Consortium on Aging


The Consortium on Aging welcomes applications for membership appointments. Faculty may apply for full membership and non-faculty and trainees may apply for associate membership. Applicants must:

  • Express an interest in geriatrics/gerontology.
  • Make routine intellectual contributions to the field of geriatrics/gerontology.
  • Affirm the vision and mission of the Consortium on Aging.

What are the benefits of membership?

  • Access to the resources available within the Consortium on Aging.
  • Networking opportunities with others interested in aging-related care, education, and research.
  • Announcements about local and national aging-related grant opportunities, conferences, and seminars.
  • Grant proposals and academic pursuits strengthened by an affiliation with the Consortium on Aging and its interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration.
  • Opportunities to apply for pilot grants for interdisciplinary research in geriatrics/gerontology.

To apply for membership, please submit:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of approval signed by your chair (see sample letter)
  • A brief email or letter describing your interest in and intellectual contributions to the field of geriatrics/gerontology.

Submit these documents electronically to or by mail to:

Joan Hernandez-McClain, Administrative Director
Consortium on Aging
1851 Cross Point Avenue, Suite 2.190
Houston, TX 77054

Membership Roster

Current members and associate members with links to their email addresses, affiliation, and areas of focus and interest.
MemberAffiliationAreas of Focus/Interest

Abdias, Allison, MSW

University of Houston - Graduate College of Social Work

  • Hospice
  • Palliative Care

Achenbaum, Andy, PhD

University of Houston - Graduate College of Social Work

  • History of aging
  • Spirituality

 Adams, Sasha, MD

McGovern Medical School

  • Geriatric Trauma Surgery

Advani, Pragati, MD, MPH

UTHealth School of Public Health

  • Cancer prevention and survivorship care issues among the elderly
  • Addressing health disparities among minority elderly cancer survivors
  • Psychosocial support among elderly cancer survivors

Aggarwal, Seema, MSN, AGNP-C

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Orthopedics

Ahmed, Moiz, MD

UT Physicians -Cinco Ranch

Ali, Nida, MD

McGovern Medical School

Fellow in Geriatric Medicine 2014-2015

Ambrose, Catherine, PhD

McGovern Medical School

  • Metabolic bone diseases, including osteoporosis
  • Fall and fracture prevention
  • Fracture healing

Ankamah, Barbara, MSW

UT Center for Healthy Aging

Asirot, Rechelle, MD

Atai, Faith, MD

McGovern Medical School

Back, Melissa, JD 

Manousso Mediation Training & ADR Services

Bailes, Barbara, RN, EdD

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Care of elderly persons in acute care settings

Beauchamp, Michael, PhD

McGovern Medical School

  • Functional MRI (neuroimaging)
  • Speech perception; sensory deficits in aging
Beck, Maureen, MS, GNP

McGovern Medical School

Bergstrom, Nancy, PhD

UTHealth School of Nursing

Bhaloo, Tajudaullah, PhD

UTHealth School of Public Health

  • Access to and quality of care in nursing homes
  • Relationship between organization and delivery of care and how those influence health outcomes in frail elders;
  • Relationship of staff worklife to quality of care/quality of life for frail elders
Blake, Margaret, PhD, CCC-SLP University of Houston
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cognition

Bocirnea, Cristina, MD

McGovern Medical School

  • Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction
  • Sarcopenia
  • Aspects of acute care in hospitalized elderly patient
Booker, James, PhD DFPS, APS
  • Aging and minority populations
  • Elder mistreatment education/training for undergraduate pre-professionals, social workers, and healthcare professionals
  • Functional decline and disabilities in older populations
Boone, Grace, MPH
Boss, Lisa, PhD, MSN UTHealth School of Nursing
  • Biobehavioral perspectives of psychosocial factors such as stress, depression, and loneliness, to include salivary biomarkers and influence on cognitive function
  • Loneliness and/or religious coping methods in disadvantaged and socially isolated elders.

Boutwell, Bryant, DrPH

UTHealth Administration

Branson, Sandra, PhD, MSN

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Mind-body interactions and their effect on healthy aging
  • How psychosocial factors influence biological outcomes, including the impact of perceived stress, anxiety and loneliness
  • How attachment to companion animals, spirituality, coping and resilience moderate biomarkers of stress and immune responses.

