Marianne Adam, RN, CRNP

Ph.D., Nursing, Penn State 
M.S., Nursing Service Administration, Adelphi University
BSN, SUNY College of Technology
A.A.S., Nursing, SUNY

Dr. Marianne Adam is an associate teaching professor and the campus coordinator of nursing at Penn State Schuylkill. Her research interests are diabetes, chronic illness, patient education/learning, community-based health promotion and programming, the substance/heroin epidemic, and qualitative research.

Michael Evans, RN, ACNS, CMSRN, CNE

Ph.D., Nursing, Penn State 
M.S.Ed., Adult Education, Capella University
MSN, Misericordia University
BSN, Penn State
A.S., Nursing, Penn State

Dr. Michael M. Evans is assistant chief academic officer and an associate teaching professor of nursing at Penn State, where he is responsible for teaching in the baccalaureate, RN to BSN, and graduate nursing programs. Dr. Evans is board certified in medical-surgical nursing and nursing education. He maintains his clinical expertise by working in the home health and hospice settings. He is an active researcher, and he has published in the areas of clinical practice and nursing education.

Donna M. Fick, RN, FGSA, FAAN

Ph.D., Nursing Science/Geriatrics, University of California-San Francisco
MSN, Gerontological Nursing, University of Cincinnati
BSN, Nursing Science, Berea College


Dr. Donna M. Fick is the director of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State. She instructs a variety of graduate nursing courses. Dr. Fick’s research interests include inappropriate medication use in older adults, recognition and management of delirium superimposed on dementia, and implementation of ultra-brief delirium screening in hospital settings.

Ying-Ling Jao, RN

Ph.D., Nursing, University of Iowa
MSN, Adult and Gerontological Nursing, University of Iowa
BSN, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Science, Taiwan

Dr. Ying-Ling Jao's areas of teaching are nursing research and gerontological nursing. She teaches courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Her area of research is dementia, especially assessment and nonpharmacological interventions for neurobehavioral symptoms of dementia. Specifically, her work focuses on the impact of care environments on apathy in long-term care.