University of Southern Indiana

M. Catherine (Katie) Ehlman

M. Catherine (Katie) Ehlman

Professor of Gerontology
Health Services Program

Director, Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness
Health Services Program

Health Professions Center - 2094

Katie Ehlman is an Associate Professor of Gerontology and the Director of Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness at the University of Southern Indiana (USI). Ehlman received her PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University and Masters’ degrees from St. Louis University and Webster University. Ehlman is involved in research in the areas of nursing homes quality, dementia, and student attitude on aging and where she has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on these subjects. Ehlman has secured over 1.3 million dollars in internal and external funding as PI or co-investigator. Ehlman is a certified health education specialist, a certified dementia care trainer, and is a licensed Indiana health facilities administrator.   

Education and Certifications


PhD, Health Related Sciences, Gerontology Concentration
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

MBA, Master of Business Administration
Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri

MSW, Master of Social Work
St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

BA, Bachelor of Arts (History)
Quincy University, Quincy, Illinois


Indiana Health Facilities Administrators License (license #: 14005127A through August 2019)

Certified Health Education Specialist Certification (Certification #:11054 through March 2019)

Positive Approach to Dementia Care (PAC) Certified Independent Trainer (Certification # 87; awarded in 2015; annually re-certified through Fall 2018)

Respecting Choices First Steps Certified Facilitator, March 6, 2017

Respecting Choices Last Steps Certified Facilitator, January 16, 2018

Respecting Choices Last Steps Certified Instructor, January 16, 2018

Positive Approach to Dementia Care (PAC) Certified Independent Coach (Certification # 131; through October 2017)

Missouri Nursing Home Administrator License (retired license #:5237 as of May 2013: held active license for 1999-2013)

Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Professional Certification (as of 9/2009)


Health Care Aspects of Gerontology GERO 215.001  (traditional class)
Health Care Aspects of Gerontology GERO 215.001  (online class)
Health Care Continuum & Community Services GERO 317.001 (traditional class)
Health Facilities Administration GERO 425 (traditional class)
Special Topics: Person Centered Care HP 490 (traditional class)
Health Care Continuum & Community Services GERO 317.N01 (online class)
Healthy Aging GERO 318.N01 (on-line class)
Healthy Aging GERO 318.001 (traditional and online class)


Nursing Home Quality


Attitudes about Aging


Ehlman, M.C., Nimkar, S., Nolan, B. Thomas, P., *Caballero, C., & Snow, T. (2018). Health Workers’ Knowledge and Perceptions on Dementia in Skilled Nursing Homes: A Pilot Implementation of Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach® to Care Certification Course. The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions,38(3):190-197. doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000216.

Ehlman, K., *Green, J., Wilson, G., McCullough, J. (2017). Click and Care: Academic Integration of a Nursing Home Electronic Health Records System.  The Journal of Health Administration Education, 34(4), 601-609.

Ehlman, K. (2017). Positive interactions with older adults: Introduction. In Baker, Kruger, & Karasik (Eds.) A Hands-on Approach to Teaching About Aging: 32 Activities for the Classroom and Beyond. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Moriello, G., Ligon, M., Ehlman, K. (2016). Don’t [have to] talk to strangers? Findings from an intergenerational oral history project. The International Journal of Reminiscence and Life Review, 3(1), 1-7.

Reynolds, E., Daum, D., Frimming, R. Ehlman, M.C. (2016). Pickleball Transcends the Generations in Southwest Indiana: A University and Area Agency on Aging Partnership Changing the Face of Aging. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships. 14(3), 242-251, doi: 10.1080/15350770.2016.1194730

Arvin, M.K., Ehlman, M.C., McCullough, J., & Ramos, E. (2015). An Interprofessional Education Nursing Home Dining Simulation Promotes Changes in Student Attitudes. Health and Interprofessional Practice, 2 (4), 1-8.

Wilson, A., Dugger, R., Ehlman, M.C., Eggleston, B. (2015). Implementation science in nursing homes: A case study of the integration of bladder ultrasound scanners. Annals of Long-Term Care, 23(6), 21-26.

