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

Research Statement

As a gerontologist with a research PhD in Nursing, an MS in Gerontology, and a BA in Theatre Studies, I am prepared to conduct transdisciplinary research using an approach that focuses on enhancing the quality of life of older adults and their caregivers through arts-based interventions. Currently,I am collaborating with the Utah Caregiver Support Program and Walk Ons, Inc (a professional theatre group specializing in performing for underserved audiences) to dissemnate caregiving research using professional performaces of an ethnodrama created in partnership with informal family caregivers. This intervention builds on the work I completed with nursing students and long term care residents to use ethnodrama in an effort to improve attitudes about older adults and aging. I recently received funding to work with certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to revise and implement a creative caregiving toolkit in long term care facilities. Our goal is to identify techniques that can improve job satisfaction, empower CNAs, and reduce turnover.

Research Keywords

  • Family Caregiving
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Aging and the Arts
  • Late Life Potential
  • Mixed Method Design
  • Ethnodrama
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Environment and Behavior
  • Distance Learning

Presentations

  • Clayton, M., Iacob, E., Supiano, K., Caserta, M., Fuhrmann, H., Utz, R., Eaton, J., Towsley, G., & Dassel, K. Live Hospice Discharge: Outliving Hospice Eligibility. Western Institute of Nursing 2019 Conference. Poster, Accepted, 12/2018.
  • Let Us Progress! Implementing Professionally Led Arts-Based Programming in Senior Centers. Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/14/2018.
  • Portrait of a Caregiver. Performance at the College of Nursing, University of Utah. Eaton, J. & Madsen-Wilkerson, N. Presentation, Presented, 10/24/2018.
  • Portrait of a Caregiver. Performance for the 2018 Cognitive Care Conference: Caregiver Track. Senior Expo, Utah Department of Health, HealthInsight, UHealth. Eaton, J. & Madsen-Wilkerson, N. Presentation, Presented, 10/05/2018.
  • Portrait of a Caregiver. Performance for the 2018 Cognitive Care Conference: Healthcare Professional & Student Track. Senior Expo, Utah Department of Health, HealthInsight, UHealth. Eaton, J. & Madsen-Wilkerson, N. Presentation, Presented, 10/05/2018.
  • Advancing Interprofessional Telemedicine Education: A Mixed Methods Analysis of Student Knowledge, Beliefs, and Attitudes. 2018 Education Symposium of the University of Utah Academy of Health Science Educators. Chase-Cantarini, S., Eaton, J., & Guo, J. Presentation, Presented, 09/20/2018.
  • Liu, J. & Eaton, J. Indicators of Burden in Conversations Between Family Caregivers. Sigma Theta Tau International Leadership Connection. Poster, Presented, 09/17/2018.
  • Portrait of a Caregiver. Performance for CONNECT Summit County Mental Health Awareness Month. Eaton, J. & Madsen-Wilkerson, N. Presentation, Presented, 05/22/2018.
  • Farrell, T.W., Eaton, J., Shipman, J., Supiano, K., Wilson, R., Chase-Cantarini, S., Hansen, A., & Towsley, G. The Development of a Communication Instrument for Long Term Care Providers and Staff. American Geriatrics Society 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting. Poster, Presented, 05/04/2018.
  • Chase-Cantarini, S., Eaton, J., Telonidis, J., Edelman, S. Interprofessional Training in Long Term Care. American Geriatrics Society 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting. Poster, Presented, 05/04/2018.
  • Brunker, CP, Eaton, J., Burton, A., Telonidis, J., Butler, J., & Supiano, M. Interactive Distance Interprofessional Education in Post-Acute & Long Term Care. American Geriatrics Society 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting. Poster, Presented, 05/03/2018.
  • Portrait of a Caregiver. Performance at the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Community Caregiver Conference. Eaton, J. & Madsen-Wilkerson, N. Presentation, Presented, 04/18/2018.
  • Portrait of a Caregiver. Performance at the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Community Caregiver Conference. Eaton, J. & Madsen-Wilkerson, N. Presentation, Presented, 04/17/2018.
  • The Influence of Ethnodrama on Caregiver Well-Being. The University of Utah Center on Aging 12th Annual Research Retreat. Eaton, J. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/06/2018.
  • Liu, J. & Eaton, J. Indicators of Burden in Conversations Between Family Caregivers. University of Utah Center on Aging 12th Annual Research Retreat. Poster, Presented, 04/05/2018.
  • The Utah Geriatric Education Center Post-Acute and Long Term Care Learning Community. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Eaton, J., Brunker, C., Scott, S., Butler, J., & Supiano, M. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/03/2018.
