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Faculty - Kathleen Buckwalter

Kathleen Buckwalter
Professor Emeritus

PhD in Nursing, University of Illinois-Chicago
MA in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
BSN, University of Iowa 

  • Geriatric mental health
  • Caregivers of persons with dementia
  • Long-term care staff training
  • Rural delivery systems 

Professor Emeritus Kathleen Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the former Director of the John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, and Associate Director of the National Health Law and Policy Center at the UI College of Law. A prolific researcher of issues affecting the elderly, Dr. Buckwalter's work has focused on improving mental health services and providing community-based care for chronically ill older persons. Her specific clinical and research interests are in the area of geriatric mental health.

Dr. Buckwalter's research has been funded by several branches of the NIH, including the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as numerous private foundations.

She has written extensively in the field of gerontology, authoring over 250 articles and 80 chapters, and has edited eight books, the most recent being Swanson, E. A., Tripp-Reimer, T., & Buckwalter, K. C. (Eds.). (2001). Health promotion and disease prevention in the older adult: Interventions and recommendations. New York: Springer Publishing Co., and Maas, M., Buckwalter, K. C., Hardy, M., Tripp-Reimer, T., Titler, M., & Specht, J. (Eds.). (2001). Nursing care of older adults: Diagnosis, outcomes, and interventions. St. Louis: Mosby.

In 1999, Dr. Buckwalter received the Distinguished Contribution to Research Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. In 2001, she was the recipient of the American Psychiatric Nurses Associationn Excellence in Research Award, and the first recipient of the National Gerontological Nursing Association Board of Directors Award.

Currently, Dr. Buckwalter serves on numerous review committees, editorial boards, and advisory groups including: the American Psychiatric Nursing Association's Geropsychiatric/Long Term Care Council; the American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel on Aging, Long Term Care Policy Committee, the National Advisory Board for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Hartford Gerontology Project; the American Nurses Foundation Board of Trustees; the Long-Term Care Task Force and Polisher Awards Committee of the Gerontological Society of America; and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Committee on Aging.