The Bridge Project

Linking Research & Practice in Nursing Homes


Robert A. Applebaum, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Co-Principal Investigator
Director, Long-Term-Care Research Project, Scripps Gerontology Center
Professor, Dept. of Sociology & Gerontology, Miami University
Upham Hall Room 396
Oxford, OH
Office: 513-529-2632

Robert A. Applebaum, Ph.D., director of the Ohio Long Term Care Resarch Project at Scripps Gerontology Center, has been involved in the evalution of long-term care programs for more than 25 years. He has worked on numerous federal and state demonstration and evaluation projects, including the National Long-Term Care Channeling Demonstration, the National Cash and Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation and the Ohio Nursing Home Evaluation. He publishes and presents extensively on a myriad of long-term care issues, including quality improvement and person-directed care.

Anna N. Rahman, M.S.W.
Co-Principal Investigator
Scripps Gerontology Center
Miami University
Upham Hall Room 396
Oxford, OH
Office: 513-258-4421

Anna Rahman, M.S.W., is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology & Gerontology at Miami University. Her current research, and the topic of her recent publications, relates to identifying and evaluating effective methods for translating nursing home research into practice. She recently served as program manager for Vanderbilt University's distance learning project on improving incontinence management in nursing homes. She also is the author of this Web site’s online training modules.

Kate Lindabury, B.A.
Program Manager
Scripps Gerontology Center
Miami University
Upham Hall Room 396
Oxford, OH
Office: 513-529-2914

Kate is a Master's student in Social Gerontology at Miami University (MU). She also earned a Bachelor’s degree in the same subject from MU. She has worked in the field of aging as a state-tested nursing assistant for seven years and is interested in health-care administration. She recently spent her Master's practicum in Naples, Florida, where she worked at a nationally ranked continuing care retirement community.  There she was learned about all aspects of the organization, with a focus on skilled nursing administration.


John F. Schnelle, Ph.D.
Hamilton Chair Professor
Center for Quality Aging, Director
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Department of Medicine
Office: 615-343-6580

John F. Schnelle, Ph.D. is the Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging and Professor at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. He has been the principal investigator on 9 National Institutes of Health clinical trial intervention grants designed to improve care and management in nursing homes and has received awards for his outstanding contributions to behavior therapy. Dr. Schnelle has published extensively in the areas of incontinence management, quality control in institutional settings and quality of life issues in the frail elderly, with over 200 publications. In addition to this research, Dr. Schnelle has over 30 years of experience in clinical care and staff management in nursing homes.


Sandra F. Simmons, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health
Center for Quality Aging
V.A. Medical Center, Geriatric Research Education & Clinical Center (GRECC)
Office: 615-343-6729

Sandra F. Simmons, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, at Vanderbilt University. She also is affiliated with the Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging and the V.A. Medical Center GRECC. Dr. Simmons has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships to examine issues in gerontology from the National Institutes of Health and Aging, National Alzheimer's Association, the Commonwealth Fund and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to name a few. Her research foci include clinical interventions to improve quality of care and quality of life for older adults in a variety of care settings, in particular long term care. Her most recent work has focused on nutritional care quality and staffing issues in long term care. Complementing her research endeavors, Dr. Simmons writes for the medical literature and has more than 60 peer-reviewed articles to her credit, as well as numerous review articles, editorials and book chapters.


This project is based at Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The mission of the center is to understand the evolving issues of an aging society, provide leadership to enhance lives across the life course and to meet the needs of an aging society. Center faculty and staff accomplish this mission through research, education and service.

Research efforts include generating, organizing and disseminating high quality multidisciplinary aging related knowledge that will make a difference in the lives of older adults. Educational efforts focus on supporting undergraduate and graduate gerontology education at Miami University and promoting public awareness of aging issues. Scripps Gerontology Center service activities include, but are not limited to, leadership in the profession, technical assistance and service to the community, planners, providers, policy makers and other professionals.


This project is funded by a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation of Chicago. This foundation is devoted exclusively to improving quality of life for our nation's older population. The foundation is especially committed to improving conditions for those who are vulnerable due to frailty associated with advanced age, those who are economically disadvantaged and at greatest risk of falling through the safety net, and those who experience disparities related to race and ethnicity.


The nursing home photos featured on this Web site were taken by the incomparable E.J. Hanna. Much thanks.

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