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