2020 Researcher of the Year

Katherine (Katy) Abbott, Ph.D, M.G.S.

Associate Professor, Miami University, Dept. of Sociology and Gerontology, Research Fellow,
Scripps Gerontology Center More information

Dr. Abbott’s research focuses on improving health-related quality of life, social networks, and day-to-day experiences of older persons in various long-term care settings.​

Dr. Abbott is an Associate Professor of Gerontology and a Scripps Gerontology Center Research Fellow at Miami University in Oxford. She has contributed valuable, person-centered knowledge to practitioners, students, researchers, communities and older persons themselves. One of her most important innovations in gerontological practice is to develop, test, and apply the Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory (PELI), a tool to assist providers better understand the care preferences of people in their charge. PELI not only gathers important information about personal preferences but also shares this information with caregivers to enable them to deliver tailored person-centered care.

Dr. Abbott’s research has been recognized through her multiple funded PELI projects, and she also includes her students in the PELI project to provide them with hands-on experience that they, in turn, will use to better the lives of older persons. You can find resources and materials related to her work on www.PreferenceBasedLiving.com.



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