Center for Innovation in Healthy & Resilient Aging - Team

David W. Coon, PhD, Director of CIHRA, is Associate Dean, Research Initiatives, Support, & Engagement and Professor Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at ASU. After receiving his PhD from Stanford University, he was the Associate Director of the Older Adult Center of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and the Stanford University School of Medicine and Research Scientist at UCSF/Mt. Zion Institute on Aging. Dr. Coon designs and evaluates interventions, such as CarePRO (Care Partners Reaching Out) and EPIC (Early-stage Partners in Care), that focus on culturally diverse groups of midlife and older adults facing chronic illnesses (e.g., dementia, cancer, depression) and their family caregivers. Several of these empirically based treatments have been recognized by the American Psychological Association, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Administration on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program, and other entities. A fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a PLuS Alliance Fellow, Dr. Coon has had his work funded through multiple federal and foundation grants. In addition, he and his community partners received The Rosalynn Carter Institute’s 2013 National Leadership Award in Caregiving for CarePRO as well as the ASU President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness. 

Karen Marek, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN), CHIRA Associate Director, is the Bernita 'B' Steffl Professor of Geriatric Nursing in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at ASU. The focus of Dr. Marek’s research is community-based interventions to support vulnerable, frail older adults in their home environment. Over the past 15 years she has created and directed two large interdisciplinary research studies that implemented nurse-led intervention programs. In the Aging in Place (AIP) program, nurse care coordination was provided to older adults in wellness centers in the community and as a component of home health care. The role of the home care nurse was expanded beyond the traditional home health episode. Clinical and cost outcomes of this program were better for the AIP participants when compared to similar older adults in nursing homes and individuals receiving care from Medicaid home- and community-based services. In the AIP program she recognized that older adults often had difficulty managing their often complex medication regimens, as well as coordinating their health care with multiple providers. To address this issue she created a more intensive medication management component using a medication-dispensing machine and nurse care coordination in her second study, an NINR R01-funded home care medication management study. In it, older adults who received medication management with nurse care coordination had significantly better clinical outcomes (on the Mini-Mental State Examination, Geriatric Depression Scale, and the SF-36 Health Assessment) than the control group. Results of the cost analysis showed a savings of $600 per month in Medicare costs in the care coordination group when compared to the control group. Dr. Marek has a strong interest in the human interface with technology and the redesign of health care, especially for those for whom a trip to a health care provider is a major and taxing event. She is a proponent of the health care provider coming to the patient's home via technology, rather that the patient coming to the provider.

Angelica Jaszewski is an Administrative Associate in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at ASU. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Arizona, she relocated to Phoenix to join the CONHI team in the summer of 2017. She has published several abstracts and given poster presentations in the area of sleep research during her time as an undergraduate. While at ASU, Angelica hopes to pursue her master’s degree in psychology.