Consortium on Aging

Membership

The Consortium on Aging welcomes applications for membership appointments. Faculty may apply for full membership and non-faculty and trainees may apply for associate membership. Applicants must:

  • Express an interest in geriatrics/gerontology.
  • Make routine intellectual contributions to the field of geriatrics/gerontology.
  • Affirm the vision and mission of the Consortium on Aging.

What are the benefits of membership?

  • Access to the resources available within the Consortium on Aging.
  • Networking opportunities with others interested in aging-related care, education, and research.
  • Announcements about local and national aging-related grant opportunities, conferences, and seminars.
  • Grant proposals and academic pursuits strengthened by an affiliation with the Consortium on Aging and its interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration.
  • Opportunities to apply for pilot grants for interdisciplinary research in geriatrics/gerontology.

To apply for membership, please submit:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of approval signed by your chair (see sample letter)
  • A brief email or letter describing your interest in and intellectual contributions to the field of geriatrics/gerontology.

Submit these documents electronically to Marilyn.Emerich@uth.tmc.edu or by mail to:

Lyn Emerich, Administrative Director
Consortium on Aging
7000 Fannin Street, UCT-1703
Houston, TX 77030

Membership Roster

Current members and associate members with links to their email addresses, affiliation, and areas of focus and interest.
MemberAffiliationAreas of Focus/Interest

Achenbaum, Andy, PhD

University of Houston - Graduate College of Social Work

  • History of aging
  • Spirituality

Aggarwal, Seema, MSN, AGNP-C

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Orthopedics

Ahmed, Moiz, MD

Cinco Ranch

Asirot, Rechelle, MD

UTHealth Medical School

  • Geriatric Medicine Fellowship 2013-14

Atai, Faith, MD

UTHealth Medical School

Back, Melissa, JD 

Manousso Mediation Training & ADR Services

Bailes, Barbara, RN, EdD

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Care of elderly persons in acute care settings

Beauchamp, Michael, PhD

UTHealth Medical School

  • Functional MRI (neuroimaging)
  • Speech perception; sensory deficits in aging
Beck, Maureen, MS, GNP UTHealth Medical School

Bergstrom, Nancy, PhD

UTHealth School of Nursing

Bhaloo, Tajudaullah, PhD

UTHealth School of Public Health

  • Access to and quality of care in nursing homes
  • Relationship between organization and delivery of care and how those influence health outcomes in frail elders;
  • Relationship of staff worklife to quality of care/quality of life for frail elders
Blake, Margaret, PhD, CCC-SLP University of Houston
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cognition

Bocirnea, Cristina, MD
UTHealth Medical School
  • Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction
  • Sarcopenia
  • Aspects of acute care in hospitalized elderly patient
Boss, Lisa, PhD, MSN UTHealth School of Nursing
  • Biobehavioral perspectives of psychosocial factors such as stress, depression, and loneliness, to include salivary biomarkers and influence on cognitive function
  • Loneliness and/or religious coping methods in disadvantaged and socially isolated elders.
Brady, Romy, LVN UT Physicians

Branson, Sandra, PhD, MSN

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Mind-body interactions and their effect on healthy aging
  • How psychosocial factors influence biological outcomes, including the impact of perceived stress, anxiety and loneliness
  • How attachment to companion animals, spirituality, coping and resilience moderate biomarkers of stress and immune responses.

Brown, Tracey, BS

Amazing Place

Burnett, Jason, MS

UTHealth Medical School

  • Elder self-neglect; elder mistreatment
  • Latent profile analysis

Calvin, Amy, PhD

UTHealth School of Nursing

Chang, Pei-Fen, PhD, OTR

Texas Woman's University– OT Dept

  • Fall prevention for older adults in community
  • Computer-based interventions for older adults

Chava, Praveen, MD

UTHealth Medical School

Clark, Leslie, RN

UTHealth Medical School

Cole, Thomas, PhD

UTHealth Medical School

  • Cultural history of aging
  • Humanities and aging
  • Spirituality and ethnics
Cooper, Carol, BA Amazing Place
Crider, Nancy, DrPH, RN, NEA-BC UTHealth School of Public Health

Davis, Sally, MSN, RN

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Caregiving
  • Stroke

de la Cruz, Maxine Grace, MD

M D Anderson Cancer Ctr

Delgado Guay, Marvin, MD

M D Anderson Cancer Ctr

Drake, Stacy, MSN, MPH, RN, D-ABMDI

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Elder abuse and neglect
  • Making early end of life decisions

