George A. Weiss University Professor, Perelman School of Medicine and School of Nursing
- Perelman School of Medicine
- School of Nursing
- Department of Biostatics and Epidemiology
- Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences
Areas of Interest
Karen Glanz is George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor of Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine, and Professor of Nursing in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences in the School of Nursing. She is Director of the UPenn Prevention Research Center and serves on the NHLBI Advisory Council at the National Institutes of Health. Her research seeks to understand health behavior and improve it through education, public policy, and organizational change. A globally influential public health scholar, her work spans psychology, epidemiology, nutrition, and other disciplines. Her research in community and health care settings covers healthy eating, obesity prevention, cancer prevention and control, chronic disease management and control, reducing health disparities, and health communication technologies. She has published more than 440 journal articles and book chapters. Thomson Reuters named her one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015” in general social sciences. The Institute for Scientific Information has named her a Most Highly Cited Researcher. Over the past 15 years, Glanz has received more than $45 million in research funding.
Cain KL, Gavand KA, Conway TL, Geremia CM, Millstein RA, Frank LD, Saelens BE, Adams MA, Glanz K, King AC, Sallis JF. 2017 (in press). “Developing and validating an abbreviated version of the Microscale Audit for Pedestrian Streetscapes (MAPS-Abbreviated).” Journal of Transport & Health.
Wang X, Conway TL, Cain KL, Frank LD, Saelens BE, Geremia C, Kerr J, Glanz K, Carlson JA, Sallis JF. 2017 (in press). “Interactions of psychosocial factors with built environments in explaining adolescents’ active transportation.” Preventive Medicine.
Carlson JA, Mitchell TB, Saelens BE, Staggs VS, Kerr J, Frank LD, Schipperijn J, Conway TL, Glanz K, Chapman JE, Cain KL, Sallis JF. 2017 (in press). “Within-person associations of young adolescents’ physical activity across five primary locations: Is there evidence of cross-location compensation?” International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity.
James P, Hart JE, Hipp JA, Mitchell JA, Kerr J, Hurvitz PM, Glanz K, Laden F. 2017 (in press). “GPS-based exposure to greenness and walkability and accelerometry-based physical activity.” Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
Glanz K, Johnson L, Yaroch A, Phillips M, Ayala G, Davis E. 2016. “Measures of Retail Food Store Environments and Sales: Review and Implications for Healthy Eating Initiatives.” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 48: 280-288.
The Independence Chair for Nursing Education; Professor of Nursing
Associate Director, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research
Faculty Director, Nursing and Health Care Management Coordinated Dual Degree Program
Matthew McHugh is The Independence Chair for Nursing Education and Professor of Nursing in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences in the School of Nursing; Associate Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research; and Faculty Director of the Nursing and Health Care Management Coordinated Dual Degree Program. McHugh is a nursing outcomes and policy researcher as well as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric–mental health clinical nurse specialist. The fundamental question underlying his research is “How does the organization of nursing influence the achievement of our most important national health policy goals?” He draws on his expertise in nursing, law, public health, and health services research to conduct studies demonstrating nursing’s position as a force for quality, equity, and innovation in health services.
McHugh, MD, LH Aiken, ME Eckenhoff, LR Burns. 2016. “Achieving Kaiser Permanente quality.” Health Care Management Review 41(3): 178-88.
Stimpfel, A.W., D.M. Sloane, M.D. McHugh, , and L.H. Aiken. 2016. “Hospitals known for nursing excellence associated with better hospital experiences for patients.” Health Services Research 51: 1120-1134.
Chau, Janita P. C., Suzanne H. S. Lo, K. C. Choi, Eric L. S. Chan, Matthew D. McHugh, Danny W. K. Tong, Angela M. L. Kwok, W. Y. Ip, Iris F. K. Lee, and Diana T. F. Lee. 2015. “A longitudinal examination of the association between nurse staffing levels, the practice environment and nurse-sensitive patient outcomes in hospitals.” BMC Health Services Research 15: 538.
Silber, Jeffrey H., Paul R. Rosenbaum, Matthew D. McHugh, Justin M. Ludwig, Herbert L. Smith, Bijan A. Niknam, Orit Even-Shoshan, Lee A. Fleisher, Rachel R. Kelz, and Linda H. Aiken. 2016. “Comparing the value of better nursing work environments across different levels of patient risk.” JAMA Surgery 151(6), 527-536.
McHugh, M.D., Rochman, M.F., Sloane, D.M., Berg, R.A., Mancini, M.E., Nadkarni, V.M., Merchant, R. M., and Aiken, L.H. for the American Heart Associations Get with the Guidelines-Resuscitation Investigators. 2016. “Better nurse staffing and nurse work environments associated with increased survival of in-hospital cardiac arrest patients.” Medical Care 54: 74-80.
Dean Emerita and Professor of Nursing and Sociology
Areas of Interest
Afaf Meleis is Dean Emeritus and Professor of Nursing and Sociology in the Department of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing. Her scholarship is focused on global health, immigrant and international health, women’s health, and on the theoretical development of the nursing discipline. She is the author of more than 175 articles about women’s health in developing countries, transitions theory, doctoral education in nursing, and interprofessional education in social sciences, nursing, and medical journals; over forty chapters; seven books; and numerous monographs and proceedings.
Meleis is a sought-after keynote speaker for national and international conferences on women’s health and development, disparities in healthcare, and international health. She has been invited for visiting professorships, and to conduct symposia, present keynote addresses, serve on boards, plan conferences, and consult on women’s health research and doctoral education nationally and internationally (in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, South America and North America). Prior to coming to Penn, Meleis was on the nursing faculty of at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, San Francisco for thirty-four years.
