Beverly K. Lunsford PhD, RN, FAAN

Co-director, Center for Aging, Health and Humanities
Assistant Professor

Beverly K. Lunsford, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an assistant professor at GW Nursing and co-director of the GW Center for Aging, Health and Humanities. She develops interprofessional collaborations for research, education and clinical innovations to improve care for older adults, their families and communities. 

Dr. Lunsford has led funded research to provide more comprehensive and continuous care for older adults and their families, including creating innovative online curricula, Geriatric Education Utilizing a Palliative Care Framework that integrates geriatrics, gerontology and palliative care; teaching a person-centered approach to care; and using interactive education and creative arts. Other research has focused on meaningfulness for older adults in long term care, community resources and support services, and reducing isolation for homebound seniors. 

The impact of her work is exemplified by interprofessional learning communities that integrate geriatrics and palliative care. The learners experience more positive attitudes about aging and care of older adults; and they appreciate the strengths and resilience of older adults, as well as the impact of socio-environmental factors on health and wellbeing. 

Dr. Lunsford serves on several professional organizations, including the American Nurses Association (ANA), Sigma Theta Tau International and the Gerontological Society of America. She is Director of Research for Health Ministries Association (HMA), and she is on the committee to update Faith Community Nurses Scope and Standards for Professional Practice, a joint publication of ANA and HMA.

  • Inducted as a Fellow — American Academy of Nursing (2016)
  • Lunsford, B.; Lupu, D.; et al (2016). DCOA 2016 Needs Assessment. Washington, DC: DC Office on Aging, Funding: $100,000. 
  • Lunsford, B. (PI) (2016). Reducing Isolation for Seniors. AARP, Funding $40,000. 
  • Lunsford, B. (PI), Manfredi, R. (CoPI). Advance Care Planning in the ER.
  • Catholic University of America, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (1994)
  • University of Kansas, Master of Nursing (1980)
  • Marymount College, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1974)
  • Lunsford, B.; Lupu, D.; et al (2016). DCOA 2016 Needs Assessment. Washington, DC: DC Office on Aging.
  • Lunsford, B. & Janes, D. (2015). Engaging Older Adults to Build Social Capital. GSTF Journal of Nursing and Health Care (JNHC), 3(25). (Print ISSN: 2315-4330, E-Periodical ISSN: 2315-4349).
  • Lunsford, B. and Wilson, L. (2015). Assessing your patients' risk for falling. American Nurse Today 10(7): 29-31. 
  • Lunsford, B. & Breisch, A. (2015).  Making a Spiritual Assessment, 1.0 Contact Hours for CE249-60. Evidence-Based Practice Continuing Education offering for Advanced Practice Nursing, Nurse.Com. OnCourse Learning. Available at: 
  • Lunsford, B. (2014). I May Be Old and Sick, But I Am Still a Person. In Alive and Kicking at All Ages: Cultural Constructions of Health and Life Course Identity. Maierhofer, R. and Ulla, Kriebernegg Eds. Austria: Center for Inter-American Studies, University of Graz. 
  • Lunsford, B. (2014). Quality of life for older adults with serious, chronic illness. Forum on Public Policy at:
  • Sheingold, Brenda Helen; Warson, Elizabeth; Lunsford, Beverly; and Pintz, Christine (2014) Using Art Therapy Techniques for Team Building in Distance Education Doctor of Nursing Practice Student Cohorts. Journal of Interprofessional Healthcare 1(1), Article 4.
  • Lunsford, B. (2013). Religion, Spirituality, and Culture in Advance Care Planning. In S. McCune & L. Rogne, (Eds); Advance Care Planning: Communicating About Matters of Life and Death. New York: Springer Publishing Company.