Leadership & Staff

  • Tara 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.

  • Ab Brody

    Ab Brody, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Associate Director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing; 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.

  • Cynthia Chong

    Cynthia Chong, MPA

    Special Projects Manager, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

    Ms. Chong’s background includes overseeing departmental and public administration. Her passion is promoting health education by working with community organizations and local agencies to increase health literacy.

  • Brittany A. Hamilton

    Brittany A. Hamilton, MA

    Director of eLearning and Technology, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

    Ms. Hamilton plans, designs, and creates innovative digital learning experiences based on theories of digital learning and best practices in instructional design. She manages the HIGN eLearning platform, website, and all other instructional technologies utilized by the institute.

  • Elizabeth Seidel

    Liz Seidel, MSW

    Project Director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

    Ms. Seidel is a social worker with a background in community-based research, health education, and curriculum development focusing on behavioral health and chronic illness in vulnerable populations. Ms. Seidel’s role at HIGN includes project management, curriculum development and editing, grant writing, and serving as the Try This series editor.

Aliviado Health Team

    Kimberly Convery, MSW

    Project Director

    Ariel Ford, MPH

    Clinical Data Manager

    Kimberly Hom, MPA

    Project Officer, NIA IMPACT Collaboratory Pilot Core

    Tessa Jones, LMSW

    Implementation Specialist, Aliviado Health

    Rebecca Lassell, PhD, OTR/L

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Shih-Yin Lin, MM, MPH, PhD

    Senior Research Scientist/Project Director, Aliviado Health