Frances (Fran) Valentine has been named the director of operations for the Indiana University (IU) Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute.
Valentine is an experienced administrator with skills in federal grants administration, budget management and reporting.
Most recently, Valentine was the senior director of research analysis and engagement at the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. While there, she oversaw the production of labor market information, workforce studies and data research. Prior to that role, she worked at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
Valentine will be responsible for the operational management of the center. Her role includes supervising and mentoring research staff and managing center administration and project functions.
“Fran is an excellent fit for our organization,” said Susan Hickman, PhD, director of the IU Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief. “Her talents in research operations and managing large-scale initiatives will strengthen the foundation for our rapidly growing portfolio of aging research.”
Faculty and staff within the center develop, test and implement innovative strategies to improve care and quality of life for older adults. Innovations coming from the center include the first randomized controlled trial to test the impact of deprescribing a common class of medicines linked to dementia, as well as the OPTIMISTIC program, a care model that reduces avoidable trips to the hospital for people living in nursing homes.
Valentine earned a master of library and information science from the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI. She also has her undergraduate degree from IUPUI.