Katherine Abbott, PhD, MGS

Robert H. and Nancy J. Blayney Professor
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Gerontology
Scripps Research Fellow


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

Research Interests

Social networks and health, dementia, long-term services and supports, person-centered care

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Abbott is a Miami University graduate from the Masters in Gerontological Studies program. She completed her PhD in 2005 and became a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing from 2006-2012. She worked with Dr. Mary Naylor on an NIA/NINR funded grant titled: Health-Related Quality of Life: Elders in Long-Term Care (NIA 1R01AG025524-01A2) and taught statistics and graduate research methods. In 2012, Dr. Abbott became a Senior Research Scientist at the Polisher Research Institute of the Abramson Center for Jewish Life (formerly the Philadelphia Geriatric Center). She worked closely with Dr. Kimberly Van Haitsma on measuring person-centered care by assessing preferences for everyday living among older adults who are receiving long-term services and supports. She recently joined the faculty at Miami University in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology and is a Scripps Research Fellow. Dr. Abbott lives in Oxford, OH with her husband, also an MGS grad, and their daughter, Mia.

Selected Publications

Van Haitsma, K., Crespy, S., Humes, S., Elliot, A., Mihelic, A., Scott, C., Curyto, K., Spector, A., Eshraghi, K., Duntzee, C., Reamy, A., Abbott, K. (in press). New toolkit to measure quality of person-centered care: Development and pilot evaluation with nursing home communities. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.

Sefcik, J., & Abbott, K. (2014) “Right back to square one again”: The experience of friendships in assisted living. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 38: 11-28.

Abbott, K., Prvu Bettger, J., Hampton, K., & Kohler, HP. (2013). The Feasibility of Combining Approaches to Measuring Social Networks and Health among Older Adults with and without Cognitive Impairment. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. First published on-line July 8, 2013 as doi:10.1177/1471301213494524.

Abbott, K, Prvu Bettger, J, Hanlon, A, & Hirschman, K. (2012). Factors Associated with Health Discussion Network Size and Composition Among Elderly Recipients of Long-Term Services and Supports. Health Communication, Vol. 27, No. 8, pp. 784-793.

Zubritsky, C., Abbott, K., Hirschman, K., Bowles, K., & Naylor, M. (2012). Health-Related Quality of Life: Expanding A Conceptual Framework to Include Older Adults Who Receive Long-term Services and Supports. The Gerontologist, 53(2) pp. 205-210. doi: 10.1093/geront/gns093.