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November 2016 Research Newsletter

Faculty Spotlight


Marie Boltz, PhD, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN

Associate Professor Marie Boltz, PhD, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN, joined the College of Nursing in 2016, arriving from the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College.

Dr. Boltz’s research focuses on geriatric organizational models that promote functional health in older adults, especially those with dementia. She has served as principal investigator (PI) for several studies that have tested system-level interventions to engage older adults, families, and staff in promoting functional recovery during the acute care and post-acute stay. These studies involved quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods, and used participatory processes with stakeholders. She was also PI for several health services studies focusing on the geriatric care environment and dissemination and uptake of evidence-based practice. She was the lead investigator for Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) studies, including those related to instrument development and psychometric evaluation of tools measuring organizational readiness/response to quality initiatives (including the Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile and the NICHE program self-evaluation tool).

Currently, Dr. Boltz is co-investigator in a multistate RO1 award through the National Institutes of Health to study the dissemination and implementation of function-focused care for assisted living, awarded from the University of Maryland. She is also PI for “Post-acute Outcomes in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia,” funded by the Donaghue Foundation.

Dr. Boltz was lead editor for the award-winning Evidence-Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice (Springer, 2016) and Dementia Care: An Evidence-Based Approach (Springer, 2016). She serves on several national and international committees and advisory boards that support the diffusion of best practices and innovation across settings that serve older adults. Dr. Boltz has authored, co-authored, or edited numerous data-based manuscripts and books and evidence-based, field-tested teaching tools/resources for use by clinicians, administrators, patients, and families.



  • The Hartford Center provided free osteoporosis heel scans at the Centre County Grange Fair on Senior Citizens Day. Eight undergraduate student nurses assisted.


  • The College of Nursing partnered with the Abramson Center for Jewish Life in North Wales, Pa., to present four sessions on various topics related to person-centered care.


  • The Hartford Center and CNR celebrated Dr. Donald Ford’s 90th birthday with a reception on October 10. Dr. Ford is the founding dean of the Penn State College of Health and Human Development and a sponsor of the College of Nursing’s Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care.


  • The Hartford Center and CNR partially funded travel for two PhD students (Caroline McDermott and Rachel Wion) to attend and present research findings at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America.

Awards, Publications, and Presentations

Awards and Honors

Caroline McDermott and Abigail McGinnis were selected as Future of Nursing Scholars through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Allyson Favuzza received a Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholarship for her studies in the DNP program.

Christopher Engeland was awarded the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health Best Research Article of the Year Award for 2016.

Ann Kolanowski was a Visiting Professor at Michigan State University in September.

Ann Kolanowski received Top Reviewer Recognition from Research in Nursing & Health.  

Funded Awards

Marie Boltz (PI) and J. Flanagan (Co-I). Post-acute Outcomes in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia. Donaghue Foundation. 2015. 1/1/16–6/30/17. $82,000.


Barbara Resnick and Marie Boltz (Co-I). Dissemination and Implementation of Function-Focused Care for Assisted Living. National Institute on Aging. NIH R01. 4/1/16–3/31/17. $126,490.

Barbara Resnick, Ann Kolanowski (Co-I), and Kimberly Van Haitsma (Co-PI). Implementation of EIT-4-BPSD in Nursing Homes. NIH. Through the University of Maryland. This is a five-year cluster randomized trial where 50 nursing homes in Pennsylvania and Maryland will be randomized to an implementation strategy (EIT-4-BPSD) or education only (EO). The aims are to: (1) implement and test EIT-4-BPSD; and (2) evaluate use of the EIT strategy and the participatory implementation process with staff. The findings from this study will add to what is known about implementation of effective interventions in nursing homes, serve as a model for other programs and care approaches, and help facilities and staff implement quality person-centered care, the ultimate goal of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Reduce Antipsychotic Use in Nursing Homes.8/23/16–5/21/20. $2,259,192. 

Martina Roes and Ann Kolanowski (Co-I). German Research Foundation—Initiation of an International Collaboration. This project supports an international collaboration between Penn State College of Nursing and the German Center for Degenerative Diseases. The investigators will compare an implementation strategy for improving continuity of person-centered care (PCC) for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) during transitions between acute and subacute care settings in the United States and Germany. 7/1/16–6/30/21. $18,269.

Susan Loeb. Fran and Holly Soistman Faculty Development Endowment. Penn State College of Health and Human Development and College of Nursing. 7/1/16–6/30/17. $4,500.

Lauren Massimo. Cognitive and Neural Moderators of Longitudinal Decline in Frontotemporal Degeneration. NIA K99. 4/1/2017–3/31/22. $941,616.

Sheridan Miyamoto (PI), Lorah Dorn (Co-I), Janice Penrod (Co-I), Daniel Perkins, and Jennifer McCall-Hosenfeld. Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Training (SAFE-T) Center. Department of Justice. 10/1/16–9/30/17. $1,143,143.

