Amyleigh Overton-McCoy, Ph.D., APRN, Named Centers on Aging Director at UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging

By Ben Boulden

She succeeds Angela Norman, D.N.P., who succeeded Claudia Beverly, Ph.D., R.N., as the director of these statewide programs. Norman will continue to work on a part-time basis with the UAMS Centers on Aging as the associate director.

Amyleigh Overton-McCoy

Amyleigh Overton-McCoy

Overton-McCoy also has joined the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Geriatrics as an assistant professor. As Centers on Aging director, she oversees diverse services for seniors at seven locations across the state. Overton-McCoy previously served in the UAMS College of Nursing as well as the associate director for the UAMS Centers on Aging. She was also the director for the Texarkana Regional Center on Aging since 2002.

The UAMS Centers on Aging seek to improve the quality of life for older adults and their families by providing older Arkansans with local access to specialized education and clinical care.

“Amyleigh Overton-McCoy has shown outstanding leadership and educational skills in her work with the Centers on Aging,” said Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D., Reynolds Institute executive director. “She already is playing a key part in aligning each center with the institute’s missions overall and will strengthen the local connections necessary for improving health for all Arkansas seniors.”

She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing as a geriatric nurse practitioner at UAMS. She received her doctorate in psychology at Capella University in 2010.

UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report named UAMS Medical Center the state’s Best Hospital; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide; and named six areas as high performing — cancer, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. UAMS has 2,727 students, 870 medical residents and five dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.