Pamela Z Cacchione, PhD, APRN, GNP, BC, FAAN
Ralston House Endowed Term Chair in Gerontological Nursing; Associate Professor of Geropsychiatric Nursing

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 410 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 746-5472

Dr. Cacchione has been a Geriatric nurse practitioner primarily practicing in long-term care settings for over 20 years. She joins the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing from Saint Louis University where she received her doctorate. She completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Dr. Cacchione is the Editor of Clinical Nursing Research, An International Journal.

Dr. Cacchione joins the faculty as a clinician educator and will be teaching with dr. Louis Evans in the Mental Health and Aging course.

Dr. Cacchione is completing an NINR RO 1 that investigates the efficacy of a nursing intervention, Individualized-Sensory Enhancement of the Elderly, in improving vision and hearing in long-term care residents.

• Currently Funded Grants

• Center for Integrative Science in Aging
• Center for Biobehavioral Research

Clinical Practice
Dr. Cacchione maintians a clinical practice with the School of Nurisng's LIFE program focusing on the Mental Health Care needs of the members.


Dr. Cacchione has received numerous recognitions as an excellent clinican, educator and researcher. Most recently she received the Alumni Medalian from Villanova University College of Nursing for Excellence in Scholarship, Education and Research.

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The care of the older adult is not complete without addressing mental health issues. Dr. Cacchione's clinical practice and research focus includes addressing dementia, delirium and depression in older adults