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Diana White, Ph.D.
Diana White, Ph.D.


Tel: 503.725.2725
Fax: 503.725.5100
Office: URBN 470P

Research Interests

  • Supporting person-directed care in multiple settings and supporting person-centered thinking through research and education.
  • Family ties throughout the life course with an emphasis on mid- and late-life families (intergenerational relationships, caregiving, family bereavement).
  • Work force development across the spectrum of services for older adults (direct care workers, nurses, options counselors, behavioral health specialists).

Current Projects

Validation of the Resident VIEW, a measure of person-directed care from the perspectives of residents of nursing homes, assisted living, residential care, and adult foster care. Supported by the Aging & People with Disabilities Oregon Quality Care Fund, Oregon Department of Human Services. 

Recent completed work: 

  • Projects to develop and then evaluate the Behavioral Health Initiative for Older Adults and People with Disabilities. 2014 – 2018. Funded by the Oregon Health Authority.
  • Evaluation of the Oregon Project Independence Expansion Pilot Project, 2018. Funded by Oregon Department of Human Services
  • Evaluation of the OHSU School of Nursing project, Academic and Practice Partnerships to Strengthen Care for Older Adults in Residential and Assisted Living Settings. 2016-2018.


  • AGE 516 - Families and Aging
    PHE 416 - Families and Aging
    AGE 560/660 - Mental Health and Aging

Selected Publications

  • White, D. L., & Cartwright, J. C. (2018). Family health in mid- and later life. J. R. Kaakinen, D. P. Coehlo, R. Steele, & M. Robinson (Eds.). Family Health Care Nursing: Theory, Practice, and Research. (Sixth Edition). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Company. 
  • Lopez, C., White, D.L., & Carder, P. (2014). Direct care worker job satisfaction following implementation of work-based learning. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 33, 97-120.
  • White, D.L., & Cadiz, D.M. (2013). Work-based training in assisted Living: Benefits for direct care workers. Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 25, 281-300.
  • White, D.L., Cartwright, J., & Lottes, J. (2012). Long-term care nurse role models in clinical education: The ECLEP's experience. The Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 38(1), 43-51.