Skip to main content

Linda Teri PhD

Professor Emerita
Director, Northwest Roybal Center
Director, Northwest Research Group on Aging
Researcher, Group Health Research Institute
Adjunct Professor, UW School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Adjunct Professor , UW Department of Psychology
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
Affiliate Faculty, Group Health Research Institute

Dr. Teri has been at the University of Washington (UW) since 1984, and in the School of Nursing since 1998. She has been the Principle Investigator (or Co-PI) on over 50 NIH funded grants, each focused on (1) understanding the relationship between cognitive, behavioral, and affective problems among older adults with varying levels of cognitive impairment or (2) developing and evaluating community-based treatment or training programs designed to decrease the behavioral and care-related problems experienced by older adults by working with them directly, with their family members, or with staff providing their care.

Dr. Teri’s body of research includes both large scale epidemiological studies on cognitive impairment and aging, and rigorously designed and executed randomized controlled clinical trials conducted in community settings. She has authored over 260 journal articles in peer-reviewed high impact journals, collaborated on over 450 scholarly presentations, and co-authored five books, including three texts in geropsychology.

Dr. Teri has over thirty years of direct clinical and research experience in working with older adults with dementia and their caregivers, including family members, professionals in various health professions (including physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, and others).  She is nationally and internationally regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in nonpharmacological treatments in dementia care.

In Dr. Teri’s own words,” I am committed to advancing the science and practice of nonpharmacological approaches to clinical care and advancing translational science, especially as it holds the potential for improving care of older adults with cognitive impairment and their caregivers.”




  • BA, SUNY Buffalo, 1974
  • PhD, University of Vermont, 1980

What classes do you teach?

Research methods, mental health and aging, translational science


What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

The opportunity to work with a diverse group of students and world class researchers; and the opportunity to conduct research of direct clinical relevance to older adults and their caregivers.


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Symptom Science
  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers

Picture of  Linda Teri

University of Washington School of Nursing
Dept of Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing
Box 357262
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195