Dr. Jasmine Travers

Jasmine Travers


Assistant Professor

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433 1st Ave.
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Jasmine L. Travers is an assistant professor of nursing at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Her career is dedicated to designing and conducting research to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities in vulnerable older adult groups using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Her current work focuses on mitigating disparities in appropriate access and use of in-home and facility-based long-term care for older adults. As a health services researcher, she has leveraged many datasets to investigate these issues, including the Health and Retirement Study, Minimum Data Set, and Nursing Home Compare. Currently, Travers is the principle investigator of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation four-year Career Development Award through the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program.

Travers has published widely on the topics of aging, long-term care, health disparities, workforce diversity, and infections. She has presented her work at  regional and national health services research, gerontological, nursing, and public health conferences. 

Prior to joining the faculty at NYU, Travers completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale University and a T32 funded postdoctoral fellowship at the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Travers received her PhD at Columbia University School of Nursing, MHS at Yale University, MSN in Adult-Gerontological Health at Stony Brook University, and BSN at Adelphi University.  


PhD, Columbia University
MSN, Stony Brook University
MHS, Yale University
BSN, Adelphi University


Underserved populations

Professional membership

Eastern Nursing Research Society
American Geriatrics Society
Gerontological Society of America

Honors and awards

Faculty Honors Awards

Early Career Alumni Award: Emerging Nurse Leader, Columbia University (2020)
Scholar, National Clinician Scholars Program, Yale University (2020)
Jonas Policy Scholar, American Academy of Nursing, Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (2019)
Dean’s Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Vice Provost Office (2018)
Awardee, 10 Under 10 Young Alumni Recognition, Adelphi University (2018)
Associate Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania (2018)
Douglas Holmes Emerging Scholar Paper Award, Gerontological Society of America (2018)
Pre-Dissertation Student Research Award, The Behavioral & Social Sciences Section of The Gerontological Society of America (2016)
Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (2016)



Adapting Andersen's expanded behavioral model of health services use to include older adults receiving long-term services and supports

Travers, J. L., Hirschman, K. B., & Naylor, M. D. (2020). BMC Geriatrics, 20(1). 10.1186/s12877-019-1405-7
Background: Andersen's Expanded Behavioral Model of Health Services Use describes factors associated with the use of long-term services and supports (LTSS). This model, however, has only been tested on the intent to use such services among African-American and White older adults and not the actual use. Given the increasing diversity of older adults in the U.S., the ability to conceptualize factors associated with actual use of LTSS across racial/ethnic groups is critical. Methods: We applied Andersen's Expanded model in the analysis of 2006-2010 qualitative data using multiple methods to understand both the relevancy of factors for older adults who currently use LTSS vs. those who intend to use LTSS (as described in Andersen's original exploration). We additionally explored differences in these factors across racial/ethnic groups and included Hispanic older adults in our analyses. Results: Four additional constructs linked with actual LTSS use emerged: losses and changes, tangible support, capability to provide informal support, and accessibility of informal support. Racial differences were seen in level of participation in decisions to use nursing home services (Not involved: 45% African-Americans vs. 24% Whites). Reports of LTSS use to avoid burdening one's family were greater among White older adults compared to African-American older adults. Conclusions: Findings around decision-making and burden along with other constructs enhance our understanding of determinants that influence actual LTSS use and require targeted interventions.

Exploring social-based discrimination among nursing home certified nursing assistants

Factors Associated With Perceived Worsened Physical Health Among Older Adults Who Are Newly Enrolled Long-term Services and Supports Recipients

High-value care for older adults with complex care needs: Leveraging nurses as innovators

Demiris, G., Hodgson, N. A., Sefcik, J. S., Travers, J. L., McPhillips, M. V., & Naylor, M. D. (2020). Nursing Outlook, 68(1), 26-32. 10.1016/j.outlook.2019.06.019
Background: Our health care system is facing unprecedented and complex challenges in caring for older adults and their families. A paradigm shift is needed that recognizes new roles and competencies for nurses to play a leadership role in the design and implementation of high value care models. Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to introduce a series of recommendations for leveraging nurses to generate innovative tools and solutions for the delivery of value-based care for older adults living with complex health and social needs and their families. Methods: These recommendations were generated by a Think-Tank of national experts based on review of current evidence and focus groups with older adults. Finding: The generated recommendations focus on positioning nurses to assume leadership roles in implementing evidence-based care models, preparing nurses to serve as health innovators and catalysts of system transformation, and fostering system-level infrastructure that leverages the contributions of nurses for current and emerging roles. Discussion: Nurses as innovators can address the challenges in providing high quality care for older adults with complex needs and their families. System-level infrastructure, including resources for training and implementation of well-established programs, is necessary to leverage the contributions of nurses and facilitate innovative approaches to care.

The influence of empowered work environments on the psychological experiences of nursing assistants during COVID-19: a qualitative study

Nurses should oppose police violence and unjust policing in healthcare

The powder keg: Lessons learned about clinical staff preparedness during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic

Aliyu, S., Norful, A. A., Schroeder, K., Odlum, M., Glica, B., & Travers, J. L. (2020). American Journal of Infection Control. 10.1016/j.ajic.2020.10.014
Background: Little is known about clinical staff's perspectives on preparedness for a pandemic. The purpose of this study was to obtain various clinical staff perspectives about preparedness to meet the demands for care during the early phase of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic. Methods: We conducted a qualitative study using semistructured in-person interviews from March 2020 to April 2020 at a large tertiary academic urban hospital center. Interview guides were informed by the Resilience Framework for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and analyzed using a directed content analysis approach. Results: Fifty-five clinical staff participated in the study. Three themes emerged from the data (1) Risk assessment and planning: “The powder keg,” (2) Innovative evolution of roles and responsibilities, and (3) Pandemic response and capacity. In the early phases of the pandemic, participants reported varying levels of risks for dying. However, most participants adapted to practice changes and became innovative in their roles over time. Hierarchies were less relevant during care delivery, whereas team collaboration became crucial in managing workforce capacity. Discussion: As the pandemic progressed, staff preparedness evolved through a trial-and-error approach. Conclusions: The pandemic is evolving as is clinical staff preparedness to meet the demands of a pandemic. In order to get a grasp on the crisis, clinical staff relied on each other and resorted to new workarounds.

Climate change and health consequences: Engaging public health nursing within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Rosa, W. E., Schenk, E., Travers, J. L., & Nicholas, P. K. (2019). Public Health Nursing, 36(2), 107-108. 10.1111/phn.12598

Factors Associated with Dissatisfaction in Medical Care Quality among Older Medicare Beneficiaries Suffering from Mental Illness

An Efficient Nurse Practitioner–Led Community-Based Service Model for Delivering Coordinated Care to Persons With Serious Mental Illness at Risk for Homelessness