Kara B. Dassel, PhD

Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

Kara B. Dassel, PhD
  • Director, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program, Con Nursing
  • Associate Professor (Clinical), College Of Nursing



  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Taylor University, Upland, IN
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Gerontology, University of Kentucky, Lexington. Project: "The Impact of Caregiver Executive Skills on Reports of Spousal Daily Functioning"
  • Post-doctoral fellowship, Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging Laboratory, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ

Honors & Awards

  • Faculty Member of the Sigma Phi Omega Honor’s Society. Sigma Phi Omega, 08/01/2014


Dr. Kara Dassel an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah. Before beginning this position in August, Dr. Dassel served as an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University and for the Center for Gerontology at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Dassel had served as an aging research consultant on both local and national levels. Dr. Dassel earned her doctoral degree in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky in 2007. Her dissertation and graduate work focused on aging and cognition; specifically, the diagnosis of memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Following graduation, Dr. Dassel completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging Laboratory at Barrow Neurological Institute located in Phoenix, Arizona. Nationally, she is an active member of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and is the former chair of the young professional section of the organization. Dr. Dassel currently a member of the editorial board of the GSA-sponsored journal, The Gerontologist. She has published in several well known journals including The Gerontologist, American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, and Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorder. Locally, Dr. Dassel is a board member on the State Alzheimer's Association Chapter as well as the UofU Center on Aging. Dr. Dassel is Co-Director of the UofU Geriatric Education Center.   


Career Highlights:

- Program Director, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program

- Co-Director of the UofU Geriatric Education Center

- Lead on the GIP Teaching and Learning Technologies Online Program Development Grant

- Lead on End of Life Care Preference Center on Aging Pilot Grant 




  • Utah Aging Alliance (UAA), Board member, 10/01/2013 - 12/01/2016
  • University of Utah Center on Aging (COA), Steering Board Committee Member, 08/01/2013 - present
  • Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), Institutional Rep, 08/01/2013 - present
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA), Member, 08/01/2003 - present

Career Highlights

Program Director, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program, Co-Director of the U of U Geriatric Education Center, Lead on the GIP Teaching and Learning Technologies Online Program Development Grant, Lead on End of Life Care Preference Center on Aging Pilot Grant