Katherine Abbott, PhD, MGS

Katherine Abbott PhD, MGS

Executive Director, Scripps Gerontology Center 
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 Executive Director of the Scripps Gerontology Center and a 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., Hulshult, A., Eshraghi, K., Heppner, A., Crumbie, V., Heid, A.R., Madrigal, C., Spector, A., Van Haitsma, K. (2022). Applying Agile Methodology to Reengineer the Delivery of Person-Centered Care in a Nursing Home: A Case Study. Journal of the American Medical Directors Associationhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2022.05.012

Heid, A. R., Abbott, K. M., Rovine, M. J., Eshraghi, K., Madrigal, C., Crumbie, V., & Van Haitsma, K. (2022). The Stability of Nursing Home Residents’ Ratings of Importance of Recreation Preferences Over One Year. Journal of Applied Gerontologyhttps://doi.org/10.1177/07334648221089239

Madrigal, C., Mogle, J., Abbott, K.M., Mills, W.L., Fick, D.M., Scanlon, D., Behrens, L., Eshraghi, K., & Van Haitsma, K. (2022). The Association Between Preference Satisfaction and Satisfaction with Overall Care for Nursing Home Residents, Journal of Aging & Social Policy, DOI: 10.1080/08959420.2022.2029265

Burshnic-Neal, V. L., Knollman-Porter, K., Topper, R. H., McConnell, E. S., Van Haitsma, K., & Abbott, K.M. (2022). Examining Face Validity of Visual Stimuli Used in Preference Assessments for Older Adults With Communication Impairments. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. https://doi.org/10.1044/2022_AJSLP-21-00303

Abbott, K.M., Douglas, N., Van Haitsma, K. (2022). A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats: Equitable Nursing Home Policy Through Implementation Science, Public Policy & Aging Report, 32 (1), 6–12, https://doi.org/10.1093/ppar/prab030

Hicks, N., Heid, A.R., Abbott, K.M., Leser, K., & Van Haitsma, K. (2021) Preference Importance Ratings among African American and White Nursing Home Residents. Clinical Gerontologist. doi:10.1080/07317115.2021.2007436

Abbott, K. M., Heppner, A., Hicks, N., Hermesch, A., & Van Haitsma, K. (2021). Evaluating the implementation of a pragmatic person-centered communication tool for the nursing home setting: PAL Cards. Clinical Gerontologist. Advance Online Publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/07317115.2021.1929632

Corpora, M., Kelley, M., Kasler, K., Heppner, A., Van Haitsma, K., Abbott, K. M. (2021). “It’s been a whole new world”: Staff perceptions of implementing a person-centered communication intervention during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 47(5), 9-13. https://doi.org/10.3928/00989134-20210407-03

Abbott, K. M., B. K., A., Straker, J. K., & Brown, J. S. (2019). Resident preferences and CNA empowerment: Testing validity and reliability of a culture change survey tool. Journal of Applied Gerontology. doi:10.1177/0733464819884862

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. JAMBA, 19(12), 1092–1098. doi:10.1016/j.jamda.2018.08.004


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