Katarina Friberg Felsted, PhD portrait
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Health-Kinesiology
  • Associate Professor (Clinical), College Of Nursing

Research Statement

As a researcher, I am currently interested in the potential impact of mindfulness based stress reduction for the management and treatment of urinary urge incontinence in older adults as well as for the enhancement of rehabilitation goals for older adults in skilled nursing facilities. My focus is on using complementary, integrative and alternative approaches to treat chronic conditions in older adults. 

I am interested in the impact of gerontological education on students, on the community, and in the discipline itself.

As a healthy aging educator, I seek to promote optimal aging across the life course. Aging does not need to be a time of decline but is often seen as such. I am committed to improving ageist attitudes and enabling others to age integratively, seeing aging as a time of growth.

 

Research Keywords

  • Urge Urinary Incontinence
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Older adults
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Mindfulness
  • Instrumental activities of daily living of older adults
  • Higher Education
  • Family Caregiving
  • Aging
  • Adult and Continuing Education

Presentations

  • Muradas, A. Felsted KF, Supiano, KP, Mai, T. A Mindful Approach to Perceived Stress for Older Adults Receiving Rehabilitation Services in Long-term Care . Poster, Presented, 12/04/2020.
    https://our.utah.edu/fall-symposium/poster-anthony...
  • Mindfulness Intervention Benefits Older Adults Receiving Rehabilitation Services in Long Term Care, KF Felsted, KP Supiano, T Mai, A Muradas, Gerontological Society of America 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting . Poster, Presented, 11/06/2020.
  • Supporting Wellness through Mindfulness, Mission Health Services, 2020 Virtual Leadership Conference . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/04/2020.
  • Utilizing Mindfulness to Increase Resilience, Utah Health Care Association, 2020 Virtual Conference . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/27/2020.
  • Promoting Resilience through Mindfulness, Utah Geriatric Education Consortium, Fireside Chat Presentation Series . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/07/2020.
  • A Mindful Approach to Perceived Stress for Older Adults Receiving Rehabilitation Services in Long-term Care, Honors student A Muradas, National Student Nurse Association annual convention (not delivered, due to pandemic cancellation). Poster, Accepted, 04/15/2020.
  • Long-Term Effects of Mindfulness on Urge Urinary Incontinence in Older Adult Women: Analyzing RCT Results At 6 Months. K Felsted. In, Utilizing Effective Mentoring Strategies for Research Success: NYU Summer Scholars Program (Symposium), M Rowe, T Yap, and B Wu. Gerontological Society of America 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/16/2019.
  • Teachings from Trees: Generosity, Gratitude, and Growth in Gerontological Higher Education. Academy of Gerontology in Higher Education's Rising Star Early Career Faculty Award Lecture. K Felsted. Gerontological Society of America 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/15/2019.
  • How a Rural Community Adapts to an Aging Population BC Sisofo, AR Asman, K Friberg-Felsted Gerontological Society of America 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting . Poster, Presented, 11/14/2019.
  • The Influence of Revising an Online Gerontology Program on the Student Experience. K Dassel, KF Felsted, J Eaton. Gerontological Society of America 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/13/2019.
  • What Is the Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to Treat Symptoms of Urinary Incontinence in Older Adult Women? Felsted, KF, & Supiano, KP. American Geriatrics Society 2019 Annual Meeting, Portland OR. Poster, Presented, 05/03/2019.
  • Sigma Phi Omega: Learn how to join, create a chapter, and serve in the leadership of the International Academic Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2019.
  • An RCT Treating Urge Urinary Incontinence in Older Adult Women with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. KF Felsted, KP Supiano. Poster, Presented, 01/31/2019.
  • Promoting a Culture of Wellness & Resilience in the College of Nursing Wellness and Integrative Health Resiliency Center Wellness Champions Poster Session . Poster, Presented, 12/05/2018.
  • An RCT Treating Urge Urinary Incontinence in Older Adult Women with Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Felsted, KF, Supiano, KP. Gerontological Society of America's 70th Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, MA. Poster, Presented, 11/16/2018.
  • Reducing Symptoms of Urge Urinary Incontinence in Older Adult Women through Mindfulness. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Presentation, Presented, 07/20/2018.
  • Treating Urge Urinary Incontinence in Older Adult Women through Complementary Therapies: A Feasibility and Randomized Controlled Trial Utilizing MBSR and HEP. Felsted, KF, Supiano, KP. Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health's International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, Baltimore, MD. Poster, Presented, 05/09/2018.
  • Felsted, K, & Supiano, K. What Will It Take? Translating Lessons Learned in Educational Intervention Research with Older Adults. (K Felsted session chair) Association for Gerontology in Higher Education 44th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/01/2018.
  • What Can We "Depend" On? Exploring Research Findings about Bladder Control Management. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Utah. Presentation, Presented, 03/29/2017.
  • Heglund, E, Felsted, K, Juckett, L. (2017). Resumes, Transcripts, and Interviews… Oh My! Tips for Effective Career Planning and Job Finding. (symposium). Association for Gerontology in Higher Education 43rd Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/10/2017.
