Leadership & Staff

  • Tara A. Cortes

    Tara A. Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Executive Director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing; Professor of Geriatric Nursing, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

    Dr. Cortes’ distinguished career spans executive leadership, nursing education, research and practice. She has provided significant contributions to advancing health care, particularly for those people with limited access to the health care system. Significantly, she has developed collaborative models with advanced practice nurses and physicians in traditional as well as non-traditional settings to enhance the care of the American older adult population.

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    Cinnamon St. John, MPA, MA

    Associate Director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

    At HIGN, Cinnamon designs and manages programs that focus on ensuring optimal health and quality of life for older adults through interprofessional and patient education. She is also a Congressional Health and Aging Policy fellow working on the Senate Special Committee on Aging for Senator Susan Collins.  As a former journalist, Cinnamon is passionate about increasing public awareness of the needs of older adults, the challenges that our society is facing in addressing those needs, and the opportunities we have to improve how we care for our aging population.

  • Ab Brody

    Ab Brody, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Associate Director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing; Associate Professor of Nursing and Medicine, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and NYU Langone Health; Founder, Aliviado Health; Pilot Core Lead, NIA IMPACT Collaboratory

    Dr. Brody is a board certified geriatric nurse practitioner with clinical expertise and current practice in house calls and inpatient geriatric consult services. Dr. Brody’s research and scholarship activities focus on the intersection of geriatrics and palliative care as he seeks to improve the quality of life, quality of care, and patient outcomes for older adults living in the community.

  • Bei Wu

    Bei Wu, PhD

    Director for Research, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing; Dean’s Professor in Global Health and Director of Global Health & Aging Research, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing; Affiliated Professor, Ashman Department of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry, NYU College of Dentistry

    Dr. Bei Wu's career in gerontology has been distinguished by interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers in various disciplines (particularly in nursing and in dentistry) at many academic institutions and organizations in the U.S. and abroad. As Principal Investigator, she has led a significant number of projects supported by federal agencies such as NIH and CDC. Her extensive publications cover a variety of issues related to aging and health, including oral health, long-term care, dementia, and caregiving. She has provided numerous keynote presentations, lectures, and/or consultation in dozens of universities and organizations in the United States and globally.

Staff

    Cynthia Chong, BS

    Project Coordinator

    Brittany Hamilton, MA

    E-learning Project Administrator

    Liz Seidel, MSW

    Project Director, Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

Aliviado Health Team

    Kimberly Convery, MSW

    Project Director

    Aditi Druga, BA

    Operations Administrator, Aliviado Health

    Ariel Ford, MPH

    Clinical Data Manager

    Kimberly Hom, BS

    Project Officer, NIA IMPACT Collaboratory Pilot Core

    Tessa Jones, LMSW

    Implementation Specialist, Aliviado Health

    Shih-Yin Lin, MM, MPH, PhD

    Senior Research Scientist/Project Director, Aliviado Health

    Victor Soleto, BA

    Research Coordinator, Aliviado Health

Dr. Bei Wu's Team

    Yaolin Pei, PhD

    Post Doctoral Associate

    Shahrzad Siamdoust, MPH

    Project Coordinator