Breaux, Mary, PhD

Sam Houston State University

  • Elder abuse/neglect
  • Victim assistance to elder abuse victims
  • Intergenerational and cultural aging

Brown, Tracey, BS

Amazing Place

Burnett, Jason, PhD

McGovern Medical School

  • Elder abuse
  • Elder self-neglect
  • Medication adherence in the elderly and depression

Chang, Pei-Fen, PhD, OTR

Texas Woman's University– OT Dept

  • Fall prevention for older adults in community
  • Computer-based interventions for older adults

Chappell, Phylliss, MD

McGovern Medical School

  • Palliative medicine
  • Education
  • Veteran's health care

Chava, Praveen, MD

Chen, Zheng (Jake), PhD

McGovern Medical School

  • Circadian rhythms
  • Age-related basic research
  • Metabolic disease

Clark, Leslie, RN

McGovern Medical School

  • Geriatrics
  • Elder self-neglect

Cole, Thomas, PhD

McGovern Medical School

  • Cultural history of aging
  • Humanities and aging
  • Spirituality and ethnics
Cooper, Carol, BA Amazing Place
Crider, Nancy, DrPH, RN, NEA-BC UTHealth School of Nursing

Davis, Sally, MSN, RN

Amazing Place

  • Caregiving
  • Stroke

de la Cruz, Maxine Grace, MD

M D Anderson Cancer Ctr

Delattre, Veronique, DDS

UTHealth School of Dentistry
  • Elder abuse
  • Forensic science
  • Forensic dentistry

Delgado Guay, Marvin, MD

M D Anderson Cancer Ctr

Diamond, Pamela, PhD

UTHealth School of Public Health 

  • Abuse and neglect
  • Mental health problems
  • Measurement, and using newer (modern modeling) quantitative methods to answer questions relevant to an aging population

 Diniz, Breno, MD, PhD

McGovern Medical School

Drake, Stacy, MSN, MPH, RN, D-ABMDI

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Forensic nursing science
  • Death investigation
  • Injury prevention

Dyer, Carmel, MD

McGovern Medical School

  • General geriatrics
  • Elder abuse and mistreatment
  • Palliative medical care for older patients

Earle, Kimberly, MD

McGovern Medical School

Fellow in Palliative Medicine 2014-2015

Edwards, Beatrice, MD, MPH

M D Anderson Cancer Center

Emerich, Marilyn, PT

 UTHealth - Retired

Engebretson, Joan, DrPH, AHN-BC, RN

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Qualitative research on living with chronic conditions
  • Cultural issues in the construction of health and health behaviors
  • Use of mixed methods in understanding tailored interventions
  • Use of action research in implementing change in practice

Fay, Vaunette, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Gerontology
  • Nurse Practitioner education
  • Interdisciplinary continuing education
Fazakerly, Coreen RN, MSN, HNC ANP-C

McGovern Medical School

Ferrer, Jeanette, DO

  • Palliative Medicine and symptom control
  • Symptom management and supportive care for patients and families, especially the indigent and underserved populations
  • Quality improvement in the delivery of palliative care and education

Flores, David, PhD, LMSW, MPH

University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Substance abuse among older adults
  • Health disparities among underserved minority communities
  • Aging and life course issues affecting older adults

Flores, Renee, MD

McGovern Medical School

  • Geriatrics
  • Palliative medicine

Fornage, Myriam, PhD, FAHA

The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine

  • Genetics of brain vascular disease and brain aging

Franklin, Amy, PhD

UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

Frieden, Lex, MA

UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

  • Community-based service systems
  • Adaptive technology
  • Independent living

Gabriel, Kelley P, MS, PhD, FACSM

UTHealth School of Public Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Physical Function
  • Measurement
  • Chronic Disease

Gemeinhardt, Gretchen, PhD, MBA, FACHE

UTHealth School of Public Health

  • Care transition
  • Missed nursing care
  • Reducing cost of care
  • Maintaining independence for older adults
  • Quality of nonprofit nursing homes

Geng, Yong-Jian, MD, PhD

McGovern Medical School

Ghani, Tabinda, LMSW, MBA

 Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

  • Nutrition for older adults
  • Helping older adults stay in their homes
  • Accessing services for homebound older adults

