Dr. Thomas Teasdale

Professor and Chair,
University of Oklahoma

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University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, OK

Dr. Thomas Teasdale

Professor and Chair,
University of Oklahoma


​Dr. Tom Teasdale is a health educator with 30+ years in the fields of geriatrics and gerontology.  He worked for nearly 20 years jointly at the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.  In 2003, he moved to Oklahoma to join the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Oklahoma Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine where he was the Oklahoma site leader for the VA’s VISN 16 Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC), leader of the Geriatric Department’s education mission, director of the HRSA-funded Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center, associate director of the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, and Department vice chair.  He retired from VA in 2013 after 30 years of service and in 2015 transferred from geriatric medicine to be appointed chair of the Department of Health Promotion Sciences in the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health.  Dr. Teasdale has developed many educational products for instruction in aging, and has authored over 50 publications/chapters.  His long-time interests have focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of health care initiatives that improve the well-being of older adults and their family care partners.  His new public health role has rapidly expanded that focus.

Current Funding:

  • Step Up for Dementia (PI, 2017-2020). Funding by CMS to OK State Dept of Health to provide dementia care education in Oklahoma's nursing homes.
  • Tribal Suicide Prevention and Surveillance Program (Lead evaluator, 2015-2019).  Funding by SAMHSA GLS program to Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.
  • Native Connections (evaluation consultant, 2019-2024).  Funding by SAMHSA GLS program to Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.
  • Oklahoma Public Health Training Center (PI, 2014-2022).  Funding by HRSA to Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Hygiene, Region 6 Public Health Training Center.

Job History

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Professor and Chair
April 2015 - present

Areas Of Expertise

  • Attitude Toward Aging
  • Caregiving
  • Computer Technology
  • Consumer Issues: Consumer Awareness Programs
  • Crosscultural Studies
  • Dementia
  • Education: Elders
  • Education: Families of Elders
  • Education: Service Providers
  • Health Promotion
  • Natural Disasters
  • Rural Issues


  • Public Health