Internal Advisory Board

Bronwynne C. Evans, PhD, RN, FNGNA, ANEF, FAAN

Emeritus Professor

Bronwynne C. Evans (PhD, RN, FNGNA, ANEF, FAAN) is professor and senior director of the Ph.D. in Nursing and Healthcare Innovation in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University. Outcomes of Professor Evans’ research with culturally and ethnically diverse students include identification of multiple, specific educational barriers to success; a pioneering compendium of recruitment and retention “best practices”; and a series of state, presentations and widely-cited scholarly publications in an area where little empirical evidence is available. 

Johannah Glover, PhD, MNSc, MSCR, RN

Clinical Professor and Coordinator for the MS in Aging Program

Johannah Glover is a Clinical Professor and Program Coordinator of the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation Master in Aging program, at the at Arizona State University. She completed her PhD at Oregon Health and Science University in Nursing Research, specializing in Gerontological Nursing Research and Research Methodology. Her postdoctoral studies were at the Medical University of South Carolina in the College of Medicine Department of Mental Health and Aging and Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Informatics. Areas of expertise are in nursing care of older adults and clinical research. Research interest include developing interventions that will assist family caregivers with providing care to persons with dementia. The interventions are designed to reduce caregiver strain. Research has included bathing and sleep studies targeting family caregivers of persons with dementia. To be part of the community board enhances opportunities in the areas of education and research. As Program Coordinator of the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation Master in Aging program, community partnership is important to allow students access to rich learning environments in order to gain real life learning experiences.

Robert Kaplan, BME, MM

Professor, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Robert Kaplan's work integrates contemplative, somatic, and improvisational practices for exploring ideas and developing full-sensory listening skills, increasing one’s awareness of, and response-ability in all levels of relationship—within oneself with others. The approach offers tools to support the notion that being present, self-aware, and team-aware are critical in all endeavors, both, in the arts and healthcare. What interests me about serving on the community advisory board is discovering pathways for creating an aging-friendly university that benefits both communities.

Richard Knopf, PhD

Director, Osher LIfelong Learning Institute

Professor, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Dr. Richard C. Knopf serves as Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University (OLLI at ASU). He has formulated a vision for OLLI at ASU that fuses adults 50 and over with the intellectual and cultural resources of Arizona State University, while providing meaningful pathways for civic engagement. OLLI at ASU has generated 18 scholarly publications in the past five years centering on the intersection of abundant aging, lifelong learning and community formation. Thus, Dr. Knopf is excited about the research imperative of CIHRA and contributing to the advancement of its research mission.

David J. Sailor, PhD

Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Director, Urban Climate Research Center

Dr. Sailor's research focuses on the urban climate system and its interactions with the built environment and its inhabitants. One focal point of his research investigates the risks of exposure to extreme heat and poor air quality--and opportunities for adaptation and mitigation. With respect to extreme heat and poor air quality, the elderly are particularly at-risk. Thus, several elements of CIHRA's mission are highly synergistic with Dr. Sailor's research program and interests.

Tamara Underiner, PhD

Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Graduate College

Tamara Underiner is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the Graduate College of Arizona State University, and founding co-director, with CIHRA’s David W. Coon, of Creative Health Collaborations at ASU, a transdisciplinary team of researchers involved in integrating arts, design, health and humanities approaches in research, education, practice and policy. She a faculty member in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, where she directs the Ph.D. concentration in Theatre and Performance of the Americas and teaches in the areas of theatre history, culture and performance studies. Her current research interests focus on the intersection of arts and cultural wellbeing, broadly defined. Along with Dr. Coon, she co-directs a new research lab, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, on the health-supporting role of the arts in different types of caregiving contexts involving both caregivers and their loved ones. She looks forward to sharing insights and findings from this research with CIHRA.