Godwin, Kyler, PhD

McGovern Medical School

 Gong, Yang, MD, PhD

UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics
  • HIT in Aging in Place
  • Clinical Informatics
  • Patient Safety

Gorman, Susan, MSN, GNP-BC

McGovern Medical School

Guanlao, Rodrigo, MD

Ha, Caroline, MD

McGovern Medical School

  • Palliative medicine

Halphen, John, MD

McGovern Medical School

Hansen, Marissa, PhD

Harris, Shanna

Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Hasan, Khader, PhD

McGovern Medical School

Haskovec, Laura, MD

Haynie, Aisha, MD

Heater, Mary Lou

Memorial Hermann Southwest

Hersch, Gayle, PhD, OTR

Texas Woman's University - OT Dept

  • Dementia care
  • Family caregiving
  • Adaptation to residential relocation

Hickey, Joanne, PhD, APRN-BC, ACNP, CNRN, FAAN, FCCM

UTHealth School of Nursing

Holder, Sharon, PhD, MSc, MSW

  • Racial and ethnic health disparities
  • Life-course trajectories and intergenerational relationships
  • End-of-life issues among racial and ethnic elders
  • Cultural barriers to health care and global aging

Holmes, Holly, MD

McGovern Medical School

  • Geriatric oncology
  • Comprehensive geriatric assessment
  • Health services research
  • Pharmacoepidemiology and polypharmacy
Howell, Ramsey, BA Amazing Place
Ifejika-Jones, Nneka, MD, MPH

McGovern Medical School

Igbokwe, Eberenne, DO
Iyengar, Madurai Sriram, PhD UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics
  • Informatics and mobile technologies, to support healthy aging. Including medication adherence.
  • Informatics and mobile technologies to support living in place, in health and non-health related matters.
  • Informatics and mobile technologies to assist caregivers caring for elderly individuals.
Jeter, Cameron, PhD UTHealth School of Dentistry
  • Oral health and mental health in Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases
  • Biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease
  • Neuroscience
John, Vineeth, MD University of Rochester
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, metabolic syndrome

Justice, Nicholas, PhD

The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine

Justice, Rita, PhD

HARC (Houston Aphasia Recovery Ctr)

  • Aphasia
  • Geriatric caregiving

Kao, Dennis, PhD

  • Spatial accessibility of health services
  • Aging minorities
  • Geographic information systems (GIS) mapping and analysis

Kelley, Carolyn, PT, DSc, NCS

Texas Woman's University - PT Dept

  • Stroke
  • Post-polio syndrome
  • Fall prevention in elders

 Klein, Mary, RN, MSN


  • Interested in raising the quality of care in long term care facilities in Harris county and encouraging more community involvement
  • Interested in improving the standards of education in Texas for certified nursing assistants and caregivers

Kolonin, Mikhail, PhD

The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine

  • Obesity
  • Cancer
  • Stem Cells
  • Angiogenesis
  • Combinatorial peptide libraries
  • Experimental therapeutics
  • Genetic mouse models

Kuaiwa, Carla, MA, MBA

Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Kozar, Rosemary, MD, PhD

McGovern Medical School

  • Trauma/general surgery
  • Critical care

La Cruz, Maria, MD

Top Care PA

Lee, Jessica, MD

McGovern Medical School

  • House calls
  • Nutrition
  • Frailty

Lenert, Lynn, LMSW

TIRR Memorial Hermann

Li, Yong, MD, PhD

The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine

  • The role of muscle stem cells in skeletal muscle atrophy and prevention in aging
  • Study of mechanisms behind Sarcopenia and frailty in elders
  • Study of intercostal muscle aging resistance
  • Exercise frequency and delay in aging
  • Age-resistance gene screening and drug detection
Lowry, James, MD

McGovern Medical School

Fellow in Palliative Medicine 2014-2015
Magno, Myla, APRN, MSN, GNP-BC
  • Geriatrics
  • Stroke care
  • Palliative care
Maher, Lynn, PhD, SLP-CCC University of Houston

