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Herzstein Foundation grants awarded to junior faculty in geriatrics

HOUSTON – (Nov. 28, 2012) – Three junior faculty who specialize in geriatric and palliative healthcare have received grants from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Consortium on Aging through a gift from the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation.

Jason Burnett, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at the UTHealth Medical School, received $8,500 for his research, “Estimating Differential Mortality Rates for Elder Mistreatment and Self-Neglect Types: A Road to More Efficient Care Service Delivery.”

Marissa Hansen, Ph.D., assistant professor in the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, received $10,000 as principal investigator for “PST.Net: A Pilot Study of Teletherapy Depression Treatment for Older Adults.” Faculty members at the University of Houston are part of the multi-institutional Consortium on Aging.

Sabrina Pickens, Ph.D., R.N., instructor of nursing in the UTHealth School of Nursing, received $10,000 to study “Assessing for Capacity for Self-Care and Protection in Older Adults with Executive Dysfunction Status Post Discharge Home to Prevent Hospital Readmission – A Feasibility Study.”

The goals of the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation Geriatric Studies for Junior Faculty program are to integrate geriatrics studies across all the schools of UTHealth, increase collaboration and cooperation between school faculties, instill geriatrics studies into all student curriculum and foster future geriatrics practitioners. 

Deborah Mann Lake
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