Janice Penrod, Ph.D., RN, FGSA, FAAN

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Professor of Nursing

Contact Information

308 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-1027



Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, Nursing, Minor: Gerontology
M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, Nursing, Major: Older Adults, Minor: Family Nursing
B.S.N., University of Pittsburgh, Nursing

Research Interests


  • Geriatric nursing: informal caregiving
  • State of uncertainty: end of life; family caregivers
  • Qualitative methods: techniques for concept analysis and advancement; theory-building strategies

Current Funded Research Projects

Establishing Community-Based Research Networks. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) (Contract 2568-PENNST), 2016–2017. J. Penrod (Project Lead), N. Hill (Co-Leader).

Enhancing Care of the Aged and Dying in Prison. NIH/NIA (R41AG049570), 2015. J. Penrod (PI), S. Loeb (Co-I), V. Myers (Co-I)

Improving End of Life Planning in Patients with Life Threatening Disease. NIH/NINR(R01NR012757), 2011-2016. B. Levi (MPI), M. Green (MPI), J. Penrod (Co-I).

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute. National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (UL1TR000127), 2011-2016. L. Sinoway (PI), J. Penrod (Faculty).


Publications (click here for list)




  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).


  • Finalist, Nursing Research Award, Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania
  • Faculty Affiliate, Bioethics and Medical Humanities Program, The Pennsylvania State University


  • Faculty, Geriatric Leadership Academy, The John A. Hartford Foundation and Sigma Theta Tau