Katherine Ornstein

Katherine Ornstein


Katherine Ornstein is Professor in the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins with joint appointments in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She received her PhD in epidemiology from Columbia University where she was a predoctoral fellow in psychiatric epidemiology. Her work is focused on improving health and healthcare for older adults with serious illness and their caregivers with a focus on advancing equity. She is a recognized expert in home-based care delivery, family and paid caregiving, dementia care and health care delivery at the end-of-life. Her research, funded by the NIH and the CDC, includes work on the downstream economic effects of health care and bereavement on families and caregivers; the epidemiology of the homebound population; burden and cost in dementia caregiving; home-based palliative care; and frailty trajectories.

JHU Center Affiliation:
Center for Equity in Aging
Hopkins Economics of Alzheimer’s Disease & Service Center
Johns Hopkins Center on Aging & Health
Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care

Specialties and Expertise
  • Aging
  • Big Data
  • Dementia
  • Disparities
  • End of Life
  • Equity
  • Gerontology
  • Palliative Care
  • Quantitative Research Methods/Statistics
  • Research Design
  • Social Determinants of Health