Manousso, Barbara, PhD, MPH, NCG, TCG Manousso Mediation Training & ADR Services
  • Elder and adult care mediation
  • Elder mediator training programs in conflict analysis and resolution
Markofski, Melissa, PhD University of Houston
  • Exercise/physical activity
  • Inflammation
  • Obesity
Modi, Swati, OD, FAAO, LV Dipl. University of Houston College of Optometry
  • Low vision rehabilitation
  • Driving with visual impairment
Moore, Laura, MD, FACS

McGovern Medical School

Murphy, Kathleen, PhD, GNP

McGovern Medical School

  • Geriatrics

Myneni, Sahiti, PhD

UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

Nguyen, Linh, MD

McGovern Medical School

Ogbureke, Ezinne, DMD UTHealth School of Dentistry
  • Oral manifestation of systemic diseases
  • Pre and post head and neck radiation/chemotherapy dental screenings
  • Pre dental screening for knee and hip replacement surgeries
Olson, Sharon, PT, PhD Texas Woman's University - PT Dept
  • Fall risk reduction in elders
  • Assessment and treatment of geriatric orthopedic problems
O'Neill, Peggy, PhD, DDS UTHealth School of Dentistry - Retired
  • Geriatric dentistry
  • Oral health related to overall health
Ordonez, Nancy, PharmD, BCPS UH College of Pharmacy

Ostwald, Sharon, PhD, RN

UTHealth School of Nursing - Retired

  • Community based interventions for older persons with chronic diseases (Alzheimer's, stroke, diabetes type 2) and their family caregivers
  • How older people with chronic illness and disability maintain hope and faith in the face of adversity
Papaioannou, Emmanouil-Stamos
  • Self-neglect of elderly
  • Elderly and social involvement
  • Social networking of elders

Pardo-Agila, Andres, MD

San Antonio

Paul, Sudhir, PhD

McGovern Medical School

Peck, Michelle, MPH, ANP-BC, GNP-BC

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Community education and outreach
  • Program building

Pickens, Sabrina, PhD(c), MSN, GNP-BC, ANP-BC

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Self-neglect/abuse
  • Executive function
  • Cognition

Ramirez, Elda, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAEN

UTHealth School of Nursing
  • Emergency Medicine and Trauma

Rao, Shobha, MD

McGovern Medical School

  • Palliative care

Rapp, Mary Pat, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, CWOCN, FAANP

  • Pressure ulcer prevention
  • Frailty
  • Nursing home care

Reilley, Barbara, RN, PhD

McGovern Medical School - Retired

  • Elder mistreatment/elder self-neglect/executive capacity
  • Hoarding

Ressler, Kelly, BS

UTHealth School of Public Health

  • Older adult physical activity promotion
  • Alzheimer's risk factors
  • Quality of life for nursing home residents

Reyes Ortiz, Carlos, MD, PhD

McGovern Medical School

  • Elder abuse and self-neglect
  • Dementia/Alzheimer's disease/cognitive impairment (especially Latino elderly or multiracial)
  • Cancer in the elderly (melanoma or prostate)/cancer screening

Reynolds, Josh, MSW, MBA

Care for Elders

Rianon, Nahid, MD, DrPH

McGovern Medical School

  • Age-related bone loss and osteoporosis
  • Fracture prevention
  • Falls
  • Functional status and mobility, e.g. ADL

Richard, Crystalyn, PT, DPT

Rosenau, Pauline, PhD

UTHealth School of Public Health - retired

  • Long term care policy
  • Continuum of long term care in the U.S.
  • Ownership and financing of long term care in the U.S.

Ross, Mary, DrPH, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Stress, Burden, Depression, Health, and Needs  in Custodial Grandparents and Other Kinship Caregivers
  • Health Promotion and Safety of Community Dwelling Older Adults 
  • Gerontology Education

Rowe, Julie, MD

McGovern Medical School

Ruppert, Susan, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, NP-C, FCCM, FAANP

UTHealth School of Nursing

Sadowsky, June Morris, DDS, MPH, FASGD

UTHealth School of Dentistry

  • All geriatric oral issues
  • Collaborations

Schmadeke, Stephanie, BA, MA

 HARC (Houston Aphasia Recovery Ctr)

Schuler, Laurie, MDiv, BBC

Memorial Hermann - TMC

  • Pastoral care
  • Spirituality and religion

Schulz, Paul, MD

McGovern Medical School

Schwaller, Sarah, MPH

Memorial Hermann - TMC

Segu, Pat, OD, FAAO

University of Houston

  • Clinical manifestations of aging
  • Vision loss and ocular complications associated with aging