Sheridan Miyamoto (PI), Peter Forster, Casey Pinto, Glenn Sterner, Sarah Font, Dara Purvis, Carlo Panlilio, Hannah Schreier, John Creswell, and Ping Du. Prevention of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (Trafficking) of Children in a Child Welfare Population. SSRI Level 1. 10/1/16–8/31/17. $4,996.

Janice Penrod (Co-PI) and Susan Loeb (Co-PI). Enhancing Care of the Aged and Dying in Prison II. NIH R42. 9/15/16–11/30/18. $836,973.

Amy Sawyer (PI), Tonya King, and Ann Kolanowski (Co-I). Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Claustrophobia in Positive Airway Pressure Treated Adults. American Lung Association. 7/1/16–6/30/17. $39,625.

Kimberly Van Haitsma (Co-PI). Incorporating the Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory into Ohio’s Nursing Homes to Improve Resident Care. Ohio Department of Medicaid through Miami



Alonso, J. E. Hupcey, and L. Kitko. 2016. Caregivers’ perceptions of illness severity and end-of-life service utilization in advanced heart failure. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care. October 24. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2016.09.001.

Boltz (exec. ed.), E. Capezuti, D. Zwicker, and T. Fulmer (eds.). 2016. Evidence-Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice (5th ed.). New York: Springer.

Boltz and J. Galvin (eds.). 2016. Dementia Care: An Evidence-based Approach. Switzerland: Springer.

G. Buck, A. Kolanowski, D. Fick, and L. Baronner. 2016. Improving rural geriatric care through education: A scalable, collaborative project. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing 47(7):306–13. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20160616-06.

Fitts, L. Massimo, N. Lim, M. Grossman, and N. Dahodwala. 2016. Computerized assessment of goal-directed behavior in Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology 38(9):1015–1012.

Giurgescu, C. G. Engeland, T. N. Templin, S. N. Zenk, M. D. Koenig, and L. Garfield. 2016. Racial discrimination predicts greater systemic inflammation in pregnant African American women. Applied Nursing Research 32:98–103.

Giurgescu, C. G. Engeland, and T. N. Templin. 2015. Symptoms of depression predict negative birth outcomes in African American women: A pilot study. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health 60(5):570–577.

Hill, J. Mogle, R. Wion, E. Munoz, N. DePasquale, A. M. Yevchak, and J. M. Parisi. 2016. Subjective cognitive impairment and affective symptoms: A systematic review. The Gerontologist June 23. pii: gnw091.

E. Hupcey. 2016. Concept comparison: The example conceptual cohesion of social support; The example of trust. In Analyzing and Constructing the Conceptual and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing, ed. J. M. Morse, 335–358. New York: Springer.

E. Hupcey and L. Kitko. 2016. Measurement issues in qualitative research. In Measurement in Nursing and Health Research (5th ed.), ed. C. F. Waltz, O. L. Strickland, and E. R. Lenz, 507–528. New York: Springer.

E. Hupcey, L. Kitko, and W. Alonso. 2015. Palliative care in heart failure. Critical Care Nursing Clinics 24(4):577–587.

E. Hupcey, L. Kitko, and W. Alonso. 2016. Patients’ perceptions of illness severity in advanced heart failure. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing 18(2):110–114.

A. Jablonski-Jaudon, V. Winstead, C. Jones-Townsend, A. Azuero, E. Mahoney, and A. M. Kolanowski. 2016. Revising the resistiveness-to-care scale. Journal of Nursing Measurement 24(2):72–82. doi: 10.1891/1061-3749.24.2.E72.

Kang, M. R. Steis, A. M. Kolanowski, D. Fick, and V. V. Prabhu. 2016. Measuring agreement between health care survey instruments using mutual information. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 26:16–99. doi: 10.1186/s12911-016-0335-y.

Kitko, J. E. Hupcey, B. Birriel, and W. Alonso. 2016. Patients’ decision-making process and expectations of a left ventricular assist device pre- and post-implantation. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care 45(2):95–99.

Kolanowski. 2016. Delirium in people living with dementia: A call for global solutions. Aging & Mental Health 21:1–3.

M. Kolanowski. 2016. Medical alert: Delirium do’s and don’ts. American Nurse Today 11(7):39.

MacAndrew, E. Fielding, A. Kolanowski, M. O’Reilly, and E. Beattie. 2016. Observing wandering-related boundary transgression in people with severe dementia. Aging & Mental Health 25:1–9.

Massimo, E. Munoz, N. Hill, J. Mogle, P. Mulhall, C. T. McMillan, L. Clare, D. Vandenbergh, D. Fick, and A. Kolanowski. 2016. Genetic and environmental factors associated with delirium severity in older adults with dementia. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry April 27. doi: 10.1002/gps.4496.

