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Marie Boltz

I am keenly interested in learning from our clinical partners and colleagues in the Age-Friendly Care project and committed to supporting their efforts to help older adults and their families live their best life.

Marie Boltz, PhD, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN, is an Elouise Ross and Robert Eberly Endowed Chair and Professor in the Penn State College of Nursing. Dr. Boltz provides instruction to both undergraduate and graduate nursing students and serves as Associate Director of Translation of Best Practice for the Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence (CGNE) at Penn State. With extensive clinical, administrative, and research experience in primary and community-based care, acute care, and long-term care, she is a board-certified gerontologic nurse practitioner and licensed as a nursing home administrator. Her areas of research focus on the geriatric care environment, including measures of quality, dementia-capable and family-centered interventions, and the prevention of functional decline in older adults. She presents nationally and internationally, and has authored and edited numerous journal publications, organizational tools, and chapters/books.

Dr. Boltz is a fellow in both the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Boltz was honored as the Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), a prestigious honor presented to a scholar who has a record of outstanding and sustained contribution to geriatric nursing research.  Dr. Boltz serves on the Board of Directors of GSA and the National Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence.

Research Interests

  • Interventions to promote functional health and cognition in older adults
  • Care partner efficacy and family coping with dementia
  • Dementia care models
  • Translational and health services research

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  • Post-doctoral work (interventional research), University of Maryland
  • Ph.D., New York University
  • M.S.N./Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S.N., LaSalle University
  • Nursing diploma, Lankenau Hospital School of Nursing

Selected Accomplishments, Contributions, Awards & Memberships

  • American Academy of Nursing, Fellow
  • Gerontological Society of America, Fellow
  • 2020 Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award
  • Gerontological Society of America, Board of Directors
  • National Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence, Board of Directors
  • Research Writing awards: Literati, MEDSURG Nursing, Springer Geriatric/Gerontologic Nursing
  • Eastern Nursing Research Society John A. Hartford Geriatric Nursing Research Award (2012)
Marie Boltz