Katarina Friberg Felsted, MS

Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

Katarina Friberg Felsted, MS portrait
  • Assistant Professor (Clinical), College Of Nursing



  • Masters of Science 2010, Gerontology, University of Utah. Project: An Integrated Wellness Program Designed for a Senior Living Community
  • Bachelor of Arts 1991, English Literature and Composition, Brigham Young University
  • admitted, PhD program, College of Nursing 2013, Cancer, Aging, End of Life cohort, University of Utah
  • Higher Education Teaching Specialist 2016, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, University of Utah

Honors & Awards

  • Felsted, K., Lai, D., Doyon, K., Hoffman, L., Njenga, A., Routt, M., Ruegg, T., Yang, R. Best Abstract Award. I Can’t Do as Much as I Used to: Older Adults’ Perspectives on Frailty. 10th Annual Nursing Conference , 10/23/2015
  • Nominee, Beacons of Excellence, Transformational experiences in faculty teaching. University College Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of Student Affairs University of Utah, 04/20/2015
  • Felsted, K., Lai, D., Doyon, K., Hoffman, L., Njenga, A., Routt, M., Ruegg, T., Yang, R. Outstanding Poster Award. These are Supposed to be the Golden Years: Older Adults’ Perspectives on Frailty. University of Utah, College of Nursing, Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, at the Center on Aging Research Retreat, 04/02/2015
  • Named a Noorda-Hartford Fellow 2014-2017. 07/01/2014
  • Named a national Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar 2014-2016. Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, 06/01/2014
  • Inducted into STTI. Sigma Theta Tau International, 04/03/2014
  • University Ambassador. Gerontological Society of America, 02/03/2014
  • Marriner S. Eccles Graduate Fellow. College of Nursing, 08/2013
  • Honor Society inductee. Sigma Phi Omega, 05/07/2010


Katarina Friberg Felsted is as Assistant Professor in the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah, and holds an MS in Gerontology.

Katarina teaches both core and elective gerontology undergraduate and graduate courses: Health and Optimal Aging; Diversity in Aging; International Dimensions of Lifelong Learning; and Caregiving & Aging Families. Katarina has a strong commitment to excellence in teaching in higher education, and has earned her Higher Education Teaching Specialist designation through the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at the University of Utah.

She currently serves on student supervisory committees and scholarly project committees for the GIP MS and Nursing DNP programs in chair, committee member, and content expert roles. She is a member of the Center on Aging, the University of Utah Academy of Health Science Educators, the Utah Aging Alliance, the Utah Commission on Aging, and the Utah Geriatrics Society. Katarina enjoys serving the community through her work on the the Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders Leadership Committee as well as the executive board of the Utah Action Coalition for Health. She works to increase the participation and impact of nurses serving on boards state- and nationwide. 

Nationally, she serves on the Executive, the Program, the Awards, and the Student Committee for the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). She is the second contact state liaison for the national Nurses on Boards Coalition. She is an abstract reviewer for three national scientific organizations, the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). She was appointed the GSA Ambassador for the University of Utah by the national organization.  

Her current research interest is the use of alternative, complementary, and integrative therapies to treat chronic conditions in older adults. Her reserach focus is mindfulness-based stress reduction as a treatment for urinary urge incontinence in older adult women. As a gerontologist, she studies the most marginalized populations in scientific research: older adults and women. 

Katarina was awarded three grants in 2016 from the UU CoN Hartford-Noorda Fellowship, the UU Office of the Associate Vice President for Health Equity and Inclusion, and the Gamma Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International to support this research focus. She continues to present at national and international conferences. 

Her book, co-authored with Dr. Scott Wright, Toward Post Ageing: Technology in an Ageing Society, was published by Springer. She has published several articles in various scholarly and academic journals. 

Katarina entered the University of Utah College of Nursing PhD program in the fall of 2013. The specialty focus for her cohort is Aging, End-of-Life, and Cancer. She will defend her dissertation by fall of 2017.

She is a Noorda-Hartford Fellow, a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, and a Marriner S. Eccles Graduate Fellow.


  • Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC), state liaison, second contact, 11/01/2016 - present
  • Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders (UONL), Leadership Committee, 09/2015 - present
  • Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), Student Chair , 01/2015 - 03/2017
  • John A Hartford Foundation (The Hartford Center), Noorda-Hartford Fellow, 07/2014 - 06/2017
  • The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (The Jonas Center), Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, 06/2014 - 05/2016
  • Utah Action Coalition for Health (UACH), executive board member, 06/2014 - present
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), Aging SIG, Ethnic, Minority, and Multicultural Health SIG, 05/2014 - present
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society (STTI), inductee, 04/03/2014 - present
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA), University Ambassador , 02/2014 - present
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA), university ambassador, 02/2014 - 02/2015
  • University of Utah Academy of Health Science Educators , member, 01/2014 - present
  • Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), Senior Diversity Committee, 10/2013 - present
  • Graduate Student Nursing Academy AACN (AACN), member, 08/2013 - present
  • Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), abstract reviewer, 07/2013 - present
  • Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), Geriatric Education Committee Member, 02/2013 - 03/2016
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA), abstract reviewer, 04/2011 - present
  • Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society (SPO), inductee, 05/2010 - present
  • American Society on Aging (ASA), presenter and member, 05/2010 - 05/2011
  • Utah Aging Alliance (UAA), member, 09/2008 - present
  • Gerontological Society of America Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization (ESPO), member, 11/2007 - present
  • Utah Commission on Aging (UCA), member, 07/2007 - present

In the Media

  • Winner of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence Outstanding Poster in Aging Award, given at the 2015 Center on Aging Research Retreat A grounded theory exploration of frailty: The older adults' perspective. Katarina Friberg Felsted, Djin Lai, Kate Doyon, Angela Njenga, Linda Hofmann, Meghan Routt, Tracy Ruegg, & Rumei Yang. 04/2015. http://aging.utah.edu/membership/newsletters/2015/...
  • The Deseret News covered the senior brunch that was the culmination of the Faculty Innovation Grant I was awarded to combat ageism in middle schoolers. 05/2014. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865603273/Senio...
  • UNIVERSITY OF UTAH MEDIA RELEASE katie.schrier@nurs.utah.edu U OF U GERONTOLOGY INTERDISCPLINARY PROGRAM TURNS 40 (September 25, 2012) In 1972, the Rocky Mountain Gerontology Program, a five-school consortium, including the University of Utah, was established to offer credentials to students interested in the field of aging. Today, the U’s Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program, as it is now known, is celebrating 40 years of excellence in preparing professionals in the field. The program's academic structure is designed to offer an interdisciplinary environment in which an individual with an interest in aging can sculpt their educational experience. “The Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program brings together the unique and rich perspectives of a variety of fields, making it possible for students to sculpt their educational experience to suit their interests,” said Katarina Felsted, instructor (clinical), the program’s director. “This wealth and breadth of knowledge and resources helps build diverse leaders in the field of gerontology—and opens graduates up to myriad professional opportunities.” According to Felsted, the relevancy of gerontology for an aging society is both timely and critical. Between 2000 and 2030, the older population in the US is expected to more than double from 35 million to 71.5 million, with people over age 85 representing the fastest growing segment. “As we celebrate 40 years, the program honors the efforts of those who have worked and served to make it what it is today,” she said. “It is the result of many, many people having dedicated their time and effort to sustain the field of gerontology at the University of Utah. As we look to the next 40 years of the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program and the rapidly changing needs of an aging society in our community, the program is poised to build on its foundation of excellence.” To learn more, visit www.nursing.utah.edu/gerontology. 09/25/2012.


  • English, fluent.
  • Swedish, fluent.

Career Highlights

Katarina Felsted was appointed as the director of the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program in June of 2012. She collaborated with her colleagues and marketed the program and tripled the number of incoming MS students by the next fall.

Katarina worked diligently to bring a Minor to the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program and this went through the entire process, including approval by the Board of Regents, and was put into place by Fall 2013.

Katarina was awarded a Faculty Innovation Grant in February of 2013 to execute a curriculum to reduce ageism in middle schoolers. She is conducting several studies simultaneously, on frailty in older adults, pelvic floor disorders &resilience in older adutls, and mindfulness based stress reduction &urinary urge incontinence in older adults. 

Katarina applied to and was accepted into the College of Nursing Cancer, Aging, and End-of-life PhD Cohort, in the spring of 2013. As a result, she recruited a stellar new director for the program, Dr. Kara Dassel, who became co-director in August of 2013 as Katarina began her doctoral studies in August of 2013.

She is a Noorda-Hartford Fellow, a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, and a Marriner S. Eccles Graduate Fellow.

In November of 2014, Springer Verlag published her first book, Toward Post Ageing, co-authored with Dr. Scott Wright.