Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Social Work, University of Houston, 2007
  • M.S.W., Social Work, University of Oklahoma, 2002
  • B.A., Sociology, Pepperdine University, 1999

Certifications & Expertise

Clinical Certifications

  • Licensed Social Worker, State of Colorado

Professional Memberships

  • First Generation College Student Mentoring Program, Mentor, Appointed 2012-present
  • Seniors Resource Center, Volunteer Services Advisory Council, Chair, 2014
  • Women with a Cause Foundation, Regis University Liaison, Appointed, 2010-present
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA)

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

Care Dependency Scale
Eden and Non-Eden Alternative Nursing Facilities
Falls in Older Adults

Recent Publications

Kruschke, C., & Amador, T. (2011). The relationship between trunk strength and falls in older adults. Supporting Innovations in Gerontological Nursing (SIGN), National Gerontological Nursing Association. 18(5): 9-11.

Recent Presentations

Amador, T. Consultancy as a Form of Service Learning in an Applied, Geriatric Focused Capstone Project. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Denver, CO.  Poster. February 27-March 2, 2014.

Kruschke, C. & Amador, T., Malhotra, J. & Steffen, T.  Testing the Care Dependency Scale in the Long Term Care Setting, 55th Annual Western Social Sciences Conference, Denver, CO. April 10-13, 2013.

Romeo, J., & Amador, T.K.  Older Adults’ Internet Usage for Healthcare Related Information, Gerontological Society of America, Annual Scientific Meeting, San Diego, CA. November 17, 2012.

Gilbert, M., Jarrett, S., Scherer, S., Pennington, K., Fuller, S., Riccheti, C., Gorman, I., & Amador, T.  Embracing Complexity by Advancing the Value of Faculty Practice through Interprofessional Collaboration among a College for Health Professions, an Alternative High School for Students with Special Circumstances, and a Community Based Care Agency for Underserved Populations, American Association of Colleges of Nursing Pre-Conference, Naples, FL. January 26, 2012.

Kruschke, C.A., Amador, T.K., Malhotra, J.V., & Steffen, T.M. Testing the Care Dependency Scale in the Long Term Care Setting. 22nd Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Multidisciplinary Research & Evidence-Based Practice Symposium, March 2011.

Amador, T.K. Self-Care Practices of Geriatric Social Workers. Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2009.

Amador, T.K. The Role of Spirituality in Healthy Aging for Geriatric Social Workers and Their Patients. Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2009.

Edge-Boyd, S.K., & Amador, T.K. Educational Needs of Social Workers. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, November 2009.

Awards & Recognition

  • Faculty Advisor for HSA Student Research Award, Commencement, December 2012, Division of Health Services Administration, Regis University, December 15, 2012
  • Sponsored Projects Academic Research Council (SPARC) Award, Testing the Care Dependency Scale in the Long-Term Care Setting, Regis University, $1,600, 2010-2011