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  • Director of the Taft Nicholson Environmental Humanities Education Center
  • Associate Professor, Communication
  • Associate Professor, Communication
  • Associate Professor, Communication


Research Statement

My research advances and translates theoretical work in conflict, conflict management, aging, and intergenerational relationships into practical explanations, implications, and guidelines for younger care providers working with elderly patients. My work also translates theories in these areas to guidelines for nursing home personnel, families of elderly individuals living in nursing homes, and residents themselves. Recent work investigates the implicit or lay theories older adults have for successful aging. This research refines successful aging theory and potentially improves the interactions of people providing assistance to elderly individuals coping with bereavement.

Research Keywords

  • Research Methods/Statistics, Interest Level: 5
  • Interpersonal Communication, Interest Level: 5
  • Health Communication, Interest Level: 5
  • Communication and Aging, Interest Level: 5

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Developing an evidenced-based decision making tool for parents considering permanent tracheostomy for a child. PI: Mark Bergstrom and Jake Jensen. Co-PI(s): Dr. Joan Sheetz (M.D., Pediatrics), and Dr. Christopher G. Maloney (M.D., Ph.D., Pediatrics). . Sorenson Legacy Foundation, 07/01/2013 - 07/01/2014. Total project budget to date: $5,000.00