School of Public Health

Dr. Thomas Fairchild

Associate Professor

Thomas Fairchild

Dr. Thomas Fairchild

Education & Experience:
I received my B.S. in management and an M.A. in sociology from Wayne State University. I completed my Ph.D. in sociology with a specialization in aging from Wayne State University. Prior to joining UNTHSC, I was a member of the faculty and chair at the Center for Studies in Aging at the University of North Texas.

Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
My primary interests are quality improvement, leadership, organizational culture, and strategic management. I have also done extensive work related to developing and implementing educational programs for faculty and staff related to leadership and strategic planning. I presently teach courses on leadership, strategic management and marketing, and health care quality management.

Professional Activities & Awards:
I am a member and have served on the boards and committees of numerous associations including the Assisted Living Federation of America, Leading Age (formally American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging), the Gerontological Society of America, Fort Worth Sister Cities International, and Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County, Inc. I was a member of the Kisco Senior Living Advisory Board and currently serve on the advisory committee for the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL). I received the Distinguished Service Award from Leading Age and I am a Fellow in the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Scholarly Interests:
I have been involved in the field of gerontology and health services management. My research has been sponsored by grants from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation; National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Administration on Aging, and various national and local foundations.
I was the Principal Investigator on a project funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation dealing with innovative delivery models related to transitions of care from skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, independent living, and home health to hospitals. I also have been involved in the development of the Geriatric Practice Leadership Institute in collaboration with faculty from the Neeley Business School and Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Texas Christian University. This project is supported by a grant from the Health Services and Resource Administration.

I was the Principal Investigator for the Texas Alzheimer’s Research Consortium (TARC) at UNTHSC. TARC is a state-funded collaboration between five of the state’s leading medical research institutions to improve early diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

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