The Innovations in Aging GIDP is part of the University of Arizona Graduate College and involves collaboration among faculty from the University of Arizona Center on Aging and diverse colleges:

  • College of Medicine – Tucson
  • College of Medicine – Phoenix
  • College of Nursing
  • Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
  • R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Education
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • James E. Rogers College of Law


Program Chair

Linda Phillips, RN, PhD, FAAN, FGSA

Senior Director of Research & Education, Arizona Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, Arizona Center on Aging

Medical and Nursing Faculty

Professor Emerita, UCLA Nursing

Executive Committee Members

Christine Childers, PT, PhD

Founding Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Mindy Fain, MD

Co-Director, Arizona Center on Aging

Section Chief of Geriatrics, General Medicine, and Palliative Medicine

Associate Professor, Nursing

Executive Director of Practice, Innovation in Health Sciences

Scott Going, PhD

Director, School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness

Professor, School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness

Co-Director, The Collaboratory for Metabolic Disease, Prevention and Treatment

Director, CPAN

Jennie Gubner, PhD

Assistant Professor, Music

Chair, Applied Intercultural Arts Research – GIDP

Jeannie Lee, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, FASHP, AGSF

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice-Science

Assistant Dean, Pharmacy Student Services

Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine

Kimberly Denise Shea , PhD, RN, CHPN

Assistant Professor of Practice, Biomedical Informatics

Clinical Professor

Tara Sklar, JD, MPH

Faculty Director, Health Law & Policy Program

Amanda Sokan, PhD, MHA, LL.B

Assistant Professor, Public Health

Additional Faculty

David Beyda, MD

Chair and Professor, Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanism

Professor, Child Health

Director, Global Health Program

Heidi Legg Burross, PhD

Professor of Practice, Educational Psychology

Member of the Graduate Faculty

Research Assistant Professor

Altaf Engineer, PhD, RA, LEED AP BD+C

Assistant Professor of Architecture

Faculty Advisor, MS Arch Health and Built Environment Concentration

Lorraine M Martin Plank , PhD, FNP-BC, NP-C, GNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP

Clinical Professor

Lisa O’Neill, DBH, MPH

Associate Director, Medical Research / Education

Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine

Yumi Shirai, PhD

Assistant Professor, Applied Intercultural Arts Research - GIDP

Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine - (Educator Scholar Track)

Director, ArtWorks