We are thrilled to announce that the University of Utah is the newest member of the Age-Friendly University Global Network. Membership in the Age-Friendly University Global Network is open to degree-granting institutions of higher education throughout the world who endorse the Ten Principles of the Age-Friendly University and is granted by the Executive Council of the Age-Friendly University Global Secretariat. Please celebrate with us as we discuss what the Age-Friendly University designation means now and for our future.
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Dr. Marla De Jong (she/her) is Dean and Louis H. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair at the University of Utah College of Nursing. She oversees undergraduate and graduate nursing programs with an enrollment of 700 students, an interdisciplinary gerontology graduate program, a $40M portfolio of funded research and scholarship, and several faculty clinical practices. She Chairs the Center on Aging Board, and Co-Chairs the Committee on Career-Line Faculty. She was Chair of the Division of Acute and Chronic Care from 2017-2020.
Before joining the U, De Jong served nearly 29 years in the United States Air Force, retiring at the rank of Colonel. Her roles included associate dean for research at the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University, dean of the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, and executive director of the TriService Nursing Research Program. In 2006, she deployed to Iraq as the program manager for the Joint Theater Trauma System.
Dean De Jong’s work has informed and shaped leadership, research, education, policy, and military and civilian clinical practice. She has conducted funded research, led within nursing professional organizations, and published 60 journal articles. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Jacqueline Eaton, PhD, (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah. Dr. Eaton’s research focuses on the use of arts-based interventions to improve quality of life for older adults and their caregivers. Her work uses ethnodrama as a form of high-fidelity simulation. Dr. Eaton served as Assistant Dean of the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program from 2017-2021, and is co-investigator on an initiative to enhance age-friendly principles at the University of Utah.
Dr. Timothy W. Farrell (he/him) is Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics Division Interim Clinical Co-Chief at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine at the University of Utah. He also serves as Geriatrics Division Associate Chief for Age-Friendly Care and as a Physician Investigator at the VA Salt Lake City Geriatric, Research, Education, and Clinical Center. Dr. Farrell received his A.B. in philosophy from Dartmouth College and his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts, followed by family medicine residency and geriatric medicine fellowship training at Brown University. Dr. Farrell is a prior recipient of a HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award and was a 2016-17 Tideswell Emerging Leaders in Aging Scholar. He is chair of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Ethics Committee, serves on the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and Geriatrics Review Syllabus editorial boards, and is co-PI for the AGS on a subaward under the Council of Medical Specialty Societies contract with CDC to increase older adult vaccination rates. Under Dr. Farrell’s leadership, University of Utah Health received Age-Friendly Committed to Care Excellence designation from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in November 2021.
Dr. Katarina Friberg-Felsted (she/her) is a Professor (Clinical) in, and the Interim Assistant Dean of, the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program the College of Nursing and an adjunct associate professor in the College of Health. Dr. Friberg-Felsted has a strong commitment to excellence in teaching in higher education and holds the Higher Education Teaching Specialist (HETS) designation. As a gerontological researcher, Dr. Friberg-Felsted’s scholarly emphases include Age-Friendly University networks, the use of complementary and integrative therapies to treat chronic conditions in older adults, and the impact of gerontology in higher education. Dr. Friberg-Felsted and colleagues were recently awarded an inaugural CON ExEd grant, and prior to this, received one of four national seed grants from the Gerontological Society of America’s Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education, funded by AARP. Dr. Friberg-Felsted is a Fellow in the international Academy of Gerontology in Higher Education as well as the UU Academy of Health Science Educators and a Distinguished Educator in the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, Katarina has published a book, several book chapters, and over 20 articles in various scholarly and academic journals. She has given over 50 presentations at national and international conferences as well as invited lectures.
Valerie Greer (she/her) joined the University of Utah in 2020 with a research agenda to investigate intersections between health and design, with a focus on questions of equity and inclusion across the lifespan. Greer is an architect whose experience in practice has ranged from small scale, residential work to large scale, complex building types including laboratories and hospitals. Prior to joining the University of Utah, Greer served as a Vice President at the global design firm HOK, and as a Professor of Practice and Coordinator of Graduate Programs at Washington University in St. Louis. Greer’s research has been published in Ageing & Society, The Gerontologist, and the Journal of Applied Gerontology. In 2022, Greer organized a symposium with Professor Linda Edelman in the College of Nursing, titled ‘Age Friendly Communities as Platforms for Equity, Health & Wellness.’ She and Edelman are co-editing a book, titled ‘Age Friendly Ecosystems,’ to be published by Springer in 2024. Greer teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Architectural Design and Professional Practice. She serves as Co-Director of the Healthy Resilient Resilient Places (HARP) Lab at the University of Utah, and serves as Vice President of the Board of ASSIST Community Design Center in Salt Lake City.
Ken Jameson is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Utah, where he taught Macroeconomics and Latin American Development. His research, teaching and consulting experiences throughout Latin America are widely published. A fluent Spanish speaker, Ken’s most recent project focuses on “Integration Of The Undocumented And Documented In A New Destination: Utah.”