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Hayley D. Germack

Assistant Professor
Acute & Tertiary Care


Dr. Germack is a health services researcher and nurse change agent. She is passionate about eliminating the 10 to 25-year mortality gap for patients with serious mental illness by increasing access to primary care services. Currently, her research examines the role of the inter-professional behavioral health and primary care workforce in providing holistic care to this vulnerable population.

After earning her BA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, she went on to complete her BSN and PhD in four years as a Hillman Scholar in Nursing Innovation at Penn Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR). At CHOPR, Dr. Germack received advanced training in nursing outcomes research through a T32 funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). Her pre- and post-doctoral research examined how the organizational context of acute inpatient care mediates the outcomes of nursing interventions, with a particular focus on Magnet® accreditation. Dr. Germack also served as Executive Director of an mHealth tool, re:Mind, to improve care coordination for patients discharged from acute inpatient psychiatric stays. She went on to receive additional training in health services and community engaged research as the first nurse in the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale University.

Dr. Germack has taught health policy, quantitative methods, and community based participatory research to undergraduate students and nurses.

Dr. Germack is actively involved in professional research organizations including AcademyHealth, where she participates in the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues (IRGNI).  In her spare time, she is a competitive runner and triathlete.


Clinical Emphasis

Mental health
Primary care

Scholarly Emphasis

Health services research
Health policy
Workforce research


Dr. Germack will start teaching in the DNP Health Systems Executive Leadership program in Spring 2019.