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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
Assistant 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.


 

PAULA MILONE-NUZZO, PHD, RN, FHHC, FAAN
Dean and Professor of Nursing
pxm36@psu.edu

Management in home health care.


 

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
Professor of Nursing; Co-director KL2 Program
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