• Director, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program, College Of Nursing
  • Assistant Professor, College Of Nursing
  • Project Director, Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, College Of Nursing

Research Summary

My research uses transdisciplinary approaches to enhance the quality of life for older adults and their caregivers through arts-based interventions. I use participatory mixed method research to create ethnodrama as a form of high fidelity simulation. Most recently I am working with certified nursing assistants to incorporate creative caregiving techniques in long term care.


  • PhD, College of Nursing / Gerontology, University of Utah. Project: An Arts-Based Intervention into Perceptions of Late Life Potential for Nursing Students and Older Adults
  • Higher Education Teaching Specialist, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence, University of Utah
  • MS, Gerontology, University of Utah
  • BA, Theatre Arts Studies, Brigham Young University