Dr. Katarina Felsted

Associate professor,
University of Utah

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University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Katarina Felsted

Associate professor,
University of Utah


Katarina Friberg Felsted is faculty in the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program in the College of Nursing, and holds an MS in Gerontology.
Katarina teaches both core and elective gerontology undergraduate and graduate courses: Health and Optimal Aging; Race, Ethnicity & Aging; International Dimensions of Lifelong Learning; and Caregiving & Aging Families. Katarina has a strong commitment to excellence in teaching in higher education. She currently serves on student supervisory committees and scholarly project committees for the MS and DNP programs as both chair and content expert. She is a member of the Center on Aging, the Academy of Health Science Educators, the Utah Aging Alliance, and the Utah Geriatrics Society.
Katarina enjoys serving the community through her work on the Division of Aging and Adult Services’ Senior Diversity Committee as well as the executive board of the Utah Action Coalition for Health.
Nationally, she serves on the Executive Committee, Program Committee, Awards Committee and Geriatric Education Committee for the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. She is an abstract reviewer for three national scientific organizations, the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).
Last year, Katarina was awarded a faculty innovation grant to reduce ageism in middle schoolers. She is also conducting a study on older adult perceptions of frailty, and the potential presence of lateral ageism with regards to health status in older adults. She was appointed a GSA Ambassador 2014-15.

Her book, coauthored with Dr. Scott Wright, Toward Post Ageing: Technology in an Ageing Society, was published by Springer Fall 2014.

Katarina entered the University of Utah Nursing PhD program in the fall of 2013. Her current research interest is the use of mindfulness-based stress reduction as a treatment for urinary urge incontinence in older adult women. She is a Noorda-Hartford Fellow, a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, and a Marriner S. Eccles Graduate Fellow.


University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
MS, 2010
2007 To 2010
Dissertation: Wellness
Advisor: Dr. Mike Caserta

Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah, United States
BA, 1991
English Literature and Composition
1986 To 1991

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
PhD, 2017
Geriatric Nursing

Job History

Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program, College of Nursing
Salt Lake City, UT, United States
May 2010 - present

Areas Of Expertise

  • Education
  • Education: Undergraduate/Graduate Students
  • Gerontology
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Promotion: Stress Reduction
  • Incontinence
  • Research
  • Successful Aging
  • Well-Being


  • Gerontology