As a renown researcher, published author, and noted expert, Dr. Kori Novak is helping change the narrative around prison hospice and aging. Her deeply held passion for topics others would prefer to ignore — in part fueled by her own deeply personal experience — is driving both conversation and action to ensure that no one dies alone.
Dr. Novak’s unique expertise in gerontology combined with a broad range of executive level experience in elder care, hospice services, and healthcare strategy, has positioned her as an internationally sought after expert and lecturer in places such as Oxford University, University of Suffolk, the University of Budapest, Lisbon University, the University of Vienna and the University of Cardiff in Wales. In addition, she is often asked to speak at various international health care and correctional conferences in Asia, Australia, and Central Europe. Dr. Novak has been a guest eldercare and prison expert on various NPR and radio programs as well as on Dr. Oz and other television programs.
Dr. Novak's specialties include the manifestation of trauma in aging people, aging in the prison system, prison hospice and degenerative neurocognitive disease in aging inmates. She also focuses much of her research on the continuum of trauma into old age and the utilization of narrative medicine with underserved populations.
Dr. Novak was a member of the White House Council on Aging and volunteers as a conference program reviewer for the Gerontological Society of America. Along with her research and publication duties, she has served as CEO of Health and Human Services for the 2nd largest Tribe of Native Americans in California overseeing their Medical, Dental, Behavioral Health and Social Service programs. Today, she’s the CEO for a health project of 7 tribes in the eastern Sierra. She lives in Bishop, CA with the two loves of her life, her rescue dogs Abigail and Winston.
Novak, K. (2019). Topography of trauma:Fissures, distruptions and transfigurations. Ed. Schaub,
D., Linder, J.,Novak,K.,Yam, S., Zanini, C. Brill Publishing, UK. ISBN:978-90-04-40794-7.
Novak, K. (2016). Wenn Zeit ist alles, was Sie : Zeit , wie durch die eingesperr Bevölkerung
Erfahrene. Ed. Paletta,A., Schmidt,P., Duncan, D., Verlag Karl Alber. Collaborative with various
authors from University of Graz
Translated: When time is all you have: Time as experienced by the incarcerated population
Novak, K. (2015, Summer). How to recognize and manage neurological diseases of the aging.
Novak, K. (2015, July). The road to compassion. Business Woman , 5-6.
Correct Care , 20-27.
Novak, K. (2015, May). 10 Tips every caregiver should know. eBella, 61.
Novak, K. (2009). What makes a mother lie? America’s elder abuse is hidden. Valley Journals,
27 (3), 225-227.
Novak, K. (2009). Want to be heard in the healthcare policy debate? Here’s how. Utah Policy
Magazine , 110-114.
Novak, K. (2009). Survival tips for caregivers. Retrieved from http://www.thespectrum.com
Novak, K. (2006). Reducing cost through electronic health records & services. Compensation &
Benefits Magazine. 95-106.
Novak, K. (2006). A Young Woman’s Journey into Caregiving . Retrieved from
American Association for Cancer Research 2019
Plenary Speaker: Health Disparities in Rural California AIAN populations
Oxford International Conference on Health Care 2017
Invited Speaker: Narrative Medicine in Hospice Care
University of Lisbon: Lisbon Sociological Society 2017
Invited Speaker: Understanding the experience of Time for Hospice Patients
U.S. Administration for Child & Family Services 2017
Invited Key Impact Speaker: Healing after Trauma: A Tribal Perspective
World Congress on Geriatrics and Gerontology-Japan 2017
Invited Speaker: The Utilisation of Narrative Medicine in US Prison Hospices
US. Conference on Native American Health Care 2017
Invited Speaker: Understanding How Trauma Impacts Suicide Rates in Tribal Teens
National Indian Health Board: Federal Training
Invited Panalist: Trauma in Indian County 2017
Native Nations Events :
Invited Speaker: Working through Generational Trauma in Indian Country 2017
World Congress on Geriatrics and Gerontology-China 2016
Invited Speaker: Utilisation of Trauma Informed Care and Slow
Medicine in Prison Hospice
Canadian Society for Sociology of Health - Fifth Biennial Bilingual Conference 2016
Storytelling, Narrative Medicine and Prison Hospice
6th Annual Global Conference on Trauma 2016
Exploring the Continuum of Trauma
7th Annual Global Conference on Experiencing Prison 2016
Dying and Incarcerated: The Hospice Experience
British Sociological Association 2016
The Need for Narrative Medicine in International Prison Healthcare
Invited Speaker: Ageing in Prison: What do we do now? 2016
The Future of Healthcare- Nursing Conference 2016
The Ethical Implications of Slow Medicine
Association for Death Education and Counseling International Conference 2016
Aging and Dying while Incarcerated