Faculty

An expert on the aging population with 15 years of experience in gerontological nursing, Associate Professor Ladda Thiamwong focuses her research on healthy aging and fall prevention in ethnically diverse older adults. She developed the Fall Risk Assessment Test for screening Thai community-dwelling older adults, and the Healthy Aging Instrument to assess processes involved in healthy aging, which is now available in several languages. Her research findings have led to a paradigm shift in fall risk assessment through tailored fall interventions. Thiamwong has recently been awarded more than $1.5 million in funding, including two NIH grants, and currently leads an interdisciplinary team examining technology-based fall risk assessments for older adults in low-income settings, which received a Catalyst Award from the U.S. National Academy of Medicine Healthy Longevity Global Challenge. At the local level, she shares her expertise as a member of the City of Orlando Mayor’s Committee on Livability and Healthy Aging, and the Disability, Aging and Technology Faculty Research Cluster at UCF.

Education
  • PhD, Mahidol University
  • MSN, Mahidol University
  • BSN, Boromarajonani College of Nursing
  • Certificate for Conceptualizing and Measuring Healthy Aging, University of California, San Francisco
Selected Editorial Activities
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services (JPN)
  • Editorial Board, Pacific Rim International Journal of Nursing Research
  • Editorial Board, Walailak Journal of Social Science
Selected Awards & Honors
  • Research Incentive Award, University of Central Florida 2021
  • Excellence in Research Award, University of Central Florida College of Nursing, 2021
  • Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, University of Central Florida College of Nursing, 2020
  • Richard Tucker Competitive Gerontology Research Award, Learning Institute for Elders (LIFE), University of Central Florida, 2019
  • Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing, National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, 2018
Selected Professional Activities
  • The Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
  • Committee Member, Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Committee, National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
  • Committee Member, Orlando Mayor’s Committee on Livability and Healthy Aging

Expertise & Research

Expertise
  • Aging
  • Fall Prevention
  • Gerontology
  • Global Health
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Population Health: Minority Health
  • Population Health: Older Adults
  • Preventative Care
  • Technology
Research Areas
  • Aging & Vulnerable Populations
Research Clusters
  • Disability, Aging and Technology