Harleah G. Buck, Ph.D., RN, CHPN, FPCN

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Assistant Professor of Nursing

Contact Information

307F Nursing Sciences Building
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-865-6625



Postdoctoral research fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2008–10
Ph.D., Nursing, University of South Florida, 2008
M.S., Nursing Education emphasis, University of South Florida, 2006
B.S.N., Columbia University, 1979

Research Interests

 Research Foci

  • Self-care in moderate to severe heart failure
  • Upstreaming palliative care in heart failure
  • Dyadic interaction in heart failure
  • Conceptualization and measurement of multiple chronic conditions

Funded Research Projects

Current Research

Principal Investigator. Dyadic symptom management in moderate to severe heart failure. NIH/NINR (1R03NR014524–01A1); 5/1/2014–4/30/2016.

Principal Investigator. Improving rural geriatric care through education. Highmark Foundation/Johnson & Johnson Foundation; 1/15/2014–1/15/2015.

Completed Research

Principal Investigator. Optimizing dyadic care in moderate to severe heart failure. National Palliative Care Research Center Junior Faculty Career Development Award 7/1/2012–6/30/2014.

Principal Investigator. Dyadic care in moderate to severe heart failure. Penn State School of Nursing 1/11/2011–6/30/2012.

Co-Investigator. Exploring the formal/informal caregiver interface across 3 death trajectories. NIH/NINR (5R01NR10127). PI: J. Penrod; 2/01/2008--1/31/2012.

Principal Investigator. Preliminary exploration of the relationship between health-related quality of life and heart failure self-care in older adults. University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Frank Morgan Jones Fund. 2/1/2010-1/31/ 2011.

White Paper. Multidisciplinary team-based care models. American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation. 5/1/2009–3/1/2010.

Principal Investigator. Quality of life in end-stage heart failure patients. University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. 6/30/2008–6/30/2010.

Clinical Expertise and Certification

Clinical Expertise: Intensive care, Coronary care, Post-Anesthesia Recovery care, Community Health, Hospice and Palliative Care

Certification: Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse 2007 - present, End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium Trainer



Selected to appear on the cover of the Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing as a "Face of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association" 


Selected as a Reviewer of the Year by the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

Selected for John A. Hartford Foundation inaugural Change AGEnts Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.

John A. Hartford Geriataric Nursing Practice Research Award, Eastern Nursing Research Society

Fellow, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association


Honorable mention for poster, "Upstreaming Palliative Care: Why multiple comorbid conditions in heart failure should trigger referral to palliative care: A qualitative meta-analysis study." Selected as Top Ten submission for National Institute of Nursing Research, "The Science of Compassion: Future Directions in End-of-Life and Palliative Care," Washington, D.C.


College of Palliative Care Research Scholars Program sponsored by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Summer Institute on Aging Research at the National Institute of Aging

European Society of Cardiology Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions Award


NRSA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Individualized Care of At-Risk Older Adults, National Institute of Nursing Research (T32NR009356) at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA


Outstanding PhD Dissertation from the College of Nursing at the University of South Florida

Distinguished Graduate Achievement Award from the Graduate and Professional Student Council of the University of South Florida


Delta Beta Chapter at Large, Sigma Theta Tau First Place Research Award at the University of South Florida Health Science Campus Research Day

Selected Publications

H. G. Buck, K. Harkness, R. Wion, S. L. Carroll, T. Cosman, S. Kaasalainen, J. Kryworuchko, M. McGillion, S. O'Keefe-McCarthy, D. Sherifali, P. H. Trachan, and H. Arthur. 2015. Caregivers' contribution to heart failure self-care: A systematic review. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 14(1):79–89. doi: 10.1177/1474515113518434.

C. S. Lee, C. Chien, J. T. Bidwell, J. M. Gelow, Q. E. Denfeld, R. M. Creber, H. G. Buck, and J. O. Mudd. 2014. Comorbidity profiles and inpatient outcomes during hospitalization for heart failure: An analysis of the U.S. nationwide inpatient sample. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 14(1):73.

S. Savini, H. G. Buck, V. V. Dickson, S. Simeone, G. Pucciarelli, R. Fida, M. Matarese, R. Alvaro, and E. Vellone. 2014. Quality of life in stroke survivor–caregiver dyads: A new conceptual framework and longitudinal study protocol. Journal of Advanced Nursing 71(3):676–687. doi: 10.1111/jan.12524.

H. G. Buck, C. H. Zambroski, and J. E. Hupcey. 2013. Assessing the response of patients and spousal/partner caregivers to a new instrument measuring dyadic heart failure care types. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 12(2):209–213. doi: 10.1177/1474515112471479.

H. G. Buck, L. Kitko, and J. E. Hupcey. 2013. Dyadic heart failure care types: Qualitative evidence for a novel typology. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 28(6):37–46.

H. G. Buck, C. H. Zambroski, C. Garrison, and S. C. McMillan. 2013. Everything they were discussing, we were already doing: Hospice heart failure caregivers reflect on a palliative caregiving intervention. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing 14(4):218–224. doi: 10.1097/NJH.obo13e3182777738.

V. V. Dickson, H. Buck, and B. Riegel. 2013. Multiple comorbid conditions challenge heart failure self-care by decreasing self-efficacy. Nursing Research 62(1):2–9. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0b013e31827337b3.

H. G. Buck, S. Meghani, J. A. Prvu Bettger, E. Byun, M. J. Fachko, M. O'Connor, S. Tocchi, and M. Naylor. 2012. The use of comorbidities among adults experiencing care transitions: A systematic review and evolutionary analysis of empirical literature. Chronic Illness 8(4):278–295. doi: 10.1177/1742395312444741.

H. G. Buck and C. Zambroski. 2012. Upstreaming palliative care for patients with heart failure. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 27(2):147–153. doi: 10.1097/JCN.0b013e318239f629.

H. G. Buck, C. S. Lee, D. K. Moser, N. Albert, T. Lennie, B. Bentley, L. Worrall-Carter, and B. Riegel. 2012. The relationship between self-care and health-related quality of life in older adults with moderate to advanced heart failure. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 27(1):8–15. doi: 10.1097/JCN.0b013e3182106299.

Curriculum Vitae

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