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Oleg Zaslavsky PhD, MHA, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor
Core Member, Behavioral Research in Technology and Engineering Center (BRiTE), School of Medicine, University of Washington

I have a clinical background in gerontological nursing with specific training and expertise in digital interventions for older and vulnerable populations. I completed my doctoral degree from the University of Washington School of Nursing in Nursing Science focused on advanced statistics and frailty. I also completed NIH training in mobile health interventions, and I am a recipient of the NIA career development award that aims to develop digital tools in the health promotion context for older adults with frailty and dementia. I have also completed several projects where I developed and deployed digital tools for people with comorbidities and their caregivers, including wearables, mobile, and web-based interventions. In parallel to the intervention work, I also extensively studied preventable hospitalizations in persons with dementia. This line of work revealed that preventable acute care events are common in this population, usually have ambiguous early symptoms, and family caregivers are often uncertain and unprepared to detect and act upon the changes in health in their loved ones. The foundational experience in digital tools and avoidable admissions serve as an impetus for several proof-of-concept ideas aimed to develop an innovative and automated digital solution for monitoring individuals with dementia to detect sudden changes in health with an ultimate goal to prevent acute care crises.


  • BSN, University of Haifa
  • MHA, University of Tel Aviv
  • PhD, University of Washington

Awards and Accolades

  • Fulbright scholar
  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award
  •  Alon Fellowship for outstanding young researcher

What classes do you teach?

Gerontological Nursing (NURS 404)

Methodological Perspectives in Nursing Inquiry (NMETH 580)

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

Rich and stimulating environment. Opportunities to  work with bright students and outstanding faculty and staff.


Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers

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