Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice


Dr. Denise Tyler has been conducting research related to aging policy and long-term services and supports for nearly a decade. Past research has focused on nursing workers in long-term care facilities, including ways to improve work experiences, training, and teamwork. She has completed studies on the ways in which nursing home organizational structure can be enhanced to increase teamwork among direct-care workers, the reasons for declining availability of nursing home based pre-employment training for nursing assistants, and participatory action research that addressed cultural competence among nursing staff. Her current research in this area focuses on enhancing the supervisory skills of nurses in ways that empower nursing assistants to apply their own skills and knowledge. Other current work is focusing on how changes to state and federal policies are affecting the provision of long-term services and supports, including the availability of community-based alternatives to institutional care and the experiences of patients newly admitted to skilled nursing care. Dr. Tyler received her Ph.D. in Social Policy in 2007 from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She has been a faculty member in the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at Brown since 2008.

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