Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN
Adjunct Professor of Nursing

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
email: marx@nursing.upenn.edu

Dr. Sullivan-Marx brings her international leadership reputation and skills to the forefront for Penn nursing students. With a strong background as a community health leader and primary care nurse practitioner, Dr. Sullivan-Marx teaches at the undergraduate level. In addition, Dr. Sullivan-Marx lectures on policy and health systems throughout the undergraduate and graduate courses on such topics as care of frail older adults in the local and global community, models of care and payment policy, reimbursement for advanced practice nurses, and business and economic issues in health care delivery. Cross the University, she conducts classes on community health care organization in the School of Arts and Science, School of Medicine, Urban Design, and the Leonard Davis Institute at the Wharton School. Dr. Sullivan-Marx is active on University committees related to campus and community life, public safety, and public health.

Dr. Sullivan-Marx's research area focuses on outcomes of care for frail older adults, sustaining models of care using advanced practice nurses locally and globally, health policy in community based long term care. She is a current American Political Science Association Congressional/ Health & Aging Policy Fellow. To date, she has investigated predictors and outcomes of advanced practice nursing care that inform U. S. health policy. To facilitate improved outcomes through the use of advanced practice nurses, Dr. Sullivan-Marx has conducted the only study comparing nurse practitioner with family physician responses in the methods used to establish the Medicare Fee Schedule through relative work values. This work has been cited by the Medicare Professional Advisory Committee to the U.S. Congress in June, 2002. To improve health for older adults, Dr. Sullivan-Marx has studied factors that promote and prevent exercise in the community for frail older adults finding that limitations in activities of daily living and lower economic status contribute to less exercise. Currently, she is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to examine outcomes of an exercise program for older African American women in a PACE model of care. Dr. Sullivan-Marx chaired the 2008-10 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Senior Care and Services Study Commission to project services and resources needed for Pennsylvanians through the year 2025.

• Currently Funded Grants

• Center for Integrative Science in Aging

Clinical Practice
Dr. Sullivan-Marx oversees the School of Nursing's practice and community mission through oversight of the school’s Program of All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) called Living Independently For Elders (LIFE), the Healthy in Philadelphia Initiative, Penn Nursing Consultation Service, the Penn Council of Nurses, and the Center for Professional Development. The LIFE program is a nurse managed Program of All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly serving more than 420 dually eligible 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, with comprehensive integrated health and social services for older adults in West Philadelphia who are eligible for nursing home care bur are able to remain at home through this model program. Dr. Sullivan-Marx launched her career as a primary care nurse practitioner in 1980. Throughout the following two decades, Dr. Sullivan-Marx began three new geriatric nurse practitioner practices that are on-going today. In 1987, she established an independent nurse practitioner practice in rural New Hampshire creating a home visit practice and consulting practice new to that area. Dr. Sullivan-Marx continues today as an active international and national consultant on nurse practitioner and geriatric practice issues.


Nursing Practice Award, Pennsylvania Nurses' Association, 1986.
Best of Image Award for research, Sigma Theta Tau International, 1993.
Springer Research Award, American Nurses Foundation and Council of Nurse Researchers, 1998.
Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Rochester, School of Nursing, 2001.
American Academy of Nursing, Edge Runner Award, 2006.
Eastern Nursing Research Society, John A. Hartford Foundation, Geriatric Nursing Research Award, 2008.
Advocacy-Legislative Award, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, 2010.
Distinguished Alumni Award, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, 2011.
Founders Award, Marie Hippensteel Lingeman Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, 2011

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How nurses discover better ways of providing quality of care and support for older adults is critically important and challenging in the context of an ever changing supply of nurses throughout the globe. I am always fascinated and intrigued by the interplay of patients’ needs and societal response, thus, my work on care of frail older adults in the context of nursing organization and advanced practice nursing is a fulfilling scientific endeavor.