University of Nebraska Medical Center

Tamara L. Braley, PhD, AGPCNP-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor, UNMC College of Nursing


Tami Braley, PhD, AGPCNP-BC is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. She received her bachelor's Degree from UNMC CON-Omaha Division, her master's degree from UNMC CON-Omaha Division, and PhD degree in Nursing Science from UNMC CON-Omaha Division. Her clinical background includes medical-surgical nursing, gerontology nursing, research coordinator, gastrointestinal oncology research. She teaches graduate courses in the Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP program. Her qualitative dissertation investigated the rural spousal caregiver's experience with personal health promotion while caregiving for a person living with moderate to severe dementia. Dr. Braley's research interests are to improve the rural caregiver's quality of life and well-being with contextually sensitive health promotion interventions that enhance their physical health and support their emotional health.
  • 1998, BSN, UNMC
  • 2014, MSN, UNMC
  • 2023, PhD, UNMC
Research Interests
  • Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease
  • Informal Caregiver Health
  • Informal Caregiver Health Promotion
  • Rural Context
  • Informal Caregiver Self-Management
  • Braley, T., Eisenhauer, C., & Rowland, S. A. (2022). Interventions for rural caregiver health: An integrative review. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 15(2), 101–108. https://doi.org/10.3928/19404921-20220204-01
  • Liu, A. K., Possin, K. L., Cook, K. M., Lynch, S., Dulaney, S., Merrilees, J. J., Braley, T., Kiekhofer, R. E., Bonasera, S. J., Allen, I. E., Chiong, W., Clark, A. M., Feuer, J., Ewalt, J., Guterman, E. L., Gearhart, R., Miller, B. L., & Lee, K. P. (2022). Effect of collaborative dementia care on potentially inappropriate medication use: Outcomes from the Care Ecosystem randomized clinical trial. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. https://doi.org/10.1002/alz.12808
  • Manivannan, M., Heunis, J., Hooper, S. M., Bernstein Sideman, A., Lui, K. P., Braley, T. L., Possin, K. L., & Chiong, W. (2022). Use of telephone-and internet-based support to elicit and address financial abuse and mismanagement in dementia: Experiences from the Care Ecosystem Study. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 86(1), 219–229. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-215284
  • Sideman, A. B., Merrilees, J., Dulaney, S., Kiekhofer, R., Braley, T., Lee, K., Chiong, W., Miller, B., Bonasera., S. J., & Possin, K. L. (2023). “Out of the clear blue sky she tells me she loves me.”: Connection experiences between caregivers and people with dementia. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.18297
  • Manley, N. A., Bayen, E., Braley, T. L., Merrilees, J., Clark, A. M., Zylstra, B., Schaffer, M., Bayen, A. M., Possin, K. L., Miller, B. L., Schenk, A. K., & Bonasera, S. J. (2020). Long-term digital device-enabled monitoring of functional status: Implications for management of persons with Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's & Dementia (New York, N. Y.), 6(1), e12017. https://doi.org/10.1002/trc2.12017
  • Merrilees J., Bernstein A., Dulaney S., Heunis J., Walker R., Rah E., Choi J., Gawlas K., Carroll S., Ong P., Feuer J., Braley T., Clark A., Lee K., Chiong W., Bonasera S., Miller B., Possin K. (2020) The Care Ecosystem: Promoting self-efficacy among dementia family caregivers. Dementia, 19(6):1955-1973. doi:10.1177/1471301218814121
  • Possin, K. L., Merrilees, J. J., Dulaney, S., Bonasera, S. J., Chiong, W., Lee, K., Hooper, S. M., Allen, I. E., Braley, T., Bernstein, A., Rosa, T. D., Harrison, K., Begert-Hellings, H., Kornak, J., Kahn, J. G., Naasan, G., Lanata, S., Clark, A. M., Chodos, A., Gearhart, R., … Miller, B. L. (2019). Effect of collaborative dementia care via telephone and internet on quality of life, caregiver well-being, and health care use: The Care Ecosystem randomized clinical trial. JAMA Internal Medicine, 179(12), 1658–1667. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.4101
  • Bernstein, A., Harrison, K., Dulaney, S., Merrilees, J., Bowhay, A., Heunis, J., Choi, J., Feuer, J., Clark, A., Chiong, W., Lee, K., Braley, T., Bonasera, S., Ritchie, C., Dohan, D., Miller, B., & Possin, K. (2019). The role of care navigators working with people with dementia and their caregivers. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 71(1), 45–55. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-180957
  • Zylstra B; Netscher G; Jacquemot J; Schaffer M; Shen G; Bowhay AD; Braley TL; Possin KL; Miller BL; Bayen AM; Bonasera SJ; Schenk AK, (2018). Extended, continuous measures of functional status in community dwelling persons with Alzheimer's and related dementia: Infrastructure, performance, tradeoffs, preliminary data, and promise. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 300, 59-67. doi:10.1016/j.jneumeth.2017.08.034
  • Possin, K.L., Merrilees, J., Bonasera, S.J., Bernstein, A., Chiong, W., Lee, K., Wilson, L., Hooper, S.M., Dulaney, S., Braley, T., Laohavanich, S., Feuer, J.E., Clark, A.M., Schaffer, M.W., Schenk, A.K., Heunis, J, Ong, P., Cook, K.M., Bowhay, A.D. & Gearhart, R., (2017). Development of an adaptive, personalized, and scalable dementia care program: Early findings from the Care Ecosystem. PLoS Med14(3): e1002260. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002260
  • Balas M., Buckingham R., Braley T., Saldi S., Vasilevskis E. (2013). Extending the ABCDE bundle to the post- intensive care unit setting. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 39(8) 39-51. doi:10.3928/00989134-20130530-06
  • 2023, MNRS, Member
  • 2023, Sigma Theta Tau-Gamma Pi Chapter, Member
  • 2023, Rural Nurse Organization, Member
  • 2023, American Nursing Association, Member