Dr. Luz is a tenure track assistant professor in the Geriatrics and Gerontology Program. She came to the department from the position of director of research education and outreach for the MSU College of Human Medicine’s Office of Research.
Her primary area of research is in long-term care health services. Funded research has focused on the direct care workforce including labor conditions, motivations for job selection and tenure, and national/statewide training demonstration projects related to adult abuse and neglect, dining assistance, and personal care aide competencies. Additional areas of interest include aspects of functional health and long-term care that have an impact on optimal aging for vulnerable older adults such as falls and assistive devices, dementia, hospice and palliative care, nursing homes, person-environment fit, and the intersection of art, culture and medicine
Dr. Luz is also involved in a university-wide project, Advancing Diversity through the Alignment of Policies and Practices [ADAPP], which is funded by the National Science Foundation. Her research includes collaborations with bioengineer faculty members in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Luz earned her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University and her doctorate in applied gerontology from the University of Wisconsin.
She was awarded the 2012 Harry J. Kelley award given annually by the Michigan Society of Gerontology (MSG) to honor outstanding practitioners in the field of aging who have provided significant leadership in support of the elderly on a local, state, and national level; and who exemplify integrity in their profession. In addition to receiving the Kelley Award, she was recently by Governor Rick Snyder to the Governor’s Long-Term Care Supports and Services Taskforce.