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Marianne Adam

As a nurse and former nurse practitioner, I care about the health and well-being of the older adult population and recognize the importance of Age-Friendly Care. I am committed to preparing future nurses to provide comprehensive care for this population.

Marianne Adam, PhD, RN, FNP, CNE, is an Associate Teaching Professor and Campus Coordinator for Nursing at Penn State Schuylkill. Dr. Adam has been a nurse educator for more than 25 years, and has worked in administration, medical/surgical, critical care, and home care nursing. Dr. Adam joined the Penn State Schuylkill campus in 2014.

Dr. Adam’s research focus is on the opioid epidemic. Her recent projects include Opioid Addiction: The Experience of Seeking Treatment for a Loved One and Families Forging a Path to Treatment for Opioid Addiction. The projects were identified by community stakeholders as significant issues. Dr. Adam participates in continuing education, attends professional and community-based meetings addressing substance use disorder and strategies to promote community wellness. The opioid epidemic affects all age groups both directly and indirectly, this information can inform Age-Friendly Care.

Research Interests

  • Chronic illness 
  • Patient education/learning 
  • Community-based health promotion and planning 
  • Substance/opioid epidemic 
  • Qualitative research 
  • Nursing education 
  • Sustainability 

PURE Profile


  • PhD, Nursing, Penn State University
  • Graduate Certificate, Family Nurse Practitioner, Allentown College
  • MS, Nursing Service Administration, Adelphi University
  • BS, Nursing, State University of New York- Utica/Rome
  • AAS, Nursing, State University of New York- Farmingdale

Selected Accomplishments, Contributions, Awards & Memberships

Dr. Adam is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nurses Honor Society (STTI), the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Association. Dr. Adam serves on the board for Beta Sigma, the Penn State chapter of STTI.