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Areas of Excellence - Gerontology

Gerontology focuses on issues surrounding older adults and how their families and communities can support healthy aging, maximum functioning, and quality of life.

UI College of Nursing faculty promote innovative models of healthcare for older adults residing in a variety of settings, prepare students to promote wellness, prevent illness and manage acute and chronic health conditions of aging, and advance science in the care of older adults.

Kathleen Buckwalter
Kathleen Buckwalter
Professor Emeritus
Research Focus:
  • Geriatric mental health
  • Caregivers of persons with dementia
  • Long-term care staff training
  • Rural delivery systems 
Howard Butcher
Howard Butcher
Associate Professor Emeritus
Research Focus:
  • Testing written emotional expressive as a meaning to enhancing health in informal family caregivers
  • Standardized language development and use (Nursing Intervention Classification [NIC])
  • Nursing intervention testing research
  • Identification and treatment of depression and dispiritedness in later life
  • Rogers science of unitary human beings research and practice methodologies
  • Interpretive and descriptive phenomenological methods
Nai-Ching Chi
Nai-Ching (Allison) Chi
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Pain management and family caregiving
  • Palliative and hospice care
  • Technology-based interventions
Kennith R. Culp
Kennith Culp
Professor
Research Focus:
  • International/minority health
  • Agricultural workplace hazards
  • Aging workforce
Sue E. Gardner
Sue Gardner
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Wound healing
  • Wound infection
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Chronic wound microbiome
  • Wound pain
  • Multimorbidity
  • Cancer survivorship
Stephanie Gilbertson-White
Stephanie Gilbertson-White
Associate Professor, Director, PhD Program
Research Focus:
  • Cancer symptom science
  • Palliative care
  • e-Health technologies and interventions
Mila Grady
Mila Grady
Instructional Track Lecturer
Research Focus:
Keela Herr
Keela Herr
Kelting Professor in Nursing, Associate Dean for Faculty, Co-Director of the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence
Research Focus:
  • Pain in older adult -- assessment, treatment, and caregiver support
  • End-of-life and palliative care
  • Promoting evidence-based practice and translation science
Barbara Kyles
Barbara Kyles
Senior Lecturer Emeritus
Research Focus:
Wen Liu
Wen Liu
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Mealtime difficulties, eating performance, function, and nutrition in dementia
  • Behavioral engagement, dyadic interaction, and dining environmental stimulation
  • Tool development and validation
Chooza Moon
Chooza Moon
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Sleep and circadian rhythms in aging
  • Lifestyle factors contribute to Alzheimer's disease and dementia
  • Sleep and cognitive impairment in cardiovascular disease
Larry Newman
Larry Newman
Assistant Professor (Clinical), Director, AG-PCNP Program
Research Focus:
  • Primary care for rural nursing home residents
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, and Queer health care
  • Minority health disparities
Nicole Peterson
Nicole Peterson
Associate Professor (Instructional Track) Emeritus
Research Focus:
Barbara Rakel
Barbara Rakel
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Evaluating efficacy of non-pharmacologic pain management strategies
  • Movement-evoked pain versus resting (or overall) pain
  • Risk factors and prevention of acute to chronic postsurgical pain
Marianne Smith
Marianne Smith
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Improving the lives of older adults who experience depression, anxiety, and/or dementia by developing innovative and pragmatic ways to reduce disability and promote function
Barbara St. Marie
Barbara St. Marie
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Acute pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Coexistence of chronic pain and substance use disorder
Julie Stanik-Hutt
Julie Stanik-Hutt
Professor (Clinical) and Director, AG-ACNP Program
Research Focus:
  • Pain and critical care
  • Acute care of older adults
  • Advanced practice nursing -- practice and policy
Anita Stineman
Anita Stineman
Professor (Clinical), Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Research Focus:
  • Persistence
  • Social support 
Toni Tripp-Reimer
Toni Tripp-Reimer
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Ethnicity and health behaviors
  • Ethnogerontology
  • Self-care
  • Chronic illness
  • Qualitative methods 

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