Natalie Leland is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Leland’s research is focused on understanding and improving care quality for older adults with a particular interest in how occupational therapy can contribute to interdisciplinary patient-centered outcomes. She is an expert in secondary data analysis, implementation science, and evaluating the impact of health services in post-acute and long-term care settings. Drawing on her extensive geriatric clinical experience, Leland’s research program examines access, outcomes, and quality of care for vulnerable older adults.
Leland has received international attention for her work on falls among newly admitted nursing home patients. Her Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded work has focused on improving quality of post-acute rehabilitation by developing patient-centered, stakeholder-driven fall prevention care processes following hip fracture. Previously, she was funded by the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research within the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to examine post-acute care successful community discharge. Currently, Leland is co-leading a multi-site Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funded study aimed to optimize care delivery for long-term care nursing home residents with dementia.
Spanning her interests in occupational therapy, aging, and health services research; Leland is actively engaged with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Gerontological Society of America, AcademyHealth, and American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Finally, she has been recognized for her contributions to the occupational therapy profession by being inducted into the AOTA Roster of Fellows in 2012 and being presented with the 2017 Lindy Boggs Award.