Tina Savla

Tina Savla

Tina Savla



205 Grove Lane
Blacksburg, VA 24061





  • Issues of Midlife and Aging 
  • Biopsychosocial Approaches to Understanding Daily Life Stressors
  • Usesfulness of Mindfulness Meditation
  • Advanced Research Methods (e.g. longitudinal analysis, time series analysis, power analysis and missing data analysis)

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
  • Chair, Education Committee of APA Division 20, American Psychological Association
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Editorial Board, Journals of Gerontology: Social Science


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

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    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.


    Bell, C. L., Kubo, J., Desai, M., Masaki, K., Cene, C., Savla, J., Rapp, S. R….LaCroix, A. Z. (accepted). Factors associated with nursing home admission after stroke in older women. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases.

    Riebl, S., Estabrooks, P. A., Dunsmore, J. C., Savla, J., Frisard, M. L., Dietrich, A., Ping, Y., Zhang, X., Davy, B. M. (in press). A systematic literature review and meta-analysis: the Theory of Planned Behavior's application to understand and predict nutrition-related behaviors in youth. Eating Behaviors.

    Jarrott, S., & Savla, J. (in press). Intergenerational contact and mediators impact ambivalence towards future selves. International Journal of Behavioral Development.

    Savla, J., Almeida, D. M., Davey, A., & Zarit, S. H. (2008). Routine assistance to parents: Effects on daily mood and other stressors. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 63, S154-S161. doi:10.1093/geronb/63.3.S154

    Sponsored Research

    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