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Oklahoma State University

Kristopher Struckmeyer

Kristopher Struckmeyer

Assistant State Specialist for Caregiving

337 Human Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-8350

struckm@okstate.edu

Biography

My scholarly work is dedicated to family caregiving. This drive comes from my own personal caregiving experiences. The struggles my family had trying to find help within the community echoes the thousands of experiences reported by care families; it is here that I believe my scholarly work has merit despite criticism from gerontologists who believe caregiving has been over studied. My research interests include understanding care family resilience through interactions with their environment (e.g., health services, social support, caregiver trainings, etc.), caregiver dyad agreement on care recipient’s appraisals of biopsychosocial health, and community readiness to respond to care legislation. I am passionate about translational, community engaged scholarship that empowers not only care families to receive needed assistance, but also community partners (e.g., Cooperative Extension educators, healthcare professionals, etc.) to reach and serve these care families.As a Research Associate at OSU, I have worked on several funded interdisciplinary research projects. Most notably, I have been a core team member for a federally funded grant to develop and implement an interdisciplinary caregiver education program through the Cooperative Extension Service.

Education

Degree        Institution Area of Study
M.S. Oklahoma State University Human Development & Family Science
B.A. Arkansas Tech University Psychology

Publications

Refereed Articles

Roberts, E., Bishop, A., Ruppert-Stroescu, M., Clare, G., Hermann, J., Singh, C., Balasubramanan, M., Struckmeyer, K. M....Slevitch, L. (2017). Active aging for L.I.F.E.: An intergenerational public health initiative addressing perceptions and behaviors around longevity, independence, fitness, and engagement. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 33, 211-222. doi:10.1097/TGR.0000000000000157

Book Chapters

Henry, C. S., Hubbard, R. L., Struckmeyer, K. M., & Spencer, T. A. (in press). Family resilience and caregiving. In W. A. Bailey & A. W. Harrist (Eds.), Family caregiving: Fostering resilience across the life course (Series Editors: S. M. Wilson & A. W. Harrist). New York, NY: Springer. Release date: October 22, 2017

Hermann, J., & Struckmeyer, K. M. (in press). Resilience through nutrition: Nutrition and dietary opportunities and challenges for caregiving families. In W. A. Bailey & A. W. Harrist (Eds.), Family caregiving: Fostering resilience across the life course (Series Editors: S. M. Wilson & A. W. Harrist). New York, NY: Springer. Release date: October 22, 2017

Non-refereed

Henry, C. S., & Struckmeyer, K. M. (2017). Family resilience: A research update. CFLE Network, 29, 19-21. 

Presentations

National Presentations

Refereed

Roberts, E., Ruppert-Stroescu, M., Bishop, A., Clare, G., Hermann, J. Struckmeyer, K., Kang, M. (July, 2017). Assessing Outcomes for the Intergenerational Active Aging for L.I.F.E. Public Health Initiative, Poster presented at the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology & Gerontological Society of American annual scientific meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Struckmeyer, K. M., & Bishop, A. J. (November, 2016). Exposing the paradox of care: Caregiver and older care recipient ratings of well-being. Paper presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s annual scientific meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Roberts, E., Bailey, W. A., Struckmeyer, K. M. (October, 2016).  Resilience in Family Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia: The Impact of Caregiver Respite Programming. Paper presented at the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Montreal, Canada.

Roberts, E., Bailey, W. A., & Struckmeyer, K. M. (April, 2016). Ours is the strangest situation, ours is different from most peoples: Spousal caregiver perspectives on the complex challenges of dementia caregiving in late-life marriage. Paper presented at the conference of the Southern Gerontological Society, Charlottesville, VA.

Struckmeyer, K. M., & Bailey, W. A. (April, 2016). Caregiving during the younger years: Exploring the effects of caregiving on emerging adults. Poster session presented at the conference of the Southern Gerontological Society, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Struckmeyer, K. M., & Bailey, W. A. (March, 2016). Emerging adulthood caregivers: Painting the portrait of an understudied population. Poster session presented at the conference of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Long Beach, California.

Struckmeyer, K., Bishop, A., & Martin, P. (November, 2015). Identifying biopsychosocial indicators of reported loneliness among unmarried older adults. Poster session presented at the conference of the Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, Florida.

Struckmeyer, K., Williams, T., & Osburn, D. (November, 2014). Behind the times: Should scholars update how family caregivers are classified? Poster session presented at the conference of the Gerontological Society of America, Washington D.C.

Regional Presentations

Refereed

Struckmeyer, K., Williams, T., & Osburn, D. (April, 2014). Imprisoned or improved: The caregiving conundrum. Poster session presented at the conference of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, Texas.

Local Presentations

Refereed

Struckmeyer, K., Williams, T., Osburn, D., & Huss, S. (April, 2013). Imprisoned at Home: The Plight of Young Caregivers. Poster session presented at the conference of Arkansas Symposium for Psychology Students’, Conway, Arkansas.

Non-refereed

Struckmeyer, K. M., & Bishop, A. J. (February, 2016). Self v. proxy appraisals: Do caregivers truly know their care recipients’ well-being? Virtual poster session presented at Oklahoma State University Research Week, Stillwater, Oklahoma. Poster selected as a finalist for Researcher’s Reception.

Invited

Struckmeyer, K. (January, 2018). Caregiving 101. Invited presentation at the Oklahoma Home and Community Educators business meeting, Chickasha, Oklahoma.

Struckmeyer, K. (January, 2018). When caregiving starts. Invited presentation at Seasons of Aging Series, Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Henry, C. S., Hubbard, R. L., Struckmeyer, K. M., & Spencer, T. A. (January, 2016). Family caregiving and resilience. Invited presentation at the Oklahoma State University—Tulsa, Center for Family Resilience, Chautauqua Conference on Family Resilience, Family caregiving: Fostering resilience across the life course. Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Courses Taught 

Lifespan of Human Development
Adulthood & Aging

Professional Memberships

Gerontological Society of America
National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences