Chronic pain and the anxiety disorders in seniors, a population in which these important issues have been generally understudied.
Sensor-based analysis of gait patterns in healthy older adults and in adults with various pathological and neuromuscular conditions (e.g., knee osteoarthritis and multiple sclerosis).
Dr. Buttigieg's area of interest is centered on better understanding the pathophysiology associated with diseases such as dementia (e.g. Alzheimer's), autoimmune diseases (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis), and injury (e.g. stroke or spinal cord injury). A wide range of research techniques are utilized in his research lab. These include molecular biology (qPCR, proteomics), cell physiology (electrophysiology, and cell signaling) to animal/human work (tissue biopsies, behavior and movement).
Exercise, Nutrition, and Aging
Diversity and Aging
(1) The influence of psychosocial factors (e.g., ageism, social support, emotions) in the experience of chronic diseases among older persons; (2) The role of adversity & resilience in the aging process; and (3) Development of policy recommendations aimed at improving the lived experiences of aging populations.
Leisure and aging, leisure and chronic conditions, leisure and dementia, the lived experience of dementia, leisure and retirement, Therapeutic Recreation in Long-Term Care, and qualitative methodologies.
Mental health in peri- and postmenopausal women, biopsychosocial contributors and consequences of postmenopausal insomnia and vasomotor symptoms.
Pain assessment and management among seniors including seniors with dementia; psychological risk factors in falling.
Research Interests: Neurorehabilitation, stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, motor learning, motor control.
Clinical Interests: Community exercise and rehabilitation programming.
long-term care; dementia care; palliative and end-of-life
care; advanced practice nursing