CARE's Campus Affiliates are integral to our efforts to improve the health and well-being of older adults through nursing leadership, discovery, education and practice.

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Research Faculty

Barb BowersBarbara Bowers, Professor, Associate Dean for Research, CARE Director

Barbara Bowers’ research is with frail older adults in both community and residential settings. She is interested in how nursing staff and long-term care systems impact quality of life and quality of care. In her dual capacity as a professor at UW–Madison and Director of the Center for Aging Research and Education, she has worked with state and federal government bodies to develop, implement, and evaluate public policies affecting older adults. (Academic Bio) (Profile)


Lisa BratzkeLisa Bratzke, Assistant Professor

Lisa Bratzke studies cognitive impairment of patients with coronary heart disease, who, according to health data, suffer from concentration or memory difficulties. With coronary heart disease on the rise—40 percent of the U.S. population is projected to have some form of it by 2030—she is examining ways to slow deteriorating cognitive function in this population, thereby improving quality of life for individuals with chronic heart failure. (Academic Bio)


Kim GretebeckKimberlee Gretebeck, Assistant Professor

Kim Gretebeck’s work focuses on promoting the health and independence of older adults through physical activity interventions that promote behavior change. She specifically develops and researches behavioral strategies that promote physical activity to improve the functional status of older adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. An exercise and lifestyle change program that she developed is being adapted for rural and African-American communities in Wisconsin. (Academic Bio)


Barbara KingBarbara King, Assistant Professor

Barbara King is a former special advanced fellow at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) in Madison. Her primary research examines the functional decline and loss of independent ambulation in older adults during hospitalization. Her second line of research focuses on older patients’ transitional care from hospital to nursing home. (Academic Bio) (Profile)


Tonya RobertsTonya Roberts, Assistant Professor

Tonya Roberts’ research aims to improve the quality of life for frail older adults who require long-term care. She is particularly interested in enhancing the personalization of care in ways that allow older adults to achieve their individual life and care goals, and in developing interventions that activate and engage older adults in their own care and long-term care environments.


Elisa TorresElisa Torres, Assistant Professor

Elisa Torres' program of research examines the antidepressant effects of physical activity in African Americans. She also uses neuroimaging to examine the effects of physical activity on areas of the brain related to depression in healthy midlife and older adults, and those at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. (Academic Bio)


Clinical Faculty

Sarah EndicottSarah Endicott, Clinical Professor

Sarah Endicott is a board-certified geriatric nurse practitioner with experience in adult medicine and memory diagnostic centers. Her current clinical practice is in rural skilled nursing facilities. She teaches in the adult/gero nurse practitioner program and serves as a preceptor for primary care students. Her interests include advanced care planning and the education and support of caregivers for people living with dementia.


Andrea Gilmore-BykovskyiAndrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, Clinical Assistant Professor

Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi works to improve health service delivery and outcomes for persons with neurodegenerative dementia by developing, testing and translating into practice interventions to improve pain and behavioral symptom management. (Academic Bio)


Paula JarzemskyPaula Jarzemsky, Clinical Professor

Paula Jarzemsky teaches first-year nursing students on a busy surgical unit serving patients at UW Hospital. In recognition of the increased number of older adults in all health care settings, Paula engages an inter-professional faculty group to offer an annual falls prevention program for seniors in the Madison community. She is a fellow of the Minnesota Hartford Center Facilitated Learning to Advance Geriatrics Program. (Academic Bio


Sarah KrugerSarah Kruger, Clinical Professor

Sarah Kruger's clinical area of interest is diabetes care. She focuses on older adults, including those with diabetes and those with neurological conditions. She is interested in developing different teaching modalities for students. She is an advanced practice registered nurse. (Academic Bio)


Paula WoywodPaula Woywod, Clinical Instructor

Paula Woywod has taught as a clinical instructor for medical-surgical, and cardiac and thoracic surgery, heart and lung transplant units. Her focus includes best practices in older adult care and transitions of care. She partners with the Goodman Center Older Adult Program to enrich nursing students’ educational experience.


Student Scholars in Geriatrics 

Heidi LindrothHeidi Lindroth

Heidi Lindroth’s research focuses on delirium prevention in the hospitalized older adult population. She currently works as a nurse clinician in the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics’ neurosurgery intensive care unit.


Maichou Lor

Maichou Lor researches promoting patient-centered communication to first generation elderly patients with limited English proficiency, in particular Hmong elders. She is focusing on supporting organization change along with understanding system-related barriers to the implementation of translational change in the healthcare setting.


Katie MeadKatie Mead

Katie Mead’s interest is improving the health of older adults with chronic illnesses through interventions that improve functional status and promote physical activity adherence. Her current research is focused on how the environment influences physical activity behavior in older adults.


Anne RollAnne E. Roll

Anne Roll holds a Masters in Gerontology from the European Masters in Gerontology program (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and a Bachelor in Nursing from Witten/Herdecke University, Germany. Her main interests include the quality of care for people with dementia, older people with intellectual disabilities, and person-centered care. Before coming to Madison she taught geriatric nursing in Germany.


Adjunct Faculty 

Beth FahlbergBeth Fahlberg, PhD, RN, CHPN, AGPCNP-BC

Beth Fahlberg directs the aging and supportive and palliative care programs for the UW–Madison Division of Continuing Studies. She focuses on promoting individualized quality of life and social support for older individuals with chronic heart failure. She is particularly interested in palliative and end-of-life issues, communication and decision-making.

Kristin LitzelmanKristin Litzelman, PhD

Kristin Litzelman is an Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies at the UW–Madison School of Human Ecology and a State Specialist with UW Cooperative Extension's Family Living Programs. Her research centers around how illness impacts families, primarily through the lens of family caregiving. She is particularly interested in the ways that caregivers and care recipients influence one another's health and well-being, and how we can help caregivers take care of themselves so that they can take care of their loved ones.

Maria Brenny-Fitzpatrick - Geriatric NP, Acute Care for Elders, UWHC

Marsha Cohen - Nurse Practitioner, Elder Care of Wisconsin

Tim Conroy - Executive Director, Capitol Lakes

Irene Fleshner - Principal, Reno Davis and Associates; Senior Vice President for Strategic Nursing Initiatives, Genesis Healthcare

Melanie Krause - Health Analyst, US Government Accountability Office

Katherine McGilton - Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI); Associate Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto; Adjunct Scientist, Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied and Evaluative Research Unit, Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System

Julienne Meyer - Professor, City University School of Community & Health Sciences - London

Anna Ortigara - Resource Director, Green House Project

Beverly Priefer - Veterans Administration, VA Hospital

Rachel Roiland - Advanced Special Fellow, William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital

Kristi Vater - Administrator, Capitol Lakes

Ruth Webber - Independent International Health Policy Consultant

Shehla Naeem Zafar - Assistant Professor and Principal, Dow University of Health Sciences Institute of Nursing

David Zimmerman - Professor (Emeritus) of Industrial and Systems Engineering, UW-Madison