Meet us

Dr. Anna Song Beeber is a known leader in geriatric nursing, health services research, dementia care, and workforce issues in residential long-term care settings – mostly focused on nursing homes and assisted living.

As director for the UNC Engage Study, Dr. Beeber wants to promote care that includes staff, families and long-term care residents equally. This research focuses on empowering residents and families to engage in assisted living care.

She is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and a Research Fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


The Team

A group of researchers, whose areas of expertise include nursing, medicine, public health, and library science work with the project team and participants to achieve the mission of the UNC Engage Study.

Dr. Ruth Anderson is the Associate Dean for Research in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing. She brings nursing expertise on patient outcomes and health care management practices, care systems (like assisted living settings), how patients with chronic illness adapt within these settings, and managing chronic illnesses in aging families.

Dr. Jennifer Leeman is a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing. Her expertise is in carrying out evidence-based solutions. She helps health professionals use these solutions in their own setting to improve care.

Dr. Chrissy Kistler is a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Family Medicine. She is a doctor and researcher; whose expertise is in care decisions for older adults and the resulting patient outcomes.

Terri Ottosen is a staff librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Health Sciences Library. Her areas of expertise include community engagement, patient advocacy and health literacy. As a member of the Engage team, Terri will help create engagement tools for residents and families in assisted living.

 


Project Staff

The UNC Engage Study operations team includes knowledgeable staff and students who have extensive experience conducting research in complex healthcare settings.

As the Project Manager for the UNC Engage Study, Stephanie conducts and oversees all daily project operations and is the best point of contact for individuals interested in participating. In addition to her professional role in geriatric, long-term care research, Stephanie has volunteered as a county-appointed community advocate with the North Carolina Long-term Care Ombudsmen program


Graduate Students

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing, is home to nursing professionals who will soon become researchers themselves. The UNC Engage Study team includes several doctoral nursing candidates and masters students from other departments, who contribute to designing, developing and carrying out the project.