Research Keywords

  • long term care, nursing homes.
  • aging
  • Communication at the End of Life


  • Wan, Dassel, Edelman, Towsley et al. Interactions Between Life-Space and Quality of Life in Spousal Dyads Coping with Chronic Conditions. Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Poster, Presented, 11/2016.
  • Poster Presenter: Me & My Wishes: Prototyping Long Term Care Resident Videos to Communicate Care Preferences (with L Ellington, S Beck, & B Wong). Gerontological Society of America 67th Annual Scientific Meeting. Poster, Presented, 11/2014.
  • Poster Presenter: Integrating new nursing home quality provisions (with KS Sward, J Kehinde, C Madden, & J Guo). Academy Health Annual Research Meeting. Poster, Presented, 06/2014.
  • Qualitative Methods: Everything you wanted to know but were unsure whom to ask (Symposium with S. Kagan, S. Lysaght, Kamela Anderson). Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. Panel, Presented, 01/2013.
  • Examining the Use of the Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia as a Proxy Measure of Depression (G. Towsley, L. Snow, M. Ersek) Gerontological Society of America 64th Annual Scientific Meeting . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2011.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Me & My Wishes: Prototyping Long Term Care Resident Videos to Communicate Care Preferences, University of Utah College of Nursing. PI: Towsley GL. Co-PI(s): Ellington, L., Beck, SL., Wong, B. University of Utah College of Nursing, 05/2013 - 05/2015. Total project budget to date: $4,652.00
  • Older Adults and Their Perspective on Chronic Conditions. PI: Gail Towsley. Co-PI(s): Salimah Meghani, University of Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health, 07/01/2011 - 06/30/2013. Total project budget to date: $10,000.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Conversations About End Of Life. PI: Gail Towsley. 10/2009 - 12/31/2012.


  • English, fluent.


  • GL Towsley & KB Hirschman (2017). Talking about end-of-life care: Perspectives of nursing home residents. Geriatric Nursing. Accepted, 07/01/2017.
  • Beck, SL, Brant, J, Donahue, R., Smith E., Towsley, GL., Berry, P., Guo, J., Al-Qaaydeh, S., Pett, M., & Donaldson, G. (2016) Oncology Nursing Certification: Relation to Nurses' Knowledge and Attitudes about Pain, Patient-Reported Pain Care Quality and Pain Outcomes. Oncology Nursing Forum, 43, 67-76. Published, 01/2016.
  • Curyto, K., VanHaitsma, K., & Towsley, GL. (2016). Assessing resident preferences in the nursing home: Understanding Meaning and Language through Cognitive Interviewing. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 9, 24-34. epub ahead of print May 2015. Published, 01/2016.
  • Towsley, G.L., Hirschman, K., & Madden, C. (2015). Conversations about end of life: Perspectives of nursing home residents, family, and staff. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 18, 421-428. Featured article. Published, 05/2015.
  • VanHaitsma, K., Curyto, K., Abbott, K., Towsley, G.L., Spector, A., & Klebaum, M. (2015). A randomized controlled trial for an individualized position psychological intervention for the affective and behavioral symptoms of dementia in nursing home residents. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 70, 35-45.. Published, 01/2015.
  • Van Haitsma, K, Curyto, K, Spector, A., Towsley, G., Kleban, M, Carpenter, B, Ruckdeschel,K, Feldman PH, & Koren, M. (2013) The Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory: Scale Development and Description of Psychosocial Preferences Responses in Community-Dwelling Elders. The Gerontologist, 53, 582-95. Published, 08/2013.
  • Pett, MA, Guo, JW, Beck, SL, Towsley, G.L., Brant, JM, Berry, PH, Smith, EL, Donaldson, G. (2013) Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Pain Care Quality Survey (PainCQ©) Health Services Research, 48,1018-38. Published, 06/2013.
  • Beck, S., Weiss, M., Ryan-Wendger, N., Donaldson, N.E., Aydin, C., Towsley, G.L., & Gardner, William. (2013). Measuring Nurses' Impact on Health Care Quality: Progress, Challenges and Future Directions. Medical Care, 51, S15-22. . Accepted, 04/2013.
  • Towsley, G.L., Beck, S.L., & Pepper, G.A. (2013). Predictors of quality in rural nursing homes using standard and novel methods. Research in Gerontological Nursing. Epub ahead of print.. Published, 01/2013.
  • Towsley, G., Neradilek, M., Snow, A.L., & Ersek, M. (2012). Evaluating the Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia as a Proxy Measure in Nursing Home Residents With and Without Dementia. Aging and Mental Health, 16, 892-901. Published, 04/2012.
  • Towsley, G.L., Beck, S.L., Dudley, W.N. & Pepper, G.A. (2011). Staffing levels in rural nursing homes: A mixed methods approach. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 4, 207-20. Published, 07/04/2011.
  • Beck, S.L , Towsley, G.L., Pett, M.A., Berry, P., Smith, E., Brant, J., & Guo, J. (2010). Initial Psychometric Properties of the Pain Care Quality Survey (PainCQ). Journal of Pain, 11, 1311-9. Published, 12/2010.
  • Beck, S.L , Towsley, G.L. Berry, P., Brant, J., & Smith, E. (2010). Measuring the Quality of Care related to Pain Management: A Multiple Method Approach to Instrument Development. Nursing Research. 59, 85-92. Published, 03/2010.
  • Symptom Experiences and Quality of Life of Rural and Urban Older Adult Cancer Survivors. Cancer Nursing, 32, 359-69. Published, 10/2009.