Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence
Ph.D. Faculty with an Individual Speciality in Gerontology


Marie Boltz, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN

boltz 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.

Donna M. Fick, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN

fick Elouise Ross Eberly Professor of Nursing
Director, Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State
dmf21@psu.edu
Detection and management of delirium and delirium superimposed on dementia; non-drug interventions for persons with dementia and delirium; healthy cognitive aging; inappropriate medication use in older adults.

Nikki Hill, PhD, RN

hill Assistant Professor of Nursing
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

hupcey 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, RN, PhD

hupcey Assistant Professor of Nursing
yuj15@psu.edu
Non-pharmacological interventions for dementia; care environments for dementia; assessment and management of apathy in dementia; measurement of activity.

Lisa Kitko, RN, PhD, FAHA

kitko Assistant Professor of Nursing
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 M. Kolanoswki, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN

kolanowski Professor of Nursing
amk20@psu.edu
Non-pharmacological interventions for the behavioral and cognitive symptoms of dementia and delirium; implementation strategies for improving care in long-term care settings.

Susan J. Loeb, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN

loeb-valm95 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.

Jacqueline Mogle, PhD

hupcey Assistant Clinical Professor
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.

Andrea Sillner, Ph.D., GCNS-BC, RN

hupcey Assistant Clinical Professor
amy139@psu.edu
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Kimberly Van Haitsma, PhD

vanhaitsma 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.