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Nikki Hill

Nikki Hill

Associate Professor

203C Nursing Sciences Building
University Park

Phone: 814-867-3265


Research & Publications

Research Interests

  • Cognitive and functional health in later life
  • Influence of cognition on function, well-being, and activity engagement
  • Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
  • Assessment of subjective cognition
  • Personality and cognition

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  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA Major: Philosophy in Nursing Supporting Area of Emphasis: Gerontology Dissertation Title: Personality as a Moderator of Cognitive Stimulation Outcomes in Individuals at High Risk for Cognitive Decline, 2013
  • M.S., Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA Major: Nursing Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Clinical Nurse Specialist Program, Adult Health, 2009
  • B.S., Highest Distinction, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA Major: Nursing With Honors, Schreyer Honors College, 2007
  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA Major: Biology, 2000

Honors and Awards

  • 2021–2024, Carol A. Nese Early Career Professor
  • 2021, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
  • 2020, Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing, National Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence
  • 2020, Carol A. Nese Early Career Professorship
  • 2019, Janet A. Williamson Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2015, National Institute on Aging, Butler-Williams Scholars Program
  • 2013, Developing Behavioral Interventions, Johns Hopkins Summer Research Institute Scholarship
  • 2013, Doctoral Student Nursing Scientist, Eastern Nursing Research Society Annual Scientific Sessions
  • 2012–2013, Penn State Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems Scholarship
  • 2007–2008, Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation Nursing Education Grant
  • 2007, Chianna and Usharani Reddy Mission Award, Schreyer Honors College
  • 2007, Sigma Theta Tau Beta Sigma Chapter Academic Achievement Award
  • 2007, Student Marshall, College of Health & Human Development
  • 2006, Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania Scholarship
  • 2006, Schreyer Honors College Summer Internship Gran
  • 2005–2006, Women’s Leadership Initiative
  • 2005, Leslie Savino Scholarship, Mount Nittany Medical Center
Nese College of Nursing named a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence