Abraham A. Brody

Associate Professor
Associate Director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

1 212 992 7341

433 First Avenue
Room 504
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Dr. Brody is an expert in home-based interprofessional care of seriously ill older adults . His program of research focuses on how to improve symptom assessment and management of dementia and other chronic conditions through interprofessional care in community based settings including home health and hospice. He also seeks to understand how effective interprofessional care in these settings effects quality of life, healthcare utilization, and healthcare costs. Dr. Brody is a current Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar, a Cambia Healthcare Foundation Sojourns Scholar, and has multiple grants from the NIH, John A. Hartford Foundation, and VA in this area. His educational focus is on improving the quality of nursing and interprofessional geriatric and palliative care education, and he teaches across programs at NYU. He is the current and founding director of the Hartford Institute Geriatric Undergraduate Scholars Program, an honors based program in care of the older adult.

BA, 2002, New York University, College of Arts and Sciences
MSN, 2006, University of California
PhD, 2008, University of California
Honors and awards
Fellow of Palliative Care Nursing, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (2017)
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America (2016)
Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine (2016)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar (2014)
Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholars (2014)
Goddard Fellowship, NYU (2013)
Medical Reserve Corps, NYC, Hurricane Sandy Award (2013)
HPNA Research Scholar (2010)
Finalist, Gerontological Society of America SRPP Section Young Investigator (2008)
John A Hartford Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Scholar (2006)
Nurses' Education Funds Edith M. Pritchard Award (2006)
NSNA Foundation PONF Scholar Award (2006)
Finalist, University of California Student Regent (2005)
Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society (2004)
Dean's List, New York Univeristy (2001)
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (2017)
Home care
Palliative care
Non-communicable disease
Professional membership
Gerontological Society of America
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
American Geriactrics Society
Sigma Theta Tau and Upsilon Chapters
International Home Care Nurses Organization
American Nurses Association
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Palliative Care Research Cooperative

A Systematic Review of Cardiovascular Disease in Sexual Minorities.

Caceres, B. A., Brody, A., Luscombe, R. E., Primiano, J. E., Marusca, P., Sitts, E. M., & Chyun, D. (2017). American journal of public health 107, (e13-e21). 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303630

Mental health and HIV disparities are well documented among sexual minorities, but there is a dearth of research on other chronic conditions. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide. Although sexual minorities have high rates of several modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease (including stress, tobacco use, and alcohol consumption), there is a paucity of research in this area.

Creating and implementing an intervention is hard, sustaining it is harder

Brody, A.A. (2017). Geriatric Nursing 38, (264-265). 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2017.05.009 Elsevier BV.

What does the future hold for geriatric nursing?

Brody, A.A. (2017). Geriatric Nursing 38, (85). 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2016.12.009 Elsevier BV.

Cognitive Impairment-Adults-Down’s Syndrome

Brody, A. A. (2016). In C. Dahlin, P.J. Coyne & B.R. Ferrell (Eds.), Textbook of Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press

Development and testing of the Dementia Symptom Management at Home (DSM-H) program: An interprofessional home health care intervention to improve the quality of life for persons with dementia and their caregivers.

Brody, A. A., Guan, C., Cortes, T., & Galvin, J. E. (2016). Geriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.) 37, (200-6). 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2016.01.002

Home health care agencies are increasingly taking care of sicker, older patients with greater comorbidities. However, they are unequipped to appropriately manage these older adults, particular persons living with dementia (PLWD). We therefore developed the Dementia Symptom Management at Home (DSM-H) Program, a bundled interprofessional intervention, to improve the care confidence of providers, and quality of care delivered to PLWD and their caregivers. We implemented the DSM-H with 83 registered nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. Overall, there was significant improvement in pain knowledge (5.9%) and confidence (26.5%), depression knowledge (14.8%) and confidence (36.1%), and neuropsychiatric symptom general knowledge (16.8%), intervention knowledge (20.9%), attitudes (3.4%) and confidence (27.1%) at a statistical significance of (P < .0001). We also found significant differences between disciplines. Overall, this disseminable program proved to be implementable and improve clinician's knowledge and confidence in caring for PLWD, with the potential to improve quality of care and quality of life, and decrease costs.

Evaluation of a peer mentoring program for early career gerontological nursing faculty and its potential for application to other fields in nursing and health sciences.

Brody, A. A., Edelman, L., Siegel, E. O., Foster, V., Bailey, D. E., Jr, Bryant, A. L., & Bond, S. M. (2016). Nursing outlook 64, (332-338). 10.1016/j.outlook.2016.03.004

As the retirement rate of senior nursing faculty increases, the need to implement new models for providing mentorship to early career academics will become key to developing and maintaining an experienced faculty.

Evaluation of an Electronic Module for Reconciling Medications in Home Health Plans of Care.

Kramer, H. S., Gibson, B., Livnat, Y., Thraen, I., Brody, A. A., & Rupper, R. (2016). Applied clinical informatics 7, (412-24). 10.4338/ACI-2015-11-RA-0154

Transitions in patient care pose an increased risk to patient safety. One way to reduce this risk is to ensure accurate medication reconciliation during the transition. Here we present an evaluation of an electronic medication reconciliation module we developed to reduce the transition risk in patients referred for home healthcare.

High Prevalence of Medication Discrepancies Between Home Health Referrals and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Home Health Certification and Plan of Care and Their Potential to Affect Safety of Vulnerable Elderly Adults.

Brody, A. A., Gibson, B., Tresner-Kirsch, D., Kramer, H., Thraen, I., Coarr, M. E., & Rupper, R. (2016). Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 64, (e166-e170). 10.1111/jgs.14457

To describe the prevalence of discrepancies between medication lists that referring providers and home healthcare (HH) nurses create.

Recommendations for cardiovascular disease research with lesbian, gay and bisexual adults.

Caceres, B. A., Brody, A., & Chyun, D. (2016). Journal of clinical nursing 25, (3728-3742). 10.1111/jocn.13415

The purpose of this paper is to provide recommendations to strengthen cardiovascular disease research with lesbian, gay and bisexual adults, and highlight implications for practice.

The Impact of Reported Hospice Preferred Practices on Hospital Utilization at the End of Life.

Aldridge, M. D., Epstein, A. J., Brody, A. A., Lee, E. J., Cherlin, E., & Bradley, E. H. (2016). Medical care 54, (657-63). 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000534

The Affordable Care Act requires hospices to report quality measures across a range of processes and practices. Yet uncertainties exist regarding the impact of hospice preferred practices on patient outcomes.

Dementia Palliative Care

A.A. Brody (2015). Dementia Care: An Evidence Based Approach New York: Springer.

Development and implementation of a peer mentoring program for early career gerontological faculty.

Bryant, A. L., Aizer Brody, A., Perez, A., Shillam, C., Edelman, L. S., Bond, S. M., … Siegel, E. O. (2015). Journal of nursing scholarship : an official publication of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing 47, (258-66). 10.1111/jnu.12135

The Hartford Gerontological Nursing Leaders (HGNL) formerly known as the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Initiative (BAGNC), in conjunction with the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE), developed and executed a peer mentoring program beginning in 2011 to enhance both (a) the experience of newly selected scholars and fellows to the NHCGNE and (b) the ongoing professional development of HGNL members. The purpose of this article is to describe key strategies used to develop and execute the peer mentoring program and to present formative program evaluation.

A multisite geriatric education program for rural providers in the Veteran Health Care System (GRECC-Connect).

Hung, W. W., Rossi, M., Thielke, S., Caprio, T., Barczi, S., Kramer, B. J., … Howe, J. L. (2014). Gerontology & geriatrics education 35, (23-40). 10.1080/02701960.2013.870902

Older patients who live in rural areas often have limited access to specialty geriatric care, which can help in identifying and managing geriatric conditions associated with functional decline. Implementation of geriatric-focused practices among rural primary care providers has been limited, because rural providers often lack access to training in geriatrics and to geriatricians for consultation. To bridge this gap, four Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Centers, which are centers of excellence across the nation for geriatric care within the Veteran health system, have developed a program utilizing telemedicine to connect with rural providers to improve access to specialized geriatric interdisciplinary care. In addition, case-based education via teleconferencing using cases brought by rural providers was developed to complement the clinical implementation efforts. In this article, the authors review these educational approaches in the implementation of the clinical interventions and discuss the potential advantages in improving implementation efforts.

Palliative Care for Uncommon Disorders

Brody, A. A. (2014). Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

A review of interprofessional dissemination and education interventions for recognizing and managing dementia.

