Elaine C. Hubbard Center for Nursing Research on Aging

The Hubbard Center serves as a central hub for the development and dissemination of research on aging and older adults.

The population aged 65 years and older is growing faster than all other age groups, and it is estimated to increase five-fold within 20 years. As more people live longer and the older population becomes more diverse, health care and promotion efforts will increasingly need an expanded focus on aging-related changes in physical and cognitive function, chronic co-morbidities of older adults, and psychosocial factors that contribute to healthy aging in later life.

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The Elaine C. Hubbard Center for Nursing Research on Aging seeks to advance these efforts by serving as a central hub for the development and dissemination of research on aging and older adults. The Hubbard Center provides pivotal linkages between University of Rochester School of Nursing faculty researchers, nurses, other collaborating health care providers, and the community to foster partnerships around common aging-related research interests. The Center further strives to facilitate collaboration with community leaders serving underrepresented groups to foster and increase aging-related and older adults health disparities research.

Center activities include:

  • providing forums for idea exchange and consultation regarding grants and manuscript development related to aging and older adults research;
  • facilitating scholarly development and pilot study funding for early career faculty and trainees;
  • and providing a range of resources to advance research on the clinical care, well-being, and quality of life of older adults.

Our Center investigators are supported through various federal, national, and institutional grants. Doctoral and postdoctoral trainees have opportunities to develop qualitative and quantitative research skills in aging research through active participation with multidisciplinary research teams, as well as mentored projects.

In addition, our Center has close ties with the:

These institutional relationships provide platforms for clinical and population-based research training and collaboration across a wide array of care contexts, including home health care, nursing home and assisted living care, outpatient geriatrics and memory care, and community-based services for older adults.

Our Center also benefits from and fosters other School of Nursing areas of research excellence, including the Interdisciplinary Sexual Health and HIV Research (INSHHR) Group and the Cancer and Palliative Care Research Group, where we have opportunities to engage with our School of Nursing content experts in these areas to help advance understanding of HIV/AIDS, cancer, and end-of-life care of older adults.

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We are currently recruiting postdoctoral fellows and tenure-track faculty members to join the center. 

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Our Current Research

Some of our current research supported with funding from the National Institutes of Health: 

  • Developing innovative ways to promote social connections of older adults caring for a family member with dementia through the National Institute on Aging-funded Rochester Roybal Center for Social Ties & Aging Research (Roc STAR Center)
  • Developing a pragmatic, home health-based telehealth-facilitated deprescribing intervention for older adults with multimorbidity and polypharmacy in the Deprescribing study
  • Testing the effectiveness of interventions to improve older adults’ stress adaptation and emotional well-being, and slow immune system aging, including cognitive training and mindfulness interventions for family caregivers
  • Discovering novel, behavioral approaches to slow cognitive decline in older adults at risk for dementia and promote healthy cognitive aging

Core Center Members

Kathi Heffner
Kathi L. Heffner, PhD
Director of the Hubbard Center

Maria Quinones
Maria Quiñones-Cordero, PhD
Associate Director of Center Activities

Jinjiao Wang, PhD, RN
Jinjiao Wang, PhD, RN
Core Faculty, Hubbard Center
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