Katy Abbott


Associate Professor of Gerontology


Ph.D. Sociology: Case Western Reserve University

M.G.S.: Miami University

B.S. Kinesiology: Indiana University

Dr. Abbott is a graduate from the Miami University Masters in Gerontological Studies program. She completed her PhD in 2005 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing from 2006-2012 and most recently was a Senior Research Scientist at the Polisher Researcher Institute of the Abramson Center for Jewish Life (formally the Philadelphia Geriatric Center). Her research focuses on social networks and health, social preferences in long-term care, and person centered care with an emphasis on persons with dementia. She recently joined the faculty at Miami University in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology and will be teaching courses in long-term care, qualitative methods and social policy.

Recent Publications

Abbott, K.M., Heid, A.R., Kelban, M., Rovine, M.J., & Van Haitsma, K. (in press). The change in nursing home residents' preferences over time. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.

Gannod, G.C., Abbott, K.M., Van Haitsma, K., Martindale, N., & Heppner, A. (in press). A machine learning recommender system to tailor preference assessments to enhance person-centered care among nursing home residents. The Gerontologist (special issue of Technology and Aging). doi.org/10.1093/geront/gny056. Published online before print May 21, 2018.

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 resident. The Gerontologist. doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnx109. Published online before print June 22, 2017.

Shrestha, P., & Abbott, K.M. (2018). "I help them navigate the organization": Recognizing the contributions of non-clinical professionals to person-centered approaches in assisted living. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 44(2): 9-13. doi.org/10.3928/00989134-20171023-02.

Abbott, K.M., Klumpp, R., Leser, K., Straker, J., Gannod, G., & Van Haitsma, K. (2018). Delivering Person-Centered Care: Important Preferences for Recipients of Long-term Services and Supports. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association19, 169-173. doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2017.10.005. Published online before print November 14, 2017.

Spring 2021 Office Hours

Please schedule a virtual appointment at abbottkm@MiamiOH.edu