Dr. Tracey Yap is Associate Professor at the Duke University School of Nursing, and a Senior Fellow in the Duke University Center for Aging and Human Development. The overarching goal of Dr. Yap’s scholarship is to improve the quality of care delivered by nursing staff, regardless of setting. Her research in disease prevention and health promotion has been directed toward advancing the ability of nursing to improve health care outcomes by developing interventions that use cueing approaches such as reminder messages and behavioral alerts to increase patient mobility/movement. Her research expertise includes both quantitative and qualitative methods and the tailoring of interventions that permit the study of group behavior change over time related to outcomes of interest.
Dr. Yap is committed to improving the care outcomes of older adults in long-term care settings, particularly with respect to prevention and management of common yet seemingly intractable geriatric conditions such as facility-acquired pressure ulcers. Her research highlights the critical importance of tailoring a combination of knowledge building and change strategies to impact staff and patient behavior and thus improve outcomes. Her current research includes: 1) developing cueing approaches that enable nurses to integrate evidence-based guidelines in long-term care, and 2) evaluating the influence of tailoring and the occupational subculture of nursing on care delivery and the implementation, uptake, adoption, and sustainability of healthcare innovations.
Dr. Yap is a member of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. She is on the Southern Nursing Research Society Board of Directors as Member at Large, Director of Grants. She is also on the National Hartford Centers for Geriatric Nursing Excellence Board as a Director-at-Large.