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Elizabeth A. Schlenk, PhD, RN

Associate Professor
Health and Community Systems

    School of Nursing
415 Victoria Building
3500 Victoria St
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Phone: 412-624-4103
Fax: 412-383-7293


My research is focused on adherence to chronic disorder regimens, with a particular focus on adherence to physical activity regimen. I have conducted observational and intervention studies with colleagues from across several disciplines that have focused on type 2 diabetes, hypertension, Raynaud`s disease, fibromyalgia syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. I am testing a self-efficacy based intervention to improve physical activity in older adults who have osteoarthritis of the knee and comorbid hypertension. Technologies used in this study include an e-diary on smartphones for outcome assessments and self-monitoring during intervention, electronic ActiGraph accelerometer, electronic hand-held dynamometer, and electronic digital pedometer.


I am the Coordinator of the Nursing Research Area of Concentration. I teach NUR 2007 Research for Evidence-Based Practice II, NUR 2800/2801 Coordinating Clinical Trials/Practicum, and NUR 3042 Research Emphasis Seminar: Chronic Disorders. I serve on dissertation and DNP capstone committees as a chair or member. I serve as a preceptor for NUR 2002 Research Practicum and research practicum courses associated with Grant Writing (NUR 3050), Developing a Program of Research (NUR 3051), and Manuscript Development (NUR 3052).


At the national level, I am member of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP), a division of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), and serve as the elected member at large on the ARHP Executive Committee. At the School level, I serve on the MSN/DNP Curriculum Committee and School of Nursing Honors Task Force.


PhDUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Nursing (Clinical Research)
MA University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Nursing (Clinical Area: Adult Health; Specialty Focus: Nursing Education)
BSNMount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, IA

Professional Experience

2011-presentAssociate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1996-2011Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1994-1995Research Associate / Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1994Research Associate, School of Nursing and Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


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