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​​​​ Andrea Daddato

Daddato’s research in gerontology focuses on Medicare health care policy and heart failure research in skilled nursing facilities. Her doctoral degree in gerontology focuses on health care policy research and she is currently working on her dissertation as a PhD candidate. Andrea has worked in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on a randomized controlled trial of heart failure disease management in skilled nursing facilities. She plans to use data from the trial and qualitative interviews with stakeholders from skilled nursing facilities for her dissertation.


 Cynthia Drake, MA
Drake is a Professional Research Assistant for the Division of Health Care Policy and Research. She is a mixed methods researcher, which means she conducts research that’s both quantitative (i.e., experiments, surveys) and qualitative (i.e., focus groups, interviews). She is experienced in stakeholder engagement. Drake is working on her PhD in health services research from the Colorado School of Public Health. She is the project manager of the Colorado Long Term Care Research Partnership and serves on the steering committee of the Stakeholder Advisory Board.

 Jason Falvey
Falvey is a geriatric physical therapist interested in research relationships between impaired physical function and outcomes of home health care and long-term care. Falvey is working with a large Medicare database to evaluate how rehabilitation utilization impacts functional recovery and hospitalization outcomes in medically vulnerable adults. He also works closely with Innovage, an area provider of Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly services in Denver, Colorado to reduce incidences of falls and fall-related hospitalizations among Medicare/Medicaid dually eligible older adults.

 Allison Gustavson,
 PT, DPT
Gustavson’s research interests​ include: 1) exploring the barriers to practice change and the uptake of evidence-based practice in post-acute care (home health, community-based long-term care, skilled nursing facilities), 2) developing and refining multi-modal and interdisciplinary interventions to maximize patient outcomes following hospitalization, and 3) employing strategies for implementation and dissemination of study results to post-acute settings nationwide.