Terry Fulmer, President

Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the President of The John A Hartford Foundation (JAHF) in New York City, a foundation dedicated to improving the care of older adults.  Founded in 1929, the Foundation has a current endowment of $565 million and is world renowned for philanthropy devoted exclusively to the health of older adults. As President, Dr. Fulmer serves as the chief strategist and spokesperson for advancing the Foundation’s mission.

Dr. Fulmer’s previous roles demonstrate her dedication to the advancement of intraprofessional science, education and practice that improves the health of older adults. She most recently served as Distinguished Professor and Dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences & Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University.  Prior to that she was the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing and founding Dean of New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing.  She has also held faculty appointments at Columbia University, where she held the Anna Maxwell Chair in Nursing as well as appointments at Boston College, Yale University, and the Harvard University Division on Aging. In addition, she has also served as a visiting professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and Case Western University.

Nationally and internationally recognized as a leading expert in geriatrics, Dr. Fulmer is best known for her research on the topic of elder abuse and neglect, which has been funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute for Nursing Research.  She has held clinical positions delivering patient care at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital, and NYU-Langone Medical Center and she is an attending, senior nurse at the Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Dr. Fulmer is a Fellow at the American Academy of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America, and the New York Academy of Medicine where she served as vice-chair.  She also served as the first nurse on the board of the American Geriatrics Society and was the first nurse to serve as president of the Gerontological Society of America.

Dr. Fulmer received her bachelor's degree from Skidmore College, her master's and doctoral degrees from Boston College, and her Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate from New York University.  Additionally, she completed a Brookdale National Fellowship and is a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice.

Dr. Fulmer’s additional board and organization affiliations include being an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and she is a Trustee for the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Clark Foundation and the Bassett Healthcare System.  She previously served as the Chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program and held board positions at Skidmore College, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee for the Veterans Administration and the Advisory Board for Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Nursing.