  • Urinary Incontinence: Myths, Facts, and Strategies. Eddie P. Mayne Kearns Senior Center. Kearns, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/16/2017.
  • Psychometric Properties of the Resilence Scale in Women with Urinary Incontinence, KF Felsted and SL Beck Gerontological Society of America's 69th annual scientific conference. Poster, Presented, 11/17/2016.
  • Has mindfulness been shown to reduce symptoms of urinary urge incontinence in adults? KF Felsted and KP Supiano 2016 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research: Determinants of Health. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/15/2016.
  • Yoga for Seniors: Understanding Older Adults' Beliefs and Barriers to Participation. R Perkins, L Edelman, K Dassel, G Towsley, KF Felsted. Western Institute of Nursing, Portland, OR. Poster, Presented, 04/09/2016.
  • The Future of Gerontology: Input and Strategies from Student Perspectives, symposium lead presentation, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education 42nd Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/05/2016.
  • I Can’t Do as Much as I Used to: Older Adults’ Perspective on Frailty, Gerontological Society of America’s 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL. Poster, Presented, 11/2015.
  • The Creation of Utah Nurse Leadership Registries: Making Connections through the Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar Program, Jonas Leadership Conference, Washington, DC. Presentation, Presented, 10/27/2015.
  • I Can’t Do as Much as I Used to: Older Adults’ Perspective on Frailty, 10th Annual Nursing Research Conference, Murray, UT. Poster, Presented, 10/2015.
  • The Creation of Utah Nurse Leadership Registries, Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders Fall Conference, Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/25/2015.
  • Cultivating Leadership through Asset and Opportunity Mapping, UACH Poster Symposium, Western Institute of Nursing Research Conference, Albuquerque, NM. Poster, Presented, 04/2015.
  • These are Supposed to be the Golden Years: Older Adults’ Perspective on Frailty, 9th Annual Research Retreat, Center on Aging, University of Utah. Poster, Presented, 03/2015.
  • Nurse Leaders in the Boardroom. Felsted, K. Utah Nurses Association Centennial Conference. Salt Lake City, UT. Presentation, Presented, 11/2014.
  • “The Importance of Physical Activity in Healthy Aging”, Dr. M. Caserta's Gerontology Course 5/6370 . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/28/2014.
  • Creating Intergenerational Ties: Addressing and Resolving Ageism through Education. Andersen, TC, Felsted, KF. American Society on Aging's Aging in America Conference. San Diego CA. Presentation, Presented, 03/2014.
  • Creative Educational Interdisciplinary Partnerships: VA Salt Lake City Health System and the UU Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program and College of Social Work AGHE 40th Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference, Denver, CO . Poster, Presented, 02/28/2014.
  • "The Strengths and Opportunities of the Future Identified in the UU Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program through the Graduate Review Process", Gerontological Society of America's 66th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/22/2013.
  • "Facilitating Optimal Aging in Older Adult Veterans : Creative Educational Interdisciplinary Partnerships", Gerontological Society of America's 66th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/22/2013.
  • Aging Diversity. Utah Aging Alliance 22nd Annual Meeting and Fall Conference. Park City, UT. Presentation, Presented, 10/2013.
  • "Aging Diversity" Cultural Competency Seminar, Weber Human Services. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/17/2013.
  • Facilitating Older Adult Veterans in Aging Optimally: Revolutionary Solutions through Creative Educational Interdisciplinary Partnerships . Poster, Presented, 04/08/2013.
  • "Gerontology Certificate of Completion" VA SLC Health System. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/26/2013.
  • "Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence" Seminar Series on Aging, University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/25/2013.
  • "The Strengths and Opportunities of the Future - Identified in Interdisciplinary Gerontology Education through the Self-Study and Program Review Process" College of Nursing Seminar Series. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/22/2013.
  • Creation and submission of Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program Minor Proposal to the Undergraduate Council and subsequently Academic Senate. Vetted through Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program Committee. Presented prior at College of Nursing College Council and received unanimous approval. Approved through the Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents. Other, Accepted, 11/15/2012.
  • Physical Activity and Aging: An Essential Component of Wellness Utah Aging Alliance 21st Annual Meeting and Conference. Presentation, Presented, 09/26/2012.
  • University of Utah Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program 40th Anniversary Utah Aging Alliance 21st Annual Meeting and Conference Sandy Utah. Presentation, Presented, 09/25/2012.
  • "When Aging Meets Technology: the Conceptual Heuristic of Post Aging" Center on Aging, 6th Annual Research Retreat. Poster, Presented, 03/20/2012.
  • "Aging Your Best: the Crucial Role of Physical Activity in the Life of an Older Adult", Health and Optimal Aging, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/28/2012.
  • "How the Roles of Technology Can Define and Enhance Living, Well-being, and Cognitive Memories", Aging in America, Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging, San Francisco CA. Poster, Presented, 04/2011.
  • "Philosophy and Aging: The Past, Present, and Future Considered," Gerontological Society of America's 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2010.
  • "Social Roles and Relationships in Aging" The HEALS Project, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/2010.