  • The Development and Assessment of a Communications Instrument for Nursing Homes. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Farrell, T., Eaton, J., Chase-Cantarini, S., Hansen, A., Shipman, J., Supiano, K., Wilson, R.D., & Towsley, G. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/03/2018.
  • Edelman, L., Eaton, J., Garrett, L., Carlson, M., Podchinenova, T., & Madden, C. Development of a Distance Based Long-Term Care Nurse Residency Program. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Poster, Presented, 03/02/2018.
  • Dassel, K., Eaton, J., & Mohlman, W. Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD): Evaluation of Community-Based Educational Conferences. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Poster, Presented, 03/02/2018.
  • Dassel, K., Edelman, L, Rupper, R., Luptak, M., McNulty, T., Eaton, J., Butler, J., & Mohlman, W. Utah Geriatric Education Center: Development of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Online Training Modules. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Poster, Presented, 03/01/2018.
  • Portrait of a Caregiver. Performance at the Senior Expo Caregiver Conference. Eaton, J. & Madsen-Wilkerson, N. Presentation, Presented, 10/06/2017.
  • Nursing Assistants as Agents of Creative Caregiving in Long Term Care. 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (San Francisco, CA). Cloyes, K., Eaton, J., & Ellington, L. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 07/24/2017.
  • The Unseen Caregiver: Survivorship, Creativity, and Innovation. Symposium at the 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (San Francisco, CA). Cloyes, K. & Eaton, J. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 07/24/2017.
  • Community-Based Action to Magnify the Family Caregiver Experience through Ethnodrama. 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (San Francisco, CA). Eaton, J. & Madsen, N. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 07/24/2017.
  • Portrait of a Caregiver. The Age Stage Presentation at the 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (San Francisco, CA). Eaton, J. & Madsen, N. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 07/23/2017.
  • Portrait of a Caregiver. Performance at the Utah Geriatric Education Consortium and HealthInsight Training. Eaton, J. & Madsen-Wilkerson, N. Presentation, Presented, 06/27/2017.
  • Opening Session: Flashes of Inspiration (Portrait of a Caregiver). Mountain West Arts Conference. West Valley City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/04/2017.
  • Portrait of a Caregiver. Performance at the Annual Division of Aging & Adult Services Training. Eaton, J. & Madsen-Wilkerson, N. Presentation, Presented, 04/27/2017.
  • Portrait of a Caregiver. Performance at the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Community Caregiver Conference. Utah Geriatric Education Consortium. Eaton, J. & Madsen-Wilkerson, N. Presentation, Presented, 04/19/2017.
  • Portrait of a Caregiver. Performance at the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Community Caregiver Conference. Utah Geriatric Education Consortium. Eaton, J. & Madsen-Wilkerson, N. Presentation, Presented, 03/24/2017.
  • Madsen, N. & Eaton, J. Staging Advocacy: Portrait of a Caregiver. Aging in America: The Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging. (Chicago, IL). Poster, Presented, 03/22/2017.
  • Portrait of a Caregiver: An Arts-Based Approach to Caregiver Support and Research Dissemination. The College of Nursing Research and Scholarship Lunch and Lecture. (Salt Lake City, UT) Eaton, J. Presentation, Presented, 11/11/2016.
  • Portrait of a Caregiver. Performance at the AARP Utah Annual Volunteer Summit. Eaton, J. & Madsen-Wilkerson, N. Presentation, Presented, 09/27/2016.
  • Knowledgeable Nursing Assistants as Creative Caregivers. 2016 National Center for Creative Aging Conference and Leadership Exchange (Washington, DC). Eaton, J. & Cloyes, K. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/26/2016.
  • Ethnodrama as High Fidelity Simulation for Family Caregivers. 2016 National Center for Creative Aging Conference and Leadership Exchange (Washington, DC). Eaton, J. & Madsen, N. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/25/2016.
  • Portrait of a Caregiver. Performance at the Alzheimer’s Association Making Sense of Alzheimer’s Event. Eaton, J. & Madsen-Wilkerson, N. Presentation, Presented, 05/01/2016.
  • Portrait of a Caregiver: End of Life and Advanced Care Planning. End of Life Care: Are you Ready? (Salt Lake City, UT). HealthInsight. Eaton, J. Presentation, Presented, 04/04/2016.
  • Portrait of a Caregiver – Live on Stage. 2016 Generations Conference (Salt Lake City, UT). Eaton, J., & Madsen, N. Presentation, Presented, 03/31/2016.
  • Navigating the Future of Gerontology Education: Curriculum Mapping to the AGHE Competencies. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (Long Beach, CA). Dassel, K. & Eaton, J. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/05/2016.
