Katy Abbott, PhD, MGS

Associate Professor of Gerontology
Miami University, Scripps Gerontology Center

My research involves working with long-term services and supports providers to implement preference-based living for their residents and clients. 


Wolfram Alderson, MS

CEO, Hypoglycemia Support Foundation

I work with dozens of leaders (scientists, doctors, health care professionals, advocates, authors) in the metabolic health and nutrition space, and also the aging and public health space, translating science to impactful online communications. I am also the social impact advisor for https://www.agingmastered.com.


Louanne Bakk, PhD, MSW

Clinical Associate Professor and DSW Program Director
University of Buffalo School of Social Work (UBSSW)

I am focused on directing the UBSSW’s DSW program. One of the key aspects of the program is its use of implementation science  to address the gap between research and social work practice. Within our DSW program, I teach an implementation science concepts course to advanced social work practitioners to ensure they are trained as implement evidence-based practices and interventions. In addition, I have an interest in applying implementation science in the practice setting to improve the uptake of programs designed to help older adults age within the community.​


Cynthia S. Bell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Professor and Chair, Occupational Therapy
Winston-Salem State University

My work involves serving on an interprofessional Fall Prevention grant team and evaluating the implementation of evidence-based fall prevention programs for older adults in underserved areas.


Emily Balog, MS, OTR/L

Research Associate, Department of Clinical Research and Leadership
PhD Student, Translational Health Sciences
The George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Occupational Therapy
Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences
Relevant Implementation Science Training: Doctoral-level courses

My goal through my doctoral work is to advance my knowledge and practice of aging in place as a practitioner of 14 years in occupational therapy by utilizing Community-Based Participatory Action Research in sub-urban communities to facilitate aging in place.


Marie Boltz, PhD, GNP-BC, FAAN

Professor and Elouise Ross Eberly and Robert Eberly Endowed Chair
Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing

My research focuses on organizational strategies and models that maximize well-being and function in the person with dementia and promote caregiver efficacy.


Thekla Brunkert, PhD, PT

Postdoctoral Fellow
Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, University of Manitoba, Canada
Institute of Nursing Science, Department of Public Health, University of Basel, Switzerland

My research focuses on implementing evidence-based practices in nursing homes and improving health services for older adults.


Robert E. Burke, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Relevant Implementation Science Training: TIDIRH

My work involves the implementation of Age-Friendly Health System initiatives and interventions that better coordinate long-term services and supports across the VA, Medicare, and Medicaid.


Vanessa Burshnic, PhD, CCC-SLP

Advanced Fellow in Geriatrics
Durham VA Medical Center (Geriatric, Research, Education, and Clinical Center – GRECC)

I am a speech-language pathologist and researcher who specializes in cognitive-communication interventions for people with dementia. Currently, my research examines implementation of an adapted preference interview tool to increase nursing home staff attempts to interview residents with dementia for care planning purposes. 


Christopher Carpenter, MD, MSc

Professor of Emergency Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine
Relevant Implementation Science Training: TIDIRH

I co-authored the EQUATOR Network reporting standards for Implementation Science (StaRI) and serve as Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society to bring Implementation Science to older adult research reporting. I am first-authored the American College of Emergency Physicians/American Geriatrics Society Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines and now serve as the Implementation Science expert on the Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative (GEDC), striving to disseminate these guidelines to healthcare systems across the United States.


Devon Check, PhD

Assistant Professor
Duke University School of Medicine, Department of Population Health Sciences
Relevant Implementation Science Training: TIDIRC

My work focuses on improving quality of care for patients with serious illness, particularly those with cancer, by understanding and overcoming barriers to translating evidence-based supportive and palliative care interventions from research to practice.


Lisa DiMartino, PhD, MPH

Implementation Scientist
RTI International
Relevant Implementation Science Training: TIDIRH, PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill in Organization and Implementation Science

I am an implementation scientist with a research focus on improving the integration of palliative care services for older patient populations, particularly those with cancer, using innovative informatics strategies.


Natalie Douglas, PhD, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Central Michigan University

I work alongside healthcare providers to implement best communication and quality of life practices for people living with dementia in long-term care communities.


Stacey D. Guy, MSocSci, PhD-c

Implementation Specialist
Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation, Baycrest Health Sciences
Relevant Implementation Science Training: SickKids Workshop, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute Course)

I support innovators who are developing and testing solutions within the aging and brain health space.


Jaime M. Hughes, PhD, MPH, MSW

Medical Instructor, Duke University School of Medicine
Research Investigator, Durham VA Health Care System
Relevant Implementation Science Training: NHLBI K12 in Implementation Science

I work at the intersection of intervention science and implementation science to develop effective and scalable geriatric health promotion programs aimed at enhancing older adults’ functional independence.


Shannon E. Jarrott, PhD

Professor of Social Work
The Ohio State University

I study implementation of intergenerational programs involving unrelated youth and elders; as well, I am interested in implementation factors impacting outcomes of therapeutic programming for older adults in care settings.


Lisa A. Juckett, PhD, OTR/L, CHT

Instructor of Occupational Therapy
The Ohio State University
Relevant Implementation Science Training: Doctoral-level coursework

I am an occupational therapist interested in interdisciplinary research that examines the implementation of preventative care and services that promote aging-in-place.


Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MDiv

Associate Professor
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Nursing

I study the scale-up of transitional care interventions in nursing homes with the goal of better preparing short-stay patients and their caregivers for the transition to home.


