Clinical Professor

Debra Bakerjian is a clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Previously, Bakerjian was a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow with specialties in health policy and system change.

Bakerjian’s research aims to improve the quality of care for aging populations. Her research focuses on patient safety and quality improvement practices in long-term care, particularly nursing homes; and interprofessional education and collaborative practice in primary care. One area of interest is the roles of nurse practitioners and physician assistants as members of the interprofessional team. She is currently the principal investigator for a study of the impact of Music and Memory on older adults with dementia in nursing homes and for a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded project on interprofessional education and collaborative practice in primary care.

Bakerjian was a Pat Archbold Predoctoral Scholar and a Claire M. Fagin Postdoctoral Fellow at UC San Francisco in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, where she was also an assistant adjunct professor. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Policy and Gerontology in 2006 and a Master in Science of Nursing in 1992, both from UC San Francisco School of Nursing. Her doctoral study, “Utilization of Nurse Practitioners in Nursing Homes: A Comparison with Physicians,” received the 2006 Dissertation of the Year Award at UC San Francisco. Bakerjian earned a Family Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant certificate from the UC Davis School of Medicine in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from the University of Phoenix in 1983. She received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, Calif., in 1977.

Bakerjian is active in both state and national organizations associated with the care of older adults. She serves on the board of directors for HealthImpact and on the National Quality Forum’s Skilled Nursing Facility Technical Expert Panel for Serious Reportable Events and Common Formats. She is on the Publication Committee of the Gerontological Society of America and the Governance and Innovations committees for AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care. She is the immediate past president of the California Association of Long Term Care Medicine.

She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Gerontological Society of America.

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