Kristin Levoy, PhD, MSN, RN, is a NRSA Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research (T32NR009365-12). Dr. Levoy’s research interest is in patient and caregiver preparation for the end-of-life, an interest which arose from over a decade of nursing experience working with patients and families affected by cancer. Her research specifically focuses on the how preparation for the end-of-life across chronic illness trajectories impacts patient transitions to end-of-life care and caregiver transitions to bereavement. Her research has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars, and the American Cancer Society Doctoral Degree Scholarship in Cancer Nursing.

Dr. Levoy completed the BSN and MSN degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the PhD at the University of Miami.  


Select Publications

Levoy K, Buck H, Behar-Zusman V. The Impact of Varying Levels of Advance Care Planning Engagement on Perceptions of the End-of-Life Experience Among Caregivers of Deceased Patients With Cancer. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2020 Dec;37(12):1045-1052. doi: 10.1177/1049909120917899. Epub 2020 Apr 13. PMID: 32281390; PMCID: PMC7484284.
Levoy K, Tarbi EC, De Santis JP. End-of-life decision making in the context of chronic life-limiting disease: a concept analysis and conceptual model. Nurs Outlook. 2020 Nov-Dec;68(6):784-807. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2020.07.008. Epub 2020 Sep 15. PMID: 32943221; PMCID: PMC7704858.
Meghani SH, Levoy K, Magan KC, Starr LT, Yocavitch L, Barg FK. “I’m Dealing With That”: Illness Concerns of African American and White Cancer Patients While Undergoing Active Cancer Treatments. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2020 Oct 27:1049909120969121. doi: 10.1177/1049909120969121. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33107324.
Levoy K, Salani DA, Buck H. A Systematic Review and Gap Analysis of Advance Care Planning Intervention Components and Outcomes Among Cancer Patients Using the Transtheoretical Model of Health Behavior Change. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Jan;57(1):118-139.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.10.502. Epub 2018 Oct 26. PMID: 30595148.