Katherine Abbott, PhD, MGS

Katherine Abbott PhD, MGS

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Gerontology
Scripps Research Fellow

Email: abbottkm@MiamiOH.edu
Phone: 513-529-0869
Office: Upham Hall, 367C

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PhD, Sociology, Case Western Reserve University
MGS, Miami University
BS, Kinesiology, Indiana University

Research Interests

Preference-based person-centered care among older adults receiving long-term services and supports, social networks and health of older adults receiving long-term services and supports.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Katy Abbott is an Associate Professor of Gerontology and a Scripps Gerontology Center Research Fellow at Miami University in Oxford, OH. She teaches graduate courses in Qualitative Research Methods and Organizations and the Aging Enterprise. Her research and teaching focuses on preference-based person-centered care and the social networks and health of older adults receiving long-term services and supports. She is the co-founder of Preference Based Living, whose 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. Katy is also a Certified Zentangle Teacher and lives in Oxford with her husband, also an MGS grad, and their daughter, Mia.

Selected Publications 

Van Haitsma, K., Abbott, K. M., Arbogast, A., Bangerter, L. R., Heid, A. R., Behrens, L. L., & Madrigal, C. (2019). A preference-based model of care: An integrative theoretical model of the role of preferences in person-centered care. The Gerontologist. doi:10.1093/geront/gnz075.

Goldstein, C.N., Abbott, K. M., Bangerter, L. R., Kotterman, A., & Van Haitsma, K. (2019). “A bone of contention…”: Perceived barriers and situational dependencies to food preferences of nursing home residents. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics. doi:10.1080/21551197.2019.1617220.

Heid, A. R., Abbott, K. M., Kleban, M., Rovine, M. J., & Van Haitsma, K. (2019). The impact of nursing home residents’ characteristics on ratings of importance of autonomy preferences in daily care over time. Aging & Mental Health. doi:10.1080/13607863.2019.1584875.

Gannod, G.C., Abbott, K.M., Van Haitsma, K., Martindale, N., & Heppner, A. (2019). A machine learning recommender system to tailor preference assessments to eenhance person-centered care among nursing home residents. The Gerontologist, 59(1), 167–176. doi:10.1093/geront/gny056.

Abbott, K. M., Heid, A. R., Kleban, M., Rovine, M. J., & Van Haitsma, K. (2018). The change in nursing home residents' preferences over time. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 19(12), 1092–1098. doi:10.1016/j.jamda.2018.08.004.


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