David E. Vance, PhD, MGS

David E. Vance, PhD, MGS

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Associate Professor
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama


Professional History

2000-2001 Associate Research Psychologist, Dementia Research Program,Tuscaloosa,AL

2001-2004 NIA Postdoctoral Fellow, Roybal Ctr. Research in Applied Gerontology, UAB,Bham,AL

2004-2006 Research Assistant Prof., Department of Psychology, UAB,Bham,AL

2004-Present Scientist, Center for Aging (CFA), UAB,Bham,AL

2005-Present Scientist. Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), UAB,Bham,AL

2006-2009 Assist. Professor,SchoolofNursing, UAB,Bham,AL

2009-Present Assoc. Professor,SchoolofNursing, UAB,Bham,AL

2008-Present Assoc. Scientist, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, UAB,Bham,AL

2008-Present Faculty Investigator, 1917 (HIV/AIDS) Clinic Cohort, UAB,Bham,AL

2011-Present Assoc. Director, Center for Nursing Research, UAB,Bham,AL.

2011-Present Scientist,CivitanInternationalResearchCenter, UAB,Bham,AL

2011-Present Assoc. Scientist,MinorityHealth & HealthDisparitiesResearchCenter, UAB,Bham,AL

2012-Present Senior Scientist, Ctr. for Outcomes & Effectiveness Research & Educ., UAB,Bham,AL

2012-Present Senior Scholar, Ctr. for Palliative and Supportive Care, UAB,Bham,AL

2012-2014 PhD Coordinator, School of Nursing, UAB, Bham, AL

Topics of Professional Interest

  • HIV and Aging
  • Cognitive Aging
  • NeuroAIDS
  • Cognitive Remediation

Current Professional Summary

Since 1997, I have gained extensive project coordinator experience managing different types of R01s (REACH – a multi-site Alzheimer’s caregiver intervention; Audiotape Study – a behavioral observation nursing home intervention; ACCELERATE – a multi-site cognitive remediation intervention), R03 (below), and numerous pilot grants. This skill is invaluable in taking the grant and turning it into an operational research study. In this capacity, I understand the importance of constant communication with study staff and co-investigators, monitoring testing protocols to avoid drift, adhering to data management protocols, data cleaning, and setting and maintaining recruitment goals. In addition, I have and continue to serve as a member on our university IRB since 2009; thus, I am quite familiar with the regulations and compliance issues surrounding research, especially regarding vulnerable and stigmatized populations. Furthermore, as a former NIH/NIA post-doctoral fellow at the Edward R. Roybal Center for Translational Research in Aging and Mobility, I was intimately involved in neuropsychological testing and cognitive training techniques. As the project coordinator/manager for a R01 during my post-doctoral fellow, we examined the impact of speed of processing training over a two-year period across two sites (Birmingham and Iowa City). Now as PI and Co-Investigator on several NIH- and university-funded grants, I have built much of my own research on speed of processing training, cognitive remediation, and neuropsychological assessment in community-dwelling older adults and in those with HIV. In addition, I will be heavily involved in analyzing data, writing manuscripts, and disseminating results nationally and internationally (currently with over 200 conference presentations). I am very familiar with data management procedures and multiple statistical techniques (i.e., structural equation modeling) and have taught statistics at the doctoral level since 2006. Given my unique expertise in aging with HIV, I have accepted many prestigious invitations on this topic including: a 2010 White House Invitation to attend the first forum on HIV and aging; a 2011 invitation to the first NIH Think Tank on Aging with HIV where I served as the subgroup leader for the Societal Infrastructure/Mental Health/Substance Abuse Group; and a 2011 and 2013 HIVERA (Harmonizing Integrating Vitalizing European Research on AIDS/HIV) Invitation to review grants on aging with HIV in Frankfurt and Berlin, Germany. My current studies are investigating: 1) transcranial direct current stimulation in older adults, and 2) chemosensory functioning in older adults with HIV.

