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
7000 Fannin Street, UCT-1703
Houston, TX 77030

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, BS

University of Houston - Graduate College of Social Work

Achenbaum, Andy, PhD

University of Houston - Graduate College of Social Work

  • History of aging
  • Spirituality

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

UTHealth Medical School

Fellow in Geriatric Medicine 2014-2015

Ambrose, Catherine, PhD

UTHealth 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

UTHealth 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

UTHealth Medical School

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

Bergstrom, Nancy, PhD

UTHealth School of Nursing

Bhaloo, Tajudaullah, PhD

Baylor College of Medicine

  • 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
UTHealth 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
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, MS

UTHealth Medical School

  • Elder self-neglect; elder mistreatment
  • Latent profile analysis

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

UTHealth Medical School
  • Palliative medicine
  • Education
  • Veteran's health care

Chava, Praveen, MD

Clark, Leslie, RN

UTHealth Medical School

Cole, Thomas, PhD

UTHealth 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

Delgado Guay, Marvin, MD

M D Anderson Cancer Ctr

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

UTHealth School of Nursing

  • Elder abuse and neglect
  • Making early end of life decisions

Dyer, Carmel, MD

UTHealth Medical School

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

Earle, Kimberly, MD

UTHealth 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

Fazakerly, Coreen RN, MSN, HNC ANP-C UTHealth 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

  • Substance abuse among older adults
  • Health disparities among underserved minority communities
  • Aging and life course issues affecting older adults

Flores, Renee, MD

UTHealth Medical School

Franklin, Amy, PhD

UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

Frieden, Lex, MA

UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

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

Geng, Yong-Jian, MD, PhD

UTHealth Medical School

Godwin, Kyler, PhD

UTHealth Medical School

Gorman, Susan, MSN, GNP-BC

UTHealth Medical School

Guanlao, Rodrigo, MD

UTHealth Medical School

Ha, Caroline, MD

UTHealth Medical School

  • Palliative medicine

Halphen, John, MD

UTHealth Medical School

Hansen, Marissa, PhD

Harris, Shanna

Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Hasan, Khader, PhD

UTHealth Medical School

Haskovec, Laura, MD

UTHealth Medical School

Fellow in Palliative Medicine 2014-2015

Haynie, Aisha, MD

UTHealth Medical School

Fellow in Palliative Medicine 2014

Heater, Mary Lou

Memorial Hermann Southwest

Hersch, Gayle, PhD, OTR

Texas Woman's University - OT Dept

  • Caregiving of older adults by family members
  • Relocation from home to a facility
  • Occupational performance areas of older adults including ADLs and leisure participation

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

M D Anderson Cancer Center

  • Geriatric oncology
  • Comprehensive geriatric assessment
  • Health services research
  • Pharmacoepidemiology and polypharmacy
Howell, Ramsey, BA Amazing Place
Ifejika-Jones, Nneka, MD, MPH UTHealth Medical School
Igbokwe, Eberenne, DO UTHealth Medical School Fellow in Geriatric Medicine 2014-2015
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 in Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cognition
John, Vineeth, MD UTHealth Medical School
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, metabolic syndrome

Justice, Rita, PhD

HARC (Houston Aphasia Recovery Ctr)

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

Kuaiwa, Carla, MA, MBA

Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Kozar, Rosemary, MD, PhD

  • Trauma/general surgery
  • Critical care

La Cruz, Maria, MD

Top Care PA

Lee, Jessica, MD

UTHealth Medical School

  • House calls
  • Nutrition
  • Frailty

Lenert, Lynn, LMSW

TIRR Memorial Hermann

Lowry, James, MD UTHealth Medical School Fellow in Palliative Medicine 2014-2015
Magno, Myla, APRN, MSN, GNP-BC UTHealth Medical School
  • Quality of care transitions of elderly from acute to long term care
  • Clinical research in dementia and delirium
  • Geriatric 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
Moore, Laura, MD, FACS UTHealth Medical School

Murphy, Kathleen, PhD, GNP

UTHealth Medical School

Myneni, Sahiti, PhD

UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

Nguyen, Linh, MD

UTHealth 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
  • Physical function in older persons with dementia
O'Neill, Peggy, PhD, DDS UTHealth School of Dentistry - Retired
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

UTHealth Medical School

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

UTHealth School of Nursing

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

Rao, Shobha, MD

UTHealth Medical School
  • Palliative care

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

  • Pressure ulcer prevention
  • Frailty
  • Nursing home care

Reilley, Barbara, RN, PhD

UTHealth 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

UTHealth 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

UTHealth 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.

Rowe, Julie, MD

UTHealth 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

UTHealth Medical School

Schwaller, Sarah, MPH

UTHealth Medical School

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

UTHealth Medical School - retired

Spike, Jeffrey, PhD

UTHealth 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

Taylor, Wendell C., PhD, MPH

UTHealth School of Public Health

  • Physical activity and aging 
  • Psychological health and aging

Titterington, Victoria, PhD

Sam Houston State University

Vasta, Casey, PA

UTHealth Medical School

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

Wade, Charles, PhD

UTHealth Medical School

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

Wright, Anthony, PhD

UTHealth 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

UTHealth 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