The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.


Daniel David, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

New York University

Grant Year
Grant Term
2 years
Grant Type
Kornfeld Scholars Program

Project Description
PC-CRAFT: Palliative Care – Connecting Residents of Assisted Living and Family Through Telehealth
The objectives of the project are to improve our understanding of ALF residents’ and caregivers’ experiences with symptom management and living with serious illness; and contribute new knowledge about how emerging telehealth technologies can help ALF residents and caregivers collaborate and access PC. In this Kornfeld career development award, Dr. Daniel David will develop training in community health needs assessment, mixed-methods research, community-based health intervention development aimed at improving palliative care (PC) access for residents of assisted living facilities (ALF) and their family caregivers. Dr. David is an assistant professor at Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University. 

His long-term goal is to become a leader in geriatric palliative care and improve access to PC services for hard-to-reach older populations through PC interventions. Through the support of this award, Dr. David aims to accomplish the following training goals: 1) gain expertise in qualitative methodology investigating the PC needs of ALF residents and their family members 2) develop expertise in forming community based scientific advisory groups that can help adapt PC interventions for long-term care settings; 3) develop skills in the development of pilot studies that test the feasibility of new interventions ; 4) translate the Kornfeld award training into an NIH K23 career development award which would allow further clinical trial training in order to test efficacy of PC interventions targeted to older adults in long-term care facilities.

To achieve these goals, Dr. David has assembled an exemplary team of RO1 funded mentors, including his primary mentor, Dr. Ab Brody, an RO1 funded nurse-researcher with expertise in geriatrics and dementia care innovation, co-mentor, Dr. Rebecca Sudore, a professor of medicine, leader in health literacy and advance care planning intervention development; and Dr. Christine Ritchie, geriatric palliative care researcher and leader in aging and complex serious illness.  


Daniel David, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. His research investigates older adults and their informal caregivers in the context of serious illness. He is particularly interested in technology-based interventions that improve caregiving, communication, palliative care, and advance care planning. 

David is the principal investigator of the PC-CRAFT Assisted Living Project (Palliative Care – Connecting Residents And Family through Technology), which uses video technology to support palliative care consultation between providers, residents of assisted living, and their informal caregivers. Prior to joining the faculty at NYU, David was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Systems at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing and a postdoctoral fellow in the VA Quality Scholar Program in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics. David received his PhD in nursing from Northeastern University, MS from the University of Colorado, and BSN from the University of Virginia.