Tina Kruger

Tina Kruger

Tina Kruger, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Applied Health Sciences
Arena B-76
Phone: 812.237.8483
Fax: 812.237.8607
E-Mail: Tina.Kruger@indstate.edu


B.A. in Sociology (Law and Society), minor in Psychology, with honors, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, May, 2002.

B.S. in Psychology, with honors, Washington State University, Vancouver, Washington, December, 2005.

Ph.D. in Gerontology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, December, 2011.


8/2011 – present          Assistant Professor
                                  Indiana State University: College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services
                                  Department of Applied Health Sciences

Graduate Courses

AHS 601 – Research Methodology in Science

Undergraduate courses

AHS 111 - Personal Health Behavior & Wellness   
AHS 302 - Health Promotion & Aging
AHS 305 - Society & Aging 
AHS 336 - Family Relationships
AHS 340 - Health Biostatistics


My research interests include the pedagogy of gerontology, cognitive aging, health behaviors, rural health, and community-based participatory research.  I am interested in creating the best aging-related education possible and in developing interventions to promote quality of life and physical and mental health in late life for those with and without any form of cognitive impairment.

Publications and Presentations


Borrero, L., & Kruger, T.M. (In press). The nature and meaning of identity in retired professional women. Journal of Women and Aging, 27(4).

Schoenberg, N.E., Bardach, S., Kruger, T.M., & Howell, B.M. (In press). Appalachian women's perspectives on breast and cervical cancer screening. Rural and Remote Health.

Zanjani, F., Downer, B.G., Kruger, T.M., Willis, S.L., & Schaie, K.W. (2012). Alcohol effects on cognitive change in middle-aged and older adults. Aging & Mental Health. DOI:10.1080/13607863.2012.717254

Zanjani, F., Davis, T., Kruger, T.M., & Murray, D. (2012). Mental Health and Aging Initiative: Intervention component effects. Remote and Rural Health, 12: 2154. Available at: http://www.rrh.org.au

Kruger, T.M., Abner, E., Schmitt, F.A., Smith, C., & Jicha, G. (2012). Pain and depression in normal cognitive aging and mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 25, 107-112. DOI: 10.1177/0891988712445097

Kruger, T.M., Howell, B.M., Haney, A., Davis, R.E., Fields, N., & Schoenberg, N.E. (2012). Perceptions of smoking cessation programs in rural Appalachia. American Journal of Health Behavior, 36(3), 373-384.

Kruger, T.M., Swanson, M., Davis, R.E., Wright, S., Dollarhide, K., & Schoenberg, N.E. (2012). Formative research conducted in rural Appalachia to inform a community physical activity intervention. American Journal of Health Promotion, 26(3), 143-151.


Kruger, T.M. Sustainability and aging: A tale of two countries.  Invited keynote presentation at the 3rd International Conference on Sciences and Social Sciences 2013: Research and Development for Sustainable Life Quality in Maha Sarakham, Thailand.

Kruger, T.M.  & McIlwain, A. Changing the preparation of future faculty through team teaching: Charting the course for graduate instructors in gerontology. Paper presentation at the 2013 Annual Meetings of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Kruger, T.M. Charting gerontology courses as general education: Knowing the ropes of getting courses approved. Workshop presentation at the 2013 Annual Meetings of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Kruger, T.M., Blonder, L.X., Rowles, G., Schmitt, F., Guttmann, R.P., & Zanjani, F. Responses to a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment. Poster presentation at the 2012 Annual Meetings of the Gerontological Society of America.

Kruger, T.M., Zanjani, F., Rowles, G., Schmitt, F., Guttmann, R.P., & Blonder, L.X. Behavioral responses to a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment. Markesbery Symposium on Aging & Dementia. October, 2011.