• Associate Professor, College Of Nursing
  • Chair, Health Systems and Community Based Care Division, Con Nursing
  • Director, Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, Con Nursing

Research Summary

1. Injury research in vulnerable populations including older adults, rural communities, farmers and ranchers, and individuals with low SES and/or social capital 2. Geographic, health and injury factors impacting older adult trauma triage 3. Frailty status 4. Interdisciplinary long-term care practices


  • 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 Public Health Association.

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.