Myra G. Owens, Ph.D.
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Dr. Owens is a research associate serving with Virginia Center on Aging's (VCoA) Virginia Geriatric Education Center (VGEC). She supports program evaluation of the VGEC's five-year Cooperative Agreement with the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The Cooperative Agreement provides Geriatrics/Gerontology interprofessional faculty development, curriculum development, and continuing professional education.
Dr. Owens' evaluation efforts focus on assessing evidence-based training outcomes. Along with the program evaluation team, she seeks to determine whether, as a result of training, clinicians incorporate evidence-based practice in their assessments and interventions with community-dwelling older adults who have multifactorial fall risks.
Dr. Owens has over 25 years of experience in applied research and program evaluation and has expertise in the design of program evaluations. She has designed quantitative and qualitative data collection tools and, primarily, conducts quantitative analyses. Her research and other scholarly activity include peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and editorial activities. Her primary research interests are program performance and implementation, aging and health trajectories, and informal caregiving.
Dr. Owens obtained her Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences from the School of Allied Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University; M.S. from the Department of Gerontology, School of Allied Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University; and Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of the State of New York, Albany (now known as Excelsior College). Dr. Owens joined the VCoA/VGEC staff in 2011; however, her association with the VCoA and the VGEC began in 1994.