Visiting Scholar to the College of Nursing, Dr. Cindy Jones

Date 08/24/17 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location 322 Nursing Sciences Bldg.
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Dr. Cindy Jones, Visiting Scholar, Research Fellow with the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Optimising Health Outcomes Program, Australia

Dr. Jones has been a leading educator on sexualities and dementia in Australia for the past several years.

The focus of her work includes the use of technology to engage people with dementia; exploration of relationships in long-term care; expression of sexualities by older people; and quality of and evidence based dementia care. This work is being developed around the key areas of knowledge transfer and workforce training and development. In 2013, Dr. Jones developed "Sexualities & Dementia: An Online Education Resource for Health Professional", funded by the Department of Health and Ageing via the Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre. This work has received extensive media coverage in Australia, as well as significant research and policy interest.

Lecture at Penn State, University Park (1 CNE Contact Hour for Registered Nurses)

“Assessing Engagement in People with Dementia: Video Coding – Incorporating Observed Emotion Protocol to Engagement of a Person with Dementia Scale”
Dementia is a mounting worldwide epidemic with no imminent cure. For people with dementia, a prolonged lack of stimulation can increase their risk of loneliness and social isolation, as well as increase cognitive decline. In addition, limited social connection increases the risk of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) such as apathy, depression, aggression and agitation. This lecture will examine the challenges associated with the concept and assessment of engagement in persons interacting with a therapeutic robot baby harp seal. The development and validation of two observational measures will be presented and discussed as novel and rigorous tools designed to evaluate engagement in people with dementia during psychosocial interventions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the importance of engagement in people with dementia

  2. Learn the challenges in assessing engagement in people with dementia

  3. Find out new approach to assess engagement in people with dementia

Registration is required. Please send email to with your intent to attend in person or via Webinar. If seeking CNE Contact Hours, please include your RN License #

Dr. Jones looks forward to establishing collaborations with the PSU College of Nursing research team, as well as with other professionals working with older adults. Over the next few months we will be arranging an itinerary for Dr. Jones. Please contact Eva Zeisky at if you have an interest in meeting with Dr. Jones during her visit.



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