The M. Powell Lawton Award

2012 Recipient:

Cornelia Beck, PhD, RN, FAAN


Cornelia Beck is a professor and the Louise Hearn Chair in Dementia and Long-Term Care Research in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine's Department of Geriatrics; and an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Nursing, and the College of Public Health. She is also the co-director of the UAMS Harford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence and the UAMS Translational Research Institute.


Over the past 30 years, Dr. Beck's research has led to numerous innovations in gerontological treatment, practice and service. Her research focuses on developing non-drug interventions to alleviate problem behaviors and promote functional independence in persons with dementia. More recently, she has worked on strategies to improve best practices in long-term care settings. 


Dr. Beck has served as a mentor to pre-and-post-doctoral students and faculty from multiple disciplines across the country. She is a previous winner of GSA's Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research, the National Gerontological Nursing Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Alzheimer's Association Maureen Regan Award.