Der Ananian's primary research interests involve the promotion of physical activity for older adults with an emphasis on utilizing physical activity as a secondary prevention strategy for chronic illnesses including arthritis and heart disease. Much of her research focuses on community-based physical activity interventions for older adults. She also does research in the area of translation and dissemination of evidence-based physical activity programs.
Current/Recent Grants and Projects
- Creating a Tailored Lifestyle Intervention for Midlife Mexican American Men (Principal Investigator), Funded by the National Institue on Aging, $424,875, August 2016 - May 2018
- Factors Influencing Care Integration and Coordination for High Need Patients, (Co-Investigator), Jumpstart Grant from the College of Health Solutions (May 2018- May 2019)
- Heal, Exercise & Recover (HER): Initial Pilot Study to Examine the Feasibility of a Novel Intervention for Women with Substance Use Disorders, Seed Grant through the Institute for Social Science Research, (November 2016- November 2017)
- Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program into a weight-loss program for overweight individuals with arthritis, Seed grant through the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion and the Virginia G. Piper Foundation
- The effect of owner-dog exercise on return rates of shelter dogs, Funded through the American Kennel Club