Harleah Buck, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAHA, FGSA, FAAN

Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor in Gerontological Nursing
Director, Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence

Dr. Buck is the Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor in Gerontological Nursing at the University of Iowa and Director of the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence. She has over 30 years of clinical and research experience. She was most recently funded by the National Institute on Aging (1R21AG056584-01) for Accelerated Resolution Therapy of Complicated Grief in Senior Adults.   Past work includes successfully completed project (R03NR014524) examining dyadic interaction in heart failure self-care, serving as co-I an R01 examining the formal/informal caregiver interface in end of life, and a National Palliative Care Research Center funded career development award. Her ultimate research goal is to promote personalized health strategies in the palliative science.

In Dr. Buck’s 20+ years of clinical practice, she cared for older adult patients across the cardiovascular trajectory from Open Heart Recovery to Telemetry to Hospice. Her strong track record of funded research focuses on developing non-pharmacological solutions for the “wicked problems” older adults face in the community. Specifically, she leads the science in advanced heart failure patient and caregiver dyads; examining the relationships between the dyad’s characteristics and their self-management. Dr. Buck has presented on end-of-life topics at the American Heart Association Annual Scientific Sessions, the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Annual Assembly Meetings and other national and international venues. 

Curriculum Vitae

Research areas
  • Palliative care
  • Non-pharmacological interventions
  • Dyadic and heart failure self-care in older adults
Harleah Buck
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
PhD in Nursing, University of South Florida
MS, University of South Florida
BS, Columbia University