Jo-Ana Chase, PhD, APRN-BC, is a postdoctoral research fellow working with Dr. Kathy Bowles.  Dr. Chase’s clinical experiences as a cardiology nurse practitioner inspired her interest in the management of chronic disease among older people. She is especially interested in physical activity behavior and physical function in this population. Her program of research focuses on the impact of activity on older adults’ health and physical function and physical activity behavior change. During her doctoral program, she conducted a meta-analysis to examine the effectiveness of interventions designed to increase physical activity behavior among older adults. Currently, she is examining predictors of functional trajectories and exploring clinical practices and interventions to reduce functional decline among older adults. Dr. Chase was the recipient of both a National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Patricia G. Archbold Scholar award and a NRSA Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing.