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Regina Sims

Regina Sims

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
331 McDowell
302-831-8364
rsims@udel.edu

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Research Interests

  • Influence of cardiovascular risk factors on cognitive function in older adults
  • African American cognitive aging
  • Psychosocial predictors of inflammation, immunity, cardiovascular function, and renal function in African Americans

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University (Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development)
  • Ph.D., Howard University (Neuropsychology)
  • M.S., Villanova University (Experimental Psychology)
  • B.A., University of Delaware (Psychology)

Professional Experience

  • 2011 – present Tenure Track Assistant Professor; School of Nursing
    University of Delaware
  • 2009 – 2011 Tenure Track Assistant Professor; Department of Psychology
    Howard University
  • 2007 – 2009 Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development; Duke University

Professional Association

  • 2007-Present Gerontological Society of America
    Reviewer, ESPO Student Paper/Poster Award Committee (2008)
    Committee Member, Behavioral and Social Sciences Program Committee (2009)
    Chair, IT Committee, Minority Task Force (2011)
  • 2008-Present American Psychosomatic Society

Scientific Review Panels

  • 2010 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
    (NSF GRFP) Review Panel: Psychology

Grants

  • Funded Extramural Grants
    Funding Sponsor: National Institute on Aging
    NIA T32 AG 0000029
    Grant Title: Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Aging
    Timeline: September 2007 – August 2009
    Role: Trainee
  • Funded Intramural Grants
    Funding Sponsor: Office of the Provost
    Howard University
    Grant Title: Cardiovascular Risk and Cognitive Function in a Community-based Sample of Middle Age and Older African Americans
    Funding Amount: $85,000
    Timeline: July 2010 – June 2012
    Role: Principal investigator
  • Unfunded Grant Submissions:
    Funding Sponsor: National Institute on Aging – R03
    Grant Title: Understanding Physical Activity, Neighborhood Safety and Cognitive Function
    Funding Amount: $100,000
    Submitted: February 2012
    Role: Principal investigator

    Funding Sponsor: University of Delaware Research Foundation
    Grant Title: Perceived Neighborhood Safety, Physical Activity, and Cognitive Functioning among Urban African American Elders
    Funding Amount: $45,000
    Submitted: September 2011
    Role: Principal investigator

    Funding Sponsor: National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities – R21
    Grant Title: Lowering Chronic Kidney Disease Risk Through Obesity Reduction: A Faith-Based Application of the BE-BLESSED Framework
    Funding Amount: $275,000
    Submitted: March 2010
    Role: Co-principal investigator

Honors and Awards

  • 2009–2011 National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program: Health Disparities Research
  • 2009 American Psychosomatic Society (APS) Minority Initiative Travel Scholarship

Courses

  • NURS 814 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
  • NURS 362 Research Concepts in Healthcare
  • HLTH 367 College of Health Sciences Honors Research Seminar

Publications

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES

  • Mwendwa, D.T., Gholson, G., Sims, R.C., Levy-Massey, S.A.*, Ali, M.*, Harrell, J., Callender, C.O., & Campbell, A.L. (2011). Coping with perceived racism: A significant factor in the development of obesity in African American women? Journal of the National Medical Association, 103, 594-601.
  • Mwendwa, D.T., Sims, R.C., Thomas, J., Madhere, S., Keen II, L.D.*, Callender, C.O., & Campbell, A.L. (2011). The influence of coping with perceived racism and stress on lipid levels in African Americans. Journal of the National Medical Association, 103, 602-608.
  • Sims, R.C., Levy-Massey, S.*, Mwendwa, D.T., Callender, C.O., & Campbell, A.L. (2011). The influence of functional social support on executive functioning in middle-aged African Americans. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition 18(3), 1-18.
  • Sims, R.C., Whitfield, K.E., Ayotte, B.A., Gamaldo, A.A., Edwards, C.L., & Allaire, J.C. (2011). Subjective memory in older African Americans. Experimental Aging Research, 37, 220-240.
  • Sims, R.C., Mwendwa, D.T., Ali, M.A.*, Thomas, J., Callender, C.O., & Campbell, A.L. (2010). Depressive symptomatology: Relations to C-reactive protein in African American men. The Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity: Research, Education and Policy, 3, 43-57.
  • Gamaldo, A.G., Allaire, J.C., Sims, R.C., & Whitfield, K.E. (2010). Assessing mild cognitive impairment among older African Americans. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 25, 748-755.
  • Aiken-Morgan, A.T., Sims, R. & Whitfield, K.E. (2010). Cardiovascular health and education as sources of individual variability in cognitive aging among African Americans. Journal of Aging and Health, 22, 477-503.
  • Whitfield, K.E., Jonassaint, C., Brandon, D., Stanton, M., Sims, R., Bennett, G., Salva, J., & Edwards, C.L. (2010). Does coping mediate the relationship between personality and health in African Americans? Journal of the National Medical Association, 102, 95-100.
  • Sims, R.C., Allaire, J. C., Gamaldo, A.A., Edwards, C.L., & Whitfield, K.E. (2009). An examination of dedifferentiation in cognition among African-American older adults. Journal of Cross-cultural Gerontology, 24(2) 193-208.
  • Allaire, J.C., Gamaldo, A., Ayotte, B.J., Sims, R., & Whitfield, K. (2009). Mild cognitive impairment and objective instrumental everyday functioning: The Everyday Cognition Battery Memory Test. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 57, 120-125.
  • Sims, R.C., Madhere, S., Callender, C., & Campbell, A. (2008). Patterns of relationships between cardiovascular risk factors and cognitive function in African Americans. Ethnicity and Disease, 18, 471-476.
  • Sims, R.C., Madhere, S., Clark, E., Gordon, S., Abayomi, K.A., Callender, C.O., & Campbell, A.L. (2008). Relationships between blood pressure, triglycerides, and verbal learning in African Americans. Journal of the National Medical Association, 100, 1193-1198.
  • Whitfield, K.E., Allaire, J.C., Gamaldo, A., Aiken-Morgan, A.T., Sims, R., & Edwards, C. (2008). How blood pressure affects the aging mind. Journal of Ethnicity and Disease, 18(2), 238-239.
  • Whitfield, K.E., Allaire, J.C., Gamaldo, A., Aiken Morgan, A.T., Sims, R., & Edwards, C. (2008). Blood pressure and memory in older African Americans. Ethnicity and Disease, 18, 181-186.
  • Sims, R.C., Gordon, S., Garcia, W., Clark, E., Monye, D., Callender, C., & Campbell, A. (2008). Perceived stress and eating behaviors in a community-based sample of African Americans. Eating Behaviors, 9,137-142.