Committees and Organizations

EDITORIAL ACTIVITIES (reviewed for 100+ journals)

  • Family Relations, Guest Reviewer: 1999.
  • The Journal of Religious Gerontology, Guest Reviewer: 2004.
  • Psychological Reports, Consulting Reader: 2005 – 2007, 2009, 2011.
  • Perceptual and Motor Skills, Consulting Reader: 2005 – 2007, 2009, 2011.
  • AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, Guest Reviewer: 2005 – 2006.
  • Preventive Medicine, Guest Reviewer: 2005.
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, Editorial Board Member: 2005 – Present.
  • AIDS and Behavior, Guest Reviewer: 2006 – 2008, 2011 – 2013.
  • International Journal of Psychology, Guest Reviewer: November, 2006.
  • ASA’s Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network Newsletter, Guest Co-Editor: 2007.
  • AIDS Care, Guest Reviewer: January 2007, July 2009, July 2011, November 2013, March 2014
  • Rehabilitation Psychology, Guest Reviewer: March 2007, February 2010, February 2012.
  • Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, Guest Reviewer: March 2007, October 2014.
  • Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, Guest Reviewer: July 2007.
  • Clinical Interventions in Aging, Guest Reviewer: July 2007, November 2012, January 2013, February 2013.
  • Journal of Adolescence, Guest Reviewer: August 2007.
  • Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, Guest Reviewer: September 2007.
  • ACRIA Booklet on Aging and HIV, Guest Reviewer: September 2007.
  • The Open Ergonomics Journal, Editorial Board member: 2008 – 2012.
  • Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Guest Reviewer: January 2008, January 2009, August 2009, June 2011, January 2015.
  • Oxford University Press – Dementia Book Proposal, Guest Reviewer: June 2008.
  • IET Intelligent Transport System Journal, Guest Reviewer: June 2008, January 2009, January 2010, February 2010, July 2010, August 2011.
  • European Journal of Neurology, Guest Reviewer: July 2008.
  • Research in Gerontological Nursing, Ad Hoc Reviewer: July 2008, December 2009, January 2011; Review Panelist: April 2010, May 2011, June 2011, April 2012, February 2013.
  • Research on Aging, Guest Reviewer: October 2008, May 2011, May 2012.
  • Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, Guest Reviewer: November 2008, April 2009, June 2011, January 2012.
  • Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, Guest Reviewer: January 2009 – February 2013, June 2014.
  • Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, Guest Reviewer: April 2009.
  • BMC GeriatricAssociate Editor: August 2009 – Present.
  • Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, Guest Reviewer: October 2009, January 2010, May 2012, January 2013, April 2014.
  • Journal of Child Health Care, Guest Reviewer: November 2009.
  • African Journal of AIDS Research, Guest Reviewer: March 2010.
  • The Gerontologist, Guest Reviewer: March 2010, June 2010, January 2013, May 2014.
  • Geriatric Nursing, Guest Reviewer: May 2010, May 2014.
  • The Graying of AIDS: Stories from an Aging Epidemic, Advisory Board Panelist for this special publication: August 2010.
  • Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Guest Reviewer: September 2010.
  • Ageing International, Guest Reviewer: January 2011.
  • Transportation Research Record, Guest Reviewer: January 2011, October, 2011.
  • Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Guest Reviewer: March 2011.
  • Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Guest Reviewer: April 2011.
  • Health Promotion and Practice, Guest Reviewer: June 2011.
  • Aging and Mental Health, Guest Reviewer: June 2011, October 2014.
  • Nursing: Research and ReviewsEditor-in-Chief: July 2011 – Present
  • Journal of the National Medical Association, Guest Reviewer: August 2011.
  • Nursing Research and Practice, Guest Reviewer: October 2011, January 2012, November 2014
  • HIV/AIDS – Research and Palliative Care, Guest Reviewer: October 2011.
  • Canadian Journal of Aging, Guest Reviewer: December 2011. February 2012.
  • Behavioral and Brain Functions, Guest Reviewer: January 2012.
  • International Journal of STD & AIDS, Guest Reviewer: March 2012.
  • Accident Analysis & Prevention, Guest Reviewer: June 2012.
  • Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, Guest Reviewer: June 2012.
  • Journal of Neurology and Neurophysiology, Guest Reviewer: September 2012.
  • Future Virology, Guest Reviewer: October 2012.
  • Journal of NeuroVirology, Guest Reviewer: October 2012.
  • AIDS Patient Care and STDS, Guest Reviewer: October 2012.
  • International Journal of Infectious Disease, Guest Reviewer: October 2012.
