D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award

Named after USU’s first Vice President for Research, the D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award is given to an individual on the USU campus who has completed outstanding research in his or her career.

The award is given annually to one outstanding university researcher who is recommended by a committee of peers, all previous award recipients. Nominees are evaluated for the significance and quality of their research and creative achievement and recognition by national and international experts.

JoAnn Tschanz, recipient of the 2017 D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award

JoAnn Tschanz, D. Wynne Thorne Career Award Winner
JoAnn Tschanz joined USU nearly twenty years ago and has been a crucial part of the department of Psychology. In her time as a faculty member, she has been both a principal investigator and co-investigator on numerous grants related to dementia. Her research focuses on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Her work on the Cache County Memory Study earned her and her colleagues the Lifetime of Exceptional Achievement Award from the Utah Alzheimer’s Association. JoAnn has been a leader in her field with her work on population-based studies of dementia progress, which has allowed her to gain a novel perspective on how care and environmental factors predict rates of dementia progression within three domains: cognition, function, and neuropsychiatric symptoms. As a result of her research, she has been developing a smartphone app with the intention of providing guidelines to help individuals make lifestyle decisions that can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Her publication record boasts 108 refereed journal publications, and to date her work has been cited over 8,000 times.