Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and founding Director of the Community and Homecare Research Division (CHORD) at Jefferson College of Health Professions, Thomas Jefferson University. CHORD's mission is to develop and test innovative behavioral and environmental approaches to helping older people with physical frailty remain at home, supporting family caregivers, and enhancing life quality of persons with dementia. Dr. Gitlin is a nationally and internationally recognized and well funded researcher, having received research and training grants from both federal agencies and private foundations, including the Alzheimer's Association and the National Institutes of Health. She currently has over $6 million of committed research grant monies and has helped garner close to $20 million in grant funding over the past 20 years. As part of a current Geriatric Leadership Award funded by the National Institute on Aging, she is establishing an infrastructure for funded aging research at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Gitlin has also served as a grant reviewer for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the Alzheimer's Association, the National Institute on Aging, the Agency for Health Research and Quality, and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, is a co-author of a research text on quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, and has two books forthcoming.
Dr. Kevin J. Lyons, PhD is Associate Dean in the College of Health Professions and the College of Graduate Studies and Director of the Center for Collaborative Research at Thomas Jefferson University. He has over 25 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member and administrator. He has served on the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Health Services Research: Training and Workforce Issues, and has written a white paper for the National Commission on Allied Health. In addition, he is Editor of the Journal of Allied Health: The scholarly journal of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, has received the J. Warren Perry Distinguished Author Award, and been elected a Fellow in that organization. Dr. Lyons has presented numerous papers at national and international scientific meetings and has been a frequent consultant to universities and government agencies on issues such as research development and program improvement and has received significant funding from the Bureau of Health Professions to conduct research institutes to advance the research mission of the allied health and chiropractic professions. Dr. Lyons has served on peer review panels for FIPSE, OSERS and NIDRR in the U.S. Department of Education, the Bureau of Health Professions, and for numerous professional journals.