Kathy Culpepper Richards, PhD, RN, FAAN
Adjunct Professor of Nursing

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

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

Dr. Richards is a nationally renowned sleep and geriatrics researcher. She was previously at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing, where she was the Alice Sun Professor of Nursing and Director of the NIH funded Tailored Biobehavioral Interventions Research Center. Dr. Richards helped establish and was Co-Director of the John A. Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence. She was the Associate Director for Health Services Research, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. Dr. Richards received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, her Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Arizona, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nursing from the University of Texas. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Richards mentors undergraduate, pre- and post-doctoral fellows, and NIH Career Development awardees. She has supervised several master's students and doctoral dissertation students. She frequently is a guest in undergraduate and graduate courses, where she teaches research methods and sleep medicine. In 2009, Dr. Richards established the Biomarkers Special Interest Group in partnership with the Biobehavioral Research Center. This cross center think tank is designed to strengthen the research of faculty, scholars and fellows. She also conducts bimonthly Geroscholar Sessions for all pre- and post-doctoral scholars in aging, currently totaling 23. Dr. Richards is a co-investigator on the T32 at the Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology on “Training in Sleep and Sleep Disorders” and “Individualized Care for At Risk Frail Elders” in the School of Nursing.

Dr. Richards has been Principal Investigator on a number of NIH funded studies on sleep patterns, disorders, and improvement through nonpharmacologic interventions (such as social activities and exercise) in older adults who have dementia. She has studied tailored biobehavioral interventions and provider practice patterns in nursing home care. Dr. Richards is the Director of the Center for Integrative Science in Aging in the School of Nursing.

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• Center for Integrative Science in Aging


Professional Activities
Dr. Richards serves as a grant reviewer for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research and Development Scientific Review Board; the Department of Veterans Affairs, Nursing Research Initiative Scientific Review Board; the Alzheimer's Association Scientific Review Board; and the National Institute on Aging. She is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and Sleep.

Dr. Richards' contributions to the profession include the following honors and awards:
Distinguished Alumni, University of Texas at Austin, 2010.
Ralston House Endowed Term Chair in Gerontological Nursing University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2009.
Evelyn C. Gioiella Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 2008.
University of South Florida College of Nursing Distinguished Lecturer, 2007.
Inaugural recipient Alice An Loh Sun Gerontology Professorship, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing, 2006.
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2005
Writers Award in Aging, "Sleep Promotion in Hospitalized Elders." Medical-Surgical Nursing Journal. Nagel C., Markie M., Richards K.C., Taylor J., 2003.
College of Nursing Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship (Peer Award), 2003.
Outstanding Alumni Award for Research, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing, 2003.
Health Services Research and Development Advanced Career Development Award, Department of Veterans Affairs, 2003-2006.
Fellow, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2002.
Nurse Researcher of the Year, Arkansas State Nurses Association, 1997.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing Faculty Award, Outstanding Scholarship (Peer Award), 1996, 2001, 2003.

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