Bios of Current Members

Nathalie I. H. Wellens, SLP, PhD
Post-doc Fellow

email nathalie.wellens(at)

Dr. Nathalie Wellens is currently a post-doc fellow at the Geriatrics center and Institute for Gerontology of the University of Michigan, USA and affiliated post-doc fellow at the Center for Health Services and Nursing Research at the KULeuven, Belgium. She received her PhD in 2012 from the School of Public Health, KULeuven Belgium. Her PhD research focused on the psychometric properties (e.g. validity, reliability, responsiveness) of the interRAI Acute Care instrument.

Her research topics of interest are high-quality patient data integrated in electronic health records as a basis for care planning, continuity of care, and quality improvement. Further, her research involves the nation-wide implementation and simultaneous use of various interRAI instruments in multiple care settings for older persons (e.g. hospitals, nursing homes, home care organizations) based on internet-based software. She coordinated nation-wide pilot studies, commissioned by the government, testing the feasibility of the interRAI Acute Care instrument in Belgian hospitals. Current projects study the predictive value of existing case mix systems for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) of various US states as compared to the interRAI RUG system.

Dr. Wellens was appointed as an Associate Fellow of interRAI in 2013. She is a member of the interRAI Network of Excellence for Acute Care (iNEAC) and is part of the Acute Care Working Group and the Emergency Department Working Group.

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