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Kimberly Van Haitsma

“I joined the Age Friendly Care project because I am interested in learning what matters most from the perspective of patients, family members and our clinical partners.”

Kimberly Van Haitsma, PhD, is a clinical geropsychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology. Dr. Van Haitsma is an Associate Professor of Nursing in the Penn State College of Nursing and is the Director of the Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care at the Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence. Dr. Van Haitsma’s areas of research focus on the development of evidence base approaches to optimize person-centered care for frail older adults living with multiple chronic conditions receiving care in long term service and supports settings. Her work includes development and testing of mental health education and intervention approaches, innovative methodological and measurement development related to care processes and outcomes, and rigorously testing intervention and implementation strategies that facilitate the uptake of evidence-based person-centered preference-informed care practices. Dr. Van Haitsma is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

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