  • Eaton, J., Edelman, L., & Pepper, G. Evaluating the Efficacy of Gerontological Content in a Care Management Masters Program. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (Long Beach, CA). Poster, Presented, 03/05/2016.
  • Eaton, J., & Donaldson, G. Altering Nursing Student and Older Adult Attitudes through a Possible Selves Ethnodrama. Gerontological Society of America (Orlando, FL). Poster, Presented, 11/18/2015.
  • Practicing what we preach: An inter-professional collaboration in the development of the Interprofessional Attitudes Scale (IPAS). College of Nursing Seminar Series (Salt Lake City, UT). Blumenthal, D., Carpenter, J.G., Eaton, J., Guo, J., Lassche, M., Norris, J., & Pett, M. Presentation, Presented, 04/03/2015.
  • Eaton, J. Highlighting Late Life Potential through an Ethnodrama Intervention. Gerontological Society of America (Washington, DC). Poster, Presented, 11/07/2014.
  • Eaton, J. How to Construct an Ethnodrama: Connecting Generations through Arts Based Research. Gerontological Society of America (Washington, DC). Poster, Presented, 11/06/2014.
  • The Intersection of Arts and Aging. MindFill: A Healthy Brain Class; 10th East Senior Center (Salt Lake City, UT). Presentation, Presented, 10/29/2014.
  • Contextual Factors Influencing Nurse-Led Quality Improvement in US Hospitals. Western Institute of Nursing 2014 Conference (Seattle, WA). Tavernier, S., Beck, S., Guo, J., Eaton, J., Brant, J., & Dunton, N. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/12/2014.
  • Building Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Community-Based Health Equity Research. Western Institute of Nursing 2014 Conference (Seattle, WA). Pett, M., Clark, L., Wright, S., Richardson, S., Hart, S., Richards, D., Johnson, E., Guo, J., Eaton, J., Lyons, A., Wright, C., Cardell, B., Jordan, K., Reel, J., Burley, J., & Dorius, J. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/10/2014.
  • Aging and the Arts Online: Lessons Learned from Course Development and Implementation. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (Denver, CO). Eaton, J. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/28/2014.
  • Norris, J., Lassche, M., Carpenter, J., Eaton, J., Guo, J., Pett, M.A., & Blumenthal, D. Assessing Interprofessional Simulations: Development and Construct Validation of the Interprofessional Attitudes Scale (IPAS). 14th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (San Francisco, CA). Poster, Presented, 01/2014.
  • Future of Nursing: Implement Nurse Residency Program. IOM Leadership Project Presentations. Jonas Scholars Leadership Conference (Washington, DC). Presentation, Presented, 10/29/2013.
  • Tavernier, S., Beck, S., Guo, J., Eaton, J., Brant, J., & Berry, P. Scaling-Up Qualitative Methods for Translational Research. Academy Health Research Meeting (Baltimore, MD). Poster, Presented, 06/24/2013.
  • Eaton, J. The integration of research and theatre through mixed method design. Western Institute of Nursing 2013 Conference (Anaheim, CA). Poster, Presented, 04/12/2013.
  • Eaton, J. Possible selves theory as an approach to strengths based care. Western Institute of Nursing 2013 Conference (Anaheim, CA). Poster, Presented, 04/11/2013.
  • Eaton, J. From the stage to the internet page: Social media’s influence on perceptions of late life potential. Gerontological Society of America (San Diego, CA). Poster, Presented, 11/18/2012.
  • Eaton, J., Guo, J., Lindau, K., Brant, J., & Beck, S. Increasing rigor in translational research: Data collection training at the national level. Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) National Conference (Washington, DC). Poster, Presented, 04/26/2012.
  • Brant, J., Eaton, J., Beck, S., Berry, P., & Lindau, K. Development of an online toolkit to improve pain care quality in U.S. hospitals. Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) National Conference (Washington, DC). Poster, Presented, 04/26/2012.
  • Increasing Opportunities for Arts-Based Intervention in Long Term Care. Seminar Series on Aging, University of Utah (SLC, UT). Presentation, Presented, 03/05/2012.
  • Increasing Opportunities for Arts-Based Intervention in Long Term Care. Gerontological Society of America (Boston, MA). Eaton, J. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/20/2011.
  • Eaton, J., Carpenter, J., & Alderden, J. Ethnography as a Method to Explore the Culture of Mealtime in Nursing Homes, 6th Annual Nursing Research Conference (Murray, UT). Poster, Presented, 10/28/2011.
  • Bridging the gap: Theatre for older adults. Theatre Education Forum, Brigham Young University (Provo, UT). Presentation, Presented, 03/18/2010.
  • Using technology to advance education in Gerontology. Utah Gerontological Society (St. George, UT). Presentation, Presented, 10/2006.
  • Multipurpose senior centers: Environmental influences for lifelong learning. Gerontological Society of America (San Diego, CA). Eaton, J. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2003.

