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Liz Capezuti Liz Capezuti is the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Chair in Gerontology and Assistant Dean for Research at of Hunter College School of Nursing of CUNY. Dr. Capezuti teaches in the graduate DNP program and is a Professor in the Graduate Center and the PhD Program in Nursing Science of CUNY.

Dr. Capezuti is known for her work in improving the care of older adults by interventions and models that positively influence health care provider’s knowledge and work environment. Dr. Capezuti research interests include fall prevention, restraint and side rail elimination, APN (advanced practice nurse) facilitated models, elder abuse, palliative care, geriatric nursing work environment and the design of the built environment to facilitate function.

The co-editor of 5 books and more than a hundred peer-review articles, Dr. Capezuti is the 2001 recipient of the Otsuka/American Geriatrics Society Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award and in 2013 received the American Academy of Nursing Nurse Leader in Aging Award.

Currently Dr. Capezuti is part of a multidisciplinary (Architecture, Sleep Medicine), multi-institutional (Cornell University and Weill-Cornell Medical School) research team that is developing and testing a transferable educational and technological model to improve’ sleep regulation among persons receiving hospice or palliative care services. Our central hypothesis is that effective nursing education on sleep/wake regulation, along with a concrete tool to continuously monitor both patient and caregivers’ activities and real-time light and noise levels will lead to improved sleep and enhanced quality of life for patients in palliative and end-of-life care settings. This project is funded by grants from National Institute of Food and Agriculture and PSC-CUNY.

Dr. Capezuti is also part of an academic-community partnership in East/Central Harlem (NYC) utilizing a community-based participatory research framework that aims to improve access to palliative care (PC) in underserved communities. Partnering with local community agencies and colleagues from Hunter College (Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and School of Social Work) Weill Cornell Medical School (Geriatric and Palliative Care Medicine) the team is developing and testing tools and service models that will facilitate detection and referral of PC needs by community providers at elder services agencies (e.g., senior centers, case management agencies). A GC nursing PhD student, Ms. Theresa Lundy, is part of the research team and will examine the specific role of caregivers for chronically ill older adults receiving PC. The John A. Hartford Foundation, Weill-Cornell CTSC pilot funding and PSC-CUNY fund the grant activities for this work.

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