Elizabeth A. Schlenk

PhD, RN
Associate Professor
Health & Community Systems
School of Nursing
415 Victoria Building
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

412-624-4103
F: 412-383-7293

Profile

My research is focused on adherence to chronic disorder regimens, with a particular focus on adherence to physical activity regimen. I have conducted observational and intervention studies with colleagues from across several disciplines that have focused on type 2 diabetes, hypertension, Raynaud`s disease, fibromyalgia syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. I recently tested a self-efficacy based intervention to improve physical activity in older adults who have osteoarthritis of the knee and comorbid hypertension. Technologies used in this study included an e-diary on smartphones for outcome assessments and self-monitoring during intervention, electronic ActiGraph accelerometer, electronic hand-held dynamometer, and electronic digital pedometer.

Teaching

I am the Coordinator of the Certificate and Minor in Nursing Research. I teach NUR 2000 Research for Evidence-Based Practice 1, NUR 2007 Research for Evidence-Based Practice 2, NUR 2800/2801 Coordinating Clinical Trials/Practicum, and NUR 3031 Methodologies for DNP Projects. I serve on dissertation, DNP project, and BSN thesis committees as a chair or member. I serve as a preceptor for NUR 2002 Research Practicum.

Service

At the national level, I am a member of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP), a division of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), and serve as the Immediate Past President of the ARHP; member of the ARHP Executive Committee; Chair of the ARHP Membership and Nominations Committee; and member of the ACR Nominations and Appointments Committee. At the school level, I am a member of the Academic Integrity Committee, School of Nursing Honors Committee, and several graduate level curriculum task forces, and I serve as Chair of the DNP Methodologies Task Force.