Dyer, Carmel, MD

UTHealth Medical School

  • General geriatrics
  • Elder abuse and mistreatment
  • Palliative medical care for older patients

Edwards, Beatrice, MD, MPH

M D Anderson Cancer Center

Enwemnwa, Nneamaka, MD

UTHealth Medical School

  • Palliative Medicine Fellowship 2013-14

Engebretson, Joan, DrPH, AHN-BC, RN

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Qualitative research on living with chronic conditions
  • Cultural issues in the construction of health and health behaviors
  • Use of mixed methods in understanding tailored interventions
  • Use of action research in implementing change in practice

Fay, Vaunette, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC

UTHealth School of Nursing

Fazakerly, Coreen RN, MSN, HNC ANP-C UTHealth Medical School

Ferrer, Jeanette, DO

UTHealth Medical School
  • Palliative Medicine and symptom control
  • Symptom management and supportive care for patients and families, especially the indigent and underserved populations
  • Quality improvement in the delivery of palliative care and education

Flores, Renee, MD

UTHealth Medical School
  • Geriatric Medicine Fellowship 2013-14

Flores, David, PhD, LMSW, MPH

UTHealth Medical School
  • Substance abuse among older adults
  • Health disparities among underserved minority communities
  • Aging and life course issues affecting older adults

Frieden, Lex, MA

UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

  • Community-based service systems
  • Adaptive technology
  • Independent living

Geng, Yong-Jian, MD, PhD

UTHealth Medical School

Godwin, Kyler, PhD

UTHealth Medical School

Gorman, Susan, MSN, GNP-BC

UTHealth Medical School

Guanlao, Rodrigo, MD

UTHealth Medical School

  • Geriatric Medicine Fellowship 2013-14

Ha, Caroline, MD

UTHealth Medical School

  • Palliative medicine

Halphen, John, MD

UTHealth Medical School

Hansen, Marissa, PhD University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work

Haq, Faheem, MD

UTHealth Medical School

  • Palliative Medicine Fellowship 2013-14

Harris, Shanna

Memorial Hermann Southwest

Hasan, Khader, PhD

UTHealth Medical School

Haynie, Aisha, MD

UTHealth Medical School

  • Palliative Medicine Fellowship 2014

Heater, Mary Lou

Memorial Hermann Southwest

Hersch, Gayle, PhD, OTR

Texas Woman's University - OT Dept

  • Caregiving of older adults by family members
  • Relocation from home to a facility
  • Occupational performance areas of older adults including ADLs and leisure participation

Hickey, Joanne, PhD, APRN-BC, ACNP, CNRN, FAAN, FCCM

UTHealth School of Nursing

Hodges, Pamela, PhD, RN

UTHealth School of Nursing

Holder, Sharon, PhD, MSc, MSW

  • Racial and ethnic health disparities
  • Life-course trajectories and intergenerational relationships
  • End-of-life issues among racial and ethnic elders
  • Cultural barriers to health care and global aging

Holmes, Holly, MD

M D Anderson Cancer Center

  • Geriatric oncology
  • Comprehensive geriatric assessment
  • Health services research
  • Pharmacoepidemiology and polypharmacy
Howell, Ramsey, BA Amazing Place
Ifejika-Jones, Nneka, MD, MPH UTHealth Medical School
Jeter, Cameron, PhD UTHealth School of Dentistry
  • Oral health in Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cognition
John, Vineeth, MD UTHealth Medical School
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, metabolic syndrome

Justice, Rita, PhD

HARC (Houston Aphasia Recovery Ctr)

Kamineni, Suchitra, MD

UTHealth Medical School

  • Palliative Medicine Fellowship 2013-14

Kao, Dennis, PhD

University of Houston - Graduate College of Social Work

  • Spatial accessibility of health services
  • Aging minorities
  • Geographic information systems (GIS) mapping and analysis

Kelley, Carolyn, PT, DSc, NCS

Texas Woman's University - PT Dept

  • Stroke
  • Post-polio syndrome
  • Fall prevention in elders

Kuaiwa, Carla, MA, MBA

MH-SW

Kozar, Rosemary, MD, PhD

UTHealth Medical School

  • Trauma/general surgery
  • Critical care

Lenert, Lynn, LMSW

TIRR Memorial Hermann

Lengyel, Phyllis, BS

UTHealth School of Nursing

Manousso, Barbara, PhD, MPH, NCG, TCG Manousso Mediation Training & ADR Services
  • Elder and adult care mediation
  • Elder mediator training programs in conflict analysis and resolution
Moore, Laura, MD, FACS UTHealth Medical School

