Stroke Counseling for Risk Reduction


Stroke is a largely preventable disease, which makes the rising incidence in younger populations a major public health issue. Hospitalizations for stroke have increased by 40% in adults 18-45 years old. Of the 795,000 individuals in the United States who experience a stroke each year, 10-15% are young adults.


Young African American/Black men and women bear a high burden of both stroke and stroke risk. African Americans under the age of 40 are three to five times more likely to experience a stroke than their White counterparts. And yet, young African Americans are dramatically underrepresented in stroke-related research.


We have found that perception of stroke risk may be key to understanding thoughts about stroke and preventative health behaviors. The Stroke Counseling for Risk Reduction Intervention, or SCORRE, is designed specifically for young African American adults to increase their awareness of stroke and to motivate them to live healthily in order to lower their risk of stroke.

About Dr. Dawn Aycock, Principal Investigator


Dr. Dawn Aycock, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAHA, FAAN, is the Principal Investigator of the Stroke Counseling for Risk Reduction (SCORRE) program. She is an Associate Professor and Director of the nursing PhD program in the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University. Her research has moved primary stroke prevention science forward by increasing awareness of stroke as a preventable disease and addressing its disparities among African Americans/Blacks. She is a leader in developing, implementing, and disseminating effective interventions to prevent/delay first stroke in young adult African Americans.

Learn More >>

Participate in the Research

There are ongoing opportunities to get involved with the SCORRE-M study.

Visit the SCORRE website often to check for current needs and participant criteria or reach out to us using the link below.