Tracie Harrison

Tracie Harrison
BSN, MSN, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA Professor

NUR 4.157 | NUR 3.430

Nursing Research Tenured/Tenure Track
Chronic Disease/Disability Gerontology/Aging Women Health


Dr. Tracie Harrison received her BSN from The University of Texas at Austin and her MSN and FNP credentials from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She received her PhD from UT Austin where she focused on aging among people with childhood onset disabilities. Dr. Harrison was trained as a pre- and post-doctoral fellow in gerontological nursing through the Hartford Foundation. She also received training in health policy as a health and aging/APSA congressional policy fellow from the Atlantic Foundation and the Administration on Aging.

Dr. Harrison is actively involved in her community, where serves on the Capital Area Agency on Aging advisory board; as well as the steering committee for the ADRC for the capital area. She is a member of a National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine panel investigating Social Security and Disability.

Dr. Harrison’s own research has examined the intersection between age related change and impairment and its effect on social role performance and health outcomes. She is also examining the impact of the nursing home environment and quality on developmental outcomes of residents. She has received funding from multiple agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the John A Hartford Foundation, and the Texas Health & Human Services Commission.

Currently, Dr. Harrison is the director of the Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long Term Care. This center provides educational expertise in geriatric care to the state’s nursing and health professionals without cost to the user based on the latest expert findings from researchers throughout the Nation.