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Current Ph.D. Students

Rachel Arendacs

Rachel Arendacs

rea140@psu.edu

  • Research Interest: Interventions to prevent hip fractures in older adults
  • Adviser: Dr. Marie Boltz and Dr. Ying-Ling Jao
Liza Behrens

Liza Behrens

llb237@psu.edu

MSN, RN, CCRC
Adviser: Kimberly Van Haitsma
Research Interests: Institutionalized older adults living with dementia; person-centered care; risk management
Iris Bhang

Iris Bhang

iub22@psu.edu

  • Research Interest: Preclinical stages of Alzheimer’s disease, cognition, and depression in older adults
  • Adviser: Dr. Jacqueline Mogle
Michelle Boakye

Michelle Boakye

  • Research Interest: Person-centered care
  • Adviser: Dr. Kimberly Van Haitsma
Soyoung Choi

Soyoung Choi

sxc940@psu.edu

  • Research Interest: Caregiver burden of caring for patients with heart failure; palliative care in heart failure populations; text mining
  • Adviser: Dr. Lisa Kitko
Elise Colancecco

Elise Colancecco

emc277@psu.edu

  • Research Interests: Functional outcomes in the older adult trauma patient
  • Adviser: Dr. Ann Kolanowski and Dr. Nikki Hill
Joanne Roman Jones

Joanne Roman Jones

jxr5606@psu.edu

  • Research Interests: Prelicensure nursing education and practice-related errors
  • Adviser: Dr. Marie Boltz
Paul Logan

Paul Logan

pul12@psu.edu

  • Research Interests: Value in health care; health outcomes of care provided by acute care nurse practitioners
  • Adviser: Dr. Marie Boltz
Caroline McDermott

Caroline McDermott

cbm5125@psu.edu

  • Research Interest: Geriatrics, nutrition, and end-of-life decision making
  • Adviser: Dr. Donna Fick
Abigail McGinnis

Abigail McGinnis

ahb5029@psu.edu

  • Research Interest: Chronic disease management in heart failure
  • Adviser: Dr. Judith E. Hupcey
Jyotsana Parajuli

Jyotsana Parajuli

jzp361@psu.edu

  • Research Interest: Palliative care among older adults with cancer
  • Adviser: Dr. Judith E. Hupcey
Kiernan Riley

Kiernan Riley

kir5292@psu.edu

  • Research Interest: Barriers to timely palliative and hospice care
  • Adviser: Dr. Judith E. Hupcey
Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy

jmuprhy@psu.edu

  • Research Interest: Heart failure and palliative care
  • Adviser: Dr. Judith E. Hupcey
Nicole Rufo

Nicole Rufo

nmr197@psu.edu

  • Research Interest: The role of communication in workforce efficacy
  • Adviser: Dr. Susan J. Loeb
Priyanka Shrestha

Priyanka Shrestha

pxs408@psu.edu

  • Research Interest: Cognitive aging; delirium; delirium superimposed on dementia; family caregiver experience
  • Adviser: Dr. Susan J. Loeb
Cynthia Snyder

Cynthia Snyder

ckg2@psu.edu

  • Research Interest: Adolescent sleep and electronic media
  • Adviser: Dr. Susan J. Loeb
Logan Sweeder

Logan Sweeder

las6036@psu.edu

  • Research Interest: Interventions for older adults with dementia
  • Adviser: Dr. Nikki Hill
Elizabeth Thiede

Elizabeth Thiede

erh23@psu.edu

  • Research Interest: Health disparities and palliative care
  • Adviser: Dr. Lisa Kitko
Emily Whitaker

Emily Whitaker

emb5561@psu.edu

  • Research Interest: Emily is particularly interested in how individual factors such as personality influence the experience of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease symptoms, including individuals’ perceptions of their memory.
  • Adviser: Dr. Nikki Hill