The Pact4 Interprofessional Collaborative Team



Principal Investigator

kkKatherine Lindgren, PhD, RN
Professor Emeritus

Dr. Kay Lindgren received her PhD from the Medical College of Georgia in 1997 after earning her Master of Science Degree from Georgia State University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Troy State University in 1982. She is currently a UC Foundation Professor for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing. During her time with the UTC School of Nursing, Dr. Lindgren has obtained numerous grants and outside funding to help support the advancement of nursing education at the University. Her latest achievements include numerous federal grants she submitted and received for the School of Nursing at UTC. The Nurse Education, Practice and Retention Grant is designed to help maintain and support the Gateway RN to BSN Program at UTC. The Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant is designed to help increase diversity within the nursing profession. The BEE A NURSE Grant designed to increase student enrollment within the nursing program and the Get Healthy Grant designed to to develop greater awareness and care of the underserved and high-risk population of Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI). In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Lindgren also serves as Chair on the Board at Memorial Hospital as well as numerous committees. Dr. Lindgren retired in 2009 from the Armed Forces as a Captain in the United States Navy Reserves.


SON Director

kkChris Smith, PhD, APN, FNP-BC

Dr. Chris Smith received her PhD from East Tennessee State University in 2006 after earning her Master of Science Degree from UT Chattanooga in 1997. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Vanderbilt University in 1976. She is currently the Interim Director as well as UC Foundation Professor and FNP Coordinator for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing. She was recently awarded the Mary B. Jackson Professorship. During her time with the UTC School of Nursing, Dr. Smith has obtained numerous grants to help support the advancement of nursing education at the University. Her latest achievements include numerous HRSA federal grants she submitted and received for the School of Nursing at UTC. These grants include the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Nursing Students, AENT UTC Advanced Education Traineeships 2012, PACT 4 Interprofessional Geriatric Care (ANE), and the Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Approach for Geriatric Education Strategies (IPCP-AGES) (NEPQR) In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Smith also serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees at Girls’ Preparatory School as well as serving on numerous university and community committees. 


Project Director

KKJoanie Jackson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
DNP Coordinator 
Assistant Professor 
Telephone: (423) 425-4724

Dr. Jackson joined the UTC School of Nursing (SON) faculty in January 2011 as Assistant Professor. In summer 2011, she was appointed DNP Program Coordinator. As Coordinator, she currently teaches in the DNP Program, serves as Chair for more than 15 Student Translational Projects, and represents the DNP Program in the SON Graduate Committee and the UTC Graduate Council. Dr. Jackson is Project Director for the PACT 4 HRSA Grant to enhance Interprofessional Geriatric Education for Family Nurse Practitioner students in the SON.


Faculty Coordinator

Heather Stanfield

Heather Stanfield, MSN, APN, FNP-BC
Telephone: (423) 425-4050

Heather Stanfield is the Faculty Coordinator for the Providing Advanced, Culturally Competent Care through Clinical Training (PACT 4) for Interprofessional Geriatric Care Grant at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s School of Nursing. Heather received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing in 2004. Heather is a licensed and credentialed Family Nurse Practitioner with 9 years primary care clinical experience treating patients across the lifespan. Her UTC’s School of Nursing faculty roles have included oversight of clinical practices of FNP students within their final practicum and faculty lecturer in the Gateway program. In addition, Heather has served as the Research Assistant for the Multicenter Othropaedics Outcomes Network with Vanderbilt University Sports Medicine.


Representing Physical Therapy

Heather Stanfield

Nancy Fell, Ph.D., P.T., N.C.S.

UC Foundation Associate Professor

Dr. Fell is a UC Foundation Associate Professor and graduate faculty member in the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is a board-certified specialist in neurologic physical therapy. Dr. Fell received a Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from St. Louis University and a Master’s of Health Science degree from Washington University, St. Louis. Her PhD was completed at the University of Tennessee with a concentration in motor control and learning and a minor in gerontology. Dr. Fell maintains a clinical practice at Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation in Chattanooga, TN.


Representing Athletic Training

Heather Stanfield

Marisa A. Colston, Ph.D., ATC

UC Foundation Professor of Health and Human Performance

Dr. Colston joined the UTC faculty in 1999, as an assistant professor in the Post-Professional Athletic Training Program. Dr. Colston was appointed as the Program Director of the Professional Graduate Athletic Training Education Program (GATEP) at its inception in 2001. She has led the GATEP through two successful accreditations, with the most recent (2009) resulting in zero non-compliance issues for a maximum 10-year accreditation cycle. Dr. Colston has been a recipient of the UTC Student Government Most Outstanding Professor Award, an NATA Service Award, and was recently promoted to full professor. Her research focuses on lumbar spine injury prevention as well as the ethical and professional aspects of athletic training. She is an active participant in Athletes in Action, including a trip to Guatemala and participation in monthly videoconferences with orthopedic surgeons for the Professional Soccer League in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Faith, family and friends, and students are her highest priorities and are therefore her favorite pastimes. She is married to Jon, who is a musician and business owner and they have a son, Alexander.


Representing Athletic Training

Heather Stanfield

Gary Wilkerson, Ed.D.