Siegel, Ellen, MS, RN, CPHQ


  • Oncology
  • Patient safety and quality improvement
  • Geriatric community health

Smythe, Cheves, MD

McGovern Medical School - retired

 Jair Soares, MD

McGovern Medical School

  • Mood disorders
  • Clinical Research

Spike, Jeffrey, PhD

McGovern Medical School

  • Clinical ethics
  • Ethics at end-of-life
  • Ethics of "tube feeding" (artificial nutrition and hydration)
  • Capacity assessment
  • Use of film in teaching bioethics

Stewart, Patricia, MEd, LPC

Memorial Hermann

Stokes, Frances, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC

UTHealth School of Nursing

Sutherland, Laura, MBA, LMSW

Gayle Wells Foundation for Early Onset Alzheimer's & Care

Taylor, Wendell C., PhD, MPH

UTHealth School of Public Health

  • Physical activity and aging 
  • Psychological health and aging

 Tilley, Barbara, PhD

 UTHealth School of Public Health

  • New approaches to recruiting older diverse populations into clinical trials

Titterington, Victoria, PhD

Sam Houston State University

Vasta, Casey, PA

McGovern Medical School

  • Palliative medicine
  • Encouraging early end of life discussions
  • Healthy aging

Wade, Charles, PhD

McGovern Medical School

  • Trauma
  • Burns

Wang, Jing, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Aging in place
  • Mobile health
  • Lifestyle intervention 

Wardell, Diane, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, AHN-BC

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Energy field and holistic nursing interventions

Warren-Morris, Donna, RDH, MEd

UTHealth School of Dentistry

  • Elder abuse and neglect
  • Elder oral health

Wiley, Frieda, PharmD, CGP, RPh

Clinical consultant, Huntsville, TX

  • Fact-to-face and telephonic geriatric consultations for Spanish and English speaking pts
  • Geriatric outcomes research
  • Lecturing to congregate facilities

Wilkinson, Michelle, MPH

UTHealth School of Public Health

Williams, Bethany, PhD

McGovern Medical School

  • Cognitive and psychological assessment of adults
  • Diagnosis of neurodegenerative and non-neurodegenerative conditions and acquired brain injury

Wright, Anthony, PhD

McGovern Medical School

  • Learning and memory

Ye, Fang, RN, MSN

UTHealth School of Nursing

Zhang, Zhen (June), MD, MPH, MSc

UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

  • User-friendly Electronic Health Records (HER) and Personal Health Records (PHR) for geriatric care
  • Decision support for intervention reconciliation in geriatric care

Zulfiqar, Amber, MD

McGovern Medical School

Dr. Gutiérrez-Robledo Becomes Honorary Member of Consortium on Aging

On March 6, 2014 Luis Miguel Gutiérrez-Robledo, MD, PhD presented the Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture in Education and Geriatric Medicine. Before his presentation entitled Screening for Frailty: Is it useful from the clinical and public health perspectives?, Carmel Dyer, MD, Executive Director of the UTHealth Consortium on Aging, presented Dr. Gutiérrez-Robledo with honorary membership in the Consortium on Aging.

Dr. Gutiérrez is a Mexican scholar trained in France in geriatric medicine and the biology of aging; he received his Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Bordeaux in 2005. He has served on the faculty of the National University of Mexico School of Medicine, since 1994 as head of the geriatric medicine specialty program. He founded the Department of Geriatrics at the National Institute of Medical Sciences in 1989 and was its Head until January 2009. He is presently Director General of the National Institute of Geriatrics in Mexico. Dr. Gutierrez’s research agenda focuses on the epidemiology of aging and more specifically on frailty and dementia and the interface between both conditions. He has served in various national and global committees including the Advisory Committee at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and the Pan American Health Organization; and in the editorial boards of several specialty journals. He is a founder member of the Latin American Academy for the Medicine of Ageing (ALMA), and serves the profession in multiple forms including as member of review study sections of the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología. He has more than 200 publications among books and scientific papers.

Dr. Gutierrez-Robledo with Dr. Carmel Dyer and Dr. John Byrne