Morandi, D. Davis, G. Bellelli, R. C. Arora, G. A. Caplan, B. Kamholz, A. Kolanowski, D. M. Fick, and J. L. Rudolph. 2016. The diagnosis of delirium superimposed on dementia: An emerging challenge. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, September 16. pii: S1525-8610(16)30292–4. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2016.07.014.

Penrod,S. J. Loeb, R. Ladonne,and L. Martin. 2016. Empowering change agents in hierarchical organizations: Participatory action research in prisons. Research in Nursing & Health 39:142–153.

R. Resnick, E. Galik, C. L. Wells, M. Boltz, C. Renn, and S. Dorsey. 2016. The impact of pain management with opioids among older adults post orthopedic trauma. Pain Management Nursing 17(5):302–10. doi:10.1016/j.pmn.2016.05.005.

Placek, L. Massimo, C. Olm, K. Ternes, V. Van Deerlin, E. Lee, and C. McMillan. 2016. Cognitive reserve in frontotemporal degeneration: Neuroanatomic and neuropsychological evidence. Neurology 87(17):1813–1819.

M. Pyter, Y. Husain, H. Calero, D. B. McKim, H.-Y. Lin, J. P. Godbout, J. F. Sheridan, C. G. Engeland, and P. T. Marucha. 2016 Tumors alter inflammation and impair dermal wound healing in female mice. PLOS ONE 11(8):1–16.

Resnick, A. Kolanowski, K. Van Haitsma, M. Boltz, E. Galik, A. Bonner, and P. Mulhall. 2016. Pilot testing of the EIT-4-BPSD intervention. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia 31(7):570–579.

R. Resnick, C. Wells, E. Galik, L. Holtzman, S. Zhu, E. Gamertsfelder, T. Laidlow, and M. Boltz. 2016. Feasibility and efficacy of function-focused care for orthopedic trauma patients. Journal of Trauma Nursing 23(3):144­–155.

P. Tavares, P. Sá-Couto, M. Boltz, and E. Capezuti. 2016. Nurse perception of care of hospitalized older adults: A comparative study between northern and central regions of Portugal. Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem 24:e2757.

Wilbur, A. M. Kolanowski, and L. M. Collins. 2016. Utilizing MOST frameworks and SMART designs for intervention research. Nursing Outlook, 64(4):287–289. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2016.04.005.



Marie Boltz. International Nursing Research to Promote Healthy Societies: From Novice to Expert. Keynote address, German Society for Nursing Science, Bremen, Germany, October 7, 2016. 

Marie Boltz, K.-H. Lee, and T. Chippendale. Effect of Patient and Caregiver Factors upon Functional Performance of Persons with Dementia upon Hospital Admission. Fifth Annual European Nursing Congress, Rotterdam, Netherlands, October 5, 2016. Scientific abstract published in Journal of Advanced Nursing 72(1):41.

Lorah Dorn. Using a Biobehavioral Perspective for Research in Adolescence and Puberty: Gaining Clinical Knowledge and Developing a Research Career. Pediatric Grand Rounds, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, August 22, 2016.

Christopher Engeland, M. Majd, J. E. Graham-Engeland, J. M. Smyth, M. J. Sliwinski, R. B. Lipton, and M. J. Katz. Higher Depressive Symptoms Relate or Different Inflammatory Response Patterns (ex vivo) Among Men and Women. Abstract, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 57S:e3. Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, Brighton, United Kingdom.

Christopher Engeland. The Effects Of Psychological Stress On Wound Healing And Mucosal Immunity. Family Medicine Seminar Series, Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College, Pa., September 15, 2016.

Nikki Hill. Impact of Memory Perceptions on Well-Being and Everyday Function: Implications for Person-Centered Interventions. Featured research presentation, National Hartford Center Quarterly Member Update, July 18, 2016. 

Nikki Hill. Can you train your brain? Promoting cognitive fitness. Village Heights, State College, Pa., July 2016.

Nikki Hill, Staci Warsaw, and Lori Ammon. Using Technology to Enhance Person-Centered Outcomes. Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life, North Wales, Pa., September 13, 2016.

Judith E. Hupcey, Lisa Kitko, and Windy Alonso. ICD and LVAD deactivation at the end of life: Patient and caregiver experiences. Ninth World Research Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, Dublin, Ireland, June 2016.

Ann Kolanowski. Genetic and Environmental Factors Associated with Delirium Severity in Older Adults with Dementia. Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Genetic and Environmental Factors Associated with Delirium Severity in Older Adults with Dementia, Toronto, Canada, July 27, 2016.

Ann Kolanowski. Cognitive Decline: Prevention is the Best Cure. Center For Healthy Aging, Bloomsburg, Pa., September 9, 2016.