Research Groups

  • Anthony Muradas, Undergraduate Student. Undergraduate Nursing Student. 07/01/2019 - 12/05/2020.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • A Mindful Approach to Older Adults Receiving Rehabilitation Services in Long Term Care. PI: Katarina Friberg Felsted. Co-PI(s): Katherine Supiano. College of Nursing Research Committee, 03/2019 - 08/2020. Total project budget to date: $3,000.00
  • Utilizing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in the Treatment of Urge Urinary Incontinence in Older Adult Women: A Qualitative Six Month Follow Up. PI: Katarina Felsted, PhD. Co-PI(s): Kathie Supiano, PhD, LCSW, FT. Gamma Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International , 11/09/2018 - 10/31/2019. Total project budget to date: $500.00
  • Comparing MBSR with the HEP in the Treatment of UUI in Older Adult Women: A Pilot Feasibility and Randomized Controlled Trial . PI: Katarina Felsted. Gamma Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, 11/2016 - 11/2017. Total project budget to date: $500.00
  • The Creation of Utah Nurse Leadership Registries: Making Connections through the Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar Program. PI: Katarina Felsted. Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, 08/2014 - 08/2016. Total project budget to date: $20,000.00
  • Creating Intergenerational Ties: Addressing and Resolving Ageism through Education. PI: Katarina Felsted. Co-PI(s): Troy Andersen, Betsy Hunt, Robbie Jensen. College of Nursing, 02/01/2013 - 02/01/2014. Total project budget to date: $6,500.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • A Grounded Theory Exploration of the Concepts of Frailty and Ageism in a Sample of Older Adults. PI: Dr. Lauren Clark. Co-PI(s): Kate Doyon, Katarina Friberg Felsted,Linda Hofmann, Djin Lai, Meghan Routt, Tracy Ruegg, Rumei Yang. 08/24/2014 - 05/2018.
  • Creative Educational Interdisciplinary Partnerships: VA Salt Lake City Health System and The UU Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program. PI: Katarina F Felsted, MS. Co-PI(s): Joshua W. Brown, MPH, MPA, MSW. 05/2013 - 05/2014.

Languages

  • English, fluent.
  • Swedish, fluent.