She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in the UK, the American Academy of Nursing, and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; a member of the Institute of Medicine, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar National Advisory Committee, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Macy Faculty Scholars program, and the George W. Bush Presidential Center Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Council; and the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health; a Board Member of CARE, and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health; co-chair of the IOM Global Forum on Innovation for Health Professional Education and the Harvard School of Public Health-Penn Nursing-Lancet Commission on Women and Health. Meleis is also President Emerita and Counsel General Emerita of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues (ICOWHI) and the former Global Ambassador for the Girl Child Initiative of the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
Meleis, A.I., and C.G. Glickman. 2014. “A passion in nursing for justice and equity: Thoughts for the future using our past.” In Philosophies and Practices of Emancipatroy Nursing: Social Justice as Praxis, edited by P.N. Kagan, M.C. Smith, and P. Chinn. New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Meleis, A.I., and M. Meleis. 2012. “People of Egyptian heritage.” In Transcultural health care: A culturally competent approach, 4th Edition, edited by L.D. Purnell and B.J. Paulanka. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.
Meleis, A.I., and K.L. Schumacher. 2011. “Transitions and health.” In Encyclopedia of Nursing Research, 3rd Edition, edited by J.J. Fitzpatrick and M. Wallace Kazer. New York, NY: Springer.
Meleis, A.I., E. Birch, and S. Wachter, eds. 2011. Women’s Health and the World’s Cities. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Marilyn (Lynn) Sawyer Sommers
Professor Emerita of Nursing
Areas of Interest
Marilyn (Lynn) Sawyer Sommers is Professor Emerita of Nursing at the School of Nursing. She is known for her expertise in the physiologic basis of critical illness and injury. She studies injury related to sexual assault and risk-taking behaviors in vulnerable populations at risk for health outcomes disparities. Her populations of interest (women, older adolescents, young adults) who live in poverty have poorer health than those who do not, and bear a larger burden of injury. She has been a frequent participant on federal panels related to research on injury and violence. Prior to her academic career, Sommers had fifteen years of experience as a staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse administrator in the areas of critical care and trauma.
Abboud, Sarah, Emily De Penning, Bridgette M. Brawner, Usha Menon, Karen Glanz, and Marilyn S. Sommers. 2017. “Cervical cancer screening among Arab women in the Unites States; An integrative review.” Oncology Nursing Forum 44(1).
Clark-Cutaia, Maya N., Marilyn S. Sommers, Emily Anderson, Raymond R.Townsend. 2016. “Design of a randomized controlled clinical trial assessing dietary sodium restriction and hemodialysis-related symptom profiles.” Contemporary Clinical Trials Communication 3(15): 70-73.
Lanier, Yzette, Marilyn S. Sommers, Jason Fletcher, Madeline Y. Sutton, Debra D. Roberts. “Examining Racial Discrimination Frequency, Racial Discrimination Stress, and Psychological Well-Being Among Black Early Adolescents.” Journal of Black Psychology 43(3): 219 – 229.
George, Maureen, Sarah Abboud, Michael V. Pantalon, Marilyn S. Sommers, Jun Mao, and Cynthia Rand. 2016. “Changes in Clinical Conversations When Providers Are Informed of Asthma Patients’ Beliefs about Medication Use and Integrative Medical Therapies.” Heart and Lung: The Journal of Critical Care 45(1): 70–78.
McCulloh Nair, J., L. Nemeth, M.S. Sommers, and S. Newman. 2015. “Substance abuse policy among nursing students: A scoping review.” Journal of Addictions Nursing 26(4): 166-74.
Patricia Bleznak Silverstein and Howard A. Silverstein Endowed Term Chair in Global Women’s Health
Associate Professor of Nursing
Associate Professor of OB/GYN, Perelman School of Medicine
Anne Teitelman is Patricia Bleznak Silverstein and Howard A. Silverstein Endowed Term Chair in Global Women’s Health and Associate Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing, and Associate Professor of OB/GYN in the Perelman School of Medicine. Her early work as a nurse practitioner and her dissertation on adolescent girls set her on a course of research, teaching, and clinical practice focused on improving the life trajectories of marginalized adolescent girls and young women. Much of her research focuses on understanding the context within which they make health decisions, especially about their sexual health. Her current research, funded by NIH, capitalizes on advances in brain science that enable understanding of how adolescents make decisions. Using MRIs and portable Functional Near Infrared Spectrometers housed in a lab at Penn Nursing, Teitelman and a Penn clinical neuroscientist are analyzing brain patterns of young women making decisions about their sexual health. She is also working with colleagues on mobile web apps, including the Everhealthier Women app, to help women track cancer screenings and prevention behaviors.
Teitelman, Anne M. 2015. “News From the International Council on Women’s Health Issues.” Health Care for Women International 36(8).
Teitelman, Anne M., Scarlett L. Bellamy, John B. Jemmott III, Larry Icard, Ann O’Leary, Samira Ali, Zolani Ngwane, and Monde Makiwane. 2017. “Childhood Sexual Abuse and Sociodemographic Factors Prospectively Associated with Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration Among South African Heterosexual Men.” Annals of Behavioral Medicine 51(2): 170–178.
Teitelman, Anne M, JB Jemmott, SL Bellamy, LD Icard, A O’Leary, GA Heeren, Z Ngwane, and SJ Ratcliffe. 2016. “Partner Violence, Power, and Gender Differences in South African Adolescents’ HIV/Sexually Transmitted Infections Risk Behaviors.” Health Psychology 35(7).
Icard, L.D., J.B. Jemmott, A.M. Teitelman, A. O’Leary, and G.A. Heeren. 201443. “Mediation Effects of Problem Drinking and Marijuana Use on HIV Sexual Risk Behaviors among Childhood Sexually Abused South African Heterosexual Men.” Child Abuse and Neglect 38(2): 234–242.