Knowing the person. Honoring preferences. Improving quality of life.

Our mission is to conduct studies that build understanding of individual preferences and test innovative methods to honor preferences for people receiving long-term services and supports. Our interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners represents the fields of gerontology, clinical psychology, human development, nursing, recreation therapy, social work, sociology, computer science and statistics.

Translating research into practice is a hallmark of the team. In addition to scientific studies, we develop resources for formal and informal caregivers, including assessment tools, evidence-based interventions, webinars, videos, implementation manuals and tip sheets.

Team Leaders
Kimberly Van Haitsma, Ph.D. and Katherine Abbott, Ph.D. lead the team. Van Haitsma is Associate Professor of Nursing and Director, Person-Centered Living System of Care, Penn State University. Abbott is Robert H. and Nancy J. Blayley Assistant Professor of Gerontology and Scripps Gerontology Center Research Fellow at Miami University. 

  Kimberly Van Haitsma, Ph.D.
  Director, Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care
  College of Nursing, Penn State, State College, PA
  Email: ksv110@psu.edu
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  Katherine Abbott, PhD, MGS
  Robert H. and Nancy J. Blayney Professor
  Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Gerontology
  Scripps Research Fellow
  Miami University, Oxford, OH
  Email: abbottkm@miamioh.edu
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