An aging expert with 15 years of experience in gerontological nursing education, Dr. Thiamwong focuses her research 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.
She shares her aging expertise as a member of the City of Orlando Mayor’s Committee on Livability and Healthy Aging, and the Disability, Aging and Technology Research Cluster at UCF. In 2018, Thiamwong was honored by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing.
Thiamwong is leading an interdisciplinary team of researchers from UCF that was recently awarded R03 funding from the National Institutes of Health for “Technology-based Fall Risk Assessments for Older Adults in Low-Income Settings.” The research was also awarded a Healthy Longevity Catalyst Award from the U.S. National Academy of Medicine.
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.
- PhD, Mahidol University
- Certificate for Conceptualizing and Measuring Healthy Aging, University of California
- MSN, Mahidol University
- BSN with Honors, Boromarajonani College of Nursing