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
Ph.D., Nursing, University of South Florida
M.S., Nursing Education emphasis, University of South Florida
B.S.N., Columbia University

Research Interests


  • 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

Current Funded Research Projects

Principal Investigator. Dyadic symptom management in moderate to severe heart failure. NIH/NINR (R03NR014524); 2014–2016.

Principal Investigator. Improving rural geriatric care through education. Highmark Foundation/Johnson & Johnson Foundation; 2014–2016.

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)




  • 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