Murphy, Kathleen, PhD, GNP

Nguyen, Linh, MD

UTHealth Medical School

Ojeih, Chris, MBBS, MPH

  • Physician house calls for chronic medical patients
  • Home hospice/end of life care
  • Primary care geriatrics outpatient care
Olson, Sharon, PT, PhD Texas Woman's University - PT Dept
  • Fall risk reduction in elders
  • Assessment and treatment of geriatric orthopedic problems
  • Physical function in older persons with dementia
Ordonez, Nancy, PharmD, BCPS UH College of Pharmacy

Ostwald, Sharon, PhD, RN

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Community based interventions for older persons with chronic diseases (Alzheimer's, stroke, diabetes type 2) and their family caregivers
  • How older people with chronic illness and disability maintain hope and faith in the face of adversity
Papaioannou, Emmanouil-Stamos
  • Self-neglect of elderly
  • Elderly and social involvement
  • Social networking of elders

Pardo-Agila, Andres, MD

San Antonio

Peck, Michelle, MPH, ANP-BC, GNP-BC

UTHealth Medical School

Pickens, Sabrina, PhD(c), MSN, GNP-BC, ANP-BC

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Self-neglect/abuse
  • Executive function
  • Cognition

Rao, Shobha, MD

UTHealth Medical School
  • Palliative care

Rapp, Mary Pat, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, CWOCN, FAANP

  • Pressure ulcer prevention
  • Frailty
  • Nursing home care

Reilley, Barbara, RN, PhD

UTHealth Medical School (retired)

  • Elder mistreatment/elder self-neglect/executive capacity
  • Hoarding

Ressler, Kelly, BS

UTHealth School of Public Health

  • Older adult physical activity promotion
  • Alzheimer's risk factors
  • Quality of life for nursing home residents

Rianon, Nahid, MD, DrPH

UTHealth Medical School

  • Age-related bone loss and osteoporosis
  • Fracture prevention
  • Falls
  • Functional status and mobility, e.g. ADL

Rosenau, Pauline, PhD

UTHealth School of Public Health

  • Long term care policy
  • Continuum of long term care in the U.S.
  • Ownership and financing of long term care in the U.S.

Ruppert, Susan, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, NP-C, FCCM, FAANP

UTHealth School of Nursing

Sadowsky, June Morris, DDS, MPH, FASGD

UTHealth School of Dentistry

  • All geriatric oral issues
  • Collaborations

Schmadeke, Stephanie, BA, MA

 HARC (Houston Aphasia Recovery Ctr)

Schulz, Paul, MD

UTHealth Medical School

Schwaller, Sarah, MPH

UTHealth Medical School

Segu, Pat, OD, FAAO

University of Houston

  • Clinical manifestations of aging
  • Vision loss and ocular complications associated with aging

Siegel, Ellen, MS, RN, CPHQ

  • Oncology
  • Patient safety and quality improvement
  • Geriatric community health

Smythe, Cheves, MD

UTHealth Medical School

Spike, Jeffrey, PhD

UTHealth Medical School

  • Clinical ethics
  • Ethics at end-of-life
  • Ethics of "tube feeding" (artificial nutrition and hydration)
  • Capacity assessment
  • Use of film in teaching bioethics

Stewart, Patricia, MEd, LPC

Memorial Hermann

Wade, Charles, PhD

UTHealth Medical School

Wardell, Diane, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, AHN-BC

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Energy field and holistic nursing interventions

Warren-Morris, Donna, RDH, MEd

UTHealth School of Dentistry

  • Elder abuse and neglect
  • Elder oral health

Wiley, Frieda, PharmD, CGP, RPh

Clinical consultant, Huntsville, TX

  • Fact-to-face and telephonic geriatric consultations for Spanish and English speaking pts
  • Geriatric outcomes research
  • Lecturing to congregate facilities

Wilkinson, Michelle, MPH

UTHealth School of Public Health

Wright, Anthony, PhD

UTHealth Medical School

  • Learning and memory

Ye, Fang, RN, MSN

UTHealth School of Nursing

Zhang, Zhen (June), MD, MPH, MSc

UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

  • User-friendly Electronic Health Records (HER) and Personal Health Records (PHR) for geriatric care
  • Decision support for intervention reconciliation in geriatric care

Zulfiqar, Amber, MD

UTHealth Medical School

Zuo, Melanie, MD

UTHealth Medical School