• Director, Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, Con Nursing
  • Co-Director, Utah Geriatric Education Consortium, Con Nursing
  • Professor, College Of Nursing

Research Summary

My research focus is on improving access to care for older adults, particularly those living in rural areas or utilizing long-term services and supports. I lead workforce development research through two HRSA funded programs, the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program and the Utah Rural Opioid HealthCare Consortium-Collaborative Care Model Program. I am a co-investigator on studies ranging from palliative care telehealth to improving nursing home resident communication of care preferences.


  • Masters of Philosophy, Experimental Pathology, University of Utah
  • BSN, Nursing, University of Utah
  • PhD, Nursing, University of Utah. Project: Using probabilistic linkage and geographic information systems to describe burn injury risk in Utah
  • Post-graduate Certificate, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program, University of Utah


Linda Edelman RN, PhD has experience in both basic science and clinical/nursing research. She received a Masters of Philosophy in Experimental Pathology at the University of Utah in 1993 where she specialized in molecular immunology. She then earned a BSN from the University of Utah College of Nursing in 1995. For the next 17 years she utilized her basic science and nursing backgrounds as the Research Coordinator for the University of Utah Burn Center. During that time she was involved with the design, conduct, and analysis of multidisciplinary clinical research studies pertaining to burn injuries. She is an active member of the Western Institute of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Geriatrics Society.

Dr. Edelman joined the faculty at the University of Utah College of Nursing in 2008 and looks forward to fostering a new generation of nurse researchers through teaching and mentorship. She has taught in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program (Advanced Pathophysiology I and II, Evidenced Based Practice I and II and Scholarly Project), the PhD program (Data Management and Quality) and the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program (Physiology and Psychology of Nursing). She actively advises DNP, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program and PhD graduate students.

Dr. Edelman is a 2010 John A. Hartford and Atlantic Philanthropies Claire M. Fagin Fellow. Her research focuses on injuries occurring to older adults living in rural areas and the triage of injured rural and urban older adults to trauma care. She is Program Director of two HRSA workforce development grants: the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program which integrates geriatrics and the Utah Rural Opioid HealthCare Consortium-Collaborative Care Model Program which seeks to improve the capacity and competencies of primary care teams providing medication assisted treatement.