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

Ying-Ling Jao, RN, PhD

hupcey Assistant Professor of Nursing
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
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
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
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
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

Kimberly Van Haitsma, PhD

vanhaitsma Associate Professor of Nursing
Director, Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care
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.