Saint Louis University

 Saint Louis University
 School of Nursing

 office: (314) 977-8913
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Research: My program of research focuses on the relationship between sleep, pain, and functional decline in community-dwelling older adults and long-term care residents. I was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow of the National Institutes of Nursing Research and am a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center of Gerontologic Nursing Science and the Center of Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. Sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing, T32NR009356, the training program in "Individualized Care for At Risk Older Adults" employs a conceptual framework of transitional care. The fellowship provided in-depth knowledge of key transition points for at risk older adults, intensive research experiences with seasoned mentors, opportunities that facilitate the conduct of clinically relevant research, and interdisciplinary exposure to transitions in aging research.

Teaching: My primary teaching responsibilities are in the graduate programs where I am the instructor for courses focusing on the Health Care Delivery System and Leadership. I also teach a doctoral course on evidence-based practice involving care of the acutely ill and serves as a guest lecturer in a variety of courses. In addition, I am a frequent speaker at regional and national professional conferences.

Professional and Scholarly Activities: My years of clinical and administrative experience spans from inpatient care of the cardiovascular patient, health care quality, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. I have published articles and book chapters on the effects of exercise and disturbed sleep among community-dwelling older adults and long-term care residents. I am a member of Midwest Nursing Research Society, Sleep Research Society, the Gerontological Society of America, and Sigma Theta Tau International.


  • Doctor in Philosophy in Nursing, Saint Louis University School of Nursing, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Masters in Health Care Services, Washington University Health Behavior Research, St. Louis, Missouri 
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Central Methodist College School of Nursing, Fayette, Missouri 
  • Diploma in Nursing, Missouri Baptist Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis, Missouri