MANUSCRIPTS UNDER REVIEW

  • Sims, R.C., Hosey, M.*, Levy, S.*, Whitfield, K.E., Katzel, L.I., & Waldstein, S.R. (Under review). The influence of distinct functions of social support on cognitive function in older adults. International Psychogeriatrics.
  • Sims, R.C., Katzel, L.I., Lefkowitz,D.M., Siegel, E.L., Rosenberger, W.F., Manukyan, Z., Whitfield, K.E., & Waldstein, S.R. (Under review). Association of fasting glucose with subclinical cerebrovascular disease among non-diabetic older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.
  • Skinner, J., Sims, R.C., Allaire, J.C., Campbell, A.L., & Whitfield, K.E. (Under revision). Cognitive correlates of subjective and objective IADL functioning in a community sample of African-American elders. Aging and Mental Health.
  • Mwendwa, D.T., Ali, M.K.*, Sims, R.C., Lipscomb, M., Levy, S.*, Callender, C., & Campbell, A.L. (Under revision). Depressive and hostile personality styles are associated with inflammatory markers of cardiovascular disease in African Americans. Brain, Behavior, & Immunity.
  • Mwendwa, D.T., Ali, M.*, Sims, R.C., Madhere, S., Gholson, G.*, Levy-Massey, S.A.*, Chiles, S.*, Callender, C.O., & Campbell, A.L. (Under review). Empirically-derived components of the Cook-Medley Scale and inflammation in African Americans. Psychology, Health & Medicine.

PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS

  • Sims, R.C., Lefkowitz, D., Katzel, L.I., Siegel, E.L., Rosenberger, W.F., Manukyan, Z., & Waldstein, S.R. (2012). Fasting glucose is associated with subclinical cerebrovascular disease among non-diabetic older adults. American Psychosomatic Society: Symptoms and Patient Reported Outcomes, A-17.
  • Mwendwa, D.T., Bennett, N., Sims, R.C., Callender, C.O., & Campbell, A.L. (2012). Neurocognitive influences on negative eating behaviors among obese African Americans. American Psychosomatic Society: Symptoms and Patient Reported Outcomes, A-39 Sims, R.C., Hosey, M.M., Katzel, L.I., & Waldstein, S.A. (2011). Sleep problems and blood pressure: Interactive predictors of blood pressure in older adults? The Gerontologist, 51(S2), 294-295.
  • Levy, S., Sims, R.C., Mwendwa, D.T., Ali, M.K., Gholson, G., Callender, C.O., & Campbell, A.L. (2011). Coping with perceived racism and dispositional hostility as indicators of cardiovascular disease risk in African Americans. American Psychosomatic Society: Biobehavioral Processes and Health: Understanding Mechanisms, Implementing Interventions, A-19.
  • Ali, M., Mwendwa, D.T., Sims, R.C., Madhere, S., Levy, S., Gholson, G., Callender, C.O.,& Campbell, AL. (2011). Empirically derived components of the Cook-Medley Scale and inflammation in African Americans. American Psychosomatic Society: Biobehavioral Processes and Health: Understanding Mechanisms, Implementing Interventions, A-47.
  • Sims, R.C., Whitfield, K.E., Waldstein, S.R. (2009). An examination of functional social support and cognitive function in older adults. The Gerontologist, 49(S2), 192.
  • Sims, R.C., Gamaldo, A., Allaire, J.C., & Whitfield, K.E. (2009). Socioeconomic status indicators and cognitive functioning in older African Americans. The Gerontologist, 49(S2), 518.
  • Sims, R., Whitfield, K., Gamaldo, A., Edwards, C., & Allaire, J. (2008). Self-perception of memory versus memory performance in older African Americans: the role of well-being. The Gerontologist, 48(S3), 408.
  • Allaire, J., Gamaldo, A., Sims, R., Ayotte, B., & Whitfield, K. (2008). Everyday memory in African Americans: can we move beyond basic ability correlates? The Gerontologist, 48(S3), 409.
  • Aiken-Morgan, A., Gamaldo, A., Allaire, Sims, R., & Whitfield, K. (2008). The association between lung function and cognition in older African American Adults. The Gerontologist, 48(S3), 409.
  • Gamaldo, A., Allaire, J., Sims, R., & Whitfield, K. (2008). An analysis of MMSE cognitive impairment cutoff scores among African American Elders. The Gerontologist, 48(S3), 410.

Invited Talks

  • Fasting Glucose, Glucose Tolerance, and MRI Relations in a Healthy Sample of Non-diabetic Older Adults. Christiana Care Center for Outcomes Research, Newark, DE, May 2012.
  • Cardiovascular Risk and Cognitive Function: An Opportunity for Discovery and Intervention. School of Nursing, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, January 2011.
  • Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Cognitive Function: Implications for Middle Age and Older African Americans. Human Factors and Applied Cognition Fall Brown Bag Series, Department of Psychology, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, October 2010.
  • The Role of Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Cognitive Function in African American Aging. Department of Psychology, Howard University, Washington, DC, April 2009.
  • Health and Cognition in Older African Americans: The Role of Cardiovascular Risk Factors. Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, February 2009.
  • Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Cognitive Function: Perspectives on Older African Americans. Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, December 2008.
  • Aging, Health, and Cognition: Multi-dimensional Perspectives for the Study of African Americans. Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences Fall Colloquia Series, Social Science Research Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC, September 2008.
  • Health and Cognition among Elderly African Americans. Technical Assistance Workshop on Aging Research for Emerging Investigators and Students, National Institute on Aging, San Francisco, November 2007.
  • Blood Pressure and Cognitive Function among Middle-aged African Americans. Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Aging Fall Seminar Series, Duke University, Durham, NC, October 2007.
  • The Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Process. Black Graduate Conference in Psychology, Howard University, Washington, DC, June 2007.
  • Neuropsychological Correlates of Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Blacks. Clinical Nutrition Research Center Seminar Series, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, March 2007.

