University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Biography. Dr. Patricia C. Heyn has been involved in applied rehabilitation and health sciences research for over 20 years. Her investigations related to (1) promoting healthy lifestyle behavior; (2) preventing or delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease with exercise and/or cognitive training; (3) evaluating protective/risk factors associated to cognitive decline; (4) early detection of cognitive decline including mobility impairments; and (5) evaluating emerging technologies for individuals with cognitive impairments has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living, Coleman Institute, and the J.T. Tai Foundation. She has distinctive knowledge in evidence-based methodologies and clinical guideline practices. Her meta-analysis study on the effects of exercise training for individuals with dementia is recognized as one of the most cited articles from the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is highly scored in Altmetric. She is well-known for developing effective mentored evidence-based clinical scientist training programs (i.e. PMID: 26472583, PMID: 24569702 and PMID: 30605502, PMID: 29568518 ) and she received several awards and honorable mentions for her mentoring.
Currently, Dr. Heyn’s research is impacting clinical care research and practice for individuals growing older with pediatric-onset disabilities (i.e. PMID: 30663044, PMCID: PMC6227293) that has the goal to improve the person’s healthspan, everyday function, quality of life and societal engagement as they grow older. She has extensive expertise in designing behavioral randomized trials for individuals with complex health conditions, including from minority and underserved backgrounds. She has published more than 90 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, and book chapters and she has mentored more than 50 clinical scientists, graduate and medical trainees. She is eminent for her effective mentoring style and for producing creative science teams and multidisciplinary collaborations with the goal to solve complex healthcare problems. Her investigations include mix-methods and longitudinal design as well as person-centered health outcomes with the investigators from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical and Research Center and the Rocky Mountain U.S. Cochrane Affiliated Center.
Dr. Heyn is an elected fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and the NIH NIDDK The Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NIH NDDK NMRI). She is the editor for the review articles section of The Gerontologist as well as the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Journal of Physical Activity and Aging, and Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. In addition, she serves on several editorial and study section boards. She has a strong national reputation and holds key leadership roles in many professional organizations such as the 1) Director of the Gerontological Society of America NIA R13 Mentoring Workshop; 2) Co-Chair of the Aging Interest Group of the American College of Sports Medicine; 3) Chair-Elect of the ACRM Geriatric Rehabilitation Networking Group (GRNG); 4) Co-Chair and founder of the Complementary and Integrated Rehabilitation Medicine Group; 5) Program Chair of the International Alzheimer’s Association (PIA) Non-Pharmacological Group and 6) Program Committee Chair of the NIH/NIDDK NMRI Workshop. She has been involved in several international academic programs and her research was featured in the La Nación, Argentina's leading newspaper and is frequently cited in various media such as HealingWell.com, WIKIBOOKS, ABC 7 News and the Alzheimer’s Association.