Michigan State University

College of Social Science

Human Development Initiative

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The Human Development Initiative, begun in 2009, is a community of scholars throughout the university interested in development across the lifespan. The initiative creates venues where scholars involved in cutting-edge research in the social and health sciences (including genetics, neuroscience, and psychosocial development) can focus on the intersections between their own work and that of other researchers. We invite faculty and graduate students to join us at our bi-weekly brown bag speaker series and our fall and spring colloquia.

Schutte Debra Schutte
Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Iowa

Research Statement
Dr. Schutte’s program of research aims to examine the relationship between genetic variation, environmental factors, and complex health phenomena that are common in the elderly. The primary focus of her research efforts is to identify genetic and environmental predictors of variability in the clinical features of Alzheimer disease. Other work in the Schutte lab quantifies prevalence and risk factors for Alzheimer disease within a local mid-Michigan community.

Research Publications    
2006Schutte DL, McCarthy AM, Floria-Santos M, Hanrahan K, Murray JC, Kleiber C. (2006). Integrating molecular genetics analyses into clinical research. Biol Res Nurs. 8(1):67-77.
2006Schutte DL, Holston EC. (2006). Chronic dementing conditions, genomics, and new opportunities for nursing interventions. J Nurs Scholarsh. 38(4):328-34.
2004Schutte DL. (2004). The evolving role of genomics in shaping care for persons with dementia. Nurs Clin North Am. 39(3):581-92.
2003Schutte DL, Maas M, Buckwalter KC. (2003). A LRPAP1 intronic insertion/deletion polymorphism and phenotypic variability in Alzheimer disease. Res Theory Nurs Pract. 17(4):301-19;