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Christopher P Mulrooney M.P.S., Ph.D.

Christopher P Mulrooney M.P.S., Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer, Florida Medical Practice Plan, Inc.
Assistant Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs
Assistant Professor, Department of Geriatrics
Main Campus

Job Description

Joining the College of Medicine in August 2010, Dr. Mulrooney assists the College in developing partnerships with health care providers across the state for establishing new physician residencies and other clinical programs, with a special focus on long-term and continuing care service providers. As COO of the Faculty Practice Plan (Florida Medical Practice Plan, Inc.), he oversees the operations of a 501(c)3 not-for-profit medical practice within the College that enables faculty to maintain clinical competence, fulfill certification requirements, share expertise with other health care providers, and serve as clinical teacher for students and resident physicians . As Assistant Dean for GME, he helps establish and maintain the affiliations between the College and its participating clinical sites at which sponsored residency training programs take place, consulting as needed with existing GME programs on the organizational needs and tools that will enable programs to meet ACGME competencies and comply with ACGME requirements.

In his faculty role within the Department of Geriatrics, Dr. Mulrooney's responsibilities include developing new models of geriatric medical practice in independent living, assisted care, and skilled nursing settings; establishing community partnerships with aging service providers for mutually beneficial practice, research, and teaching opportunities for faculty and students; participating in medical and graduate student education; and assisting with the coordination of gerontological education across all College of Medicine departments and across the University.


Prior to his academic career, Dr. Mulrooney spent 30 years in direct service, administrative, consulting, and executive roles in health care and aging services. His prior positions include serving as a Division Vice President and CEO of not-for-profit senior living and health care services organizations in Florida and Michigan, as a Leadership Development and Management Consultant for health care executives at a Boston-based global consulting firm, and as a Skilled Nursing Facility Administrator in Rhode Island.

Dr. Mulrooney has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Aging and Society, Human Services Administration, and Research Methods in Counseling at Rhode Island College, St. Joseph College (Connecticut), and Spring Arbor University (Michigan), as well as conducted dozens of executive and manager training sessions on performance improvement. Throughout the course of his career, Dr. Mulrooney has integrated and focused his direct service, administrative, teaching, and research efforts on improving the quality of health care for older adults via organizational and individual interventions that increase person-centered behaviors at the point of service.


B.S. (cum laude), Gerontology, University of Southern California

M.P.S., Gerontological Services Administration, New School for Social Research (New York, NY)

Ph.D., Psychology/Gerontological Studies, Boston University


Florida State University College of Medicine GME Committee


Long-Term Care Research Award, Foundation of American College of Health Care Administrators

Young Investigator Award, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics

Health Services Research Traineeship, Department of Veterans Affairs

Multidisciplinary Aging Research Traineeship, National Institute on Aging

Wolfson Foundation Scholar, New School for Social Research

Davis Scholar, University of Southern California


Fellow, American College of Health Care Administrators

Gerontological Society of America

American Psychological Association

American Geriatrics Society

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging

Research Focus

Dr. Mulrooney's expertise includes research-based competency model development and competency-based assessment of health care executives, physician leaders, and paraprofessional caregivers using thematic content analysis of narrative data derived from Behavioral Event Interviews and other motivational interviewing techniques. His research on the characteristics of person- and relationship-centered caregiving among nursing assistants in home health, skilled nursing, and assisted living earned him researcher-of-the-year awards from the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics and the Foundation of the American College of Health Care Administrators.


Snow, J.L. and Mulrooney, C.P. (2002). Effective Top Teams: Five Strategies for Success. Healthcare Executive, 17(2), 22-25.

Mulrooney, C.P. (1994). Controlling exposure and exposing control. The Journal of Long-Term Care Administration, 21(4), 14-15.

Papers Presented at Conferences and Invited Lectures:

Mulrooney, C.P. (2010). Home is where the heart is: Health care planning as we mature. Invited lecture on physician and caregiver competencies research at The Florida State University Emeritus Alumni Meeting (April 2010), Tallahassee, FL.

Ambrosius, G.R. & Mulrooney, C.P. (2009). Creating community: Tapping into the wisdom and experience of older members. Paper on empowered culture creation presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Council on Active Aging (December 2009), Orlando, FL.

Mulrooney, C.P. (2009). Government and long-term care: Friends or foes? Invited lecture on long-term care financing research at The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The Florida State University (October 2009), Tallahassee, FL.

Mulrooney, C.P. (2009). Lifelong learning: Caring about self & others across the lifespan. Invited lecture on caregiver competency research in The Florida State University College of Education (October 2009), Tallahassee, FL.

Mulrooney, C.P. (2002). Long-term care nursing assistants: Competencies of outstanding caregivers. Paper on caregiver competencies presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (November 2002), Boston, MA.

Mulrooney, C.P. (1997). The competencies of formal caregivers needed to enhance elders' quality of life: The utility of the person- and relationship-centered caregiving trait. Paper on original caregiver selection and training tool presented at the 16th World Congress of Gerontology, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (August 1997), Adelaide, Australia.

Mulrooney, C.P., Executive Producer (1994). Same Girl, Same Boy. Video production on personhood across the life span first shown at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (November 1994), Atlanta, GA.