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Debra Bakerjian, PhD, APRN

Debra Bakerjian PhD, FNP, FAAN, FAANP, is associate clinical professor, at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She has over 25 years of nursing homes practice experience and has served as a consultant to many nursing homes in the area of quality of care and patient safety. Dr. Bakerjian’s research aims to maximize the role of advanced practice nursing within the interprofessional team and to improve the quality of care for aging populations. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Policy and Gerontology in 2006 and a Master in Science of Nursing in 1992, both from UC San Francisco School of Nursing. Her doctoral study, “Utilization of Nurse Practitioners in Nursing Homes: A Comparison with Physicians,” received the 2006 Dissertation of the Year Award at UC San Francisco. Bakerjian earned a Family Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant certificate from the UC Davis School of Medicine in 1991. Bakerjian is active in both state and national organizations associated with the care of older adults. She is the president of the California Association of Long Term Care Medicine and has been a member of CALTCM and AMDA since 2001, where she serves on the governance, nominations, and transitions of care committees. She was one of first nurses to serve on the steering committee for Advancing Excellence in American Nursing Homes’ and is currently on the National Quality Forum’s Common Formats standing committee. She is a member of the Health Sciences Executive Committee of the Gerontological Society of America. She is a past president of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association and recently retired as chair of the GAPNA Foundation. Dr. Bakerjian is a Fellow of both the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy in Nursing.