Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Core

Baier, Rosa – MPH
Credentials: MPH
Role:

Team Leader, Data Sharing & Standards
Executive Committee, Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Core
Executive Committee, Health Care Systems (HCS) Core

Primary title: Q&I Center Director
Primary Institution: Brown University School of Public Health
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Associate Director, Center for Long-Term Care Quality & Innovation
Associate Professor, Health Services, Policy & Practice, Brown University School of Public Health

Bio: Rosa Baier, MPH is associate professor of practice at Brown. She leads the Center for Long-Term Care Quality & Innovation (Q&I)–the IMPACT Collaboratory’s administrative home–which aims to improve care for older adults by testing and disseminating proven interventions, and has particular strength in post-acute and long-term care settings. Prior to launching Q&I in 2015, she spent 14 years collaborating with healthcare providers and stakeholders to implement and evaluate Medicare quality improvement initiatives. This hands-on experience informs her approach to pragmatic research: combining rigorous methods and evaluation with the flexibility necessary to implement interventions under real-world conditions and constraints. Among her scientific contributions is co-creating the Readiness Assessment for Pragmatic Trials (RAPT) model, which helps trialists assess an intervention when determining whether or not to proceed to a pragmatic trial and how to design that trial. Her research interests also include characterizing nursing centers able to implement interventions successfully.
Boltz, Marie – PhD, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Credentials: PhD, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Role:

Executive Committee, Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Core

Primary title: Elouise Ross Eberly and Robert Eberly Endowed Chair and Professor
Primary Institution: Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing
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Elouise Ross Eberly and Robert Eberly Endowed Chair and Professor, Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing
Associate Director, Pennsylvania State University Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence

Bio: Marie Boltz, PhD, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN is the Elouise Ross Eberly and Robert Eberly endowed chair and professor at Penn State College of Nursing, and is the Associate Director of the Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence. Dr. Boltz’s areas of research focus on dementia dyadic interventions and models of care that support functional recovery and caregiver coping/efficacy during hospitalization and post-acute periods. Her work includes the development and evaluation of tools and resources that support organizational readiness for evidence-based care across settings, and approaches to implementation that engage care recipients, families, clinicians, and administrators. Dr. Boltz’s research interests include: interventions to promote functional health and cognition in older adults, caregiving efficacy and coping with dementia and delirium, complex aging-related care issues, translational and health services research. A certified geriatric nurse practitioner, she has extensive clinical and administrative experience across care settings and serves as a quality of care consultant for government and regulatory agencies.
Fortinsky, Rick – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

Executive Committee, Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Core

Primary title: Professor and Health Net, Inc. Endowed Chair in Geriatrics and Gerontology
Primary Institution: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Professor and Health Net, Inc. Endowed Chair in Geriatrics and Gerontology, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Bio: Richard H. Fortinsky, PhD, is a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he is a core faculty member at the UConn Center on Aging and holds the Health Net, Inc. endowed chair in geriatrics and gerontology. For more than 30 years, Dr. Fortinsky has collaborated with colleagues from a wide range of scientific disciplines, and with numerous healthcare system and community-based organization partners, to design and carry out studies intended to improve healthcare and optimize health-related outcomes for community-dwelling older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease and AD-related dementia and their families. Presently, he serves as principal investigator for studies funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute designed to test in-home, team-based interventions targeting older adults with cognitive vulnerability due to dementia, depression, and/or a history of delirium.
Gaugler, Joe – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

Associate Core Leader, Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Core

Primary title: Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging & Professor
Primary Institution: University of Minnesota
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Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging, Professor, University of Minnesota

Bio: Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD is the Robert L. Kane Endowed professor in long-term care & aging in the Division of Health Policy and Management and School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gaugler’s research examines the sources and effectiveness of long-term care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic conditions. An applied gerontologist, Dr. Gaugler’s interests include Alzheimer’s disease and long-term care, the longitudinal ramifications of family care for people living with dementia and other chronic conditions, and the effectiveness of community-based and psychosocial services for older people living with dementia and their caregiving families. Underpinning these substantive areas, Dr. Gaugler also has interests in longitudinal and mixed methods.
Gitlin, Laura – PhD, FGSA, FAAN
Credentials: PhD, FGSA, FAAN
Role:

