The advisory committee is comprised of Affiliated Faculty Scholars from GW, as well as experts and researchers in the community. They meet periodically to review directions and research opportunities, as well as to discuss collaboration on new potential education, research and clinical applications. The advisory committee includes:


Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW

Dr. Acquaviva is the Director of The National Collaborative on Aging, an interdisciplinary collaboration between clinicians, educators, and researchers at The George Washington University and community-based professionals. Dr. Acquaviva is an authority on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) aging and end-of-life issues and serves on the editorial boards of several refereed journals including Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, and Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research. From January 2009 until December 2010, Dr. Acquaviva served as Chair of the Friends of the National Institute on Aging, a broad-based coalition of aging, disease, research, and patient groups supporting the mission of the National Institute on Aging. As Chair, Dr. Acquaviva led the coalition in efforts to advocate on behalf of the NIA through the annual congressional budget and appropriations process and promote NIA research activities by sponsoring briefings for congressional staff.   Dr. Acquaviva is a founding faculty member of The George Washington University School of Nursing in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Acquaviva holds a PhD in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice (formerly named the School of Social Work), and a BA in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Acquaviva can be contacted at [email protected].


Elizabeth L. Cobbs, MD

Dr. Cobbs is an internist, geriatrician and palliative care physician, with a professional focus on training physicians and other health care professionals to improve the lives and health of older persons and those living with serious illness. She was a founding member of the Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium (WAGECC), a regional collaboration to promote excellence in geriatrics education for multidisciplinary health professionals. The vibrant WAGECC partnership has led to a sustained collaborative effort in achieving educational excellence. Along with regional faculty leaders and provider organizations, Dr. Cobbs has fostered and developed a spectrum of "gem" clinical programs that provide excellence in patient service as well as training sites for physicians and students. She is currently Chief, Geriatrics, Extended Care and Palliative Care, Washington DC VA Medical Center; Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; Co-Principal Investigator of WAGECC; Medical Director, Residences at Thomas Circle; Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, Associate Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Associate Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University.


Mary A. Corcoran, PhD

Associate Dean, Faculty Developent for Health Sciences, GW 
Professor, Department of Clinical Research and Leadership, Health Science Programs, GW

Dr. Corcoran is an occupational therapist and gerontologist with a long history of research, education, and publications directed at improving the lives of individuals with dementia and their family caregivers. She has served as a principal investigator and co-principal investigator on several funded projects, including four funded by the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Corcoran published a description of four “caregiving styles,” defined as patterns in thinking and actions caregivers use to structure care for a family member with dementia. Other work has involved teaching caregivers to choose and simplify everyday activities to make caregiving easier and more effective. One program currently being evaluated is C-TIPS (Customized Toolkits of Information and Practical Solutions). C-TIPS is an online self-paced program designed to help caregivers choose and modify leisure activities for their family member with dementia. In a preliminary study involving 21 caregivers, results indicated caregivers expanded their confidence for managing care issues and increased their use of activity modifications. Selected citations can be found at http://works.bepress.com/marycorcoran/. Dr. Corcoran is Associate Dean for Faculty Development for Health Sciences; Professor, Department of Clinical Research and Leadership, Health Science Programs, The George Washington University; and chairs the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Research Collaborative.


Ellen Costello, PT, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Health Care Sciences, Health Sciences Programs, GW




Nadine Dubowitz, MD

Geriatrics and Extended Care, Washington DC VA Medical Center




Nancy FalkNancy L. Falk, PhD, MBA, RN, BSN

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, GW




Gay Hanna, PhD, MFA

Dr. Hanna is an arts administrator with 30 years management experience in the arts, education and health-related program services. She joined the National Center for Creative Aging as the executive director in 2007, when NCCA became affiliated with The George Washington University. Dr. Hanna previously directed the Society for Arts in Healthcare; The Florida Center for Creative Aging at the University of South Florida; and the VSA Arts of Florida, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She holds a guest faculty appointment as an associate professor in the Health Sciences Program at The George Washington University. She has published numerous articles in American Society on Aging's Aging Today and Generations; American for the Arts Monograph series; and the Arts Extension Service Fundamentals of Arts Management. Dr. Hanna received a MFA in Sculpture from the University of Georgia and a PhD in Arts Education with certification in educational program evaluation from Florida State University. She is also a sculptor who keeps an active studio in Northern Virginia.


