Gail L. Towsley, PhD, NHA

Curriculum Vitae

Gail L. Towsley, PhD, NHA portrait
  • Associate Professor, College Of Nursing



  • B.S., Physical Education - Exercise Science, Portland State University
  • M.S. , Gerontology, University of Utah
  • PhD, Nursing, University of Utah

Honors & Awards

  • Me & My Wishes—A Resident Centered Video Communicating Care Preferences, National Palliative Care Research Center Junior Faculty Career Development Award. 07/2015
  • Vice President Clinical and Translational Research Scholar. University of Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science. 01/01/2014
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA (T32) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. 01/2010
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Polisher Research Institute, Horsham, PA. 01/2009
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student. U of Utah College of Nursing. 05/2007


Gail Towsley, PhD is a tenured Associate Professor at University of Utah College of Nursing. She teaches in the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program and Nursing doctoral program. Dr. Towsley received her MS in Gerontology and PhD in Nursing at University of Utah. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at Polisher Research Institute and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. As a gerontologist and licensed nursing home administrator, Dr. Towsley’s professional goal is to conduct interdisciplinary applied aging research that advances scientific knowledge about palliative care in long term care settings and informs new approaches to enhancing communication among residents, families and staff in order to provide person-centered care. She has led the development of Me & My Wishes—resident centered video recorded conversations to communicate care preferences for today and at end of life. 

In the Media


  • English, fluent.