The Episteme Award Recipient
Mary D. Naylor, RN, PhD, FAAN
Dr. Mary D. Naylor is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and Director of the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), School of Nursing. She and her research team have completed three National Institute of Nursing Research-funded randomized clinical trials testing and refining the Transitional Care Model, an innovative approach to addressing the needs of high-risk chronically ill elders and their family caregivers. Her research team has recently partnered with a major insurance organization and health care plan to translate this model into the "real world" of clinical practice and promote its widespread adoption. Dr. Naylor and colleagues are also engaged in a study funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute for Nursing Research that will examine over time the natural history of changes in health and quality of life among elders newly admitted to long-term care settings or services. Dr. Naylor also is the National Program Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI).