Donna Fick, PhD, GCNS-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Distinguished Professor of Nursing
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Co-director, Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State
Editor, Journal of Gerontological Nursing
The Pennsylvania State University
201 Health and Human Development East Bldg.
University Park PA 16802-6509
Ph.D., 1997, University of California at San Francisco
M.S., Nursing Science, 1990, Major in Gerontological Nursing, University of Cincinnati
B.S.N., Nursing Science, 1986, Berea College
Inappropriate medication use in older adults
Delirium in persons with dementia
Clinical and health outcomes in managed care
Funded Research Projects
Principal Investigator. Early Nurse Detection of Delirium Superimposed on Dementia-END-DSD. National Institute of Nursing Research,
1 R01NR011042-01A1. Total Award Amount: $2,763,911.
April 1, 2010-February 28, 2015.
Multiple PI's. RESERVE For Delirium Superimposed on Dementia (DSD). NINR R01 NR012242, 9/09/10- 6/30/15. Ann Kolanowski & Donna Fick (MPI). Information on the project can be found at the NIH RePorter web site.
The purpose of this RCT is to test the efficacy of cognitive stimulation, in the form of recreational activities, for resolving DSD. This is a 5-year $2,405,344 grant (9/09/10- 6/30/15) that will be conducted in rehabilitation sites across Pennsylvania. Other investigators include: Dr. Doug Leslie, College of Medicine, Penn State University; Dr. Mark Litaker, University of Alabama; Dr. Linda Clare, Bangor University, UK; Dr. Malaz Boustani, Indiana University; and Dr. Keith Whitfield, Duke University.
Co-Investigator. eCare for Eldercare. Funded by Children Youth and Family Services, Penn State. Total Award Amount: $23,000 ($3,000 from Smart Spaces), Jan 2010-December 2010. PI: Vittal Prabhu, Industrial Engineering Penn State.
Co-Investigator: Innovation for Delirium Superimposed on Dementia: The IMPACT-DSD Pilot Project. Funded by Social Science Reseearch Institute Penn State and Smart Spaces Initiative, 2008-2009. PI: A. Kolanowski.
Principal Investigator: Delirium in persons with dementia. Project funded by NIH/NIA, 2006-2008.
Principal Investigator: Central nervous system-active drug use and delirium in community-dwelling persons with dementia: Retrospective study utilizing administrative data to describe the pattern and health outcomes of CNS-active drug use in persons with dementia. Project funded by Penn State College of Health and Human Development Seed Grant, 2004-2006.
Principal Investigator: Japanese Version of the Beers Criteria. Subcontract through Asahikawa Medical College: Pfizer Health Research Foundation, 2004-2006.
Co-Investigator: Utilization and outcomes in bariatric surgery in a managed care organization. Center for Healthcare Improvement/Blue Cross Blue Shield, 2004-2006
Principal Investigator: Center for Healthcare Improvement. Project funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, 2004.
Co-investigator: Accountability and health safety: A statewide approach. AHRQ Federal Grant, 2002-2005.
Co-investigator/Evaluator: Rural Health Telemedicine Grant Program (MCG subcontract). Project funded by HRSA Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, 2002-2006
Co-Principal Investigator: Pharmaceutical outcomes research program. CIGP UGA-MCG Inter-institutional grant, 2001-2003.
Principal Investigator: Delirium superimposed on dementia in hospitalized older adults. Project funded by Department of Veterans Affairs, Atlanta-Alabama VISN-7 GEC grant, 2002-2003
Principal Investigator:Potentially inappropriate medication use in the elderly: Updating and validation of the Beers criteria. MCG/UGA Combined Intramural Grants Program Award, 2001-2002.
Principal Investigator: A randomized trial to decrease the use of high risk, potentially inappropriate medications in older adults in a managed care setting. Funded by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia, 2000-2001.
Principal Investigator: Delirium superimposed on dementia in hospitalized older adults. Research Career Development VISN-7 Award, Veterans Administration Medical Center, 1998-2002.
Principal Investigator: Impact of outpatient polypharmacy in the elderly on process and resource utilization. Funded by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia and Medical College of Georgia Center for Health Care Improvement, 1998-2000.
Editor, Journal of Gerontological Nursing
John A. Hartford Geriatric Nursing Research Award, Eastern Nursing Research Society
Fellow American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Inducted as a Fellow during the Academy's 36th Annual Meeting on November 7, 2009 in Atlanta, GA
Fran and Holly Soistman Faculty Development Award for Innovative Research in Healthcare, Penn State, College of Health and Human Development
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
Springer Award in Geriatric Nursing for Publication in Applied Nursing Research, Springer Publishing Company
Eli Lily Healthcare Improvement Award, Co-recipient with BCBS of Georgia
Elizabeth L. Kemble Excellence in Research and Practice University of Cincinnati Alumni Award
UCSF Regents Academic Fellowship Award
Professional Nurse Traineeship
Flanagan, N. M., Fick, D. M. (2010). Delirium Superimposed on Dementia. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, Oct 22:1-5.
Kolanowski, A., Fick, D. M. , Clare, L., Therrien, B., & Gill, D. (2010). An intervention for delirium superimposed on dementia based on cognitive reserve theory. Journal of Aging and Mental Health, 14, (2):232-242.
Kolanowski, A., Fick, D. M., Fraser, C., & Penrod, J. (2010). It’s About Time: Use of Non-pharmacological Interventions in the Nursing Home. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 42(2):214-222.
Kolanowski, A., Fick, D. M., Clare, L., Steis, M., Boustani, M., & Litaker, M. (2010). A pilot study of a non-pharmacological intervention for delirium superimposed on dementia. Research in Gerontological Nursing, Oct 29: 1:7. doi 10.3928/19404921-20101001-98 (Epub ahead of print).
Campbell, N., Boustani, M., Limbil, T., Ott, C., Fox, C., Maidment, I., Schubert, C. C., Munger, S., Fick, D., et al. (2009). The cognitive impact of anticholinergics: A clinical review. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 4(1), 225-233.
Crumbock, S. C., Loeb, S. J., & Fick, D. M. (2009). Physical activity, stress, disease activity, and quality of life in adults with Crohn disease. Gastroenterology Nursing, 32(3), 188-195.
Fick, D. M., & Kolanowski, A. (2009). Preventing delirium among older adults with dementia. Geriatrics and Aging, 12(2), 98-102.
Fick, D. M., Kolanowski, A., Beattie, E., & McCrow, J. (2009). Delirium in early-stage alzheimer's disease: Enhancing cognitive reserve as a possible preventive measure. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 35(3), 30-38.
Hopkins, J., Loeb, S. J., & M., Fick D. (In Press). Beyond satisfaction, what service users expect of inpatient mental health care: a literature review.
Kolanowski, A., Fick, D. M., Campbell, J., Litaker, M., & Boustani, M. (2009). A preliminary study of anticholinergic burden and relationship to a quality of life indicator, engagement in activities, in nursing home residents with dementia. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 10(4), 252-257.