- PhD – University of Pennsylvania
- MS – Binghamton University (State University of New York)
- BS – Binghamton University (State University of New York)
Select Honors and Awards
- 2020 Towers Pinnacle Award: American Association of Nurse Practitioners
- 2018 Cultural Pluralism Award: Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions
- 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award: State University of New York
- 2018 Medal of Distinguished Service: Binghamton University Alumni Association
- 2017 Trailblazer Award: National Black Nurses Association, Inc.
- 2016 Helen Miramontes Advocacy Award: Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Alio, A. P., Sibley, C., Ouedraogo, H. S., Wallace, S. E., Wakefield, S., Humes, D. L., Fields. S. D., & Keefer, M. C., (2020). House Ball Community Leaders’ Perceptions of HIV and HIV Vaccine Research. Int. J of Maternal and Child Health and AIDS, 9(1), 136-145. https://doi.org/10.21106/ijma.331
Watson, C.C.; Wilton, L.; Lucas, J.P.; Bryant, L.; Victorianne, G.D.; Aradhya, K.; Fields, S. D.; Wheeler, D.P.; HPTN Black Caucus., (2020). Development of a Black Caucus within the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN): Representing the Perspectives of Black Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 17(3), 871. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17030871
Wheeler, D. P., Fields S. D., Magnus, M., Hightow-Weidman, L., Shoptaw, S., et. al., (2019). Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Initiation and Adherence among Black Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) in Three U.S. Cities: Results from the HPTN 073 Study. Journal of the International AIDS Society 22 (2), https://doi.org/10.1002/jia2.25223.
Hightow-Weidman, L., Magnus, M., Beauchamp, G., Hurt, C. B., Shoptaw, S., Emel, L., Piwowar-Manning, E., Mayer, K. H., Nelson, L. E., Wilton, L., Watkins, P., Whitfield, D., Fields, S. D., & Wheeler, D. (2019). Incidence and Correlates of STIs among Black Men who have Sex with Men Participating in the HPTN 073 PrEP Study. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 69(9), 1597-1604, https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciy1141
Education & University
BSN, MSN, & DNP, University of Iowa
Advance care planning, Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POLST), Iowa Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (IPOST)
Dr. Peterson has been an adult & gerontological primary care nurse practitioner since 2008, with clinical practice experience in long term care, community care, home care and primary care. This includes providing geriatric and primary care to the Meskwaki Nation community (Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa and their employees). She has teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate nursing including master’s and doctorate level, as well as serving as a geriatric nurse practitioner preceptor to numerous students including family medicine residents. Her teaching experience includes lecture, on-line, clinical practicums and simulation; with emphasis on utilizing active learning strategies in the classroom. As an enrolled member of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin and a first-generation college student, she strives to be a supportive resource for underrepresented students in higher education. Her clinical research interest includes advance care planning. Dr. Peterson is a Respecting ChoicesR first steps and advanced steps facilitator. Her DNP project involved advance care planning conversations and completion of an Iowa Physician Order for Scope of Treatment (IPOST) when applicable, with nursing home residents in a mid-size town when the medical orders were first available statewide in Iowa. The results of her project found residents and especially family members found this approach very valuable, but more education was needed for the healthcare staff. With social work partners, Dr. Mercedes Bern-Klug PhD, MSW, MA and Jane Dohrmann MSW, LISW, ACHP-SW, this work continued via several presentations and webinars including a Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Initiative grant project, and working with the National POLST (Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment) Paradigm (as it was known at the time). This team, with the addition of Kandyce Powell, MSN, RN wrote the Nursing Home and Hospice chapters of the POLST Care Continuum toolkit available online (https://polst.org/toolkit/?pro=1).
Advisor: Miyamoto/ Wolgast
Dr. Exten received her Master of Public Health (MPH) from Emory University and her PhD in Epidemiology from The Ohio State University. She is an infectious disease epidemiologist, with a focus on health disparities affecting sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ+) populations. Her program of research is focused specifically on disparities related to sexual health (e.g. HIV and sexually transmitted infections) and substance use. She has extensive experience in survey data collection, the application of advanced statistical methods, and working with high-risk populations. She is passionate about the examination of diseases in their entirety, including biological, sociological and epidemiological factors.
PhD – The Ohio State University (Epidemiology)
MPH – Emory University (Epidemiology)
BS – East Tennessee State University (Biology and Psychology)
- Rice CE, Vasilenko SA, Fish JN, Lanza ST. Sexual minority health disparities: an examination of age-related trends across adulthood in a national cross-sectional sample. Annals of Epidemiology 2019; 31, 20-25.
- Rice CE, Turner AN, Lanza ST. Sexual behavior latent classes among men who have sex with men: Associations with sexually transmitted infections. Journal of Sex Research 2017; 54, 776-783.
- Rice CE, Maierhofer C, Fields KS, Ervin M, Lanza S, Turner AN. Beyond anal sex: Sexual practices among MSM and associations with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Journal of Sexual Medicine 2016; 13(3): 374-382. PMID: 26853044.
- Fish JN, Rice CE, Lanza ST, Russell ST. Is young adulthood a critical period for suicidal behavior among sexual minorities? Results from a US national sample. Prevention Science 2019; 20(3): 353-365.
