AOTA Evidence- Based Practice Project

We are working with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) staff to manage and produce systematic reviews, practice guidelines, and other evidence-based publications geared toward occupational therapy. The aim is to assist AOTA as they begin to develop a systematic way for translating information from the evidence-based publications to the clinicians in practice.

Dr. Graham D. Rowles is Professor Emeritus in the Graduate Center for Gerontology with joint appointments in Nursing, Behavioral Science, Geography and Health Behavior. His research, in the field of environmental gerontology, focuses on the lived experience of aging in different contexts. A central theme of this work is exploration, employing qualitative methodologies, of the changing relationship between elders and their environments with advancing age and the implications of these relationships for health and wellbeing. He has conducted in-depth ethnographic research with elderly populations in urban (inner city), rural (Appalachian), and nursing facility environments. Current research includes leadership of the Kentucky Elder Readiness Initiative (KERI), a statewide project to explore the implications for communities of the aging of the Baby Boom cohort. His publications include Prisoners of Space? and five co-edited volumes, Aging and Milieu, Qualitative Gerontology, Long-Term Care for the Rural Elderly, Qualitative Gerontology: A Contemporary Perspective, and Home and Identity in Late Life in addition to more than 60 book chapters and articles. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Applied Gerontology and the Journal of Housing for the Elderly.

Education

 

PhD, Gerontology
University of Kentucky

 

MA, Psychology
Wesleyan University

 

BA, Psychology
Wesleyan University

 

Dr. Shoshana H. Bardach is a Research Assistant Professor in the Graduate Center for Gerontology and the Director of Clinical Trials Outreach and Recruitment for Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. Following completion of her doctorate, she completed a fellowship in patient safety and quality improvement at the Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Bardach Is currently the chair of the Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization of the Gerontological Society of America’s and is an editorial board member of the The Gerontologist, The Journal of Aging and Social Policy, and The Journal of Applied Gerontology.

 

Education

 

PhD, Geography - Formal/Mathematical Demography

University of Colorado, Boulder

 

MA, Geography - Population Sciences

University of Colorado, Boulder

 

BS, Geography and Environmental Planning

Elmhurst College

 

 

Dr. John F. Watkins is Professor, Chair, and Director of the Graduate Center for Gerontology. Trained as a mathematical demographer, but armed with ethnographic skills associated with life history narratives, he applies his craft in critical and theory-based studies of the demographic processes of population aging and the aged, population growth and redistributional impacts, and life course influences on later life health behaviors and notions of home. John is past president of the Population Specialty Group and Aging Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, served on the senior advisory panel of the National Science Foundation, is a Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and has received numerous departmental, college, university, and national awards for his teaching and advising.

Education

 

PhD, Gerontology

University of Kentucky

 

MS, Occupational Therapy

Colorado State University

 

BA, Sociology

University of Pennsylvania

 

Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) G. Hunter is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Center for Gerontology. Following completion of her PhD, she completed post-doctoral training in cancer prevention and control at the University of Kentucky. In addition, she took part in the Veterans Affairs Interprofessional Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. Dr. Hunter’s funded research has explored supports and barriers for people with spinal cord injury, stroke, or traumatic brain injury who live in rural Appalachian Kentucky, and the impact of health literacy level on cancer survivors who leave inpatient physical rehabilitation and return home to rural Appalachian communities. She came to UK from the Occupational Therapy Department at Georgia Regents University, and previously served as Director of Research at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Dr. Hunter is affiliated with the University of Kentucky AgrAbility program and is a co-founder of the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network.