University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
I am the de Tornyay Endowed Professor for Healthy Aging and the Director of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging. My interests include older women’s health, gerontology, and enhancing health in the context of chronic disease. I have strong commitments to health promotion in older adults and interdisciplinary gerontological research and education.
My research has focused on health promotion and disease prevention in midlife and older women, postmenopausal hormone therapy, and symptom management in older women. For the last 15 years, I have been a co-investigator at the Clinical Coordinating Center for the Women’s Health Initiative, an ongoing national study of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in postmenopausal women. I have done intervention research on enhancing breast cancer awareness and risk management in midlife and older women and have worked for many years with Dr. Frances Marcus Lewis and her Family Functioning Research Program team, studying interventions that assist families to add to their ways of managing the impact of serious medical illness. My dissertation work, a grounded theory study of women's integration of the acute myocardial infarction experience, built on my earlier graduate work and clinical experience in coronary care and cardiac rehabilitation.
I teach a course on the biological aspects of aging on campus and in the certificate program in gerontology through UW Educational Outreach. I also teach graduate research methods courses and have taught Life Span Growth and Development in the past.
Practice, Service, Community Involvement
As the Director of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging, I strongly support the Center’s mission to serve as a catalyst for promoting healthy aging in research and education. I am also the Co-Director of the UW RAND/Hartford Center for Interdisciplinary Geriatric Research and a Joint Associate Member in Public Health Sciences at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. I consult nationally on research issues related to data and safety monitoring and multi-site interventions.