Dr. Teri Kennedy is Associate Dean, Interprofessional Practice, Education, Policy, and Research (i-PEPR) and Ida Johnson Feaster Professor of Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) with the University of Kansas School of Nursing; and Co-Program Director, Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER), The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) in Kansas City, Kansas. Her role is to elevate, advance, and sustain KUMC's already significant IPE initiatives, and her work focuses on advancing IPE through policy and research and expanding interprofessional practice and Age-Friendly Health Systems in rural, frontier, and underserved communities across Kansas. She previously worked at Arizona State University in Phoenix and Tucson, where she served as Director, Office of Gerontological & Interprofessional Initiatives, School of Social Work, Watt's College of Public Service and Community Solutions and Faculty Lead: Clinical Partnerships, Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CAIPER), Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.
Teri serves as Chair, Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Nexus Learning System Advisory Committee, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education; and Chair, Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Track, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). She formerly served on the and National Advisory Council for the Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice initiative representing the John A. Hartford Foundation, and served as a site visitor and sustainability expert.
In 2010 she was honored with the Outstanding Social Work Program Director Award by the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD), in 2011 she received the Mit Joyner Gerontology Leadership Award through BPD and the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW), and in 2016 she was selected as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow with the National Academies of Practice and Social Work Academy (FNAP) and awarded Fellow status with the Gerontological Society of America’s Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section (FGSA). She served as a Health and Aging Policy Fellow (HAPF) and American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow (2015-2016), continuing her HAPF fellowship through September 2017 with the Senate Special Committee on Aging through Senator Jeff Flake's (R-AZ) DC Office. In 2018, she was awarded a CSWE Summer Leadership Scholarship and participated in the Harvard Management Development Program (MDP).
Dr. Kennedy has 17 years of direct practice and administrative experience serving older adults and their families through the provision of health, behavioral health, and social services in home and community-based, home health, in-patient medical and gero-psychiatric, and skilled nursing facility settings. She has participated in a variety of interprofessional education and practice initiatives between health professions students, faculty, and practitioners in rural and urban settings. Her interests include sustainability, interprofessional leadership, and health and aging policy. She developed the Kennedy Model of Sustainability (c) 2008, adopted by the National Center as part of their Nexus Learning System model and used to support interprofessional education and practice (IPE) and geriatric initiatives including Age-Friendly Health Systems, Universities, and Communities, and provides training and consultation on sustainability in collaboration between KUMC and the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. She has presented internationally in Canada, Ireland, and China and has been an invited presenter at state and national conferences. Teri is also an indie singer/songwriter with multiple CDs of original, contemporary, and traditional music - "When Two Hearts Race" and "Where Heaven Meets Earth".