Original Peer-Reviewed Articles:
We are really excited that our 2019 study of using marimbas and the skill of reading musical notation will be published in the journal Music and Medicine:
Rodakowski J, Dorris JL, McLaughlin DJ, Grimes DL. Music Intervention Pilot Study: Assessing Teaching Methods of Group Marimba Classes Designed to Train Spatial Skills of Older Adults with Changes in Cognition. Music Med. In press.
We can't wait to share our systematic review with you, which examines the effects of physically participating in music on the cognitive functioning of older adults in the earlier stages of memory loss. It will be published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. (Spoiler -- play the drums!)
Dorris JL, Neely S, Terhorst L, VonVille HM, Rodakowski J. Effects of Music Participation for MCI and Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc. In press.
I’ve been published in Boston Magazine, Real Simple, Entrepreneur, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Quarterly, PublicSource.org, Consumers Digest, Mountain Sports +Living, Rocky Mountain News, Field & Stream Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, 5280 Magazine, Colorado Biz Magazine, Draft Magazine, Women’s Magazine, Natural Solutions Magazine, Delicious Living, Daily Camera, dirt, and Boulder County Business Report.
I'm an experienced columnist; I wrote the monthly wellness column "Thrive" for Pittsburgh Magazine. Previously, I wrote a daily blog for 5280 Magazine about living an affordable, sustainable life, and before that I wrote a weekly column about night life for Boulder's Daily Camera.
The Audition for Boston Magazine
(corresponding piece on All Things Considered: A Musician and The Audition of His Life.)
Endless Challenges: 48 Remarkable Hours with 8 Pittsburgh Doctors for Pittsburgh Magazine (with Patrick Doyle)
The Newcomer’s Guide to Pittsburgh for Pittsburgh Magazine (with Patrick Doyle, who I should now mention is my husband and that at one point we swore we would never test our marriage by working together and now here we are with two shared bylines.)
Made In Pittsburgh for Pittsburgh Magazine (not with Patrick this time, but written in conjunction with three other writers. Note the wee "jd" to find mine. I also got to learn how to make Mancini's famous twist bread, so that box is checked.)
10 Ways Pittsburgh’s Medical Community is Changing the World for Pittsburgh Magazine
Going it Alone: Low-income single moms struggle to find help, escape judgement for Public Source.
Auto Insurance Rates: The New Road Rage for Consumers Digest
A Guide to Micro-Lending
Is Liability-Only Auto Insurance Right for You?
How to Be More Productive
14 Hidden Airline Fees
Spirituality and Wellness
Taking 10,000 Steps in Pittsburgh
Do Yoga At Your Desk
Your New Year’s Resolution — To Have Fun
Grow Today, Share Tomorrow
Finding Your Flow — in Hebrew?
Pittsburgh Quarterly: Destination Unknown
Spirituality and Health: Out of Her Element
5280 Magazine: By Any Other Name
5280 Magazine: Disconnected
5280 Magazine: Second Semester
5280 Magazine: Smack in the Middle
5280 Magazine: I Wedge Allegiance
Telling Stories: The Accidental Juror
No Pilsner Left Behind for Mountain Sports & Living
A Very Good Year for Beer for Entrepreneur
Sharing the Micro Wealth – Entrepreneur
Divine Ink – Entrepreneur
Get Arrested — An interview with Tony Hale from Arrested Development
Get Arrested, Part 1
Get Arrested, Part 2
Battle Royale — An interview with Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg
Battle Royale, Part 1
Battle Royale, Part 2
Burlesque revival, and an interview with Dita Von Teese
Taking it Off Takes Off, Part 1
Taking it Off Takes Off, Part 2
Dumpster Diving, Part 1
Dumpster Diving, Part 2