Mary D Naylor, PhD, FAAN, RN
Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology; Director of NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 341 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-6088

Mary D. Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and Director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr. Naylor is also the National Program Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, aimed at generating, disseminating, and translating research to understand how nurses contribute to quality patient care. Dr. Naylor received her MSN and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and her BS in nursing from Villanova University.

Dr. Naylor has taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses nursing. Currently, she leads a seminar for The Nature of Nursing Practice (N101) and Situating the Practice of Nursing (N102).

Since 1989, Dr. Naylor has led an interdisciplinary program of research designed to improve the quality of care, decrease unnecessary hospitalizations, and reduce health care costs for vulnerable community-based elders. As the chief architect of the Transitional Care Model, Dr. Naylor’s work is elucidating the unique needs of chronically ill older adults and their family caregivers and offering high quality, cost-effective, evidence-based solutions to address a major health concern in the U.S. and across the globe. Her team is also providing a roadmap for others who seek to bring empirically tested research into health care organizations, to improve the quality of health care and to advance the policy changes essential to sustain such approaches to care.

• Currently Funded Grants

• NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health

Clinical Practice
Dr. Naylor’s primary focus is on the health care of chronically-ill older adults as they experience transitions in health and health care—across health care settings.


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Nurses will play a pivotal role in addressing the health care needs of people throughout the 21st century. The cutting edge science, led by nurses and designed to advance knowledge related to promoting healthy lifestyles and caring for the chronically ill, will position nurses and other health team members to make a major difference in the lives of these people.