Lisa Kitko, Ph.D., RN

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Assistant Professor of Nursing Macy Faculty Scholar

Contact Information

307H Nursing Sciences Building
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-865-6625


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2010, Nursing (minor: Gerontology)
M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 2001, Nursing (Clinical Nurse Specialist option)
B.S.N., University of Pittsburgh, 1990

Research Interests


  • Heart failure/mechanical circulatory support
  • Family support/caregivers
  • Palliative care/end of life

Funded Research Projects

Current Research

Principal Investigator. Improving palliative care coordination in heart failure: A systems-based approach. Penn State Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems. PI: J. E. Hupcey. 7/1/2014–6/30/2015.

Principal Investigator. Transitioning to the terminal phase of heart failure with an LVAD-DT in place. AHA Great Rivers Affiliate (14BGIA18980022). Co-I: J. Hupcey. 1/1/14–12/31/15.

Co–Principal Investigator. Palliative care algorithms for heart failure dyads: One-year versus two-year predicted survival. NIH/NINR (1RO1NRO113419-01). PI/PD: J. Hupcey; Co-I: J. Boehmer; Co-I: M. Kreher. 9/26/2011–6/30/2015.

Completed Research

Principal Investigator. Tuition assistance for minority and disadvantaged nursing students in Pennsylvania. HRSA. Co-I: P. Milone-Nuzzo; Co-I: J. Carrick. 7/1/2014–6/30/2015.

Principal Investigator. Minority Advanced Careers in Nursing (MACaN). EOPC; Funded yearly 2005–2010.

Principal Investigator. The work of spousal caregiving in heart failure. Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Sigma Chapter Research Grant. 2009–2010.


Research Abstract Nursing Investigator Finalist, Heart Failure Society of America Nursing Research Award

Nursing Education Nominee, Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania 

Janet A. Williamson Excellence in Teaching Award, Penn State School of Nursing

Grantmakers in Aging, GIA Fellows Program

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed

L. A. Kitko, J. E. Hupcey, M. Palese, and C. Pinto. 2014. Patient and caregiver incongruence in advanced heart failure. Clinical Nursing Research 1–16.

S. Crouse and L. A. Kitko. 2014. Outcomes of coronary artery interventions: Comparing coronary artery bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with unprotected left main stenosis. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 26(2):91–101.

J. E. Hupcey and L. Kitko. 2013. ICD deactivation at the end of life: Patient and caregiver experiences. Journal of Cardiac Failure 19(8S):S75.

H. Buck, L. A. Kitko, and J. E. Hupcey. 2013. Dyadic heart failure care types: Qualitative evidence for a novel typology. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 28(6):E37–46.

S. Booker, S. Murff, L. A. Kitko, and R. Jablonski. 2013. Mouth care to reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia. American Journal of Nursing 113(10):7.

L. A. Kitko, J. E. Hupcey, and J. Boehmer. 2013. The work of spousal caregiving of older adults with end-stage heart failure. Journal of Gerontological Nursing 39(7):40–47.

L. A. Kitko, J. E. Hupcey, J. Gilchrist, and J. Boehmer. 2013. Caring for a spouse with end-stage heart failure through implantation of a left ventricular device as destination therapy. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care 42(3).

J. E. Hupcey, K. Fenstermacher, and L. A. Kitko. 2011. Palliative needs of spousal caregivers of patients with heart failure followed at specialized heart failure centers. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing 13(3):142–150.

J. E. Hupcey, K. Fenstermacher, L. A. Kitko, and J. L. Penrod. 2010. Achieving medical stability: Wives' experiences with heart failure. Clinical Nursing Research 19(3):211–229.

Book Chapter

J. Penrod, L. A. Kitko, and G. McGhan. 2014. Theory of illness trajectory. In Nursing theorists and their work (8th ed.), ed. Martha Alligood, 593–608. St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby.

Curriculum Vitae

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