Tina Savla

Tina Savla

Tina Savla



205 Grove Lane
Blacksburg, VA 24061





  • Stress, Health and Well-Being in Mid and Late Life
  • Family Relationships, Support Networks, and Caregiving
  • Chronic Disease Management (e.g. Diabetes, Mild Cognitive Impairment)
  • Longitudinal Designs and Daily Diary Methods ; Structural Equation Models
  • Missing Data Analysis and Statistical Power

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Program Committee of APA Division 20, American Psychological Association
  • Editorial Board, Journals of Gerontology: Social Science
  • Associate Editor, Innovation in Aging


  • Ph.D. The University of Georgia
  • M.S. University of Bombay
  • B.Sc. University of Bombay

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Presidential Citation, American Psychological Association, Division 10 2018

    Fellow, Gerontological Society of America 2013

    Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship, CLAHS, 2013 Virginia Tech

    Virginia Tech Scholar of the Week, Virginia Tech 2011

    Selected Publications


    Davey, A., & Savla, J. (2010).  Statistical power analysis with missing data: A structural equation modeling approach.  New York: Routledge.


    Savla, J., Wang, Z., Zhu, J., Brossoie, N., Roberto, K. A., & Blieszner, R. (accepted). Mastery and longevity in spousal caregivers of persons with dementia. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences.

    Mitzner, T., Savla, J., Boot, W., Sharit, J., Charness, N., Czaja, S., & Rogers, W. (2019). Technology adoption by older adults: Findings from the PRISM trial. The Gerontologist, 59, 34-44. doi:10.1093/geront/gny113

    Savla, J., Bivens, L. R.,* Roberto, K. A., & Blieszner, R. (2018). Where you age matters: Individual and county level predictors of formal and informal care in rural Appalachia. Journal of Aging and Health. doi:10.1177/0898264318761907

    Savla, J. (2018). Salivary Cortisol: Is it still the canary in the coal mine? Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences, 73, 435-436. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbx175

    Savla, J. S., Zarit, S. H., & Almeida, D. M. (2018). Routine support to parents and stressors in everyday domains: Associations with negative affect and cortisol. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences, 73, 437-446. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbx033

    Sponsored Research

    Church, Extension and Academic Partners Empowering Healthy Families (2018-2023)

    • Agency: USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture ($2,250,310)
    • Principal Investigator: Kathy Hosig, PhD
    • Co-Director for Research: Tina Savla, PhD
    • Co-Director for Extension: Sarah Misyak, PhD

    Banksafe Training Evaluation (2017-2018)

    • Agency: American Association of Retired Persons (AARP; $78,153)
    • Investigators: Pamela B. Teaster, PhD & Tina Savla, PhD

    Reduction of Risk Factors for Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Re-Injuries using a Novel Biofeedback Approach (2017-2020)

    • Agency: National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases ($528,292)
    • Principal Investigator: Robin M. Queen, PhD
    • Role: Co-Investigator
    • Other Investigators: Thomas Ollendick, PhD

    PAACC: Practice of Acceptance, Awareness, and Compassion in Caregiving (2017-2020)

    • Agency: Department of Defense ($434,000)
    • Principal Investigator: Mamta Sapra, MD (Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center)
    • Principal Investigator: M. Lindsey Jacobs Dodson, PhD (Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare)
    • Principal Investigator: J. Tina Savla, PhD (at Virginia Tech)
    • Other Investigators: Katherine Luci, PhD; Lauren Hagemann, PhD

    FACES-AD: Families in Appalachia Caring for Elders with Alzheimer’s Disease (2017-2019)

    • Agency: National Institute on Aging ($418,001)
    • Role: Multiple Principal Investigator (with Karen A. Roberto, PhD)
    • Other Investigators: Rosemary Blieszner, PhD; Nancy Brossoie, PhD; Aubrey Knight, MD

    A New Biomarker Tool for Breast Cancer Detection in Populations At Risk ($20,000)

    • Agency: Institute of Society, Culture and Environment
    • Role: Co-PI with Carla Finkielstein

    Assessing the Impact of Involuntary Relocation on Nursing Facility Residents ($230,151)

    • Agency: VA Department of Medical Assistance Services
    • Principal Investigator: Karen A. Roberto
    • Role: Co-Investigator

    Daily Stress, Health and Well-Being of Family Caregivers ($2,966,367)

    • Agency:  National Institute of Aging
    • Principal Investigator: Steven H. Zarit
    • Role: Consultant

    Internal Funding

    Pre-meal Water and Weight Loss: Cognitive, Behavioral, and Physiological Aspects (2018-2019)

    • Agency: Virginia Tech’s Institute of Society, Culture and Environment ($27,498)
    • Principal Investigator: Brenda Davy, PhD
    • Role: Co-Investigator

    Long-term Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Adaptations Following the Virginia Tech Shootings: A Ten-year Follow-up (2017-2018)

    • Agency: Virginia Tech’s Adaptive Brain & Behavior Destination Area ($10,000)
    • Principal Investigator: Russell Jones, PhD & Bruce Scarpa-Friedman, PhD
    • Role: Co-Investigator

    Long-term Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Impacts of a Mass Shooting (2018-2019)

    • Agency: Dean’s Discovery Fund, College of Science ($20,000)
    • Principal Investigator: Russell Jones, PhD & Bruce Scarpa-Friedman, PhD
    • Role: Co-Investigator