Tonya Roberts, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor


4261 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Nursing (minor in Industrial & Systems Engineering)
Post-Doc, Department of Veterans Affairs , Madison, WI; Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health
MS, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Nursing
BS, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Nursing

Professor Roberts focuses her research on the delivery of patient-centered care to older adults who require long-term care. She uses evidence-based research to promote a practical, philosophical, and cultural shift from a long-term care model that prioritizes staff efficiency to a new model structured for care delivery that is consistent with residents’ expectations and preferences. Roberts hopes to advance a re-imagination of the long-term care facility as a place where residents go to live and thrive rather than wait to die.

Dr. Roberts also maintains a practice as a nurse scientist at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital.