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Susan J. Loeb

Associate Professor of Nursing
Associate Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine
Director, Ph.D. Program

Contact Information

315B Nursing Sciences Building
University Park PA 16802

(fax) 814-863-1027


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, Nursing
M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, Community Health and Older Adult
B.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 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

Enhancing Care of the Aged and Dying in Prison. NIH/NIA Grant # R42AG049570, 2016–2018. Role: PI (MPI study with Dr. Valerie Myers).

Funded Research Projects

Fran and Holly Soistman Faculty Development Endowment, 2016–2017.

Funded Research Projects

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Future of Nursing Scholars Program Grant, 2015–2019. Role: PI/PD.

Funded Research Projects

Grant # R41AG057239, “E-training of Inmate Peer Caregivers for Enhancing Geriatric and End-of-Llife Care in Prisons,” August 1 2017–July 31, 2018. Role: PI

Center Affiliations

Center for Health Healthy Aging


  • 2016 Outstanding Manuscript Award by the Eta Eta Chapter of STTI, Hanover Hospital, Memorial Hospital, York College of Pennsylvania, and WellSpan Health
  • 2016 Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) President’s Award, April 15, 2016, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 2013 – Awarded Fellow status in the Health Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America
  • 2013 – International Asociation of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) Achievement Award for significant contributions in the advancement of the scientific practice of forensic nursing through research and publications
  • 2012 – Inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
  • 2010 – Faculty Affiliate, Bioethics and Medical Humanities Program, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 2008 – Invited panelist at National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summit: The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities; session titled “Understanding and Eliminating Health Disparities in Prison Populations”
  • 2008 – Faculty marshal for spring undergraduate commencement, College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University

  • 2007 – Springer Publishing Company Award in Geriatric/Gerontologial Nursing for a Distinguished Single Work of Research in Applied Geriatric Nursing
  • 2006 – Judith V. Braun Award for Advancing the Practice of Gerontological Nursing through Research from the National Gerontological Nursing Association
  • 2005 – Selected participant for the National Institute of Aging Summer Research Institute
  • 2003 – Selected as a John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Nursing Summer Research Scholar
  • 2001 – First Place Award, Health and Life Sciences Division, 16th Annual Graduate Exhibition, Poster and Visual Arts Session, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 1996 – Evelyn R. Saubel Faculty Award, College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 1996 – Faculty speaker, Class of 1996 Nursing Honors Convocation, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 1995 – Nursing faculty marshal for the College of Health and Human Development Commencement, The Pennsylvania State University