- Professional overview
Dr. Toft Klar has focused her work on the environmental context of nursing for decades. This work has evolved and her research focuses on the influence of the built environment on population health outcomes and care delivery locally and globally. She has a portfolio of health workforce projects in LMIC’s in West and East Africa.
Post-Doc (2012), Case Western UniversityDNSc (2002), Yale UniversityMS (1980), Boston CollegeBSN (1979), Fitchburg State CollegeDiploma (1975) Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing
- Honors and awards
Educational Achievement Award, University of Massachusetts - Worcester (2009)Leadership Award, Fitchburg State College (2003)Comprehensive Geriatric Education and Mentoring Across Settings Program Grant, Fellow, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA (2013)Career Development Institute: The Rosalie Wolf Interdisciplinary Geriatric Healthcare Research Center Fellow, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA (2008)
GlobalCommunity/population healthInterprofessionalismNursing workforceOral-systemic health
- Professional membership
American Public Health AssociationBoston Medical Services, GhanaMassachusetts Public Health AssociationSigma Theta Tau International, Epsilon Beta
Communicable diseases and our environmentsKlar, R.T., O’Hara, S. (2017). Communicable diseases and our environments. Health and wellbeing in interior architecture, Routledge.
Health care research in Ghana and Worcester: Lessons learned from Ghana natives and immigrantsKlar, R. T. (2012). Worcester Medicine 76, (9-10).
Tax code reform should keep health in mindBassett, V. & Klar, R. (2010). Worcester Business Journal
Next-of-Kin's Perspectives of End-of-Life CareBoucher, J., Bova, C., Sullivan-Bolyai, S., Theroux, R., Klar, R., Terrien, J., & Kaufman, D.A. (2009). Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing 12, (41-50). 10.1097/njh.0b013e3181c76d53 Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health).
The research advisory committee: an effective forum for developing a research dynamic environment.Howland, L., Sullivan-Bolyai, S., Bova, C., Klar, R., Harper, D., & Schilling, L. Journal of professional nursing : official journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 24, (241-5). 10.1016/j.profnurs.2007.10.005
This article describes the role of a committee in the Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, that is referred to as the research advisory committee. It was developed to sustain the research mission, to facilitate faculty scholarship, and to provide a venue for presubmission grant review (hence called mock review) in a graduate school of nursing that is not considered "research intensive." We present its historical framework, the development of a mock review process, faculty accomplishments thus far, and our plans for the future. It is hoped that our experiences of building and supporting faculty research efforts in a research dynamic environment may provide guidance for others working in similar institutions.