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Founded in 1987, the Center on Aging is an interdisciplinary center, focused on improving the quality of life for an aging society through research, education, patient care, community service and institutional development. The Center engages in research related to stroke survivors and their caregivers, pressure ulcer prevention and treatment, health-related quality of life, and other aging-related topics. Gerontological nursing content is integrated into the nursing curriculum, and shared through workshops, online conferences, and community presentations. The Center advocates for quality patient care through the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program that serves over 250 assisted living and 93 nursing facilities in Harris County.

Department Directors and Staff

Nancy Bergstrom, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Dean, Research (Email)

Vaunette P. Fay, PhD, RNC, FNP, GNP

Director, Continuing Education (Email)

Mary P Rapp, PhD, RN, GNP-BC

Associate Professor of Nursing - Clinical (Email)

Carmen Castro

Program Manager (Email)

Matthew A Gaines

Aging Program Specialist I (Email)

Janett Gutierrez

Support Specialist (Email)

Allison S Harvey

Aging Specialist I (Email)

Phyllis D Lengyel

Coordinator II, Educational Programs (Email)

Miguel A Rivera

Aging Program Specialist I (Email)

Sonya Tate Roberts

Program Manager (Email)

Barbara A Shak

Administrative Coordinator (Email)

Greg K Shelley

Volunteer Coordinator (Email)