Susan J. Loeb, Ph.D., RN, FGSA, FAAN

photo of Susan Loeb

Associate Professor of Nursing; Associate Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine

Contact Information

129D Health and Human Development East Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-1027


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2002, Nursing, Minor in Gerontology
M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1992, Community Health and Older Adult
B.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1988, Nursing

Research Interests


  • End-of-life care in complex organizations such as prison
  • Health attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of incarcerated and community-living older men
  • Older adults coping with multiple chronic health conditions

Funded Research Projects

Principal Investigator, "Infusing End-of-Life Care Into Complex Organizations: The Prison Study." Funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research, Grant # 1R01NR011874-01. (2009-2012). Multiple PIs J. Penrod, C.S. Hollenbeak.

Co-Investigator, "Exploring the Formal/Informal Caregiver Interface across 3 Death Trajectories." Funded by National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research, Grant # 1R01NR010127-01A1.(2008-2012). PI J. Penrod.

Principal Investigator, Factors influencing the health-promotion behaviors of older male inmates. Funded by the National Institute on Aging (Sept. 2007 - Aug. 2009).

Principal Investigator. Factors influencing the health behaviors of older male prisoners. Funded by The Pennsylvania State University College of Health and Human Development (Dec. 2004-June 2006).

Principal Investigator. Minority elders with multiple chronic conditions: How do they cope? Funded by the University of Delaware General University Research Grant (Jan. 2003 -Dec. 2003).

Team Member. Living with multiple chronic conditions (team member). Funded by AARP/Andrus Foundation (Jan. 1999-Dec. 2000).


Inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
Springer Publishing Company Award in Geriatric/Gerontologial Nursing for a Distinguished Single Work of Research in Applied Geriatric Nursing
Selected as a Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence InSpire Academy Fellow
Judith V. Braun Award for Advancing the Practice of Gerontological Nursing through Research from the National Gerontological Nursing Association
Selected participant for the National Institute of Aging Summer Research Institute
Selected for John A. Hartford Foundation's Interdisciplinary Consultancy
Selected for NIH/NIA Technical Assistance Workshop 2003 for Minority and Emerging Scientists and Students Seeking Careers in Aging Research
Selected as a John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Nursing Summer Research Scholar
Recipient: First Place Award, Health and Life Sciences Division, 16th Annual Graduate Exhibition, Poster and Visual Arts Session, The Pennsylvania State University
Recipient: Evelyn R. Saubel Faculty Award, College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University
Faculty Speaker for Class of 1996 Nursing Honors Convocation, The Pennsylvania State University
Nursing Faculty Marshal for the College of Health and Human Development Commencement, The Pennsylvania State University

Selected Publications

S. J. Loeb, C. S. Hollenbeak, J. Penrod, C. A. Smith, E. Kitt-Lewis, and S. B. Crouse. 2013. Care and companionship in an isolating environment: Inmates attending to dying peers. Journal of Forensic Nursing 9(1):35–44.

J. Penrod, B. Baney, S. J. Loeb, P. Z. Shipley, and G. McGhan. 2012. The influence of the culture of care on informal caregivers' experiences. Advances in Nursing Science 31(1):64–76. PMID: PMC22293611

S. J. Loeb, J. Penrod, C. S. Hollenbeak, and C. A. Smith. 2011. End-of-life care and barriers for women inmates. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing 40(4):477–485. PMCID: PMC3140619

S. J. Loeb and D. Steffensmeier. 2011. Older inmates' pursuit of good health: A focus group study. Research in Gerontological Nursing 4(3):185–194. PMID: PMC20795581

S. J. Loeb, D. Steffensmeier, and C. Kassab. 2011. Predictors of self-efficacy and self-rated health for older male inmates. Journal of Advanced Nursing 67(4):811–820. PMCID: PMC3060278

S. J. Loeb, J. Penrod, A. M. Kolanowski, J. E. Hupcey, K. K. Haidet, D. M. Fick, D. McGonigle, and F. Yu. 2008. Creating cross-disciplinary alliances to advance nursing research. Journal of Nursing Scholarship 40(2):195–201. PMID: PMC18507576

S. J. Loeb, D. Steffensmeier, and F. Lawrence. 2008. Comparing incarcerated and community-dwelling older men's health. Western Journal of Nursing Research 30(2):234–239. Response to commentaries 256–258. Available at PMID: PMC17630382

S. J. Loeb, D. Steffensmeier, and P. M. Myco. 2007. In their own words: Older male prisoners' health beliefs and concerns for the future. Geriatric Nursing 28(5):319–329. PMID: PMC17923289

S. J. Loeb and D. Steffensmeier. 2006. Older male prisoners: Health status, self-efficacy beliefs, and health-promoting behaviors. Journal of Correctional Health Care 12:269–278. Available at

S. J. Loeb and A. AbuDagga. 2006. Health-related research on older inmates: An integrative literature review. Research in Nursing and Health 29:556–565. Available at

Curriculum Vitae

.pdf icon Susan Loeb vitae

Center Affiliations

  • Center for Healthy Aging