  • Clinical Nursing StudiesEditorial Board Member: October 2012 – Present.
  • PLOS One, Guest Reviewer: November 2012.
  • Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Guest Reviewer: November 2012, March, 2013.
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Guest Reviewer: November 2012.
  • Neurobiology of Aging, Guest Reviewer: January 2013.
  • BMC Research Notes, Guest Reviewer: January 2013.
  • Journal of the International AIDS Society, Guest Reviewer: January 2013.
  • Western Journal of Nursing Research, Guest Reviewer: March 2013, May 2014.
  • Patient Preference and Adherence, Guest Reviewer: March 2013.
  • BMC Public Health, Guest Reviewer: March 2013.
  • Applied Nursing Research, Guest Reviewer: April 2013.
  • Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders – An International Journal,Guest Reviewer: April 2013.
  • Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Guest Reviewer: April 2013.
  • BMC Neurology, Guest Reviewer: May 2013.
  • Nature and Science of Sleep, Guest Reviewer: May 2013.
  • Sage Open, Guest Reviewer: August 2013.
  • Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, Guest Reviewer: August 2013, February 2014.
  • Journal of Gerontology and Geriatric Research, Guest Reviewer: August 2013.
  • Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Guest Reviewer: September 2013.
  • Aging Health, Guest Reviewer: October 2013.
  • International STD Research & Reviews, Guest Reviewer: November 2013.
  • British Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Guest Reviewer: November 2013.
  • Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, Guest Reviewer: November 2013.
  • International Journal of Tropical Disease & Health, Guest Reviewer: November 2013.
  • Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, Guest Reviewer: November 2013.
  • Austin Journal of HIV/AIDS ResearchEditorial Board Member: December 2013 – Present.
  • International Journal of HIV/AIDS and Clinical Research, Guest Reviewer: December 2013.
  • British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, Guest Reviewer: January 2014.
  • Annals of Gerontology and Geriatric ResearchEditorial Board Member: January 2014 – Present.
  • British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioral Science, Guest Reviewer: January 2014.
  • Psychology and Psychotherapy, Guest Reviewer: February 2014.
  • Journal of Forensic Research, Guest Reviewer: February 2014.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinsonism, Guest Reviewer: February 2014, April 2014.
  • BMJ Open, Guest Reviewer: February 2014.
  • International Journal of Aging and Human Development, Guest Reviewer: February 2014.
  • HIV and AIDS Review, Guest Reviewer: February 2014.
  • Journal of Infectious Diseases and Therapy, Guest Reviewer: February 2014.
  • Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, Guest Reviewer: March 2014.
  • Chronic Wound Care Management and Research, Guest Editor: March 2014.
  • Trauma and Treatment, Guest Reviewer: April 2014.
  • Austin Journal of Sleep DisordersEditorial Board Member: May 2014 – Present.
  • Journal of Aging Research, Guest Reviewer: May 2014.
  • Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Guest Reviewer: May 2014, January 2015.
  • Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Guest Reviewer: June 2014.
  • Clinical Research in HIV/AIDSEditorial Board Member: June 2014 – Present.
  • Journal of Aging and Health, Guest Reviewer: June 2014.
  • Clinical Journal of AIDS/HIVEditorial Board Member: June 2014 – Present.
  • British Microbiology Research Journal, Guest Reviewer: June 2014.
  • Annals of Depression and AnxietyEditorial Board Member: July 2014 – Present.
  • Chronic Diseases – International, Editorial Board Member: July 2014 – Present.
  • Austin Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s DiseaseEditorial Board Member: July 2014 – Present.
  • Austin Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Cognitive ScienceEditorial Board Member: July 2014 – Present.
  • Advances in Research, Reviewer: August 2014.
  • International Journal of Plant and Soil Science, Reviewer: August 2014.
  • HIV Advance Research and DevelopmentEditorial Board Member:August 2014 – Present.
  • World Journal of Psychiatry, Reviewer: September 2014.
  • International Journal of School and Cognitive PsychologyEditorial Board Member: September 2014.
  • Journal of Nursing and Care, Editorial Board Member: November 2014.
  • The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Reviewer, December, 2014.
  • Journal of HIV and AIDSEditorial Board Member: December 2014 – Present.
  • Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, Guest Reviewer: January 2015.

