
  • Research Assistants: Ella Baranski, Sari Bircoll, Emily Clausen, Hanuel Chun, Asha Dimoji, Kayla Drifka, Luke Estey, Carly Gosdzinski, Nahush Keshav, Nicole Kodkany, Hailey Mauro, Nicole Mueller, Madeline Poupard, Sofia Ruiz-Sierra, Allison Uzarek, Zilin Zhu, Chuxuan Zheng
  • Student Coaches: Claire Butcher, Katelyn Burd, Charlotte Drumm, Michaela Foster, Natalie Francis, Sarai Koster-Stetson, Elena McLellan, Brianna Muzzall, Kennedy Van
  • Social Work Interns: Glory Kubicek, Sarah Minnis, Ruby Tan
  • Community Partners: A&D Home Health Care, AgeWell Services of West Michigan, Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, Catholic Human Services, EightCap, Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging, Healthier Black Elders Center, Huron Valley PACE, Jewish Family Services of Metropolitan Detroit, Leelanau County Senior Services, MDHHS, National Church Residences, Northern Health Care Management, Region 2 Area Agency on Aging, Region VII Area Agency on Aging, Related Management, Senior Alliance, Senior Resources, Shiawassee Council on Aging, Valley Area Agency on Aging, Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.

Special thanks to advisory board members and study participants for their willingness to engage with the program and provide essential feedback, which has been instrumental in advancing Empower@Home.

*Note: Names are listed alphabetically by last name.

Funding

2021: Empower@Home was developed with generous financial support from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund (R-2007-147203).

2022-2023: Efficacy testing of Empower@Home was supported by funds from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund (R-2107-149026) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (E20225002-00, E20233264-00, E20242735-00) from 2022 to 2024.

Current: The current R01 project (2024-2029), which tests the real-world effectiveness of Empower@Home, is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH/NIMH) under grant number R01MH137064.