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Research Careers in Caregiving: A Panel Discussion

Research Careers in Caregiving: A Panel Discussion

Recorded On: 06/18/2024

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This was a panel discussion that brought together multiple professionals to explore research careers focused on caregiving. Panelists shared their career path and answered questions about their respective positions.  This webinar was hosted by the GSA Family Caregiving Interest Group.

Fawn A. Cothran

Hunt Research Director

National Alliance for Caregiving

Dr. Fawn Cothran is the Hunt Research Director at the National Alliance for Caregiving with 15+ years of experience in dementia family caregiving research and related activities. Dr. Cothran is a nurse scientist and a board-certified gerontological clinical nurse specialist. Dr. Cothran earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She completed a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in gerontological nursing and a Doctor of Philosophy, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also completed a Claire M. Fagin Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, a member of the National Black Nurses Association, and a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Education.

Beth Fields (Moderator)

Assistant Professor

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Dr. Fields is an occupational therapist, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, and affiliate faculty member in the Center for Aging Research and Education (CARE) and Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research interests include: caregiving, implementation of evidence-based programs, geriatric health services, aging in place and chronic conditions. Dr. Fields has published more than 35 papers and abstracts on these topics.

Jason D. Flatt

Assistant Professor, Social Behavioral Health Program

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Public Health

Jason D. Flatt is an assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Health at UNLV's School of Public Health. His most recent research works to better understand the concerns and needs of LGBTQIA+ seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, as well as the needs of their chosen families. He also teaches courses on community based participatory research and social and behavioral health theory.

Joan Griffin

Professor-Health Services Researcher

Mayo Clinic

Joan M. Griffin, Ph.D., studies social and behavioral determinants of health, especially as they affect women, family caregivers and underserved populations. Her work includes both qualitative and quantitative research to promote health care practices that can improve patient and family health and quality of life. Dr. Griffin also directs a research program that aims to develop, test and share transformative strategies that can optimize patient experiences and outcomes by improving how health care is delivered

Mary F. Wyman

Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Mary F. Wyman is a health services researcher and clinical geropsychologist with extensive experience working as a clinician in the VA system. Her research focuses on understanding and improving mental health disparities and outcomes for older Veterans with chronic conditions such as dementia, with a particular emphasis on leveraging family caregivers to increase access and improve care quality. In addition, her work encompasses research to address health disparities in minoritized racial and ethnic older populations. Dr. Wyman received her PhD from Indiana University-Bloomington and trained at the University of California-San Francisco, Milwaukee VAMC, and W.S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (Madison, WI VA). She is currently a GRECC-affiliated Clinical Psychologist Investigator at the Madison VA, a Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, and an affiliate investigator at the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.


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