Publications

  • Muradas, A & Felsted, KF (2020). A Mindful Approach to Perceived Stress for Older Adults Receiving Rehabilitation Services in Long-term Care. Vol. 20. University of Utah Undergraduate Research Journal. Published, 11/2020.
    https://d2vxd53ymoe6ju.cloudfront.net/wp-content/u...
  • Katarina Friberg Felsted & Susan M Friedman, Editor (2020). Mindfulness, Stress, and Aging. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine. Vol. 36, 685-696. Published, 11/2020.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cger.2020.06.010
  • Perkins, R & Dassel, K; Felsted, KF; Towsley, G; Edelman, L (2020). Yoga for Seniors: Understanding Their Beliefs and Barriers to Participation. Educational Gerontology. Vol. 46, 382-392. Published, 05/2020.
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/036012...
  • Katarina Friberg Felsted & Erin M Meyer (2020). Six Short Mindfulness Exercises for Daily Practice. Utah Geriatric Education Consortium. Published, 03/2020.
  • Katarina Friberg Felsted (2020). Board Member Musings 2020. [Website/Blog]. Published, 03/2020.
  • K Yeary, KI Alcaraz, KT Ashing, C Chiu, SM Christy, KF Felsted, Q Lu, CY Lumpkins, KS Masters, RL Newton Jr, CL Park, E Salmoirago-Blotcher, MJ Shen, VJ Silfee, B Yanez & J Yi (2020). Considering Religion and Spirituality in Precision Medicine. Translational Behavioral Medicine. Vol. 10, 195-203. Published, 02/2020.
    https://academic.oup.com/tbm/article-abstract/10/1...
  • Katarina Friberg Felsted & Katherine P Supiano (2019). Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Versus a Health Enhancement Program in the Treatment of Urge Urinary Incontinence in Older Adult Women A Randomized Controlled Feasibility Study . Research in Gerontological Nursing. Vol. 12, 285-297. Published, 07/2019.
    https://www.healio.com/nursing/journals/rgn/2019-1...
  • Katarina F Felsted (2019). Board Member Musings 2019. [Website/Blog] URL https://www.sigmaphiomega.org/chapter-news/board-member-musings/. Published, 04/2019.
    https://www.sigmaphiomega.org/chapter-news/board-m...
  • Menon, U, Ashing, K, Alcaraz, K, Chang, M. W, Christy, S, Felsted, K, Gil Rivas, V, Gwede, C, Lu, Q, Meade, C, Sly, J, Wang, M, Yanez, B, Yeary, K & Yi, J. C (2019). Application of the ConNECT framework to precision health and health disparities. Nursing Research. Vol. 68, 199-209. Published, 03/2019.
    https://journals.lww.com/nursingresearchonline/Abs...
  • Felsted, K F & Supiano, K P (2019). Using mindfulness approaches to treat urinary urge incontinence in older adult women: A scoping review. Integrative Journal of Nursing and Health. Vol. 2. Published, 01/2019.
    https://www.gratisoa.org/journals/index.php/IJNH/a...
  • Priddy, SE, Howard, MO, Hanley, AW, Riquino, MR, Friberg-Felsted, K & Garland, EL (2018). Mindfulness meditation in the treatment of substance use disorders and preventing future relapse: Neurocognitive mechanisms and clinical implications. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation. Published, 11/2018.
    https://www.dovepress.com/articles.php?article_id=...
  • Felsted, K (2018). Mindful Aging. Outlook, Newsletter of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Accepted, 09/2018.
  • Felsted, K F (2018). How do you know when complementary or integrative products or practices are safe to use? . (pp. 59). Resources for Aging Well. Published, 08/2018.
  • Eaton, J, Dassel, K & Felsted, K (2018). Navigating the future of gerontology education: Curriculum mapping to the AGHE competencies,. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. Vol. 40, 132-138. Published, 07/20/2018.
  • Felsted, K F (2018). Comparing mindfulness-based stress reduction with the health enhancement program in the treatment of urge urinary incontinence in older adult women: A pilot feasibility and randomized controlled trial. ProQuest. Published, 03/2018.
  • Wischenka, D.M., Marquez, C., Felsted, K.F. (April, 2016). Benefits of physical activity on cognitive functioning in older adults. In B. Resnick (Ed.), Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 36: Optimizing Physical Activity and Function Across All Settings. New York: Springer. Accepted, 12/01/2015.
  • Felsted, K. F. (Fall 2015). Complementary and integrative medicine in older adults. Outlook, Newsletter of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Retrieved from http://www.sbm.org/outlook/1015/index.php. Published, 10/2015.