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The de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging serves as a catalyst for promoting healthy aging through its support of research and education in the field of gerontology for both the University of Washington and the broader community. The Center is committed to advancing and sharing knowledge about successful aging and ways professionals and systems can promote optimal experiences for older adults.
Rheba de Tornyay, EdD, FAAN
The de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging honors Dr. Rheba de Tornyay and her lifelong efforts in promoting research, training and services for the healthy aging of adults. Dr. de Tornyay is Dean Emeritus of the School of Nursing at the University of Washington and has made outstanding contributions to the fields of nursing and gerontology.
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Barbara Cochrane, PhD, RN, FAAN
Barbara Cochrane is the Director of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Child Nursing and the de Tornyay Professor for Healthy Aging. Dr. Cochrane has a strong commitment to health promotion and disease prevention in older adults. She has played an influential role in the Women's Health Initiative as a member of the Clinical Coordinating Center at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where she is a Joint Associate Member in Public Health Sciences. She has national recognition for her research focused on healthy aging and symptom management in postmenopausal women, and has been a co-investigator with the Family Functioning Research Program and Dr. Frances Marcus Lewis's research on family's adjustment to a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Cochrane consults nationally on data and safety monitoring in clinical trials.
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Heather Wicklein Sanchez, BS
Heather Wicklein Sanchez is the Manager of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging. Ms. Wicklein Sanchez started at the UW in 1997 and comes to the de Tornyay Center with expertise in program development, grants/contracts management, and administration. She worked most recently with the Nocturnal Asthma in Youth study in the Department of Family and Child Nursing and previously was Manager for the clinical/research/training clinic operations of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network in the Department of Epidemiology. As the Manager of the de Tornyay Center, Ms. Wicklein Sanchez is responsible for senior management of Center operations and works with Dr. Cochrane on strategic planning and development activities to sustain and enhance Center activities. She is very pleased to be a part of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging.
Emily Hilderman, MN, ANP-BC
Emily Hilderman is the Graduate Staff Associate at the de Tornyay Center for Health Aging. She is currently a pre-Doctoral student in the Adult Older Adult nurse practitioner program. As the Graduate Staff Associate at the de Tornyay Center, she will assist with Center operations and activities including the Gerontology Interest Group, Gerontological Professionals Network, Scholarship programs and research opportunities. Ms. Hilderman looks forward to incorporating her experiences in adult day health and long term care with her passion for improving the lives of older adults and those who care for them.
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