Oleg Zaslavsky PhD, MHA, RN
Formally trained as a trauma nurse, I began my nursing career in the emergency department in Israel. There, I treated a subset of patients who, despite their advanced age, were able to regain functioning after experiencing illness or trauma, and a different subset of patients who appeared well, yet tolerated stress poorly and never recovered. My experience observing differences in patient response to trauma led to my aspiration to obtain a PhD in Nursing Science to define factors that affect resilience and recovery in the aged population, funded by the Fulbright Scholar Program.
I have profoundly enjoyed my professional journey as a nurse leader, educator, and innovator. Today, my agenda includes three interrelated foci: developing technology-enhanced behavioral interventions, defining and promoting healthy aging for those at risk for and with frailty, and improving ambulatory care management.
I am interested in leveraging my expertise in frailty, healthy aging, and behavioral interventions in the emerging fields of mHealth and other health-technology platforms. Currently, I am furthering research and development of a mobile health intervention to support healthful dietary choices in older persons with frailty. This work will soon culminate in a randomized control trial to test a mobile app designed to improve adherence to the Mediterranean Diet. I predict this will lead to few other projects that will test strategies for integrating the digital solutions for behavior change into the ambulatory care environment.
As a way of extending the portfolio of digital solutions for the older population, I am also co-leading a research group that includes faculty and students from nursing and informatics entitled “Virtual Online Communities for Aging Life Experience – VOCALE”. The group aims to evaluate social media platforms in facilitating communication with and between older adults about their bodily experience concerning frailty symptoms.
In addition to my appointment as Assistant Professor, I served as an Associate Director for Research at the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging from 2015-2018. I have served on several PhD workgroups and provide mentorship to students interested in areas related to gerontology, frailty, and dementia. I am committed to training the next generation of nurse scientists and practitioners and to integrating effective and cutting-edge technological tools that facilitate active learning, both in the classroom and as a mentor to students at all levels.
In my spare time, I enjoy natural attractions in our beautiful Pacific Northwest
- 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 faculties.
DepartmentBiobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics
- Innovative Interventions
- Health Equity
- Lifespan Health