Joel G. Anderson, PhD, CHTP, is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee College of Nursing. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and a certificate in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice from the University of Michigan. Joel completed a T32-funded postdoctoral research fellowship in the conduct of clinical research at the Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies at the University of Virginia.
He is the President and the Research Director of Healing Beyond Borders, the international education and certification organization for Healing Touch. Joel is an active member of the International Dementia Scholars Collaborative, the Gerontological Society of America, and the International Family Nursing Association. He is a member of the Kappa Omicron Nu honor society and the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Integrative Medicine & Therapy. He also serves as a peer reviewer for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, the Tri-Services Nursing Research Program, and the Wellcome Trust. Joel is editor of the International Family Nursing Association blog.
Recently, Joel was named one of the Top 20 nursing professors on Twitter. In 2014, he was named one of the 100 Inspiring Nursing Professors to Watch by the Online LPN to RN blog. In 2012, he was an invited fellow at the 12th Annual Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials sponsored by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health, and the 6th Annual Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplements Research Practicum sponsored by the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health.
Joel’s research program focuses on non-pharmacological interventions for symptom management and caregiver support, with an emphasis on dementia care. This focus includes an exploration of the psychosocial impacts of dementia caregiving in an effort to develop tailored intervention strategies to alleviate caregiver burden. He is currently involved in several studies to examine family quality of life in dementia and to ascertain issues related to caregiver burden and support, including the use of social media as part of and a window into the family caregiving experience. Additionally, Joel collaborates with nursing researchers at the Inova Health System in Northern Virginia on several projects involving the effects of Healing Touch on patient-centered outcomes in the acute care setting, as well as the impact of Healing Touch training on nursing practice and resilience.
He has published over 45 peer-reviewed articles in numerous academic journals, including Research in Gerontological Nursing, the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Brain Research, the Journal of Holistic Nursing, Holistic Nursing Practice, and the Journal of Family Nursing.