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Kimberly Van Haitsma

Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Nursing
Director, Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care

Contact Information

315C Nursing Sciences Building
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-1027


Clinical Psychology Fellow, Philadelphia Geriatric Center- Department of Clinical Psychology
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, Clinical Psychology
Internship, Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, IL, Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine (APA approved)
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Bowling Green State University
B.A., Psychology, Calvin College

Research Interests

  • Development of Observational Methodologies to assess behavior and emotion in dementia
  • Developing Evidence-based Education Programs to Enhance the Skills of Formal Caregivers
  • Advancing the understanding of person centered care- “knowing preferences for everyday living”
  • Development of Measurement Tools for Research and Clinical Practice
  • Development of Evidence-based Interventions for Formal Caregivers

Funded Research Projects

Incorporating the Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory into Ohio’s Nursing Homes to Improve Resident Care. Ohio Department of Medicaid through Miami. 2016-2019.  Van Haitsma, K. 


Funded Research Projects

Implementation of EIT-4-BPSD in Nursing Homes. National Institutes of Health. Through the University of Maryland.  2016-2017. Resnick, B. (PI),  Kolanowski, A., and Van Haitsma, K. 

Funded Research Projects

Assessing Resident Preferences to Advance Person Centered Care. Donaghue Foundation, 2015-2016. K. VanHaitsma (PI)

Funded Research Projects

Compiling Person-centered Care Measures: A Concept Mapping Task to Better Understand the Process of Person Centered Care Delivery, Penn State University Program for Person Centered Living Systems of Care. K. VanHaitsma (PI)

Funded Research Projects

Matching Preferences through Technology: An evaluation of It’s Never Too Late and the Preferences for Every day Living Satisfaction Tool. Friends Foundation on Aging. K. VanHaitsma (PI)