Fri, Feb 02|
Fridays for Caregivers - MUSC Research Review & Update for Caregivers
Dr. Teresa Kelechi, PhD, RN, FAAN will be discussing the findings of two recent research studies involving Memory Matters families as well as future research studies and what is happening at MUSC.
Time & Location
Feb 02, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
About the Event
Dr. Teresa Kelechi was the Principal Investigator of two recent research studies:
1.Partners at Meals Study: A program to improve mealtimes and quality of life for Caregivers and people with dementia; and
2.Activate for Life Study Care: An intervention for Caregivers of people with dementia involving gentle breathing and exercises for stress reduction).
Both studies included clients from Memory Matters who participated. Dr. Kelechi will also discuss future research and what is going on at MUSC.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Teresa J. Kelechi, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Interim Dean, Professor with Tenure, the David and Margaret Clare Endowed Chair, and the Associate Dean for Research and PhD Studies. She received her BSN from Kent State University, MSN in Gerontological Nursing from Case Western Reserve University, and PhD from the University of South Carolina. She is a certified wound care nurse and gerontological clinical nurse specialist. Her work as a nurse scientist focuses on symptom and self-management around chronic conditions, specifically venous disease, the development of interventions for venous leg ulcer prevention, and most recently the influence of social determinants of health such as social isolation on wound healing and the use of artificial intelligence methods in the diagnosis of inflammation in non-healing chronic wounds. Her expertise in aging focuses on stress management interventions for caregivers of persons living with dementia residing in the community. She has and has had numerous studies funded by federal agencies such as the National Institute of Nursing Research and Industry and other organizations such as Marine Polymer Technologies and the American Nurses Foundation. She is Director of the College’s Symptom Self-Management Center which provides pilot funding for nurse scientists to develop technology-based interventions and Director of Recruitment for the University’s CTSA, the South Carolina Clinical & Translational and Research Institute.