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Gordana Dermody

Gordana (Dana) Dermody is a Clinical Assistant Professor at WSU College of Nursing. Her program of research is aimed at  promoting physical activity (PA) in older adults across the care continuum to preserve physical function, and reduce falls.  Dana is interested in overcoming hospital-based system barriers to promoting physical activity through novel clinical applications of existing PA sensor technology integrated with web-based applications.  Novel clinical applications of sensor technology could deliver real-time personalized physical activity related health information to hospitalized patients and their families that could enhance the accurate continuous monitoring of PA, facilitate clinical care coordination, and promote patient engagement in PA. While her current focus is in the acute care setting, in the future Dana hopes to expand her program of study to include the prevention of functional decline and falls in independent-living community dwelling older adults. Dana has recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and has been mentored by Dr. Christine Kovach PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA Jewish Home and Care Center Research Professor in Aging; and Dr. Cynthia Brown, MD, PT, Parrish Professor and Director, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care Comprehensive Center for Health Aging, University of Alabama Birmingham.

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