Biological transitions as a period of vulnerability for
physical and mental health problems, specifically:
- puberty, stress hormones (cortisol), and reproductive hormones and their association with psychopathology (substance abuse, depression, anxiety, behavior problems) and physical health (bone density, menstrual cycles)
DNP, University of Maryland
MSN, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care Track, Drexel University
BSN, Pennsylvania State University
- AS Nursing, Harrisburg Area Community College, 1987
- BS Nursing, York College, 1994
MSN, University of Pennsylvania, 1996
PhD, Duquesne University, 2010
- CON: Curriculum Review
- Campus: SRTE/Evaluation Methods, FT1 Promotion
- Complementary & alternative medicine
- Holistic health
- Immune system health and autoimmune diseases
Undergraduate instruction in Nursing, including Health Assessment, Pharmacology, Senior Clinical, Medical-Surgical Nursing, various electives (alternative medicine, substance abuse, business), Research Methods, Professional Development.
Scholarly Writing: http://nightingale-project.blogspot.com/
The Pennsylvania State University
- Ph.D. in Nursing
- Dissertation Title: “Somatic Awareness and Self-Symptom Recognition in Advanced Heart Failure Patients”
- Master of Science in Education with a Specialization in Professional Studies
- Capstone Project: “A Guide to Nurse Faculty Mentoring”
- Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in Adult Heath and a Sub-Specialization in Nursing Education
- Synthesis Project: “An Evidence-Based Practice Project to Improve Glucose Control in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus”
The Pennsylvania State University, Scranton Campus
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The Pennsylvania State University, Scranton Campus
- Associate of Science in Nursing
Job Responsibilities/Research Interests/BIO
- I am a graduate of Penn State Worthington Scranton’s A.S.N. and RN-B.S.N. programs, Misericordia University’s M.S.N. program in adult health as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with a subspecialization in nursing education. I also earned my M.S.Ed. from Capella University with a focus in professional studies and my Ph.D. at Penn State University in the College of Nursing. In addition, I earned my certificate for online teaching through Penn State and I am also certified in Nursing Education and Medical/Surgical Nursing.
- I have worked at Penn State University since 2003 (full-time since 2008) where I am responsible for teaching in the BS and RN to BS programs at PSS, graduate-level nursing education courses for the World Campus and also serve as the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Nursing Education at the Commonwealth Campuses for the College of Nursing. I am currently an Associate Teaching Professor of Nursing. I love nursing and educational research. I have published and presented many scholarly articles and have a true love for conducting and disseminating research in order to advance our great profession. My current area of research revolves around end-of-life and palliative care.
Michael M. Evans CV
Research & Publications
• 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
Research & Publications
Education: Columbia University, Ed.D., Nursing Education; Ed.M., Nursing Education; M.S., Adult Nurse Practitioner; B.S., Nursing; The Pennsylvania State University, National Research Service Award Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Research Interests: Palliative and end-of-life care, family caregivers, heart failure, age-friendly health care, qualitative research
- Big Ten Academic Alliance
- Fellow, Academic Leadership Program, 2013-2014
- American Academy of Nursing
- Fellow, Inducted October 2012
- Columbia University, Teachers College
- Nursing Education Alumni Association
- Nursing Scholarship and Research Award, 2012
- Hall of Fame, Inducted 2011
- May Ayers Burgess, Endowed Nursing Scholarship, 1987
- Eastern Nursing Research Society
- Suzanne Feetham Nurse Scientist Family Research Award, 2012
- Mentor Recognition, 2011
- American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
- Research Abstract Award, 1999
- Sigma Theta Tau International
- Honor Society for Nursing, Inducted 1988
Research & Publications
- sexual violence
- forensic nursing
- drug and alcohol use
- intimate partner violence
- mental health
- technology-delivered interventions
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
- PhD, Doctor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
- MSN, Master of Science, Clinical Nurse Specialist – Forensic Nursing, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
- BSN, Bachelor of Science, Nursing, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
Honors and Awards
- International Association of Forensic Nurses; Ann Burgess Research Award (2017)
- Sue K. Donaldson Dissertation Award, Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD (2017)
- American Academy of Nursing, Jonas Policy Scholar, Violence Expert Panel (2016-2018)
- Futures Without Violence Campus Leadership Fellow (2015-2016)
Twitter – @jcandresearch
Facebook – @jcandresearch
Instagram – @jcandresearch
Research & Publications
Dr. Wardecker received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2016 and subsequently began training as an NIA-funded T32 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State. As an Assistant Professor of Nursing with multidisciplinary training in Psychology, Public Health, and Biobehavioral Health, she pulls from theoretical frameworks in these fields to investigate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) older adults’ psychological and physical health outcomes.
Ph.D. – University of Michigan (Psychology)
B.S. – The Pennsylvania State University (Psychology)
- Promoting health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults
- Examining health disparities and individual differences in health (e.g., age, gender, and sexual orientation)
- Biomarker measurement
Wardecker, B. M. & Matsick, J. L. (2020). Families of choice and community connectedness: A brief guide to the social strengths of LGBTQ older adults. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 46(2), 5-8.
Surachman, A., Wardecker, B. M., Chow, S.-M., & Almeida, D. M. (2019). Life course socioeconomic status, daily stressors, and daily well-being: Examining chain of risk models. Journal of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 74(1), 126-135.
- Wardecker, B. M., Matsick, J. L., Graham-Engeland, J. E, & Almeida, D. M. (2019). Life satisfaction across adulthood in bisexual men and women: Findings from the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 48(1), 291-303.
- Wardecker, B. M. & Johnston, T. R. (2018). Seeing and supporting LGBT older adults’ caregivers and families. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 44(11), 1-4.