Eric Lenze, MD

Wallace & Lucille Renard Professor of Psychiatry
Director of the Healthy Mind Lab
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

I am a clinical trialist who has successfully advanced evidence-based medicine for depression, anxiety, and cognitive disorders in older adults. Another area of interest is the incorporation of mobile and internet technology into clinical trials, including Decentralized (or fully remote) Clinical Trials that recruit a national patient sample from a single expert investigative site.


Aaron Leppin, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Health Services Research
Mayo Clinic
Relevant Implementation Science Training: TIDIRH

I am interested in implementing health promotion and symptom self-management strategies among older adults.


Cate McCarty, PhD, MA

Dementia Coach, Consultant, Practitioner
Adjunct, University of South Florida

I implement psychosocial dementia research with families and care communities. 


Cara McDermott, PharmD, PhD

Instructor of Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
Relevant Implementation Science Training: TIDIRC, UW K12 Implementation Science Training Program

In my research I focus on safe and efficacious medication use among older adults with multi-morbidity, focusing on de-implementation of potentially inappropriate medications, caregiver support, and identifying barriers to evidence-based interventions to improve medication management.


John McHugh, PhD, MBA

Assistant Professor
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management

I focus my research on the ways in which organizations respond to the changing needs of complex, co-morbid older patients. This often touches on the ways the organizations support implementation of various programs and processes.


Memory Care Home Solutions

Program Director, Jill Cigliana, MSOT, OTR/L

Our mission is to extend and improve quality time at home for people living with memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease and their family care partners through intervention, outreach, and education. 


Whitney L. Mills, PhD

Investigator, Center for Innovation in Long-Term Services and Supports, Providence VA Medical Center
Assistant Professor (Research), Brown University, Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice
Relevant Implementation Science Training: Enhancing Implementation Science in the VA – Novice and Advanced Tracks

I am a gerontologist focused on developing and testing behavioral interventions to improve the quality of life and care for older adults receiving care in residential long-term services and supports settings.


Kathryn Nearing, PhD, MA

Associate Director for Education and Evaluation, Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC), Aurora, CO
Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO
Relevant Implementation Science Training: Doctoral-level courses

I have spent most of my professional career studying and facilitating the application of research and innovations into clinical and community-based practice. I have extensive experience engaging stakeholders to promote and facilitate implementation and dissemination. I am interested in developing, studying, and disseminating innovative approaches to the engagement of older adults in research. 


Amanda Nicklas, RN, MSN

Graduate Research Assistant, Pathways Project
PhD Student in Translational Health Sciences
The George Washington University

I am currently working on a research project to implement supportive kidney care to patients with end-stage renal disease and chronic kidney disease. Our current focus is on those patients who are seriously-ill and elderly. My research goals are to improve implementation of best practices across all aspects of healthcare.


Beth Prusaczyk, PhD, MSW

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Relevant Implementation Science Training: PhD from Washington University in St. Louis

I am interested in improving healthcare for older adults and other vulnerable populations by understanding how to better implement existing research findings into real-world practice and policy through the use of healthcare data and systems and team science.


Eric J. Roseen, DC, MSc

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Boston University, Boston Medical Center
Relevant Implementation Science Training: TIDIRH Trained, K23 Development Award

I am interested in implementing non-pharmacologic treatment of common musculoskeletal conditions in older adults, to improve pain, function, and to prevent falls.


Jennifer Sullivan, PhD

Acting Associate Director, Manager of the Quantitative Analyst Unit, and Investigator at Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, VA Boston Healthcare System
Research Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

I am a gerontologist and health services researcher with expertise in mixed methods and implementation science specializing in evaluating institutional and non-institutional Geriatrics and Extended Care programs in the Veterans Health Administration targeting older adults. Recently, I’ve been working to develop and implement upstream suicide prevention interventions for older Veterans focused on interpersonal factors.


Virginia Sun, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
City of Hope

My work involves developing and evaluating behavioral and supportive care interventions to improve outcomes in cancer surgery and survivorship populations.


Parisa Tehranifar, DrPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Relevant Implementation Science Training: TIDIRC

I am interested in the interconnection between aging and cancer screening, with a focus on understanding and addressing the over-use of breast cancer screening services in older women.


Mark Toles, PhD, RN

Associate Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing

I am an implementation scientist specializing in the implementation of evidence-based practices for vulnerable older adults in nursing homes. My recent work focused on using a quality improvement collaborative to implement transitional care services in nursing homes to support older adults and their caregivers during transitions from skilled nursing facilities to home-based care.


Ellen J. I. van Dongen, PhD


My research focuses on examining the implementation of an evidence-based combined nutrition and exercise intervention for community-dwelling older adults and the impact on the health and well-being of older adults.


Kimberly Van Haitsma, PhD

Associate Professor
Director, Program for Person Centered Living Systems of Care
Adjunct Senior Research Scientist, Polisher Research Institute, Abramson Senior Care
Penn State University

I am a Clinical Geropsychologist and applied scientist conducting research focused on the development of evidence-based, person-centered, pragmatic assessment tools, interventions, and implementation approaches to enhance care delivery to persons living with dementia receiving care in long-term services and supports settings. 


Ryan Walsh, MSOT, OTR/L

PhD Student
Washington University in St. Louis

I am an occupational therapist who is interested in implementing mHealth interventions among community-dwelling older adults with stroke.


Jeff Whittle, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Director of Health Services Research
Clement J Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI

I am a general internist interested in integrating evidence-based interventions aimed at supporting the medical care and self-management of older individuals in settings from personal homes to tertiary care hospitals.