Kathryn Hyer, Ph.D. MPP

Kathryn Hyer, Ph.D. MPP

MPP-Masters in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1977;
PhD, Arizona State University 1992
Professor and Director, Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging
School of Aging Studies

Description of Research Interests

Kathryn Hyer’s research is on the organization, staffing, training, policies, and financing of long-term care in varied settings along the continuum of long term care. She is interested in the impact of State and federal regulations on assisted living and nursing home residents’ quality of care and quality of life, especially at the end of life. Her research includes program evaluation with a special emphasis on evaluation of geriatric educational interventions for health professionals and students.

Funded Research 

2016-2018         Principal Investigator US Department of Health Resources and Services Administration, Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). Cross-college interdisciplinary grant ($815,560-Year 2). $2.4 Million 3 years.  One of 44 grants in country.

2002-2017         Principal Investigator, Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Alzheimer’s Disease Training Curriculum and Training Provider Review and Approval Program ($973,892). Award# XQ692 State


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Publications (representative publications selected from over 50 published)

PubMed Publications Opens in a new window

Castle, N., Hyer, K., Harris, J. & Engberg, J. (forthcoming). Nurse Aide Retention in Nursing Homes. Gerontologist.

Arnold, M.*, Hyer, K., Small, B.J., Chisolm, T., Saunders, G.H., McEvoy, C., Lee, D., Dhar, S. and Bainbridge, K., (2019). Factors Related to Use among Older Adults from Hispanic/Latino Backgrounds: Findings from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Hyer, K., Jester, D. J.*, Badana, A. N. S.*, et.al. (2019). Medical faculty beliefs: Self-rated importance and confidence in teaching geriatrics primary care. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 1-5. DOI: 10.1111/jgs.15759.

Smith, K. M.*, Thomas, K., Johnson, S., Meng, H. & Hyer, K. Dietary Service Staffing Impact Nutritional Quality in Nursing Homes (2017) Journal of Applied GerontologyPublished online January 26, 2017 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464816688309

Hyer, K., MacDonald, G., Black, K., Badana, A.N.S., Murphy, S.P. & Haley, W.E. (2017). Preparing for Florida’s Older Adult Population Growth with user-friendly demographic maps Florida Public Health Review. V.13, 143-154. http://www.ut.edu/uploadedFiles/Academics/CNHS/Health_Sciences_and_Human_Performance/Public_Health/Florida_Public_Health_Review/FPHR2017Hyer33-44.pdf

Peterson, L.J.*, Meng, H., Dobbs, D. & Hyer, K. (2016). Gender differences in mobility device use among U.S. older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.Published online August 5, 2016  doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbw081

Holup, A*. Hyer, K., Meng, H., Volicer, L. (2016). Profile of nursing home residents admitted directly from home. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.Published online: October 27, 2016  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2016.08.017

Pleasant, M.L*, Molinari, V., Hobday, J.V., Fazio, S., Cullen, N. & Hyer, K. (2017). An Evaluation of the CARES® Dementia Basics Program among CaregiversInternational Psychogeriatrics.29(1):45-56.  DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610216001526

Black, K., & Hyer, K. (2016). From Aging-in-Community to Age-friendly Community: Translating Research into Practice. The International Journal of Aging and Society. 6(4):59-71.  8