Elizabeth A. Schlenk

Associate Professor
Health & Community Systems
School of Nursing
415 Victoria Building
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

F: 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 recently tested 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 included 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 Certificate and Minor in Nursing Research. I teach NUR 2000 Research for Evidence-Based Practice 1, NUR 2007 Research for Evidence-Based Practice 2, NUR 2800/2801 Coordinating Clinical Trials/Practicum, and NUR 3031 Methodologies for DNP Projects. I serve on dissertation, DNP project, and BSN thesis committees as a chair or member.


At the national level, I am a member of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP), a division of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), and serve on the Rheumatology Research Foundation Governance Task Force. At the school level, I am the Health and Community Systems Acting Vice Chair for Administration, and serve on the School of Nursing Honors Committee, School of Nursing Scholarship Committee, and PhD Curriculum Committee.