Ann M. Kolanowski, Ph.D., RN, FGSA, FAAN

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Elouise Ross Eberly Professor in the College of Nursing; Center Director, Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State; Professor of Psychiatry, College of Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Associated Faculty, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Contact Information

106 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-865-3779


Post-Doctoral Training, Research Fellow/Neurobeahvior, University of Michigan, 1994-96
Post-Doctoral Training, Research Associate/Teaching Nursing Home Project, University of Pennsylvania, 1992
Ph.D., New York University, 1989, Nursing Research and Theory Development
M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1980, Adult Health and Aging
B.S., College Misericordia, 1970, Nursing (Cum Laude)

Research Interests


  • Complex care issues in the health of the elderly
  • Dementia behavior in the elderly
  • Drug burden in nursing home residents with dementia
  • Non-pharmacological interventions for the behavioral symptoms of dementia and delirium
  • Non-pharmacological interventions for delirium in persons with dementia


Current Funded Research Projects

RESERVE For Delirium Superimposed on Dementia (DSD). NIH/NINR (R01 NR012242), 9/09/10- 6/30/16. A. Kolanowski & D. Fick (MPI).

Early Nurse Detection of Delirium Superimposed on Dementia-END-DSD. NIH/NINR. (R01 NR011042), 2010-2016. D. Fick (PI), A. Kolanowski (Co-I). 

The Nursing Faculty Shortage: A Local Solution to Address a National Crisis. John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, 2007-2015. A. Kolanowski (Director), D. Fick (Co-Director), H. Buck (Co-Director).


Publications (click here for list)




  • Doris Schwartz Nursing Research Award, Nursing Interest Group & Gerontological Society of America


  • Visiting Professor: Commissioned Program on Dementia Care, Hong Kong Hospital Authority
  • Mathy Mezey Visiting Professor, New York University. (January 2011 - June 2011)


  • Visiting Professor, Eastern Australia Dementia Training & Study Center, Queensland University of Technology


  • John A. Hartford Geriatric Nursing Research Award, Eastern Nursing Research Society
  • Elouise Ross Eberly Professor of the School of Nursing, Penn State


  • Recipient of the College of Health and Human Development Fran & Holly Soistman Award


  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
  • Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America
  • Visiting Professor, School of Nursing, Medical College of Georgia


  • “Spirit of Nursing” Award, Georgia Nurses Association


  • Pennsylvania Higher Education in Nursing Schools - Distinguished Colleague Award


  • Leadership Wilkes-Barre, Class of 1991

1990-1991, 1983-1984

  • Listed in Who's Who in American Nursing


  • Excellence in Research Award, Zeta Psi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau