Kathleen Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Buckwalter is recognized for her research in geropsychiatric nursing and long term care. She has a sustained record of private and federal support (NINR, NIMH, NIA, AoA) related to the evaluation of nursing interventions for geropsychiatric populations. Her particular interest is in behavioral management strategies for dementia caregivers and the effectiveness of community programs to prevent, minimize, and treat psychiatric problems in the rural elderly. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and former editor of Research in Gerontological Nursing and the Journal of Gerontological Nursing.The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Dr. Buckwalter serves on many review committees, editorial boards, and advisory groups.  She has authored over 400 articles, 90 book chapters, 10 health policy and commissioned papers, 50 monographs/videos/media, over 100 editorials/reviews/commentaries, and has edited 8 books.

Research areas
  • Geriatric mental health
  • Caregivers of persons with dementia
  • Long-term care staff training
  • Rural delivery systems
Kathleen Buckwalter
PhD in Nursing, University of Illinois-Chicago
MA in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
BSN, University of Iowa