Elizabeth A. Schlenk

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

F: 412-383-7293


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.


I am the Coordinator of the Certificate and Minor in Nursing Research. I teach NUR 2007 Research for Evidence-Based Practice 2 and NUR 2800/2801 Coordinating Clinical Trials/Practicum. 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 and research practicum courses associated with Grant Writing (NUR 3050), Developing a Program of Research (NUR 3051), and Manuscript Development (NUR 3052).


At the national level, I am member of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP), a division of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), and serve as the President of the ARHP; member of the ARHP Executive Committee, ARHP Membership and Nominations Committee, ACR Board of Directors, and ACR Executive Committee; and invited guest to the ACR Nominations and Appointments Committee and Rheumatology Research Foundation. 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.