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Sharon K Ostwald

Sharon K Ostwald, PhD, RN, FGSA

Professor Emerita
Faculty Emeriti
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Dr. Ostwald is a professor for The University of Texas, School Nursing at Houston and the Isla Carroll Turner Chair in Gerontological Nursing. Prior to that she held the Theodore J. and Mary E. Trumble Professorship in Aging Research. She is also an adjunct professor in the UT-Houston School of Public Health and Medical School.

She received her Bachelor of Science with a nursing major from Wheaton College and her Master of Science in Public Health and PhD from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Ostwald was a faculty member in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and School of Nursing prior to moving to Texas. She was certified by the ANA as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in 1976 and as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner in 1993. She has received awards for outstanding research, teaching and community service. In addition, she has provided consultation to state, federal and voluntary agencies, made presentations at national and international meetings, and has over 50 publications.

Dr. Ostwald has conducted numerous funded research studies with frail older people and their caregivers including an intervention study for families of persons with dementia funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research (NIH) and a study with anxious caregivers of persons with dementia. She is currently the PI of a 5-year, $2.2 million NINR funded intervention research study with stroke survivors and their spouses.