Judith A. Erlen

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

F: 412-383-7293


I am the Chair of the Department of Health and Community Systems and have secondary appointments in the Center for Bioethics and Health Law and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. My research reflects my interest in ethics, regimen adherence, and quality of life. I have tested the effect of nurse delivered telephone and face to face interventions based on social cognitive and self-efficacy theories to improve adherence in persons with chronic disorders including individuals living with HIV infection who are prescribed combination antiretroviral therapy and type 2 diabetes. My most recent work examines the effect of an in-home and telephone intervention on caregiver mediated medication management when the patient has memory loss and lives in the community.


I have been a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh since 1983, teaching students at all levels. I have focused my teaching in the areas of healthcare ethics, grant writing, manuscript development, and research. I have conducted grant writing workshops for postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty who are interested in preparing and submitting grant applications that will help to further their research careers. I advise PhD students, direct dissertations, and mentor junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows. Through my secondary appointment in the Center for Bioethics and Health Law, University of Pittsburgh, I facilitate ethics seminars during the third-year medical student clerkships.


I am the elected Councilor at Large of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and serve on the Leadership Council of that organization and as the Program Committee Chair. I am a past president of the Eastern Nursing Research Society. I serve as a collateral reviewer for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. I have served as the chair of the NINR Nursing Research Review Committee and chair of the NIH RFA Panel: Technologies for Healthy Independent Living. I am also a peer reviewer for multiple nursing and interdisciplinary journals.