Faculty Profile

Bethel Powers, PhD, RN, FSAA, FGSA

  • Professor
  • PhD Programs Director
  • Evaluation Office Director
Bethel Powers

Bethel Powers is a master's-prepared nurse with master's and PhD degrees in social anthropology. The overall theme of her program of research is improving older adults' health and quality of life. Her earliest investigations have included multiple studies of nursing home culture and issues involving care of nursing home residents with dementia. Her research-based book, entitled Nursing Home Ethics, reviews the conditions for which nursing home care becomes a necessity and discusses practical approaches to the many everyday ethical issues that arise in long-term care. Studies involving older institutionalized persons and their families have focused on social networks and social support, delivery of palliative care, and spiritual nurturance.

Dr. Powers also served as a co-investigator on two NIH-funded interdisciplinary team-based studies: a randomized controlled clinical trial of an intervention for improving outcomes of hospitalized older adults and their family caregivers, and an ethnographic study of acute care hospital-based palliative care consultation services. Her current co-investigator role is focused on the study of nurse in-home visiting interventions for community-dwelling older persons with existing disability and depression.

As director of the school's PhD programs, Dr. Powers is committed to mentoring graduate students and working with faculty colleagues to prepare scientists and produce leaders who contribute to the dissemination, teaching, and advancement of research in academic and clinical settings and in national and international arenas.

See Bethel Powers's curriculum vitae.