de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging

Faculty with Aging-Related Interests

Nursing Faculty Bothell

Nursing Faculty Seattle

Nursing Research Faculty Tacoma


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Jonathan Auld, PhD, MAT, RN Assistant Professor, BNHI


Heart failure, health-related quality of life, self-care, symptoms
Uba Backonja, PhD, RN


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


Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA 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.
Donna Berry PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN Professor BNHI Human response to cancer; specifically, but not exclusively, in genitourinary (GU) malignancies. Multi-method investigator. Led a large interdisciplinary team to develop and test the Personal Patient Profile-Prostate (P3P).
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, CFPHN Geriatrics/internal medicine, wound care, dialysis rounding, home care, and urgent care/emergency medicine.
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.  Music and memory
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.
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.
David Reyes, DNP, MN/MPH, RN, PHNA-BC


Associate Professor, UW Tacoma Primary interests are in addressing the root causes of health inequity and disparities, building community capacity to improve health, and population health systems. His research uses community-based participatory approaches that focus on equitable relationships with diverse communities to improve health outcomes.
Tatiana Sadak, PhD, PMHNP, RN Rasmussen, Marilee Endowed 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
Anita Souza, PhD Clinical Associate Professor, CFPHN Care and support of older adults across the cognitive continuum, including those in the early stages of memory loss, focusing on the psychosocial and health care needs of those with cognitive decline who live alone and reside in the community. Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methods. Study of cognitively impaired individuals who have experienced homelessness, aiming to better understand the needs and challenges of providing care to homeless older adults with cognitive impairment by examining social network factors (mobility, housing, family and friend networks) that contribute to health care access in older homeless adults, and the associations with chronic disease and cognitive health.
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 Associate 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


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
Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN Professor and Dean Emerita, BNHI Women’s health, menstrual cycle, menopause transition, healthy aging in women
Oleg Zaslavsky, PhD, MHA, RN Associate 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.