421 Victoria Building
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
My areas of research focus on (1) developing innovative health services models for older adults with multiple medical and psychosocial comorbidities and their caregivers and (2) engaging diverse family caregivers in health care delivery as active partners of care.
Over the past five years, I have examined the potential roles for families in chronic disease management in culturally and economically diverse populations. Collectively, the findings of my research emphasize that (a) family context affects health outcomes and patterns of health services usage and (b) new models of care are urgently needed to account for this dynamic when delivering health care to culturally diverse populations.
Methodologically, I have extensive experience in qualitative research methodologies (mainly Interpretive Phenomenology), quantitative research using large data sets, and mixed methods approaches.
My current project aims developing family components for stepped-, integrative care models. This project is funded by Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh.
I teach NUR 3012: Public Policy in Health Care to graduate nursing students and NUR1260: Nursing Care for Clients with Psychiatric Mental Health Problem in the BSN and accelerated second-degree students.
I serve as a member of the Nursing Diversity Council of the Pennsylvania Action Coalition (Pa-AC). The PA-AC was established to explore ways of implementing recommendations proposed by the Institute of Medicine entitled ‘The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.’
In the past, I have served as the president of Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA) UCSF student chapter and as a member of the Advisory Board of project OASIS (Older Adults Specialized Information Services).