Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine

Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging

Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship (CIBS), Center for Critical Illness

VA Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center (GRECC)

Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Faculty

Professional Highlights

John F. Schnelle, Ph.D. has been the principal investigator on 9 NIH clinical trial intervention grants designed to improve care and management in nursing homes and has received awards for his outstanding contributions to behavior therapy. Dr. Schnelle has published extensively in the areas of quality control in institutional settings and quality of life issues in the frail elderly, with over 200 publications. In addition to this research, Dr. Schnelle has over 30 years of experience in clinical care and staff management in nursing homes. His most recent research has focused on the staffing requirements needed to implement care processes in nursing homes that improve resident outcomes and in developing a standardized measurement system needed to meaningfully implement quality improvement activities in long-term care.


Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging
2147 Belcourt Ave., Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37212

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PhD, Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
BA, Psychology, Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana