Kesha Baptiste-Roberts, PhD
(Johns Hopkins) Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Baptiste-Roberts has expertise in the fields of public health and epidemiology. She teaches nursing research and writing-intensive courses. Her research interests include obesity prevention, gestational diabetes, and perinatal outcomes.
Harleah G. Buck, PhD
(University of South Florida) Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Buck is board-certified in hospice and palliative nursing. She has cared for heart failure patients across the trajectory of recovery from open heart surgery, to telemetry, to hospice. She teaches classes on research, concepts of health, epistemology and theory analysis. She is the Schreyer Honors College's adviser for Penn State's College of Nursing, overseeing the development and completion of the undergraduate nursing thesis. Her research focuses on advanced heart failure patient and caregiver dyads, examining the relationships between the dyad's characteristics and their symptom management.
Janet Fogg, PhD
(Villanova) Assistant Professor of Nursing; Professor in Charge, Professional Graduate Programs
Dr. Fogg has nearly twenty years of experience in nursing education. She has taught a variety of courses, including maternal-newborn nursing, professional role development, and nursing research. Recently, she has focused her efforts on curriculum development and online teaching. Dr. Fogg's research interests include maternal stress and social support in the neonatal intensive care unit. She is certified as a nurse educator and in neonatal intensive care nursing.
Lisa A. Kitko, PhD
(Penn State) Assistant Professor of Nursing; Coordinator, Clinical Nurse Specialist Option
Dr. Kitko's program of research focuses on palliative care, heart failure, and the needs of family caregivers. She has spearheaded the College of Nursing's efforts to enhance nursing education for minority students. She has taught a variety of medical-surgical nursing and clinical nurse specialist courses and currently teaches pathophysiology.
Susan Loeb, PhD
(Penn State) Associate Professor of Nursing
Dr. Loeb's program of research focuses on the health needs and issues of older inmates with chronic health conditions including those with advanced chronic illnesses who are approaching the end of life. Her research has been funded by two NIH institutes (National Institute on Aging and National Institute of Nursing Research). Over the past two decades Dr. Loeb has taught a wide array of courses across the nursing curriculum, from undergraduate through doctoral education. Most recently her teaching has been in writing-focused courses where students develop their scholarly papers or dissertations. In addition, she regularly teaches NURS 501: Issues in Nursing and Health Care.
Casey Pinto, MS
Instructor in Nursing
Ms. Pinto is a family nurse practitioner with clinical expertise in infectious disease prevention and treatment. As a doctoral student, her research focus is on HIV and STD risk perception. She teaches pharmacology and supervises clinical rotations for nurse practitioner students.
Carol A. Smith, DSN
(Alabama) Associate Professor of Nursing
Dr. Smith has more than thirty years of experience in advanced practice nursing and education. She brings an integrated perspective of theory-based advanced practice to today's challenges in health care and nursing. Her viewpoints are informed by previous positions in hospital and academic administration, direct provision of care in primary and acute settings, and teaching in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Her research has centered on independent and collaborative community-based studies of health promotion in diverse populations. Dr. Smith works actively with national nursing organizations focused on nursing program accreditation, development of standards, and the establishment of guidelines for advanced practice roles.
Patricia Sweeney, PhD
(Penn State) Assistant Professor of Nursing; Director, Nurse Practitioner Program
Dr. Sweeney has twenty-five years of experience in education and as a nurse practitioner. She teaches advanced health assessment and nurse practitioner courses. Her clinical practice background has been in both primary care and urgent care settings. Dr. Sweeney's research interests include nurse practitioner outcomes, quality health care, and educational strategies that enhance critical thinking.