Core Leader, Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Core

Primary title: Dean and Distinguished Professor
Primary Institution: Drexel University
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Dean, Distinguished Professor, Drexel University
Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Bio: Laura Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN is Dean and distinguished professor at College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University. She also has an adjunct appointment in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and School of Medicine. Her research focuses on developing strategies for aging at home with a particular focus on dementia care. Dr. Gitlin and her teams have conducted over 20 clinical trials with some interventions being implemented worldwide. She currently has several multi-site studies, one of which is a pragmatic trial to test a caregiver support program that augments adult day services with Dr. Gaugler. She recently co-authored a book with Dr. Hodgson, Better Living with Dementia: Implications for Individuals, Families, Communities and Societies (Academic Press), based on a MOOC with over 80,000 participants worldwide; and another with Dr. Piersol, A Caregiver’s Guide to Dementia: Using Activities and Other Strategies to Prevent, Reduce and Manage Behavioral Symptoms (Camino Books).
Hodgson, Nancy – PhD, RN, FAAN
Credentials: PhD, RN, FAAN
Role:

Executive Committee, Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Core

Primary title: Associate Professor
Primary Institution: University of Pennsylvania
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Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Bio: Nancy A. Hodgson, PhD, RN, FAAN is associate professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health and the Anthony Buividas endowed term chair in gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr. Hodgson brings 20 years of experience in developing, evaluating, disseminating and implementing interventions that ease neuropsychiatric symptoms and promote function and quality of life for diverse populations of people living with dementia and their caregivers. This work has helped to inform care practices for people living with dementia and their caregivers through the development of palliative care protocols that address the leading symptoms in dementia that cause distress or impair quality of life. As a clinician and educator, Dr. Hodgson seeks out innovative ways to foster academic-community partnership by linking research and practice in order to move evidence-based findings into dementia care practice.
Jutkowitz, Eric – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

Executive Committee, Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Core

Primary title: Assistant Professor
Primary Institution: Brown University School of Public Health
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Assistant Professor, Brown University School of Public Health

Bio: Eric Jutkowitz, PhD is an assistant professor of health services, policy & practice at Brown Univsersity School of Public Health. His research focuses on understanding the value of care provided to vulnerable populations with an emphasis on individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and AD-related dementias (AD/ADRD) and their informal family caregivers. He has methodological expertise in decision modeling, cost-effectivness, causal inference, and evidence synthesis. To that end, he has prospectively (along side randomized trials) and retrospectively evaluated the effects and cost-effectiveness of nondrug interventions aimed at helping people living with AD/ADRD and their caregivers. In addition, Dr. Jutkowitz has used Medicare data and large national surveys to evaluate the effect of dementia on healthcare expenditures and the effect of caregiving on the person living with AD/ADRD’s health outcomes. Finally, he has conducted systematic reviews on the effectiveness of interventions to prevent cognitive decline, and interventions to support people living with AD/ADRD and their caregivers.
Van Haitsma, Kimberly – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

Executive Committee, Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Core

Primary title: Associate Professor, Director, Program for Person Centered Living Systems of Care
Primary Institution: Pennsylvania State University
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Associate Professor, Director, Program for Person Centered Living Systems of Care, College of Nursing, Pennsylvania State University
Senior Research Scientist, Polisher Research Institute, Abramson Senior Care

Bio: Kimberly Van Haitsma, PhD is a clinical geropsychologist with a PhD in clinical psychology. She is an associate professor in the College of Nursing, Pennsylvania State University and the Director of the Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care at the Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence. Dr. VanHaitsma’ s areas of research focus on the development of evidence base approaches to optimize person-centered care for frail older adults’ multiple chronic conditions receiving care in long term service and supports settings. Her work includes development and testing of mental health education and intervention approaches, innovative methodological and measurement development related to care processes and outcomes, and rigorously testing intervention and implementation strategies that facilitate the uptake of evidence-based person-centered preference-informed care practices.