Project Team

Joseph G. Ouslander, M.D. (Project Director) - Dr. Ouslander is Professor and Associate Dean for Geriatric Programs at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, and Professor at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton Florida. Dr. Ouslander served as a Professor at UCLA for 15 years developing research, educational, and clinical programs. From 1996-2007 he served as the Director of Geriatric Medicine at Emory University. He is a past-President and Board Chair of the American Geriatrics Society, and serves as the Executive Editor of the society's Journal. He is a co-author of Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics and Medical Care in the Nursing Home, and an editor of Hazzard's Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.

Ruth Tappen, Ed.D., F.A.A.N. (Project Collaborator) - is a Distinguished Professor of Nursing at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing of Florida Atlantic University. She is a nationally known scholar and researcher in aging, and has been funded by NIH, HRSA, AoA, major foundations, and others. She served as FAU’s acting V.P. of Research for two years and was the founder of the Memory and Wellness Center, a state designated memory disorder center. Her research has addressed a range of issues related to aging with emphasis on exercise, communication and cognitive retraining therapies. Her forthcoming book Advanced Nursing Research: From Theory to Practice reflects her expertise in research design analysis and psychometric evaluation.

Jill Shutes, ARNP (Project Coordinator) – is a Research Associate at Florida Atlantic University working with Dr. Ouslander on numerous projects in relationship to the Interact Quality Improvement Program. She is a graduate from University of Massachusetts, Lowell with a MSN and has extensive experience as a Nurse Practitioner in the Assisted Living, Post Acute Care, and Long-Term Care industries. She played an instrumental role in opening a brand new, state of the art 120 post acute care facility in Wellington, Florida, where she held positions as Chief Nursing Officer and Assistant Medical Director. To stay current with her clinical skills and understand the challenges related to residents care, she continues to work with patients at area nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

About Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida, where its annual economic impact exceeds $6.3 billion. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes — marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges — which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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