Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care

In search of answers for those who need them most.

The Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care brings together a community of internationally renowned nurse scientists, scholars, clinicians and educators dedicated to advancing our knowledge and response to the issues of complex care, self-management and health promotion among vulnerable and aging populations. The team comes together to cultivate innovations that effect care delivery spanning all settings and adult ages.


Our mission is to improve clinical care and health outcomes through exemplary transdisciplinary research and scholarship in the areas of healthy aging, self-management, critical and complex care, and vulnerable populations.


Our goals are to:

  • Lead policy and practice initiatives aimed at protecting and promoting the health and well-being of vulnerable populations;
  • Foster a new generation of transdisciplinary scholars and clinicians; and
  • Engage individuals, caregivers and community partners in achieving desired health outcomes.
Karen Rose
Professor, Director

Message from the Director

Welcome to the Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care. Our Center scientists, educators and clinicians have a special focus on vulnerable populations. We address the interplay of cognitive impairment and critical or chronic illnesses, seeking to determine best approaches for self-management and health promotion. We address the healthcare needs and wellness of refugee and immigrant populations. Ultimately, we aspire to generate new knowledge and rapidly disseminate this knowledge so that our aging and vulnerable populations can reap its benefits.

Research and Scholarship

Recent News

June 18, 2020
Researchers from Vanderbilt University and The Ohio State University are teaming up to develop next-generation robotic technology that can help older adults living with forms of dementia through a
April 17, 2020
Drs. Mary Beth Happ and Judy Tate discuss evidence-based tips and techniques for communicating with mechanically ventilated patients with COVID-19. Mary Beth and Judy are members of the Patient Pro