Professor of Nursing
Dean Emerita

As interim dean from 2000 to 2001, Dr. Strumpf moved strategic planning initiatives forward, reinvigorated faculty governance, and continued to build Penn Nursing Sciences’ reputation for scholarship.

Her transparent leadership helped rebuild faculty confidence and governance, and develop consensus on the school’s key goals, including strengthening the research program. Ensuring that faculty had the necessary time and resources to write successful grant proposals and conduct research was a key part of strengthening research. The school hired staff to provide coaching on grant writing and to review grants.

Dr. Strumpf also advocated to maintain the school’s baccalaureate program, which some university officials thought was unnecessary, and worked to ensure that the LIFE (Living Independently For Elders) program would be sustainable and financially viable. The nurse-led program, part of the federal Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, provided comprehensive medical and social services to frail, community-dwelling older adults, most of whom are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.
Now part of Mercy Health and called Mercy LIFE – West Philadelphia, the program provides comprehensive medical, health, recreational, and social services to promote independence at home. Nurses from Penn Nursing Science are part of the interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, therapists, and social workers, who evaluate needs and develop a customized program of care. 

“My research on frail older adults changed standards of care and significantly influenced geriatric practice.”


  • PhD , New York University , 1982
  • MS, Russell Sage College, 1973
  • BS, State University of New York , 1969