Brody, A. A., & Galvin, J. E. (2013). Gerontology & geriatrics education 34, (225-56). 10.1080/02701960.2013.801342

The number of individuals with dementia is expected to increase dramatically over the next 20 years. Given the complicated clinical, sociobehavioral, and caregiving skills that are needed to comprehensively assess and manage individuals with dementia, the gold standard of care requires involvement of interprofessional teams. This systematic review examined 4,023 abstracts, finding 18 articles from 16 studies where an interprofessional dissemination program was performed. Most studies found some improvement in clinician knowledge or confidence, or patient outcomes, though methods and patient and clinician populations were disparate. Although a significant evidence base for assessing and managing individuals with dementia has been developed, few studies have examined how to disseminate this research, and even fewer in an interprofessional manner. These findings suggest that greater emphasis needs to be placed on disseminating existing evidence-based care and ensuring that programs are interprofessional in nature so that excellent, patient-centered care is provided.

Effects of initiating palliative care consultation in the emergency department on inpatient length of stay.

Wu, F. M., Newman, J. M., Lasher, A., & Brody, A. A. (2013). Journal of palliative medicine 16, (1362-7). 10.1089/jpm.2012.0352

Increased attention has been directed at the intersection of emergency and palliative medicine, since decisions made in the emergency department (ED) often determine the trajectory of subsequent medical treatments. Specifically, we examined whether inpatient admissions after palliative care (PC) consultation initiated in the ED were associated with decreased length of stay (LOS), compared with those in which consultations were initiated after hospital admission.

Feasibility of Implementing a Web-Based Education Program in Geriatric Pain and Depression for Home Health Care Nurses

Brody, A.A., & Groce-Wofford, T.M. (2013). Home Health Care Management & Practice 25, (274-278). 10.1177/1084822313494785 SAGE Publications.

Partners Advancing Clinical Excellence: Building Professional Councils for Quality Improvement at Six Community Hospitals

Sakowski, J.A., Hooper, L., Holton, T., & Brody, A.A. (2012). Creative Nursing 18, (177-186). 10.1891/1078-4535.18.4.177 Springer Publishing Company.

The patient protection and affordable care act: implications for geriatric nurses and patients.

Brody, A., & Sullivan-Marx, E. M. (2012). Journal of gerontological nursing 38, (3-5). 10.3928/00989134-20121008-01

What Impact Do Setting and Transitions Have on the Quality of Life at the End of Life and the Quality of the Dying Process?

Mezey, M., Dubler, N.N., Mitty, E., & Brody, A.A. (2011). The Gerontologist 42, (54-67). 10.1093/geront/42.suppl_3.54 Oxford University Press (OUP).

The effects of an inpatient palliative care team on discharge disposition.

Brody, A. A., Ciemins, E., Newman, J., & Harrington, C. (2010). Journal of palliative medicine 13, (541-8). 10.1089/jpm.2009.0300

Inpatient palliative care teams' (PCT) contribution to improved quality of life and patient satisfaction as well as decreased utilization and costs has been well established. Yet few studies have examined the specific effect of an inpatient PCT on discharge disposition, despite evidence of an association between hospice enrollment, decreased rehospitalization, and improved resource utilization.

Shareholder value and the performance of a large nursing home chain.

Kitchener, M., O'Meara, J., Brody, A., Lee, H. Y., & Harrington, C. (2008). Health services research 43, (1062-84). 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2007.00818.x

To analyze corporate governance arrangements and quality and financial performance outcomes among large multi-facility nursing home corporations (chains) that pursue stakeholder value (profit maximization) strategies.

End of life care planning

Scholder, J., Brody, A.A., & Bottrell, M.M. (2003). In E.L. Siegler, S. Mirafzali, & J.B. Foust, An introduction to hospitals and inpatient care An introduction to hospitals and inpatient care (279-291). Springer Publishing Company.

Elder neglect

Fulmer, T., Paveza, G.J., & Brody, A.A. (2001). In M.D. Mezey, The encyclopedia of elder care The encyclopedia of elder care (233-235). Springer Publishing Company.

Elder neglect

Fulmer, T., Paveza, G.J., & Brody, A.A (2001). In M.D. Mezey, The encyclopedia of elder care (233-235). Springer Publishing.

Diversity dynamics: The experience of male Robert Wood Johnson Foundation nurse faculty scholars.

Brody, A. A., Farley, J. E., Gillespie, G. L., Hickman, R., Hodges, E. A., Lyder, C., … Pesut, D. J. Nursing outlook 65, (278-288). 10.1016/j.outlook.2017.02.004

Managing diversity dynamics in academic or clinical settings for men in nursing has unique challenges resulting from their minority status within the profession.