Ehlman, K., Ligon, M., & Moriello, G. (2014). The Impact of Intergenerational Oral History on Perceived Generativity in Older Adults. Journal Of Intergenerational Relationships, 12(1), 40-53. doi:10.1080/15350770.2014.870865

Ligon, M., Ehlman, K., *Moriello, G., *Russo, C., & Miller, K. (2014). Validation of the Attitude-Older Adult and Aging-Visual Analogue Scales (At-O-A). Educational Gerontology, 40(8), 572-583. doi:10.1080/03601277.2013.858467

DeCoster, V., Ehlman, K., & Conners, C. (2013). Factors Contributing to Readmission of Seniors into Acute Care Hospitals. Educational Gerontology, 39(12), 878-887. doi:10.1080/03601277.2013.767615

Mathis, S, Ehlman, M. C.,  Dugger, R. *Harrawood, A., Kraft, K. (2013). Bladder Buzz: The Effect of a 6-Week Evidence- Based Staff Education Program on Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Urinary Incontinence in a Nursing Home.The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. Vol 44(No 11), 2013.

Huang, G., Shi, X., Gibson, C., Huang, S., Coudret, N., & Ehlman, M. (2013). Controlled aerobic exercise training reduces resting blood pressure in sedentary older adults. Blood Pressure, 22(6), 386-394. doi:10.3109/08037051.2013.778003

Ehlman, M. C. & Ligon, M. (2012).  The Application of a Generativity Model for Older Adults. International Journal of Aging & Human Development. 74:4, 331-344.

Ehlman, M. C., Wilson, A., Dugger, R., Eggleston, B., Coudret, N., Mathis, S. (2012). Nursing Home Staff Members’ Attitudes and Knowledge About Urinary Incontinence:  The Impact of Technology and Training. Urologic Nursing. 32(4), 205-213.

Ehlman, M. C., Ligon, M. B., Moriello, G. & Welleford, E. A. Schuster, K. (2011). Oral History in the Classroom: A Comparison of Traditional and On-line Gerontology Classes. Educational   Gerontology. 37:9, 772-790.

Ehlman, M.C., Coudret, N., Dugger, R,Eggleston B, Mathis, S, & Wilson, A. (2010). Assessing the Benefits of Bladder Ultrasound Scanners in Nursing Homes: The Impact on Quality of Life [Abstract].  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58(4, S1-S280), S70.

Ligon, M. B., Ehlman, M. C., Moriello, G. & Welleford, E. A. (2009). Oral History in the Classroom: Fostering Positive Attitudes toward Older Adults and the Aging Process. Journal of Aging, Humanities and the Arts. 1(3):1-14.

Under Review

Ehlman, M. C., Moriello, G.,  Ligon, M. B The Relationship between Young Adults’ Attitudes Toward Older Adults and their Attitudes Toward their Own the Aging Process (Manuscript under review. July, 2018).

Ligon, M.  Ehlman, M. C., Moriello. Connecting the Generations: A Practical Guide to Implementing an Oral History Project in the Gerontology Classroom (Manuscript Under Review; May, 2018)

*mentored undergraduate or graduate students

Funded Projects - External

Ehlman, M. C (Principal investigator); Nolan. B.T, (submitted 2018). Building a Dementia-Competent Nursing Home Workforce (ISDH CMP 2018-02); $789,000 (funded).

Valadares, K (primary investigator); Ehlman M.C (co-investigator), Pease, M. (co-investigator) Advance Care Planning in Southwest Indiana Nursing Homes: Promoting Quality of Life and Person-Directed Culture. Indiana State Department of Health $332,360 (funded).

Ehlman, M. C (Primary investigator). (submitted 2016). Positive Approach™ to Dementia Care in Southwest Indiana. Indiana State Department of Health; $75,000 (funded).

Ehlman, M. C (primary investigator). Metzger, R. (submitted July, 2012). Community Transformation Plan. Subaward through Welborn Baptist Foundation (WBF), Centers for Disease Control (CDC); $68,858 (funded)

Ehlman, M. C (primary investigator). (submitted August, 2013). Community Transformation Plan. Additional funds for Subaward through Welborn Baptist Foundation (WBF) to create bi-lingual website, Centers for Disease Control (CDC); $14,238 (funded) 

Ehlman, M. C., Conners, C., & Friona, J. (submitted, May 2010). Home Modification: Building Ramps to Promote Independent Living. Home Depot; $5000 (funded); written in conjunction with the local Area on Aging (SWIRCA & More)

Professional Organizations

Sigma Phi Omega, Past-President

Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, member

Gerontology Society of America, member

International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review, member                                        

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