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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
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:
  • Family caregiving
  • End-of-life care
  • Pain management
  • Healthy aging technologies
Kennith R. Culp
Kennith Culp
Professor
Research Focus:
  • International health
  • Agricultural workplace hazards
  • Cognitive functioning in older adults
  • Aging workforce
Sue E. Gardner
Sue Gardner
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Wound healing
  • Wound infection
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Chronic wound microbiome
  • Wound pain
Stephanie Gilbertson-White
Stephanie Gilbertson-White
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Stress response, cognitive and emotional appraisals, and coping in patients with advanced cancer.
  • Genotype-to-phenotype associations of pain and associated symptoms in cancer.
  • Timely introduction of palliative and supportive care in patients with chronic, life-limiting diseases.
Mila Grady
Mila Grady
Instructional Track Lecturer
Research Focus:
Keela Herr
Keela Herr
Kelting Professor in Nursing, Associate Dean for Faculty
Research Focus:
  • Pain in older adults
  • End of life care
  • Promoting evidence-based practice
  • Translation science
Barbara Kyles
Barbara Kyles
Senior Lecturer
Research Focus:
Wen Liu
Wen Liu
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Antecedents, characteristics and consequences of compromised eating performance and low intake in dementia
  • Mealtime dyadic interaction and caregiver engagement
  • Dining environmental stimulation
  • Non-pharmacological interventions for optimal dementia mealtime care
  • Measurement and statistics
Chooza Moon
Chooza Moon
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
Larry Newman
Larry Newman
Assistant Professor (Clinical), Director, AG-PCNP Program
Research Focus:
Nicole Peterson
Nicole Peterson
Instructional Track Lecturer
Research Focus:
Barbara Rakel
Barbara Rakel
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Pain management in older adults
  • Hyperalgesia
  • Nonpharmacologic pain interventions
  • Acute care
  • Evidence-based practice
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
  • Substance use disorder
  • Coexistence of chronic pain and substance use disorder
  • Prescription opioid misuse
  • Palliative care
  • Primary care
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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