Professor Emerita of Nursing

Dr. Evans received her BSN from West Virginia University and her MSN and PhD degrees from The Catholic University of America. She joined the Penn faculty in 1984 where she distinguished herself as a teacher, researcher, scholar, practitioner, and administrator.

Dr. Evans’ career– as one of the nation’s foremost leaders in care of the elderly – embraces several components. Along with her colleague, Dr. Neville Strumpf, Dr. Evans developed new ground-breaking, policy shaping research that reduced the use of restraints on frail elders in the nation’s nursing homes and hospitals. As faculty director, Dr. Evans played a major role in launching the academic clinical practices of the School of Nursing, offering rehabilitation to frail elders and primary care to low-income families who otherwise might go without health care. During her tenure as Family and Community Health Division Chair, she facilitated the development and implementation of a faculty mentorship program. Within the University, she provided interprofessional leadership in efforts related to aging and to faculty diversity.