Elizabeth A. Schlenk, PhD, RN
Health and Community Systems
School of Nursing|
415 Victoria Building
3500 Victoria St
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
ResearchMy 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.
TeachingI am the Coordinator of the Masters Program in Nurse Specialty Roles — Nursing Research Area of Concentration. I teach NUR 0067 Nursing Research: An Introduction to Critical Appraisal and Evidence-Based Practice, 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).
ServiceAt 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 am the Chair of the MSN/DNP Curriculum Committee.
|PhD||University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI|
|Nursing (Clinical Research)|
|MA||University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA|
|Nursing (Clinical Area: Adult Health; Specialty Focus: Nursing Education)|
|BSN||Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, IA|
|2011-present||Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA|
|1996-2011||Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA|
|1994-1995||Research Associate / Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA|
|1994||Research Associate, School of Nursing and Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI|