"Finding ways to help older adults age in place—with dignity and a sense of mental, physical, and spiritual well being—through research and practice is my goal. It is my hope that every nurse who graduates from Hopkins possesses the compassion as well as evidence-based knowledge and skills to care for our aging population."
Dr. Elizabeth (Ibby) Tanner holds joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins University schools of Nursing and Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, and is core faculty in the Center on Aging and Health. She brings to Hopkins more than 25 years experience working in community settings with underserved older adults, teaching nursing students, and conducting community-based participatory research. She has led curriculum development of the School’s gerontology nursing program, teaches across all program levels, and created a Geriatric Interest Group for Nursing, Public Health, and Medicine students. She is a Hartford Institute Geriatric Nursing Research Scholar, serves on committees of the National Gerontological Nurses Association, the Gerontological Society of America, and Sigma Theta Tau, and is a member of the Baltimore City Commission on Aging and Retirement Education. In China, Germany, and Australia she provides nursing consultation in designing and implementing methods that prepare nurses to care for the aging population and conduct community-based research. As a researcher, she is a co-investigator on several interdisciplinary research teams focusing on older adults' hospital transitions, promoting independent living in community settings, and health promotion.
Gerontology and health promotion; volunteerism in older adults; the relationship between social factors and health outcomes.