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 and Expertise

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, Past member on Board of Directors, 2010-present
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA)

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications

Amador, T, Kruschke, C. (2016). Can the Care Dependency Scale Predict Falls in Older Adults in the Assisted Living Setting?  Geriatric Nursing.  

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.  Graduate Students and a Continuing Care Retirement Community: A Mutually Beneficial Endeavor, Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting. Orlando, FL.  Poster presentation.  November 18-22, 2015.

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Jiang J (PI), Likarish D (Co-I), Fultan S (Co-I), Mancuso R (Co-I), Amador T (Co-I).  A  Cybersecurity B.S. Program Design Integrating Human  Behavior Tools (Phase I) to Meet the Need of Underserved and Under-Utilized Students. ($254,071.92). NSA.

  • Likarish D (PI), Amador TK (Co-I), Jiang K (Co-I), Mancuso R (Co-I). Cyber Security Multi-Agency Collaboration for Rapid Response Phase II: Identification and Use of Psycho Metrics to Enhance Cyber Security Incident Response.” ($160,000) Awarded National Security Agency

  • Mancuso R (PI), Amador T (Co-I), Likarish D (Co-I), Jiang K (Co-I).  An Extensible Psychometric Metric Driven Curriculum Framework for Multi-Disciplinary CyberSecurity Educators. ($275,939.39). NSA.

  • Sponsored Projects Academic Research Council (SPARC) Award, Testing the Care Dependency Scale in the Long-Term Care Setting, Regis University, $1,600, 2010-2011


  • Faculty Advisor for HSA Student Research Award, Commencement, December 2012, Division of Health Services Administration, Regis University, December 15, 2012

Community Involvement and Service

Service to Students and University

  • Academic Advisor: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • Faculty Research Advisor: Graduate Students in the MS-HSA Program
  • Faculty Mentor: First Generation College Students

Service to Profession

  • Mentor, Women with a Cause Foundation (serving low-income, single women and their children)
  • Board Member, Women with a Cause Foundation (serving low-income, single women and their children)

Service to Community

  • 9Health Fair at Regis University and beyond
  • Project Homeless Connect Volunteer (clinical and administrative volunteerism)