Tonya Roberts, PhD, RN

Position title: Associate Professor and Karen Frick Pridham Professor in Family-Centered Care


Phone: 608-263-5293

4261 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

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

The overall goal of Dr. Roberts’ research program is to develop, implement, and evaluate resident-centered and family-centered health services interventions that improve the quality of care and quality of life of vulnerable, older adults who need long-term care. Dr. Roberts uses mixed methods approaches to optimize long-term care work systems and address resident and family needs and preferences for care. Dr. Roberts is particularly interested in re-envisioning long-term care delivery to preserve and support older adult personhood, dignity, autonomy, and thriving.

Research focus areas

Aging and Care for Older Adults

Our research focuses on:

  • Creating innovative solutions for improving aging care and outcomes in the community and across healthcare systems
  • Understanding the impact of multimorbidity, social determinants of health, and health disparities on aging well/healthy aging
  • Enhancing person and family-centered care delivery in long-term care environments

Health Systems and Public Health

Our research focuses on:

  • Analyzing complex systems of people, technology, environments, communities, and organizational structures
  • Developing innovative systems to enhance patient experience, improve population health, reduce costs, and support team well-being and performance

Aging & Care for Older Adults Health Systems & Public Health