Conference Presentations

  • Sims, R.C., Hosey, M.M., Katzel, L.I., & Waldstein, S.A. (2011). Sleep Problems and Blood Pressure: Interactive Predictors of Blood Pressure in Older Adults? Gerontological Society of America 64th Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, MA.
  • Levy, S., Sims, R.C., Mwendwa, D.T., Callender, C.O., & Campbell, A.L. (2011). The influence of social support on executive functioning in a community-based sample of African Americans. 119th Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Ali, M., Mwendwa, D.T., Sims, R.C., Madhere, S., Callender, C.O., & Campbell, A. (2011). Empirically Derived Components of Hostility in a Community-Based Sample of African Americans. 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Levy, S. Sims, R.C., Mwendwa, D.T., Ali, M.K., Gholson, G., Callender, C.O., & Campbell, A.L. (2011). Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society. Coping with Perceived Racism and Dispositional Hostility as Indicators of Cardiovascular Disease Risk in African Americans, San Antonio, TX.
  • Ali, M., Mwendwa, D.T., Sims, R.C., Madhere, S., Gholson, G., Levy-Massey, S., Callender, C.O., & Campbell, A. (2011). Empirically Derived Components of the Cook-Medley Scale and Inflammation in African Americans. Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society. San Antonio, Texas
  • Gholson, G., Ali, M., Mwendwa, D.T., Sims, R.C., Thomas, J., Callender, C.O., and Campbell, A.L., (2010). Race-Related Stress and Hostility: What Underlies Obesity in African American Women? International Society on Hypertension in Blacks Annual Conference. Washington, DC.
  • Mwendwa, D.T, Callender, C.O., Sims, R. C., Mouton, C., Hernandez, A., and Campbell, A. (2010). High BMI, increased waist circumference and elevated GFR: A new relative contraindication to African American kidney donation? XXIII International Congress of The Transplantation Congress, Vancouver.
  • Sims, R.C., Gamaldo, A.A., Allaire, J.C., & Whitfield, K.E. (2009). Socioeconomic status indicators and cognitive functioning in older African Americans. Gerontological Society of America 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
  • Sims, R.C., Whitfield, K.E., Katzel, L.E., & Waldstein, S.R. (2009). An examination of functional social support and cognitive function in older adults. Gerontological Society of America 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
  • Sims, R.C., Katzel, L.I., Whitfield, K.E., Rosenberger, W.F., Manukyan, Z., & Waldstein, S.R. (2009). Glucose tolerance and cognitive function relations in non-diabetic older adults. American Psychosomatic Society 67th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Sims, R., Whitfield, K.E., Gamaldo, A., Edwards, C., & Allaire, J. (2008). Self-perception of memory versus memory performance in older African Americans: the role of well-being. Gerontological Society of America 61st Annual Scientific Meeting, National Harbor, MD.
  • Sims, R., Gamaldo, A., Allaire, J., Edwards, C., Aiken Morgan, A., & Whitfield, K.E. (2008). Cardiovascular risk factors and cognitive function in older African Americans. Gerontological Society of America 61st Annual Scientific Meeting, National Harbor, MD.
  • Allaire, J., Gamaldo, A., Sims, R., Ayotte, B., & Whitfield, K.E. (2008). Factor structure of and individual differences in African Americans’ everyday memory: can we move beyond basic ability correlates? Gerontological Society of America 61st Annual Scientific Meeting, National Harbor, MD.
  • Aiken Morgan, A., Gamaldo, A., Allaire, J., Sims, R., & Whitfield, K.E. (2008). The association between lung function and cognition in older African American adults. Gerontological Society of America 61st Annual Scientific Meeting, National Harbor, MD.
  • Gamaldo, A., Allaire, J., Whitfield, K.E., & Sims, R. (2008). An analysis of MMSE cognitive impairment cutoff scores among African American elders. Gerontological Society of America 61st Annual Scientific Meeting, National Harbor, MD.
  • Aiken-Morgan, A, Gamaldo, A., Allaire, J. Sims, R.C., & Whitfield, K.E. (2008). The effect of lung function on executive cognitive function in African American older adults: The Baltimore study of black aging. Conference on Cognitive Aging, Atlanta, GA.
  • Sims, R.C., Allaire, J., Gamaldo, A., & Whitfield, K.E. (2008). An examination of dedifferentiation in cognition among African Americans. Conference on Cognitive Aging, Atlanta, GA.
  • Sims, R. C. (2007). Neurocognitive correlates of cardiovascular risk factors in Blacks. Black Graduate Conference in Psychology, Howard University, Washington, DC.
  • Sims, R. C., Campbell, A., & Callender, C. (2007). Relationships between cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors and complex attention in Blacks. Society of Behavioral Medicine meeting, Washington, DC, March 2007.
  • Sims, R. C. & Campbell, A. (2006). The relationship between perceived stress and eating behaviors in two samples of African Americans. Association for Psychological Science meeting, New York, NY.

Community Talks

  • Cardiovascular Health and Brain Health (spring/summer 2012) 1) Bear/Glasgow YMCA, 2) Mt. Joy United Methodist Church, 3) Newark Senior Center, 4) Luther Towers, 5) New Castle Senior Center, 6) Wilmington Senior Center
  • Cognitive Impairment: Signs, Risk Factors, and Risk Reduction. Employee Caregiver Resource Group Meeting, AARP, Washington, DC, January 2009
  • Growing Old Gracefully: It’s All in Your Mind. Invited speaker at Senior Lunch and Learn at First Calvary Baptist Church, Durham, NC, April 2008

Journal Reviewing

  • Ad-hoc reviewer for Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Diabetes, Appetite, Ethnicity & Disease, Experimental Aging Research, European Journal of Neurology, Psychology, Health & Medicine

Invited Workshops

  • National Institute on Aging 2009 Summer Institute on Aging, Queenstown, MD, July 2009.
  • Summer Training Workshop on African American Aging, Wayne State University, June 2009.
  • RAND Summer Institute: Mini Medical School for Social Scientists, Santa Monica, CA, July 2008.
  • RAND Summer Institute: Demography, Economics, and Epidemiology of Aging Conference, Santa Monica, CA, July 2008.
  • Summer Institute on Longitudinal Methods: Statistical Mediation Analysis, Pennsylvania State University, June 2008.
  • American Psychological Association’s Advanced Training Institute on Structural Equation Modeling in Longitudinal Research, University of Virginia, June 2008.

Professional Associations

  • Gerontological Society of America
  • American Psychosomatic Society


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