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Judith Hupcey

The age-friendly care movement is so important for health and well-being of older adults and its translation from acute care settings to primary care really excited me. I worked as a nurse practitioner in primary care for many years, so I could see how this would work and be beneficial. I also was excited about collaborating with the Primary Health Network. This FQHC organization, under the leadership of Dr. George Garrow, is progressive and forward thinking; looking to improve the lives of all if its clients, but in particular older adults in rural, medically underserved communities. The College of Nursing and PHN team will make a big difference in the care of older adults in Pennsylvania.

Judith Hupcey, EdD, CRNP, FAAN, is a Professor of Nursing and Medicine and the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at Penn State University. Dr. Hupcey is a Principal Investigator (PI) on the Age-Friendly Care, PA grant and serves on the board of the Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence (CGNE) at Penn State. Dr. Hupcey’s research focuses on older adults with heart failure and their family caregivers, with particular focus on end-of-life conversations and advance care planning. Dr. Hupcey recently completed a study investigating the palliative care needs of older adults with heart failure and their family caregivers. From this study, a cutting-edge model of palliative care for heart failure was developed. Dr. Hupcey has educated nurses, students, and other healthcare professionals on goals of care conversations and the palliative care referral process within a large healthcare delivery system. 

Research Interests

  • Palliative and end-of-life care
  • Family caregivers
  • Heart failure
  • Age-friendly healthcare
  • Qualitative research

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  • Ed.D., Nursing Education, Columbia University
  • Ed.M., Nursing Education, Columbia University
  • M.S., Adult Nurse Practitioner, Columbia University
  • B.S., Nursing, Columbia University
  • National Research Service Award Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University

Selected Accomplishments, Contributions, Awards & Memberships

  • Big Ten Academic Alliance
    • Fellow, Academic Leadership Program, 2013-2014
  • American Academy of Nursing
    • Fellow, Inducted October 2012
  • Columbia University, Teachers College
    • Nursing Education Alumni Association
    • Nursing Scholarship and Research Award, 2012
    • Hall of Fame, Inducted 2011
    • May Ayers Burgess, Endowed Nursing Scholarship, 1987
  • Eastern Nursing Research Society
    • Suzanne Feetham Nurse Scientist Family Research Award, 2012
    • Mentor Recognition, 2011
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
    • Research Abstract Award, 1999
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
    • Honor Society for Nursing, Inducted 1988