Ann Kolanowski. Resident and System-level Approaches to Reducing Signs of Behavioral Distress. Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life, North Wales, Pa., September 13, 2016.

Ann Kolanowski. Challenging Cognitive and Behavioral Symptoms in People Living with Dementia. Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa., October 20, 2016.

Ann Kolanowski. (1) Beside Assessment of Older Adults with Delirium, and Nonpharmacological Approaches to Management. (2) An Approach to Hospitalized Patients with Dementia. Acute Care for Elders, Aurora Health Care National Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 10–11, 2016. 

Susan Loeb. End-of-Life Care in Prisons. Audio recording for the Academic Minute on Northeastern Public Radio, sponsored and hosted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, July 13, 2016.

Susan Loeb. Enhancing End-of-Life Care for Prisoners through Partnering with the Prison Community. 2016 Shifrin Lecture, Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, New York, N.Y., October 26, 2016.


Determinants of Health: State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, D.C., September 2016

Michael M. Evans, Judith E. Hupcey, Lisa Kitko, Paula Milone-Nuzzo, and H.D. Johnson. Somatic Awareness and Self-Symptom Recognition in Patients with Stage D Heart Failure.

C. Giurgescu, S. N. Zenk, T. N. Templin, C. G. Engeland, K. Kavenaugh, and D. P. Misra. The Impact Of Neighborhood Conditions And Psychological Distress On Preterm Birth In African American Women. Abstract of distinction.

Judith E. Hupcey, Lisa Kitko, and Windy Alonso. It’s Shocking: ICD Deactivation at the End of Life.

A. Kolanowski. Personal, Interpersonal and Environmental Determinants of Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia.


Gerontological Society of America Sixty-ninth Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, La., November 16–18, 2016

Marie Boltz. Symposium chair for Viewing Nursing Home Quality through a New Lens: Innovative Measures and Approaches.

Marie Boltz, Joseph Shuluk, and K. H. Lee. The Long-Term Care Environment (LTCE) Scale: Engaging Staff in Quality Appraisal. Research paper presented in Viewing Nursing Home Quality through a New Lens: Innovative Measures and Approaches.

Marie Boltz. Symposium discussant for Deepening our Understanding of the Self-reported Care Preferences of Older Adults.

Kimberly S. Van Haitsma. Symposium chair for Deepening our Understanding of the Self-reported Care Preferences of Older Adults.

Marie Boltz. Symposium discussant for GSA Fellows Symposium, High-Risk, High-Reward Research: Lessons from GSA Fellows.

Nikki Hill. Symposium chair for Subjective Cognition: Multiple Perspectives of Self-Perceived Cognitive Problems.

Nikki Hill, Jacqueline Mogle, Lisa Kitko, Rachel Wion, Erin Kitt-Lewis, Jeanine Parisi, Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, and Caroline McDermott. The Personal Implications of Perceived Memory Problems Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults.

Rachel Wion, Nikki Hill, Jacqueline Mogle, Elizabeth Munoz, Nicole DePasquale, Andrea Yevchak, and Jeanine Parisi. Subjective Cognitive Impairment and Affective Symptoms: A Systematic Review.

Caroline McDermott, Nikki Hill, and Jacqueline Mogle. Subjective Cognition in a National Sample: Predicting Psychological Well-Being and Everyday Function.

Jacqueline Mogle, Nikki Hill, Elizabeth Munoz, Joshua Smyth, and Martin Sliwinski. Impact of Daily Memory Lapses on Daily Well-Being.

Ann Kolanowski. Domains of Person-Centered Care in Long-Term Care: A Pilot Examination of Content and Structure.

Ann Kolanowski. Pilot Testing the EIT-4-BPSD Intervention.

Ann Kolanowski and Lauren Massimo. Using Biomarkers to Design Interventions for Apathy with Greater Precision.

Ann Kolanowski. A Supervised Walking Program to Reduce Risky Wandering in Long-Term Care: A Feasibility Study.


American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, New Orleans, La., November 13–16, 2016

Judith E. Hupcey. Improving Caregiver Sleep and Effect on Heart Disease Biomarkers.

Lisa Kitko, Judith Hupcey, Barbara Birriel, and Windy Alonso. What’s Missing? LVAD Patient and Caregiver Experiences with End-of-Life Planning.


Funded Student Awards

Windy Alonso: NIH/NINR NRSA F31. Identifying Disparities: Rural–Urban Comparison in Mechanical Circulatory Support.

Alexa Watach: American Legion Eight and Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship for research devoted to mitigating the burden of sleep-disordered breathing and obesity in adolescents.

Hyunju Yang: American Nurses Foundation Nursing Research Grant through the Eastern Nursing Research Society for her study, “Inflammation, Excessive Daytime Sleepiness and Fatigue in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

Hyunju Yang: 2016 National League for Nursing Foundation for Nursing Education Scholarship Award.