The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.


Gail Towsley PhD

University of Utah College of Nursing

Gail Towsley, PhD is an Associate Professor at University of Utah College of Nursing. She received her MS in Gerontology and PhD in Nursing at University of Utah. She completed postdoctoral fellowships focused on Individualized Care of Older Adults at Polisher Research Institute and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. As a gerontologist and licensed nursing home administrator, Dr. Towsley’s professional goal is to conduct interdisciplinary applied aging research that advances scientific knowledge about palliative care in long term care settings and informs new approaches to enhancing communication among residents, families and staff in order to provide person-centered care. She has lead the development of Me & My Wishes—resident centered video recorded conversations to communicate care preferences for today and at end of life.