Neville E Strumpf, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 349 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-8802
Dr. Strumpf received her BS from the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, her MS from Russell Sage College, and her PhD from New York University. She has advanced research, education, and practice in gerontological care by focusing on the vexing clinical problems of frail elders and testing interventions aimed at improving outcomes of care. Her program of research focuses on individualized care for frail older adults, regardless of setting or circumstance. Several interrelated lines of inquiry have evolved as a result of this focus, including restraint-free care, quality of life for older cancer patients, access to services for refugee elders, end-of-life care in nursing homes, and prevention of falls.
With her research partner Dr. Lois Evans, Dr. Strumpf’s research revolutionized nursing practice in nursing homes, hospitals, and other facilities by reducing the use of restraints on frail elders. This research continues to provide intellectual leadership and practice guidance both nationally and internationally. Other noted areas of Dr. Strumpf’s research program include interdisciplinary projects with colleagues to examine at-risk groups of elders living in Philadelphia in a comparative study of Cambodian, Vietnamese, Soviet Jewish, and Ukrainian refugee caregivers and elders concerning life experiences, health status, and knowledge of available services. She also recently completed a National Institute on Aging study to test the feasibility of a home-based intervention to prevent functional decline and repeated falls among elderly inner-city African Americans who have suffered a previous fall.
Dr. Strumpf’s sound judgment and experience is also sought on the University level. Following her tenure as Interim Dean of the School of Nursing, Dr. Strumpf served as Chair of the 2500+ member Faculty Senate of the University.
Currently Funded Grants
Center for Integrative Science in Aging
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