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Kristine Williams, RN, Ph.D., FNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN

E. Jean Hill Professor
Ph.D., Gerontology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
MS, Primary Care Practitioner, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
BS, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio


  • KU faculty 1989-1996, 2001-2013; 2017- current
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, Gerontological Society of America, National Academies of Practice

Academic Program Affiliations

  • BSN
  • DNP
  • PhD

Current Areas of Teaching

  • NRSG 802 Methods for Qualitative Research
  • NRSG 935 Professionalism & Scholarship Workshop
  • NRSG 948 Advancing Organizational & Clinical Quality

Select Publications

  • Williams, K., Perkhounkova, Y., Jao, Y., Hein, M., Bossen, A., Chung, S., Starykowicz, A., & Turk, M. in press). Person-Centered Communication for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia: Four Communication Analysis Methods. Western Journal of Nursing Research.
  • Williams, K., Ayyagari, P., Bott, M., & Herman, R., & Bossen, A., (in press). Costs to Improve Communication and Reduce Resistiveness in Nursing Home Dementia Care.
  • Williams, K., Perkhounkova, Y., Bossen, A., & Herman, R., (2016) A Communication Intervention to Reduce Resistiveness in Dementia Care: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. The Gerontologist, Vol. 00, No. 00, 1-12, doi:10.1093/geront/gnw047, Advance Access publication April 5, 2016.
  • Williams, K., Herman, R., & Bontempo, D. (2014). Reasoning exercises in assisted living: A cluster randomized clinical trial to improve everyday problem solving and self-care. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 9, 981-996. DOI: 10.2147/CIA.S62095.
  • Williams, K., Herman, R., Gajewski, B., & Wilson, K. (2009). Elderspeak communication: Impact on dementia care. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 24, 11- 20.

Select Presentations

  • Williams, K., Perhounkova, Y., Herman, R., & Bossen, A. (2015, November). "Changing Talk to Reduce Resistiveness in Dementia Care." Nursing Home International Working Group. Barcelona, Spain, Nov. 9, 2016.
  • Williams, K., Lee, A., Seabold, D., Kim, S., Dinneen, E., Turk, M., Starykowicz, A., & Jao, Y-L. (2016, November). "Voicing Ageism in Nursing Home Care." Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. Nov. 17, 2016. Symposium.
  • Williams, K. (2015, November). "Addressing Caregiver Needs with Telemonitoring." Special Interest Group Symposium (Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults) Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, Florida. Nov. 19, 2015.
  • Williams, K., Herman, R., Bossen, A., Perkhounkova, Y., Jao, Y., Savundranayagam, Shen, S. (2015, November). "Measuring Person Centered Communication Change: Integrating Interdisciplinary Stategies." Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, Florida, Nov. 20, 2015 (Symposium).


  • 2014-2018 Principal Investigator. Supporting Family caregivers with Technology for Dementia Home Care (FamTechCare).1R01NR014737- Funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. This study tests FamTechCare, a new telehealth intervention that uses in-home monitoring to link family caregivers to experts for guidance in managing disruptive behaviors, to support continued care for the PWD at home with reduced caregiver stress, burden and negative outcomes.
  • 2010-2015 Principal Investigator , Changing Talk to Improve Resistiveness to Dementia Care (CHAT), R01 NR011455-01A1, Funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH). This study tests the effects of a communication training intervention for nursing home staff, verified to reduce elderspeak communication, on common and problematic resistiveness to care behaviors of nursing home residents with dementia.
  • 2013-2021 Senior Faculty Member (Herr/McCarthy PIs) Pain and Associated Symptoms: Nurse Research Training (T32 NR011147), Funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. This grant trains pre and posdoctoral scientists in the area of pain and related symptoms.
  • 2010-2013 Principal Investigator, Reasoning Exercises in Assisted Living (REAL), R21NR010880-01A2, Funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH). This study tests a cognitive training intervention for residents of Assisted Living facilities, a rapidly expanding population of frail elders who experience progressive cognitive and self-care decline that contributes to nursing home placement.
  • 2005-2009 Principal Investigator, "Elderspeak: Impact on Dementia Care," Small Research Grant (R03) 1R03NR009231-01A1, National Institute of Nursing Research (August 1, 2005 - July 31, 2007).

Awards & Honors

  • John A. Hartford Award for Gerontological Nursing Leadership, Midwest Nursing Research Society, April 2015.
  • Papa John Business Innovation Competition, Spring 2013, University of Iowa College of Business, Awarded $3,000 for business startup idea (FamTechCare).
  • American Academy of Nursing, induction October 2012.
  • Marlene Kramer Outstanding Alumni award for Research in Nursing, University of Connecticut, School of Nursing, October 1, 2011.
  • Jean Johnson Nursing Research Award, University of Kansas School of Nursing, 2011.


Last modified: Apr 14, 2021


Kristine Williams, RN, Ph.D., FNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN
E. Jean Hill Professor