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Kimberly Van Haitsma
Ph. D.

Kimberly Van Haitsma, associate professor and director of the Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care, received the 2017 award for Outstanding Contribution to Psychology in Long-Term Care from the organization Psychologists in Long-Term Care, Inc. (PLTC). She was selected for her research focused on issues of quality of life and well-being in nursing home residents, said PLTC President Craig Schweon. “Dr. Van Haitsma’s nomination highlighted her diverse research and contributions in the areas of measurement tools, evidence-based interventions, education programs, and other efforts,” Schweon said. “It also noted that she has been actively mentoring other psychologists in training and building interprofessional collaborative work.” PLTC is a network of psychologists and other professionals dedicated to the enhancement of mental health and quality of life for those involved in long-term care through practice, research, and advocacy.