Jeffrey Buchanan, Professor

Address: 121E Armstrong Hall
Phone: 507-389-5824


  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, 2004

Areas of Interest

  • Developing restraint-free interventions for managing behavior problems in persons with dementia
  • Investigating the impact of caregiver verbal instructions on the behavior of persons with dementia
  • Understanding the impact of Elderspeak on older adults
  • Development and evaluation of memory enhancement procedures for persons with mild to moderate dementia
  • Practical implications of the Theory of Gerotrancendence

Courses Taught

  • Psyc455/555 Abnormal Psychology
  • Psyc466/566 Psychology of Aging
  • Psyc654 Clinical Case Management
  • Psyc681 Behavior Therapy

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Fiksdal, B., Houlihan, D., & Buchanan, J.A. (2012). Improving Recall in a Person with Dementia: Investigating the Effectiveness of Memory Priming and Spaced Retrieval in an Older Adult with Dementia. Clinical Case Studies, 11.393-405.
  • Mesman, G.R., Buchanan, J.A., Husfeldt, J. D., & Berg, T.M. (2011). Identifying Preferences in Persons with Dementia: Systematic Preference Testing vs. Caregiver and Family Member Report. Clinical Gerontologist, 34, 154-159.
  • Buchanan, J.A., Christenson, A., Ostrom, C, & Houlihan, D. (2011). The role of behavior analysis in the rehabilitation of persons with dementia. Behavior Therapy, 42, 9-21.
  • Christenson, A., Buchanan, J.A., Houlihan, D., & Wanzek, M. (2011). Command use and compliance in staff communication with elderly residents of long-term care facilities. Behavior Therapy, 42, 47-58.
  • Buchanan, J.A., Houlihan, D., & Linnerooth, P. J.N. (2010). Implications of Skinner’s Verbal Behavior for studying dementia. Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Behavior Analysis, 5, 48-58.
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