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Kathleen Abrahamson


Associate Professor

Purdue University

Dr. Abrahamson is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.

Dr. Abrahamson’s research primarily addresses the delivery of long-term care services and supports (LTSS). Her research has contributed to nursing home value-based reimbursement policy, policy to rebalance LTSS away from institutional and toward community settings, and statewide efforts to reduce polypharmacy in nursing homes. Dr. Abrahamson partnered in the development and implementation of an innovative care-planning model that is currently disseminated to >13,000 LTSS facilities. Her research, cited >980 times, expanded evidence regarding nursing home quality of life. Dr. Abrahamson is also a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America and a recipient of the Hulman Award for Public Health Science from the Indiana Public Health Association.

Dr. Abrahamson engages with practitioners and policymakers in every aspect of her research and teaching, interacting within the practice setting or through data. She has worked on teams that included physicians, advanced nurse practitioners, nurses, administrators, care-workers and resident/family stakeholders to develop research questions and methods. The interaction between the context of LTSS delivery and academia has enabled her to positively impact the care of LTSS recipients through multiple routes of dissemination and influence, including but not limited to practice change of advanced nurse practitioners, professional presentations, policy evaluations, expert panels, and scientific publications.

Dr. Abrahamson received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin/ Oshkosh, Master’s Degrees from Western Illinois University and Purdue University, and a PhD from Purdue University.

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