Brenda L. Luther, PhD, RN

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Associate Professor (Clinical), College Of Nursing
  • Director Care Management Programs, Con Nursing

Biography

Education

  • Master's of Science, Nursing, University of Utah. Project: Successful Transition to Adulthood for Children with Physical Disabilities
  • PhD, Nursing, University of Utah. Project: Food and Physical Activity for School-Age Children with Spina Bifida

Honors & Awards

  • 2015 Heart and Hand Award at the Utah Philanthropy Day from Utah Health and Human Rights for recognition of Volunteerism. Utah Health and Human Rights Project, 11/18/2015
  • Promoting Workforce Development for high-school, Bachelors and interdisciplinary Masters Care Managers, $181,700. Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnerships, State of Utah, 06/25/2015
  • Program Development Award, $18,000. Center for Teaching and Learning, 05/2013
  • Sanofi-Pasteur Fellow. American Nurses Foundation, $8,500 , 11/2008
  • PhD Fellowship Award. University of Utah, 08/2006
  • PhD Fellowship Award. University of Utah, 08/2005

Biography

Brenda Luther, PhD, RN is the Director of the Masters and Certificate Care Management Specialty and an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing and within the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program at the University of Utah.  Dr. Luther teaches courses in care management, evidence-based practice and health promotion, coordinates student practicum and experiences for Care Management and leads the masters synthesis courses.

Dr. Luther has specialized disability care and care management, working with children and their families at Shriners Hospital for Children, Intermountain Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She started her career in care coordination at Shriners working with public, private and non-profit agencies to bring about coordinated and connected services for children in Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona and Colorado. Her research interests are care management, successful transition to adulthood for children with disabilities, and health promotion for children with physical disabilities.

Luther has researched and published in the areas specific to children with physical disabilities including: promoting successful transition to adulthood, family caregiving, health promotion and self-care. Most recently, she is a member of an interdisciplinary research team investigating interprofessional education and care planning across disciplines and the lifespan. She is active in professional organizations including American Case Management Association, the Case Management Society of America, and the U of U, College of Nursing Alumni Board. Additionally, she has served on the Orthopedic Nursing editorial board since 1999 and acted as guest editor for a special edition related to the how nursing is vital to Affordable Care Act. She earned her master of science in community health and family nursing and a doctor of philosophy in Nursing from the University of Utah where her research was focused on preventing overweight and obesity for school-age children with spina bifida by investigating family capacity to include health promotion as well as disease care in a complex health environment.  She was an American Nurses Foundation 2009 Sanofi-Pasteur PhD Fellow.

Affiliations

  • American Case Management (ACMA), Education Director, 12/15/2015 - present
  • Health Care Partnership, Utah State Department of Health (HPC), co-investigator, 02/01/2014 - present
  • Orthopaedic Nursing Journal (ONJ), Editorial Board Member, 01/2002 - present

Languages

  • English, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • China. Invited Lecturer, "2015 Student Immersion", Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.Interdisciplinary Evidence-Based Practice Lecturer.

Career Highlights

Dr. Luther has specialized disability care and care management, working with children and their families at Shriners Hospital for Children, Intermountain Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She started her career in care coordination at Shriners working with public, private and non-profit agencies to bring about coordinated and connected services for children in Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona and Colorado. Her clinical interests are care management, successful transition to adulthood for children with disabilities, and health promotion for children with physical disabilities.