Darina has combined her passion for music and the care for older adults through her continued education and doctoral studies at Penn. Darina is working with Pamela Cacchione, PhD, CRNP, BC, FAAN and Roy Hamilton, MD, MS, where she was the first nursing student to enroll and complete a Certificate for Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Darina is exploring the cognitive abilities associated with music in older adults with mild cognitive impairment with the ultimate goal of developing a music-based intervention for older adults with cognitive impairment. Darina is a member of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA); the American Academy of Neurology and Sigma Theta Tau International Society. She is the recipient of a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Predoctoral fellow award (NIH/NIA; F31AG055148) and her past accomplishments include being selected as a 2014-2016 National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Patricia G. Archbold Scholar and 2014-2016 Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar.

Darina Petrovsky first received her Bachelors of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan, and then pursued her Masters in Nursing (MN) from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. At graduation Darina was awarded the Dean’s Legacy Award for her academic excellence, service to the larger community and the capacity for leadership and innovation in health care.