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Faculty Detail    
Campus Address VAMC 11G
Phone  (205) 558-7067
E-mail  kburgio@uab.edu
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Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Medicine  Med-Gerontology/Geriatrics/Palliative Care Professor Emeritus

Biographical Sketch 
Kathryn L. Burgio, PhD, is a behavioral psychologist, Professor in the School of Medicine, Director of the UAB Continence Program, and Research Director of the UAB Genitourinary Disorders Center. She directs the Behavioral Sciences Section and the Behavioral Medicine Program in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. She is also Associate Director for Research at the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC), Birmingham VA Medical Center.

Research/Clinical Interest
Dr. Burgio's clinical research interests are in the field of Behavioral Medicine and include health behaviors, treatment seeking, genito-urinary disorders (such as urinary incontinence and nocturia), bowel disorders (such as irritable bowel syndrome and constipation), eating and nutrition in older adults, mobility, behavior problems associated with dementia, and staff training and management in the nursing home. Since 1981, her research has focused on the epidemiology and treatment of urinary incontinence, with emphasis on behavioral treatments. Her research agenda in incontinence has included investigations of its prevalence and risk factors and clinical studies of the effectiveness of behavioral treatment with a variety of populations. She has worked on developing and refining treatment techniques such as biofeedback training for bladder control and tested the procedures in middle-aged and older men and women, post-prostatectomy patients, and stroke patients. Her work has helped to streamline behavioral procedures, clarify their advantages and limitations, understand the role of various components, explore the mechanisms of their effects, and establish their effectiveness in older adults with stress or urge incontinence. She is currently lead investigator on two NIH-funded clinical trials. and co-principal investigator on a third.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Ritchie CR, Burgio KL, Locher JL, Cornwell A, Thomas D, Hardin M, Redden DT. Nutritional status of urban homebound older adults. Am J Clin Nutr, 66, 815-818, 1997.   
Umlauf MG, Burgio KL, Shettar S, Pillion D. Nocturia and nocturnal urine production in obstructive sleep apnea. Appl Nurs Res, 10, 198-201, 1997.   
Fonda D, Resnick N, Colling J, Burgio KL, Ouslander J, Norton C, Ekelund P, Versi E, Mattiason A. Outcome measures for research of lower urinary tract dysfunction in frail older people. Neurourol Urodyn, 17, 273-281, 1998.   
Burgio KL, Locher JL, Goode PS, et al. Behavioral versus drug treatment for urge urinary incontinence in older women: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA, 23, 1995-2000, 1998.   
Umlauf MG, Kurtzer E, Valappil T, Burgio KL, Pillion D, Goode PS. (1999) Sleep-disordered breathing as a mechanism for nocturia: Preliminary findings. Ostomy/Wound Management, 45, 52-60, 1999.   
Burgio KL, Locher JL, Goode PS. Combined behavioral and drug therapy for urge incontinence in older women. JAGS, 48, 370-374, 2000.   
Goode PS, Locher JL, Bryant R, Roth DL, Burgio KL, Measurement of post-void residual urine with portable transabdominal bladder ultrasound scanner and urethral catheterization. Int Urogynecol J, 11, 301-319, 2000.   
Burgio KL, Locher JL, Goode PS, Roth DL. Psychological improvements associated with behavioral and drug treatment of urge incontinence in older women. J Gerontol: Psychological Sciences. 56B, p46-51,2001.   
Locher JL, Goode PS, Roth DL, Worrell RL, Burgio KL, Reliability assessment of the bladder diary for urinary incontinence in older women. J Gerontol: Medical Sciences, 56A, M32-35, 2001.