Honors and Awards

  • 2010 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship – At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, 12 mentors, one selected from each of the 12 schools, are nominated by their doctoral students and early career colleagues each year and recognized in a special, university-wide assembly acknowledging their assistance and accomplishments (e.g., papers, grants, presentations) with their mentees.
  • 2010 President’s Award for Teaching Excellence – At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, 12 teachers, one selected from each of the 12 schools, are nominated by their peers for this award that includes $2,500 and a Steuben crystal apple trophy.


  • NIAPostdoctoral Fellowship, Emphases on Cognitive Aging, Older Drivers, and Aging with HIV. Roybal Center for Research in Applied Gerontology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. 2001-2003
  • Doctorate of Developmental Psychology, Emphases on Dementia Caregiving, Intervention Research, Behavioral Programming and Analysis, and Structural Equation Modeling, August 2000,UniversityofAlabamaatBirmingham,Birmingham,AL. GPA – 3.90.
  • Masters of Applied Developmental Psychology, Emphases on Cognitive Aging, Activities for Patients with Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease, December 1996,University ofNew Orleans,New Orleans,LA. GPA – 3.71.
  • Masters of Gerontological Studies, Concentrations in Program Administration & Research, Emphases on Homelessness, Service Utilization, & Qualitative Research, May 1993, Miami University, Oxford, OH. GPA – 3.81.
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Double-major: Family and Child Development, Emphasis in Adulthood and Aging, Minor in Sociology, May 1991, Virginia Tech,Blacksburg,VA. Cum Laude.

Selected Publications

Most relevant to the current application (in chronological order)

  1. Edwards JD, Wadley VG, Vance DE, Roenker DL, Ball KK (2005). The impact of speed of processing
    training on cognitive and everyday performance. Aging and Mental Health, 9(3), 262-271. {PMID: 16019280}
  2. Wadley VG, Benz RL, Ball KK, Roenker DL, Edwards JD, Vance DE (2006). Development and evaluation of home-based speed of processing training for older adults. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 87, 757-763. {PMID: 16731209}
  3. Vance DE, Burrage J Jr (2006). Promoting successful cognitive aging in adults with HIV: Strategies for intervention. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 32(11), 34-41. {PMID: 17112136}
  4. Vance DE, Woodley RA, Burrage JA Jr (2007). Predictors of cognitive ability in adults aging with HIV: A pilot study. Clinical Gerontologist, 30(3), 83-101.
  5. Vance DE, Ball KK, Moore BS, Benz RL (2007). Cognitive remediation therapies for older adults: Implications for nursing practice and research. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 39(4), 226-231. {PMID: 17847670}
  6. Vance DE,Dawson J, Wadley VG, Edwards JD, Roenker DL, Rizzo M, Ball KK (2007). The Accelerate Study: The longitudinal effect of speed of processing training on cognitive performance of older adults. Rehabilitation Psychology, 52(1), 89-96.
  7. Vance DE, Ross LA, Downs CA (2008). Self-reported cognitive ability and global cognitive performance in adults with HIV. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 40(1), 6-13. {PMID: 18330405}
  8. Vance DE, Childs G, Moneyham L, McKie-Bell P (2009). Barriers to successful aging with HIV: A brief overview for nursing. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 24, 19-25. {PMID: 19715256}
  9. Vance DE (2010). Aging with HIV: Clinical considerations on an emerging population. American Journal of Nursing, 110(3), 42-47. {PMID: 20179457}
  10. Vance DE, Fazeli PL, Ross LA, Wadley V, Ball K (2012). The effects of speed of processing training on middle-aged and older adults with HIV. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 23(6), 500-510. {PMID: 22579081}

Additional recent publications of importance to the field (in chronological order)

  1. Vance DE, Roenker DL, Cissell GM, Edwards JD, Wadley VG, Ball KK (2006). Predictors of driving exposure and avoidance in a field study of older drivers from the state of Maryland. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 38, 823-831. {PMID: 16545765}
  2. Okonkwo OC, Wadley VG, Ball KK, Vance DE, Crowe MG (2008). Dissociations in speed of visual information processing among persons with Mild Cognitive Impairment: Evidence and implications. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 15(4), 492-505. {PMID: 18584341}
  3. Wadley VG, Okonkwo O, Crowe M, Vance DE, Elgin JW, Ball KK (2009). Mild cognitive impairment and everyday function: A controlled study of driving performance. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 22(2), 87-94. {PMID: 19196629}
  4. Ross LA, Clay OJ, Edwards JD, Cissell GM, Wadley VG, Ball KK, Vance DE, Roenker DL, Joyce JJ (2009). Do older drivers at-risk for crashes modify their driving over time? Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 64B(2), 163-170. {PMID: 19196692}
  5. Vance DE,Fazeli PL,GakumoCA (2013). The impact of neuropsychological performance on everyday functioning between older and younger adults with and without HIV. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 24(2), 112-125. {PMID: 22943982}