Ladda Thiamwong, PhD, RN

Dr. Thiamwong’s research focus is on healthy aging, fall prevention in older adults and aging education. Her published research has largely focused on the health of older adults in rural communities in her native Thailand, and include the development of a fall risk assessment test for community-dwelling elderly and a healthy aging model for rural older adults. She also has research interests in health disparities, minority health and cross-cultural instrumentation.

In 2013, Thiamwong established a research group of multidisciplinary providers interested in gerontology and geriatrics care. The group, which she was a founding chair, focused on rural older adult health and was funded with a grant from the Institute of Research and Development in Thailand. Her community service also includes volunteering at vaccine clinics, health education and health screening events.

Thiamwong has been a nurse educator for 20 years. She began her clinical and academic career in Thailand, and most recently was an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing at Henderson State University in Arkansas.

She has a nursing and midwifery diploma, MSN in adult nursing and PhD in nursing from universities in Thailand. She completed a predoctoral visiting fellowship at the Institute for Health and Aging, University of California San Francisco School of Nursing.


Grants Under Review

  • The effects of a balance training program combined with an educational program on balance performance, muscle strength, fear of falling, and adherence in community-dwelling older adults, PI, Office of Research & Commercialization, In-House Grants, University of Central Florida.


Funded Research

  • Nursing competency development for the screening and classification of the complex health of hypertensive person attending primary health care: An operative research and situational analysis, Team Investigator, National Grant & Institute of Research and Development, Walailak University, Thailand

  • Adaboost neural network with principal component analysis and minimization entropy principle to enhance the performance of the screening and predicting depression, Team Investigator, Walailak University Thailand

  • A caring model of older adults and vulnerable persons on natural disaster at Hauipan Village, Krungching Subdistrict, Noppitum District, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand, Area Based Collaborative Research, PI, Thailand Research Fund and Walailak University

  • Development of a proactive nursing program on blood pressure control and quality of life in older adults with hypertension, Team Investigator, Southern Area Based Collaborative Research, Thailand Research Fund

  • Older adults falls prevention and fall-related trauma injury thorough community intervention in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand, PI, National Grant & Institute of Research and Development Walailak University

  • Bridging the theory-practice gap in gerontological nursing education, PI, Walailak University

  • The effectiveness of balance training for Thai community-dwelling older adults: Randomized controlled trial, PI, National Grant & Institute of Research and Development Walailak University

  • Development of the Thai healthy aging model, PI, National Grant & Institute of Research and Development Walailak University

Selected Publications

  • Thiamwong, L. & Suwanno. J. (in press). Fear of falling and related factors in a community-based study of people 60 years and older in Thailand. International Journal of Gerontology.

  • Boonreung, J., Suwanno, J., Phonphet, C., Petsirasan, R., & Thiamwong, L. (2016). Association of illness, health status, and personal characteristics with the short-term episode of severe acute exacerbation in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A 3-month prospective study. Journal of Health Science, 22(3), 1-13.

  • Holden, C., Thiamwong, L., Martin, D., Mathieson, K., Nehrenz, G. (2015). The electronic health record system and hospital length of stay in patients admitted with hip fracture. American Research Journal of Nursing, 1(2):1-5.

  • McManus, M. & Thiamwong, L. (2015).  Enhancing fourth grade students’ writing achievement through purposeful experiential learning: An action research study. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 3(12), 997-1000.

  • Onketphol, A., Suwanno, J., Thiamwong, L., Thongchim, N., & Kewbangpood. (2015). Basic screening and diagnosis of anemia among Thai rural older adults: A guideline for nurse practitioner. Journal of Nursing Division, 42(1), 132-152.

  • Thiamwong, L. & Suwanno. J. (2014). The effects of simple balance training on balance performance and fear of falling in Thai rural older adults. International Journal of Aging and Society, 8,143-146.

  • Thiamwong, L., McManus, M. & Suwanno, J. (2013). Development of a healthy aging model in Thai rural older adults. Nursing and Health Science, 15, 256-261.

  • Thiamwong, L., Stewart, L.A., & Warahut, J. (2009). Development, reliability, and validity of the Thai healthy aging survey. Walailak Journal of Science and Technology, 6(2), 167-188.

  • Thiamwong, L., Thamarpirat, J., Maneesriwongkul, W. & Jitapunkul, S. (2008). Thai Fall Risk Assessment Test (Thai FRAT) developed for community-dwelling Thai elderly. Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, 91(12), 1823-1832.

  • Thiamwong, L., Maneesriwongkul, W., Malathum, P, Jitapunkul, S., Vorapongsathorn, T. & Stewart, A. (2008). Development and psychometric testing of the healthy aging instrument. Thailand Journal of Nursing Research, 12(4), 285-296.

Professional Organizations

  • Florida Council on Aging
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Asian Associations of Women's Studies
  • The Thai Society of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
  • The Thailand Nursing Council
  • Thailand Nurses Association of RN’s



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