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Research Faculty

MARIE BOLTZ, PHD, RN, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Associate Professor of Nursing
mpb40@psu.edu

Interventions to promote functional health and cognition in older adults; caregiving efficacy and coping with dementia and delirium; complex aging-related care issues; translational and health services research


 

ANN-MARIE CHANG, PHD
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health & Nursing
auc35@psu.edu

Genetic analysis of sleep and circadian rhythms, and interactions that influence cardio-metabolic function in humans; examination of environmental effects on sleep physiology, circadian rhythms, and neurobehavioral and cognitive performance.


 

LORAH D. DORN. PHD, RN
Professor of Nursing and Pediatrics
dun@psu.edu

Behavioral endocrinology with an emphasis on adolescence


 

CHRISTOPHER ENGELAND, PHD
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health & Nursing
cge2@psu.edu

Inflammatory mediators of stress and cognitive aging


 

DONNA M. FICK, PHD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
Elouise Ross Eberly Professor of Nursing; Director, Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence
dmf21@psu.edu

Detection and management of delirium and delirium superimposed on dementia; nondrug interventions for persons with dementia and delirium; healthy cognitive aging; inappropriate medication use in older adults


 

NIKKI HILL, PHD, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing; Associate Director, Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence
nikki.hill@psu.edu

Relationships between subjective and objective cognition in later life; preclinical dementia assessment; person-centered interventions for older adults with cognitive impairment; community-engaged research


 

JUDITH E. HUPCEY, EDD, CRNP, FAAN
Professor of Nursing and Medicine; Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research
jhupcey@psu.edu

Palliative care interventions for persons with heart failure and their informal family caregivers


 

YING-LING JAO, PHD, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
yuj15@psu.edu

Nonpharmacological interventions for dementia; care environments for dementia; assessment and management of apathy in dementia; measurement of activity


 

LISA KITKO, PHD, RN, FAHA
Associate Professor of Nursing; Josiah S. Macy Jr. Faculty Scholar
lkitko@psu.edu

Palliative care and end-of-life needs of patients living with a life-limiting illness and their family members; device deactivation at the end of life; advance care planning; qualitative methods


 

ANN KOLANOWSKI, PHD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
Professor of Nursing and Psychiatry
amk20@psu.edu

Nonpharmacological interventions for the behavioral symptoms of dementia and delirium.


 

SUSAN J. LOEB, PHD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
Associate Professor of Nursing; Director, Ph.D. Program in Nursing
SVL100@psu.edu

Enhancing health, facilitating chronic disease management, and promoting a dignified death for those aging and dying in prison


 

LAUREN MASSIMO, PHD, CRNP
Research Associate
lmm231@psu.edu

Understanding of the mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disease associated behaviors such as apathy. Better understanding of these mechanisms leads to testing and design of tailored interventions.


 

SHERIDAN MIYAMOTO, PHD, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
sjm6101@psu.edu

Using administrative databases and predictive tools to identify families at risk for child maltreatment; Telehealth to improve forensic care for children in rural communities


 

JACQUELINE MOGLE, PHD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
jam935@psu.edu

Daily memory lapses in older adults; assessment models for subjective memory functioning; impact of memory perceptions on daily activities and functioning; statistical analysis for longitudinal and intensive research designs


 

JANICE PENROD, PHD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
Interim Dean
jlp198@psu.edu

End-of-life care in complex organizations such as prison; States of uncertainty


 

AMY S. SAWYER, PHD, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
ams24@psu.edu

Adherence to CPAP treatment in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)


 

ANDREA YEVCHAK SILLNER, PHD, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
amy139@psu.edu

Use of technology to manage multiple chronic conditions


 

KIMBERLY VAN HAITSMA, PHD
Associate Professor of Nursing; Director, Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care
ksv110@psu.edu

Behavioral intervention development for older adult mental health needs; measurement development in preferences for care and observed emotion in dementia; observational methods; implementation science approaches to the study of care of frail older adults