Katherine Abbott, PhD, MGS

Katherine Abbott PhD, MGS

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

Email: abbottkm@MiamiOH.edu
Phone: 513-529-0869
Office: Upham Hall, 360

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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 Assistant 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

Abbott, K.M., Klumpp, R., Leser, K., Straker, J., Gannod, G., & Van Haitsma, K. (in press). Delivering person-centered care: Important preferences for recipients of long-term services and supports. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2017.10.005. Published online before print Nov. 14, 2017.

Shrestha, P., & Abbott, K.M. (in press). “I help them navigate the organization”: Recognizing the contributions of non-clinical professionals to person-centered approaches in assisted living. Journal of Gerontological Nursing.

Abbott, K.M., Bangerter, L., Humes, S., Klumpp, R. & Van Haitsma, K. (in press). “It’s important, but…”: Perceived barriers and dependencies to social preferences of nursing home residents. The Gerontologist. doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnx109. Published online before print June 22, 2017.

Bangerter, L., Abbott, K.M., Heid, A.R., Eshraghi, K., &Van Haitsma, K. (2017). Using spontaneous commentary of nursing home residents to develop resident-centered measurement tools: A case study. Geriatric Nursing, 38(6), 548-550. doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2017.04.003.

Abbott, K.M., & Pachucki, M. (2017). Associations between social network characteristics, cognitive function, and quality of life among residents in a dementia special care unit: A pilot study. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 16(8), 1004-1019. doi: 10.1177/1471301216630907. Published online before print Feb. 9, 2016.

Complete list of published work in MyNCBICollections

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