Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN

Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN


Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the President of the John A Hartford Foundation in New York City, a foundation dedicated to improving the care of older adults.  Founded in 1929, the Foundation has a current endowment of $565 million and is world renowned for philanthropy devoted exclusively to the health of older adults. She serves as the chief strategist for Foundation and was recently recognized for her leadership as one of the top 50 Influencers in Aging by PBS’s Next Avenue, the premier digital publication dedicated to covering issues for older Americans.

She previously served as Distinguished Professor and Dean of the Bouve College of Health Sciences & Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University, and prior as the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing and founding Dean of the New York University College of Nursing. She received her bachelor's degree from Skidmore College, her master's and doctoral degrees from Boston College and her Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate from New York University. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).

Dr. Fulmer is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading expert in geriatrics and is best known for her research on the topic of elder abuse and neglect which has been funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute for Nursing Research.  She is a trustee for the Josiah Macy Jr Foundation, the Clark Foundation and the Bassett Healthcare System. She previously served as the Chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program, and held board positions at Skidmore College, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee for the Veterans Administration and the Advisory Board for Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Nursing.

She has received many prestigious awards and invitations for named lectureships from noted universities.  She has held faculty appointments at Columbia University, where she held the Anna Maxwell Chair in Nursing, and she has also held appointments at Boston College, Yale University, and the Harvard Division on Aging.   She has also served as a visiting professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and Case Western University.

Dr. Fulmer is dedicated to the advancement of intraprofessional science, education and practice that advances the health of older adults. Her clinical appointments have included the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, the Massachusetts General Hospital, and the NYU-Langone Medical Center. She is an attending nurse and senior nurse in the Munn Center for Nursing Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America, and the New York Academy of Medicine where she served as vice-chair.  She completed a Brookdale National Fellowship and is a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice. She has served as the first nurse on the board of the American Geriatrics Society and as the first nurse to serve as president of the Gerontological Society of America.

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