Research Groups

  • Transitions and Health Research Innovation Team (RITe), Research Professor. College of Nursing. 07/2017 - present.
  • Transforming Caregiving through Science (TACTUS) RITe, Research Professor. College of Nursing. 07/2017 - present.
  • Developing Potential and Promoting Health Equity among Persons with Disabling Conditions, Graduate Student. College of Nursing / Research Innovation Team (RITe). 05/2012 - 05/2013.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Portrait of a Caregiver. PI: Jacqueline Eaton. Co-PI(s): Nancy Madsen. The Gerontological Society of America & Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative, 10/2016 - present. Total project budget to date: $1,500.00
  • Jonas Scholars Program: Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. PI: Jacqueline Eaton. Co-PI(s): Ginny Pepper. The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, 07/2016 - 06/2018. Total project budget to date: $10,000.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • An Arts-Based intervention into Perceptions of Late Life Potential for Nursing Students and Older Adults (Dissertation). PI: Jacqueline Eaton. 08/2010 - 08/2014.
  • Multipurpose Senior Centers: Environmental Influences on Lifelong Learning (Masters Project). PI: Jacqueline Eaton. 08/2001 - 04/2003.

Languages

  • English, fluent.
  • French, basic.

Publications

  • Beck, S.L., Dunton, N., Berry, P.H., Brant, J.M., Guo, J., Potter, C., Spornitz, B., Eaton, J. & Wong, B. (2019). Dissemination and implementation of patient-centered indicators of pain care quality and outcomes. Medical Care. Vol. 57(2), 159-166. Published, 02/2019.
  • Tavernier, Guo, J., Eaton, J., Brant, J.M., Berry, P. & Beck, S.L. (2018). Context matters for nurses leading pain improvement in U.S. hospitals. Pain Management Nursing. Vol. 19(5), 474-486. Published, 10/2018.
  • Dassel, K, Eaton, J. & Felsted, K. (2018). Navigating the future of Gerontology education: Curriculum mapping to the AGHE competencies. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. Vol. 40(1), 132-138. Published, 07/2018.
  • Eaton, J. & Madsen-Wilkerson, N. (2017). Staging advocacy: Portrait of a Caregiver. Public Policy & Aging Report. Vol. 27(S1), S27-S30. Published, 12/2017.
  • Eaton, J. (2017). The process of creating an ethnodrama highlighting late life potential through nursing student and older adult collaboration. Qualitative Research. Vol. 17(5), 498-519. Published, 10/01/2017.
  • Eaton J (2016). Aging and the Arts Online: Lessons Learned From Course Development and Implementation. Gerontology & geriatrics education. Vol. 37, 273-291. Published, 08/01/2016.
  • Eaton J & Donaldson, G. (2016). Altering Nursing Student and Older Adult Attitudes Through a Possible Selves Ethnodrama. Journal of professional nursing : official journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Vol. 32(2), 141-151. Published, 03/01/2016.
  • Norris J, Carpenter JG, Eaton J, Guo JW, Lassche M, Pett MA & Blumenthal DK (2015). The Development and Validation of the Interprofessional Attitudes Scale: Assessing the Interprofessional Attitudes of Students in the Health Professions. Academic Medicine : Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Vol. 90(10), 1394-1400. Published, 05/18/2015.
  • Eaton J (2015). The feasibility of ethnodrama as intervention to highlight late-life potential for nursing students and older adults. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. Vol. 36(2), 204-222. Published, 04/11/2015.
  • Wright, C.A., Wright, S.D., Diener, M.L., & Eaton, J. (2014). Autism spectrum disorder and the applied collaborative approach: A review of community based participatory research and participatory action research. Journal of Autism, 1(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.7243/2054-992X-1-1. Published, 07/2014.
  • Salari, S., Brown, B.B., & Eaton, J. (2006). Conflicts, friendship cliques and territorial displays in senior center environments. Journal of Aging Studies, 20(3), 237-252. Published, 09/2006.
  • Eaton, J., & Salari, S. (2005). Environments for lifelong learning in senior centers. Educational Gerontology, 31(6), 461-480. Published, 05/2005.