Jane Karnes Straker, PhD

Jane Straker

Director of Research
Senior Research Scholar
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Gerontology

Email: strakejk@MiamiOH.edu 
Phone: 513-529-5949
Office: Upham Hall, 384


As Director of Research Jane assists with planning research projects and proposals and provides support and monitoring for ongoing projects. She works to ensure that the Scripps research infrastructure is effective and up-to-date.


PhD, Human Development & Social Policy, Northwestern University
MGS, Gerontology, Miami University
BA, Art Education, Southern Illinois University

Research Interests

Consumer satisfaction with long-term services and supports, person-centered/resident-directed care, culture change, direct care workers and leadership in long-term care

Biographical Sketch

Jane K. Straker, MGS, PhD was employed by the Scripps Gerontology Center as a Deputy Project Director in November 1993. In over two decades at Scripps she has served as a Principal Investigator on over 25 studies and as a research team member on numerous others. Her work involves applied research, primarily in the area of long-term services and supports. She is currently engaged in developing a tool to measure consumer satisfaction with transportation services, directing the statewide Ohio Nursing Home and RCF Family Satisfaction surveys and serving as a team member on projects to survey Area Agencies on Aging, and Ohio Nursing Homes and Residential Care Facilities. Dr. Straker has directed or worked on projects for the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Administration on Aging, the Dept. of Medicaid, the Commonwealth Fund, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvey Picker Center on Innovation and Applied Research in Long-Term Care.

Selected Publications

Kunkel, S. R., Lackmeyer, A. E., Graham, R. J., & Straker, J. K. (2022). Advancing partnerships: Contracting between community-based organizations and health care entities. Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University. https//:Scripps.MiamiOH.edu/publications

Li, X., Li, Q., Straker, J.K., O`Neill, L., Zhang, C., Ingman, S. (2022). Validation of the Chinese version of the resident satisfaction in long-term care facilities. Geriatric Nursing, 44, 125-130. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2022.01.006 

Curry, L., Cherlin, E., Ayedun, A., Rubeo, C., Straker, J.K., Wilson, T.L., Brewster A. (2022). How do Area Agencies on Aging Build Partnerships with Health Care Organizations? The Gerontologisthttps://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnac019

Straker, J. K. & Choi, M. S. (2021). Facility and family communication during the COVID-19 visit restriction: Early perspectives of family members. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. Advance Online Publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/01634372.2021.1969714

Young, M. A., Yauk, J., Straker, J. K., Nelson, M., Applebaum, B. (2021). Residential care: An emerging sector of the Ohio system of long-term services. Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University.

Applebaum, R., Nelson, I., Straker, J. K., & Kennedy, K. (2020). Policy does matter: Changing an unchangeable long-term services system. The Journal of Elder Policy, 1(1), 21-38. https://doi.org/10.18278/jep.1.1.2

Kunkel, S. R., Wilson, T. L., Lackmeyer, A. E., & Straker, J. K. (2020). Strengthening ties: Contracting between community-based organizations and health care entities. Oxford, Ohio: Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University.

Kennedy, K. A., Applebaum, R., Bowblis, J. R., Straker, J. K. (2020). Organizational factors associated with retention of direct care workers: A comparison of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The Gerontologist. Accepted manuscript. doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnaa130

Straker, J. K.
, & Choi, M. S. (2020). The family experience in long-term care during the COVID-19 visitation restriction. Oxford, OH: Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University.

Straker, J. K,. Bowblis, J. R., Kennedy, K. A., & Harrington, A. K., (2019). Dedicated memory care units in Ohio's long-term services settings: Structure and practices. Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University. 

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.

Kunkel, S. R., Wilson, T. L., Lackmeyer, A. E., & Straker, J. K. (2019). Aging and Disability Business Institute: Final evaluation report. Oxford, OH: Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University.

Straker, J. K., Janssen, L. M., Stemen, S. E., Nelson, I. M., Young, M. A., & Brottman, B. J. (2019). Implementation of the 2018 Ohio Nursing Home and Residential Care Facility Family Satisfaction Surveys. Oxford, OH: Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University.