UC Foundation Associate Professor



Representing the College of Medicine

Heather Stanfield

Mukta Panda, MD, FACP

University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga




Representing Medical Anthropology

Heather Stanfield

Zibin Guo, Ph.D.
Medical Anthropologist

Dr. Zibin Guo is a UC Foundation Professor of Anthropology specializing in cross-cultural medicine and healing; complementary medicine, community health, cross-cultural gerontology; culture & disability studies. Before Dr. Guo joined University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, he served as lecturer at Harvard Medical School, and the director of Clinical Studies at New England School of Acupuncture. He received the Ph.D. degree in Anthropology from University of Connecticut in 1994. In 2008, the wheelchair Tai Chi program he developed was debut at 2008 Paralympics. Since then it has not only became a part of national health promotion programs in China, but it also has been adapted in various rehab and self-care settings throughout the world.


Representing Social Work


Heather Stanfield

Alison Wehunt, M.Ed., MSW

Instructor of Social Work

Alison Wehunt is originally from Maui, HI. She moved to Tennessee and received her undergraduate degree in Social Work, then a Masters Degree in Education, both from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She later received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Southern Adventist University. Alison is the Liaison for Southern Adventist University with the Pact 4 Program. She works as a Geriatric Social Worker for Alexian Brothers Community Services PACE program.


Representing Anatomy


Heather Stanfield

Larry J. Tillman, Ph.D

UC Foundation Professor



Representing Nutrition


Dr. Charlene E. Schmidt, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor

I am a registered dietitian and have served in the field in the clinical nutrition area, specifically with the elderly population and older adult, since 1989. Since 2003 I have been a full time faculty member in an Assistant, Associate and tenured position. My area of expertise is in the medical nutritional therapy of adults and individuals throughout the life cycle and this includes patients and clients with Overweight and Obesity along with other comorbidities. My research background is in the area of Motivational Interviewing and Counseling skills along with best practices in teaching/learning. Currently I am a full time faculty member at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga since fall 2013.


Representing Research Psychology


Heather Stanfield

Amanda Clark, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Amanda Clark is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology department. She is interested in studying attention-related errors of everyday living and her work focuses on the development of assessments that are ecologically valid and clinically relevant. In her research, she continues to study healthy younger and older adults as well as individuals who experience executive dysfunction due to a traumatic brain injury or stroke. Dr. Clark integrates her research in the courses she teaches, primarily Psychology of Aging, Physiological Psychology, Advanced Seminar in Psychological Processes and Cognitive Aging and Assessment



Community Partnerships

Interprofessional & Community Partner Resources:

The SON will partner with a number of interprofessional and community entities during the course of this proposed project. The partners will contribute the following invaluable resources to the project.

UT College of Medicine: The UT College of Medicine is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the Colleges GME programs are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This project will work with Internal Medicine Residents and medical students in rotations at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga, located adjacent to the UTC campus. The UT College of Medicine Chattanooga’s primary clinical training site is the Erlanger Health System.

Southern Adventist University (SAU) School of Social Work: SAU is a fully-accredited, private university offering certificates, baccalaureate degrees, and master’s degrees. SAU’s Master’s program in Social Work will be an interprofessional partner. SAU’s MSW program enrolls cohorts of 75 students annually in its hybrid online / F2F learning sessions. A representative from the MSW program will serve on the PACT Coalition and coordinate implementation of PACT learning materials into existing program coursework.

UTC Department of Physical Therapy: The UTC Department of Physical Therapy has over 105 students enrolled in its Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education and boasts an active clinical education and research program. The Department operates the H. Carey Hanlin Motional Analysis Laboratory, a state-of-the-art computer imaging laboratory that facilitates research on a wide spectrum of topics including: Spine, running, golf, and footwear biomechanics; clinical gait analysis; orthopedic surgery techniques; orthotics,
prosthetics, and orthopedic bracing; and pharmaceutical interventions.

UTC Athletic Training Program: UTC offers a CAATE-accredited, graduate Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) in the Department of Health and Human Performance. Students graduate with a Master of Science in Athletic Training upon completion of the program. This full-time, two-year academic program provides athletic training students with an effective blend of evidence-based didactic information, clinical experiences for skill and theory integration, and clinical epidemiology-based research. Additionally, the program emphasizes advanced theoretical, clinical and research skills essential for working with the physiological, and biomechanical aspects of health promotion, illness, and performance of physically active populations.

Erlanger and Memorial Health Care Systems: Erlanger Health System is one of the Southeast's premier teaching hospitals and a recognized leader in healthcare and technology. The main Baroness Erlanger Campus is a critical access hospital, and Erlanger North includes a Gero-Psych unit which is a model program for interprofessional learning & practice. Memorial Health Care System operates 2 acute care hospitals, a satellite outpatient imaging center and 38 affiliated clinics. This advanced medical facility employs more than 4,000 associates, 500 volunteers, and 700 physicians across 10 campuses and clinics. Both health care systems serve large numbers of seniors and operate community-based clinics serving low-income, mostly-minority seniors. UTC will partner with both Erlanger and
Memorial Health Care Systems to help identify and implement interprofessional health promotion and outreach to the geriatric population.

Chattanooga Housing Authority: The Chattanooga Housing Authority (CHA) oversees numerous public housing developments, including the Mary Walker Towers complex. This community includes 153 housing units and is home to 150 low-income, mostly-minority seniors and individuals with disabilities. CHA has a rich history of promoting safety and wellness among residents and will partner with project staff to host community-based experiential learning activities that will serve residents.