Faculty

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.

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Dr. Rachel Allen is an assistant research professor of nursing, family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, and Fellow at the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on psychiatric nursing, nursing history, mental health policy, and the broad social history of deinstitutionalization. Dr. Allen's research contains both a chronic illness and community focus, centering on individuals living with serious and persistent mental illness.

DNP, Penn State
M.S. in Ed., Capella University
MSN, Misericordia University
BSN, Penn State
A.S.N., Penn State

Dr. Michael M. Evans, assistant dean of undergraduate nursing education at Penn State campuses and associate teaching professor of nursing, teaches in the BSN, RN to BSN, and graduate-level programs (DNP). His research interests center around palliative and end-of-life care and improving the quality of life for persons living with chronic progressive illnesses.

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 is an instructor for 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.

Ph.D., Nursing, University of Iowa

Dr. Ying-Ling Jao is an assistant professor of nursing. Her areas of research are dementia and long-term care. Her program of research focuses on the impact of the care environment and caregiver communication on behavioral symptoms for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in long-term care. Dr. Jao is also a faculty member of the Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.

DNP, University of Alabama at Birmingham
M.S., Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College
MSN, Vanderbilt University
BSN, Penn State

Dr. Kelly Wolgast teaches both nurse administrator/management courses and nurse educator courses in Penn State's MSN and DNP Programs. Her research interests includes nurse leadership, health care delivery models, distance learning, and military/veterans' health.