de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging

Faculty

 

Name UW Appointment Interests
Jonathan Auld, PhD, MAT, RN Postdoctoral Fellow, BNHI Heart failurehealth-related quality of lifeself-caresymptoms
Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN Professor, BNHI; Director, de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging, The Aljoya Endowed Professor in Aging Healthy brain, healthy aging, evidence-based health promotion programs, physical activity, public health interventions and policy.
Uba Backonja, RN, Ph.D.

 

Assistant Professor, UW Tacoma.  Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biomedical & Health Informatics & Medical Education UW School of Medicine Health informatics. Areas of focus are supporting health equity and engaging with individuals in the community in the design of informatics solutions. Alliance for Nursing Informatics Emerging Leader.
Diana M. Taibi Buchanan, PhD, RN Associate Professor, BNHI Insomnia related to arthritis or menopause, CAM therapies for older persons with insomnia and the unique needs of women and older adults. Research has addressed persons with chronic conditions (arthritis, IBS, HIV) and persons in certain lifespan stages (menopause transition, older adults).
Eeeseung Byun, PhD, RN Assistant Professor, BNHI Symptom Management, specifically sleep disturbance, fatigue and impaired cognition, and underlying mechanisms of these symptoms in persons with chronic illness.
Kristen Childress, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, CWCN-AP Lecturer, Part-time, CFPHN Geriatrics/internal medicine, wound care, dialysis rounding, home care, and urgent care/emergency medicine.
Phyllis Christianson, MN, ARNP, GNP-BC Senior Lecturer, BNHI Geriatric and functional assessment, dementia and delirium. ANP student knowledge about and enthusiasm for care of older adults as one of several faculty leading the ANP clinical seminar courses.
Barbara Cochrane, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA Professor, CFPHN, The de Tornyay Endowed Professor for Healthy Aging Older women’s health, healthy aging, symptoms and symptom management, menopausal hormone therapy, living with chronic illness.
Cynthia Dougherty, ARNP, PhD, FAHA, FAAn Professor, BNHI Development of knowledge related to human responses to sudden cardiac arrest and cardiac arrhythmias, both for survivors and their family members.
Azita Emami, PhD, MSN, RNT, RN, FAAN The Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Dean of Nursing; Professor, BNHI Gerontology and health of older adults, transcultural nursing care
Shaoqing Ge, PhD, MPH Doris Carnaveli Engaging with Aging Postdoctoral Fellow, BNHI Cognitive decline, sensory loss, psychosocial factors
Margaret Heitkemper, PhD, RN, FAAN Professor and The Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Chair, BNHI Gastrointestinal physiology, enteral nutrition, geriatrics. Leads an interdisciplinary team focused on the study of the pathophysiology and non-pharmacological management of individuals with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Danuta Kasprzyk, MA, PhD Research Professor, CFPHN Public health with a focus on primary prevention of infectious diseases or early detection of non-communicable diseases.
Frances Lewis RN, MN, PhD, FAAN Professor, CFPHN, The UW Medical Center Endowed Professor in Nursing Behavioral interventions to enhance the well-being of patients, caregivers, and the dependent children in families.
Katryna McCoy, PhD, FNP-C Assistant Professor, UW Bothell Nurse scientist work centered on gerontology, self-care management, medication adherence and infectious diseases.
Susan McCurry, PhD Research Professor, CFPHN Sleep disturbances in Alzheimer’s disease; behavioral treatments for dementia patients and caregivers; cross-cultural differences in dementia onset and progression; successful aging
Janet Primomo, PhD, RN Associate Professor Emeritus, UW Tacoma One of the three founding faculty members of UW Tacoma Nursing.  Scholarly work focuses on community/public health, environmental health, and chronic illness care.
Kerryn Reding PhD, MPH, RN Associate Professor, BNHI Biobehavioral and health disparities research, focus on health promotion and breast cancer survival. In the context of health promotion, impact of lifestyle interventions (primarily focused on improving nutrition and physical activity habits) on obesity-related biomarkers relevant to cardiovascular disease and cancer prevention, with a particular focus on underserved communities.
Tatiana Sadak, PhD, PMHNP, RN Associate Professor, BNHI Study of geriatric multi-morbidity and neurodegenerative disorders, informing the design of a new component of health care delivery for PWD and their CG by generating evidence, creating measurement tools and developing interventions aimed to support clinicians and CG working together to prevent avoidable health crises of both CG and PWD and to enable CG to manage the health of their care recipients without sacrificing their own health and wellness
Megan Streur PhD, RN, FNP-C

 

Assistant Professor, BNHI Understanding the biological and behavioral mechanisms underlying inter- and intra-individual variability in symptoms and patient centered outcomes in adults with cardiovascular disease, with a primary focus on atrial fibrillation.
Hsin-Yi (Jean) Tang, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, APRN Assistant Professor, BNHI Brainwave entrainment for the management of hyper-arousal related health conditions such as insomnia and hypertension.  Non-pharmacological approaches that empower self-regulation for health promotion.
Linda Teri, PhD Professor Emerita, CFPHN; Director, Northwest Roybal Center Epidemiological and longitudinal studies of dementia and normal aging; assessment and treatment of behavioral problems in dementia; clinical outcome trials; caregiving interventions.  Development, implementation and evaluation of assessment and treatment approaches to reducing the disability inherent among older adults with significant cognitive disorders
Hilaire Thompson, PhD, RN, ARNP, CNRN, AGACNP-BC, FAAN Joanne Montgomery Endowed Professor, BNHI Traumatic brain injury; geriatric trauma; biomarkers; gerontechnology; health services research; evidence-based practice
Joanne (Joie) Whitney, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN Associate Dean for Research; Professor, BNHI; Harborview Medical Center Endowed Professor in Critical Care Nursing Wound healing, specifically clinical interventions and tissue repair in acute and chronic wounds
Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN Dean Emerita of School of Nursing; Professor Emerita, BNHI Women’s health, menstrual cycle, menopause transition, healthy aging in women
Oleg Zaslavsky, PhD, MHA, RN Assistant Professor, BNHI Prevention and improving clinical outcomes in older persons with frailty, specifically to identify factors that are associated with individuals’ transitions between levels of health along a positive-normative-frail continuum of aging.
Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN Professor, BNHI; Group Health Endowed Professor Health systems and patient outcomes; interprofessional education, practice and research; prevention and management of deep vein thrombosis. Improving collaborative practice in an accountable care organization so that health care teams can co-produce health services with patients and families to meet their goals/needs.