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 and the NIH Stage Model for Behavioral Intervention Development to guide my work. I am currently working with caregivers of persons living with dementia to enhance training and support group engagement using arts-based techniques.


  • 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