Dr. Teri Kennedy is Associate Dean of Interprofessional Practice, Education, Policy and Research, and the Ida Johnson Feaster Professor of Interprofessional Practice and Education at The University of Kansas School of Nursing, The University of Kansas Medical Center. Teri is also co-founder of the Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative at The University of Kansas. She has 17 years direct practice and administrative experience serving older adults and their families through health, behavioral health, and social services in home and community-based, home health, in-patient medical and geropsychiatric, and skilled nursing facility settings.
She serves on the Advisory Committee for Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages with the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Nexus Learning System Advisory Committee, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education; and Public Policy Committee, National Academies of Practice. She received the Outstanding Social Work Program Director Award, Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (2010) and Mit Joyner Gerontology Leadership Award, BPD and Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (2011). She was named Distinguished Scholar and Fellow, National Academies of Practice and Social Work Academy; and Fellow, Gerontological Society of America’s Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section (2016), and was a Health and Aging Policy Fellow/American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, Senate Special Committee on Aging through Senator Jeff Flake's (R-AZ) DC Office (2015-16). She co-founded The Next Chapter, the official book club of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows (2020).
Dr. Kennedy’s research interests include sustainability, interprofessional leadership, and health and aging policy (e.g., Age-Friendly Health Systems, Universities, and Communities). She developed the evidence-based Kennedy Model of Sustainability, adopted by the National Center of Interprofessional Practice and Education as part of their Nexus Learning System model and used to support interprofessional education and practice (IPE) and geriatric initiatives; and a model of Strengths-Based Interprofessional Practice and Education (SB-IPE). She has presented internationally and has been an invited presenter at state and national conferences. She is an indie singer/songwriter with multiple CDs of original, contemporary, and traditional music (YouTube: Teri Woods – Topic; Teri – Topic).
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