Katarina Friberg Felsted, PhD

PRESIDENT
Term: 2020-2022

Associate Professor, Clinical

University Of Utah

10 South 2000 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Email: katarina.felsted@nurs.utah.edu

Katarina Friberg Felsted is an Associate Professor in the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah, holds an MS in Gerontology, and a PhD in Nursing Research with an emphasis in aging.

Katarina is a member of the Academy of Gerontology in Higher Education, the Gerontological Society of America, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and has been a member of Sigma Phi Omega since January 2008. She serves as the faculty representative for her chapter, Alpha Chi. She is a Noorda-Hartford Fellow, a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, and a Marriner S. Eccles Fellow.

In 2020, Dr. Felsted was awarded the 2020 Gerontology Society of America’s Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education/ AARP Seed Grant to Support Age-Inclusive Principles on Campus, with Dr. Jackie Eaton, entitled, Have you heard of HB 60? Promoting Lifelong Learning for Older Adults through Higher Education.

In 2019, Dr. Felsted was awarded the Rising Star Early Career Faculty Award from the Gerontological Society of America’s Academy of Gerontology in Higher Education. She was also named one of the Nursing Alumni Scholar ’19 List of People Shaping the Nursing Profession by the College of Nursing Alumni Association and Jonas/Veteran Healthcare Scholars.

Katarina teaches both core and elective gerontology undergraduate and graduate courses: Health and Optimal Aging; Diversity in Aging; International Dimensions of Lifelong Learning; and Caregiving & Aging Families. Katarina has a strong commitment to excellence in teaching in higher education, and has earned her Higher Education Teaching Specialist designation through the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at the University of Utah. She currently serves on student supervisory committees and scholarly project committees for the GIP MS and Nursing DNP programs in chair, committee member, and content expert roles.

As a gerontologist, Katarina studies the most marginalized populations in scientific research: older adults and women. Her research interest is the use of alternative, complementary, and integrative therapies to treat chronic conditions in older adults. Her current focus is utilizing mindfulness-based stress reduction as a treatment for urinary urge incontinence in older adult women. Katarina was awarded three grants in 2016 from the UU CoN Hartford- Noorda Fellowship, the UU Office of the Associate Vice President for Health Equity and Inclusion, and the Gamma Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International to support this research focus.

Katarina has published a book with Springer and several articles in various scholarly and academic journals. She continues to present at national and international conferences.