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Thomas Teasdale

Presidential Professor Emeritus

Thomas A Teasdale, DrPH, FGSA, FAGHE

Contact Information

Phone: (405) 271-8001, x46753 

Office: Hudson College of Public Health

801 Northeast 13th Street, Room 451 

Post Office Box 26901 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73126-0901 



Dr. Tom Teasdale is a health educator with 40 years in the fields of public health, geriatrics, and gerontology.  He retired from full-time University service in 2022 and returned as a volunteer part-time faculty member. He serves on several national committees, has developed many educational products for instruction in aging, and has authored over 60 publications/chapters.  He worked for nearly 20 years jointly at the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.  In 2003, he moved to Oklahoma to join the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Oklahoma Department of Geriatric Medicine.  At the VA, he led the Geriatrics and Extended Care Service education mission and served as the Oklahoma site leader for the VISN 16 Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC).  In the College of Medicine Geriatrics Department, he led the department’s education mission, was PI of the HRSA-funded Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center, was associate director of the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, and concluded as vice chairman of the Department.  In 2015, he moved to the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health where he served as chair of the Department of Health Promotion Sciences for six years.  His interests focus on evaluation of health care initiatives and workforce development with priority populations experiencing disparities.  He continues as co-PI of the University of Oklahoma GWEP ( and leads the evaluation efforts for several tribal health care initiatives.



  • Master Teacher Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, 1998–1999 
  • DrPH, Community Health, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 1994 
  • MPH, International Health, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 1983 
  • BA, Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, 1979 



  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society Oklahoma Community Leadership Council Chair, 2022
  • Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based linkages (ACICBL), Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, 2021
  • Presidential Professor, University of Oklahoma, 2020
  • Professor and Chair, Department of Health Promotion Sciences, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2015–2021 
  • Vice Chairman; Donald W Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 2012–2015 
  • Associate Director, Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, Donald W Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 2012–2015 
  • Director of Education; Donald W Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 2007–2015 
  • At-Large Member; South Central VA Health Care Network MIRECC Leadership Council. 2007–2013 
  • Director of Research; Donald W Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 2003–2007 
  • Core Investigator; South Central VA Health Care Network MIRECC. 2002–2013 
  • Medical Statistician; Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center & Geriatrics, Extended Care Service. 1991–2013 
  • Acting Administrative Officer; Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Geriatrics & Extended Care Service. 1995–1999 
  • Health Science Specialist; Houston Veterans Administration, Geriatrics & Extended Care Service. 1985–1991 
  • Computer Operations Analyst; Houston Veterans Administration, Research Service. 1983–1985 
  • Research Assistant; Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Houston. 1983–1984 
  • Research Technician II; Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center, Houston. 1982–1983 
  • Graduate Assistant; The University of Texas Epidemiology Research Unit. 1981–1982 



  • HPS 5383 Health and Illness in Old Age 
  • HPS 5543 Program Evaluation 
  • HPS 5980 Research for Master’s Thesis 
  • HPS 6943 Advanced Program Evaluation 
  • HPS 6953 Advanced Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences


Research Interests: 

  • Aging, Gerontology, and Public Health 
  • Health workforce development
  • Community health education programs 
  • Health disparities 
  • Chronic disease prevention and health promotion


Link to Dr. Teasdale's current publications

Select publications:

1.   ACCEPTED: Carroll, Leslie D. Carroll PhD, MPH; Wetherill, Marianna PhD, MPH, RDN-AP/LP; Teasdale, Thomas A DrPH; Salvatore, Alicia L DrPH, MPH. Community Health Improvement Plans: An Analysis of Approaches Used by Local Health Departments.  Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

2.   Campbell JE, Janitz AE, Kleszynski K, Dowers-Nichols C, Anderson AS, Dentino AN, Rubenstein LZ, Teasdale TA. Results from the 2013 Senior's Health Services Survey: Rural and Urban Differences. J Community Public Health Nurs. 2018;4(1):213. doi: 10.4172/2471-9846.1000213.

3.   Janis E. Campbell, Amanda E. Janitz, Thomas A. Teasdale, Claire Dowers-Nichols, Keith Kleszynski, Andrew N. Dentino & Laurence Z. Rubenstein (2018) Assessing Statewide Need for Older Adult Health Promotion Services: The Oklahoma Experience, Journal of Social Service Research, 44:2, 119-131, DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2018.1428922

4.   Teasdale TA, Mapes SA, Henley O, Lindsey J, Dillard D. Instructional Simulation Integrates Research, Education, and Practice. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. 37(1):62-80, 2016. UI: 26106812.

5.   Bass DA, Judge KS, Snow AL, Wilson NL, Morgan RO, Maslow K, Randazzo R, Moye JA, Odenheimer GL, Archambault E, Elbein R, Pirraglia P, Teasdale TA, McCarthy CA, Looman WJ Kunik ME.  PLoS Med.  A Controlled Trial of “Partners in Dementia Care:” Veteran Outcomes After 6 and 12 Months.  Alzheimer's Research & Therapy. 2014 Feb 28;6(1):9.