Michael Harris-Love, DSc, MPT

Geriatrics and Extended Care, Washington DC VA Medical Center
Associate Clinical Professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health, GW

Dr. Michael Harris-Love is a physical therapist and clinical investigator with a research interest in muscle plasticity in response to training, normal aging, and chronic disease. He has a primary appointment within the Geriatrics Service at the Washington DC VA Medical Center (DC VAMC), and he serves as an Associate Clinical Professor within the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.  Dr. Harris-Love has nearly 20 years of experience working in the areas of anaerobic performance assessment, rehabilitation, and clinical research, with previous clinical positions at the Mayo Medical Center in Rochester, MN and the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD.  Dr. Harris-Love is the Deputy Director of the DC VAMC Polytrauma/TBI Post-Doctoral Rehabilitation Research Fellowship Program, and the Site Coordinator of the PM&R Exercise Science Internship Program.  His previous work has included the creation and validation of the Adult Myopathy Assessment Tool (AMAT) in collaboration with investigators at the NIH, and publication of one of the first papers describing the use of eccentric exercise as an intervention for myopathy.  Dr. Harris-Love currently conducts CTSA and VA-funded research studies involving the assessment of sarcopenia, and use of eccentric exercise in older adults, as Director of the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics, and Performance Laboratory at the DC VAMC. 


Robert Kaiser, MD

Geriatrics and Extended Care, Washington DC VA Medical Center

Dr. Kaiser is Attending Physician in the Geriatric Primary Care Clinic and Medical Director of the Home-Based Primary Care Program at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. He serves as Associate Director of the Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Kaiser received his MD degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1987 and trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic. He was Fellow in Geriatric Medicine at Duke University and earned a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research in Duke's Clinical Research Training Program. Dr. Kaiser has been in academic medicine since 1993 and has been a member of the faculties of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Miami School of Medicine. In 2014, Dr. Kaiser co-chaired the Partnership for Health in Aging Workgroup on Interdisciplinary Team Training in Geriatrics which produced the Position Statement on Interdisciplinary Team Training in Geriatrics: An Essential Component of Quality Health Care for Older Adults in Journal of The American Geriatrics Society. In addition Dr. Kaiser was elected to be a Fellow of the American Geriatric Society


Mikhail Kogan, MD

Medical Director, The Center for Integrative Medicine, GW




Wendy Miller, PhD, ATR, REAT, LPC

Therapist and Artist


Sonika Pandey, MD

Geriatrics and Extended Care, Washington DC VA Medical Center




Linda Raphael, PhD

Director, Medical Humanities Program, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, GW


Samuel Simmens, PhD

Dr. Simmens is a Research Professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and directs the biostatistics and epidemiology consulting service at GWU. Although a biostatistician by practice, he has a background in the behavioral sciences and retains an interest in social and behavioral research relevant to public health. He has been involved in the design of several evaluations of psychosocial programs for the elderly. He was privileged to have assisted Dr. Gene Cohen with various projects, including being a co-author on the following publications:

Cohen, G.D., Perlstein, S., Chapline, J., Kelly, J., Firth, K. M., & Simmens, S. (2006). The impact of professionally conducted cultural programs on the physical health, mental health, and social functioning of older adults. Gerontologist, 46(6), 726-734.

Cohen, Gene D., Firth, K. M., Biddle, S., Lloyd Lewis, M. J., & Simmens, S. (2008). The first therapeutic game specifically designed and evaluated for Alzheimer’s disease. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 23(6), 540-551. doi:10.1177/15333175083235


    Laurie Posey, EdD

Director of Instructional Design and Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, GW
As Director of Instructional Design and Assistant Professor for the School of Nursing, Dr. Posey provides curriculum development and faculty support for the School’s many online learning offerings. Currently, she is collaborating with faculty and subject matter experts to design and development six online modules for the Geriatric and Palliative Care curriculum project. Dr. Posey regularly publishes and presents on eLearning best practices, with a focus on active-learning strategies to promote motivation, socialization, collaboration and critical thinking. Before joining GW, Ms. Posey served as deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Partnerships for Training program, a national initiative that included six community-university partnerships that used distance learning to help underserved communities “grow their own” primary care providers.


Paul F. Tschudi, EdS, MA, LPC

Assistant Professor, The Graduate School of Education and Human Development, GW
Director, End-of-Life Care Summer Institute, GW

Mr. Tschudi has over twenty five years of experience working with people living with life-challenging illness, grief, loss and life transition. He has maintained a private counseling practice for over 15 years. From 1993 until 1997, he served as Executive Director of the St. Francis Center for Loss and Healing (The Wendt Center). His interest in end-of-life issues was born out of the experience of serving as a medic in Vietnam 1969-70. Currently, Mr. Tschudi is an assistant professor with duel appointments at The George Washington University’s (GWU) School of Medicine and Health Sciences as well as The Graduate School of Education and Human Development. He began teaching courses on grief, loss and life transition in 1994 when he developed the first counseling course at GWU that focused on grief and loss. The success of this course then lead to the development of multiple courses in these areas in both graduate and undergraduate programs including an on-line Masters Degree in End-of-Life Care and an on campus Graduate Certificate in Grief, Loss and Life Transitions. All of the courses focus on a multi-disciplinary, holistic approach to loss which addresses the spiritual, emotional, physical and social impact of loss and the normal, necessary process of grief. Mr. Tschudi is also a faculty advisor for both the Grief and Loss Educational Consortium team as part of ISCOPES – a student service learning organization and the Student Veterans Association. He conducts workshops, retreats and classes for colleges, non-profit organizations, conferences and companies addressing issues of loss, grief, bereavement, spiritual and self-care. He has traveled extensively throughout South and SE Asia, Europe, Central America, the U.S. and worked for a year in Saudi Arabia developing orientation, cultural awareness and counseling programs for ex-patriot employees within a multi-national hospital corporation.

Laurie Wilson, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC

Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, GW

Ms. Wilson began her faculty position at George Washington University School of Nursing in December 2012.  Experience includes teaching, competency development, and clinical practice. She currently teaches in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. While at the school of nursing, she has worked with a team of core faculty to infuse essential content related to the care of older adults into overall master's NP curriculum. Prior to joining GWU, Ms. Wilson was the Gerontology Program Director for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). In this position, she served as the Project Investigator for several John A Hartford Foundation grants including Preparing Nursing Students to Care for Older Adults: Enhancing Geriatric Content in Senior-level Baccalaureate Nursing Courses, Creating Careers in Advanced Practice Nursing and Advanced Practice Registered Nursing Initiative: Transitioning to Adult-Gerontology APRN Education: Ensuring the APRN Workforce is Prepared to Care for Older Adults. In addition, she facilitated the development of AACN's Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for the Nursing Care of Older Adults (2010) and played an integral role in the development and dissemination of AACN's Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Competencies. Her efforts have included implementation of nationwide faculty development opportunities to assist nurse educators in incorporating geriatric-focused nursing content and learning opportunities into the baccalaureate and master' nursing curriculum. Ms. Wilson has served as an expert consultant for the AACN’s Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN): Enhancing Faculty Capacity grant, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  She was a steering committee member for the Culture Change Nursing Homes as Clinical Training Sites: Recommendations to the Field project at the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at NYU, and Preparing Nurse Faculty to Supervise Student Clinical Rotations in Care of Older Adults project, also at NYU.  Ms. Wilson has maintained her clinical practice as an Adult-Gerontology NP since 1995.