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Lisa Kitko

Associate Professor


Contact Information

307H Nursing Sciences Building
University Park PA 16802

(fax) 814-865-6625


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, Nursing (minor: Gerontology)
M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, Nursing (Clinical Nurse Specialist option)
B.S.N., University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests


  • Heart failure/mechanical circulatory support
  • Family support/caregivers
  • Palliative care/end of life

Funded Research Projects

Transitioning to the terminal phase of heart failure with an LVAD-DT in place. AHA Great Rivers Affiliate (14BGIA18980022), 2014-2016. L. Kitko (PI). J. Hupcey (Co-I)

Funded Research Projects

Palliative care algorithms for heart failure dyads: One-year versus two-year predicted survival. NIH/NINR (R01NR013419), 2011–2016. J. E. Hupcey (PI), L. Kitko (Co-PI), J. Boehmer (Co-I), and M. Kreher (Co-I)

Funded Research Projects

Interprofessional Palliative Care Training Program. Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. 2015-2017. L. Kitko (PI)


  • 2015 – Nursing Investigator Award 2nd Runner-up, Heart Failure 2015, European Society of Cardiology
  • 2014 – Research Abstract Nursing Investigator Finalist, Heart Failure Society of America Nursing Research Award
  • 2015 Josiah S. Macy Faculty Scholar
  • 2017 Inducted as Fellow, American Academy of Nursing


  • 2010 – Nursing Education Nominee, Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania
  • 2009 – Janet A. Williamson Excellence in Teaching Award, Penn State School of Nursing
  • 2008 – Grantmakers in Aging, GIA Fellows Program
  • 2015 Inducted as Fellow, American Heart Association