Dr. Michael "Brad" Cannell PhD., is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at UTHealth Houston, whose research is broadly focused on healthy aging and health-related quality of life. Dr. Cannell has published research focusing on preservation of physical and cognitive function, living/aging with disability, and understanding/preventing elder mistreatment and has been principal or co-investigator on multiple trials and observational studies in community and healthcare settings.
Detection of Elder Abuse Through Emergency Care Technicians Revised for Primary Care (DETECT-RPC) is a five-year, $5.9 million grant funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health in 2022. DETECT-RPC will allow researchers at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health to address the need for effective and efficient elder mistreatment screening in primary care, particularly for older adults who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Dr. Cannell, PhD, MPH, previously created Detection of Elder Abuse Through Emergency Care Technicians (DETECT), a screening tool and protocol designed to help EMTs, and paramedics recognize potential elder mistreatment when responding to 911 calls in the field. The DETECT-RPC Grant will expand that program by adapting DETECT for home-based primary care.