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.

Ph.D., New York University

Dr. Marie Boltz's teaching interests include clinical gerontology, research, and age- and dementia-friendly health care systems. Her areas of research include interventions to promote functional health, cognition in older adults, approaches to support family and formal caregiving efficacy, and coping with dementia and delirium, organizational models to address complex aging-related care issues, and translational dementia research.

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

Dr. Michael 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.

D.Ed., Adult Education, Penn State
Post-Master's Certification, Family Practice Nurse Practitioner, Widener University
MSN, Nursing Case Management, Villanova University
BSN, Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University

Dr. Sharilee Hrabovsky is an assistant research professor, teaching online courses in the Graduate School. A practicing nurse for the more than three decades, many of them as a nurse practitioner, she has presented on tobacco use, treatment, and regulation research for the last several years. As a Nationally Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, she has worked with hundreds of tobacco users through clinical trials or direct patient care in their quest to reduce or quit tobacco use.

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.

Ph.D., Gerontology, Penn State
MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist option, Penn State
BSN, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Lisa Kitko is the associate dean for graduate education and an associate professor. Her 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.

DNP, Penn State
MSN, Penn State
BSN, Penn State

Dr. Susan 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 the National Institute on Aging and the 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.

Ph.D., Leadership and Administration, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
MSN, Wilmington University
MBA, University of St. Francis
BSN, Wilkes University

Dr. Sheri Matter is the director of the online MSN program and is an assistant teaching professor in the Penn State College of Nursing. She has more than 30 years of nursing leadership experience, including serving as chief nursing executive of a multiple hospital system. Dr. Matter's research for her dissertation focused on the nurse characteristics of a highly reliable organization.

Ph.D., Epidemiology, The Ohio State University
MPH, Epidemiology, Emory University

Dr. Cara E. Rice is an infectious disease epidemiologist, focusing on health disparities affecting sexual and gender minority populations, with an emphasis on sexual health (specifically HIV and other sexually transmitted infections) and substance use. She has extensive experience in survey data collection, data analysis, and working with high-risk populations, and she is passionate about the examination of diseases in their entirety, including biological, sociological, and epidemiological factors.

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Michigan

Dr. Britney Wardecker is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at Penn State. Prior to her faculty position, Dr. Wardecker began training (funded by the National Institutes of Health) as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State. Her research examines lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) older adults' psychological and physical health outcomes. Dr. Wardecker also loves to teach in the areas of health, discrimination, health disparities, and research methods.

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.

DNP, Penn State
MSN, Penn State
BSN, Penn State

Dr. Andrea Yevchak Sillner is an assistant research professor in the Penn State College of Nursing and a board-certified gerontological clinical nurse specialist. Dr. Sillner's research interests are in improving transitions of care for older adults and their informal family caregivers, by focusing on technology-assisted communication and preferences of care.