Faculty & Staff Directory

Theresa Floegel, PhD, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor
Nursing Science
Office: 4165E Health Sciences Building
Phone: (252) 744-6420
BSN University of Pittsburgh           Nursing
MSN University of Cincinnati Nursing Administration
PhD Arizona State University          Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Prevention and Mangagement of Chronic Disease



Registered nurse with expertise in healthcare, research, and leadership. My research training includes assessing sedentary and physical activity patterns and behaviors, with expertise using many different accelerometry devices for objective measurement of physical activity in young adult and older adult populations, and administration of functional assessments in well and ill older adults. I have extensive training in geriatric assessment and health promotion, exercise science, and theory application to physical activity in chronically ill populations. I have recently published several papers investigating physical activity assessment and intervention in older adults with and without chronic disease. My leadership and management experience includes trianing and working in academic, clinical, and business-sector settings. Additionally, I have wide-ranging clinical experience as a registered nurse, with many years of clinical instruction of students and providing direct patient care to the older adult population.

Research Interests

Physical activity (PA) promotion among older adults
Mobility/functional/social support for older adults with chronic illness, and their informal caregivers
Functional assessment and objective PA monitoring
Nursing leadership processes

Blog/Twitter/Facebook links


Referred Articles/Papers

Floegel, T. A., Dickinson, J. M., Der Ananian, C., McCarthy, M., Hooker, S. P. & Buman, M. P. (2018). Association of posture and ambulation with function at 30 days in older adults hospitalized with heart failure. Journal of Cardiac Failure, 24(2), 126-130. doi: 10.1016/j.cardfail.2018.01.001

Bolin, L. P., Crane, P. B., Powell, J. R., Horne, C. E., & Floegel, T. A. (2018). Factors associated with physical activity in African Americans with hypertension. Applied Nursing Research, 41, 62-67. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2018.04.003

Floegel, T., Florez-Pregonero, A., Heckler, E. & Buman, M. (2016). Validation of five consumer-based wearable activity monitors in older adults with varied ambulatory abilities. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 72(2), 229-236. doi:10.1093/gerona/glw098

Floegel, T. & Perez, G. A. (2016). An integrative review of physical activity effects on function and health-related quality of life in older adults with heart failure. Geriatric Nursing, 37, 340-347. doi:10.1016/j.gerinurse.2016.04.013

Floegel, T., Giacobbi, P. R., Jr., Dzierzewski, J. D., Aiken-Morgan, A., Roberts, B., Marsiske, M., McCrae, C. & Buman, M. (2015). Intervention markers of physical activity maintenance in older adults. American Journal of Health Behavior, 39(4), 487-499. doi:10.5993/AJHB.39.4.5

Book Chapters

Books and Monographs

Non-Refereed Articles/Papers


Grant #: n/a

Funding Agency, date: Richard R. Eakin Foundation, East Carolina University, 2016-present

Title: Examining tolerance and fatigue in patients post myocardial infarction and post coronary artery bypass enrolled in cardiac rehabilitation

Description: This study examines the association of fatigue tolerability score to outcomes of exercise capacity and physical function. Investigate relationship of physical activity outside of the cardiac rehabilitation environment to fatigue tolerability

Role: Co-I

Grant #: n/a

Funding Agency, date: HoneyBee Project, Center for Sustainable Health, Arizona State University, 2014-2015

Award Funding: $25,000

Description: Major goals were to test feasibility of objective physiological measurement in clinical settings to guide health systems, clinicians, and patients toward more effective communication and engagement regarding physical activity and mobility support

Role: Co-investigator

Refereed Presentations

Floegel, T. A. & Crane, P. A.  (March, 2018). Post-myocardial infarction physical activity and sleep and MI reoccurrence. Podium presentation at Southern Nursing Research Society annual conference, Atlanta, GA.

Floegel, T. A. & Wu, Jia-Rong. (July, 2017). Family caregiver perceptions about mobility support of older adults during and after hospitalization. Podium presentation at International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Annual World Congress meeting, San Francisco, CA

Floegel, T. A., Dickinson, J., Der Ananian, C., McCarthy, M., Hooker, S. & Buman, P. (September, 2016).  Posture, ambulation, and 30-day readmission and function in older patients with heart failure. Podium presentation at Heart Failure Society of America annual conference,Nursing Research Award Session, Kissimmee, FL.

Floegel, T. A. & Buman, M. (February, 2016). Posture, ambulation, and hospital length of stay in older adults with heart failure. Podium presentation at Southern Nursing Research Society annual conference, Williamsburg, VA.

Non-Referred Presentations

Invited Presentations


Special Projects/Faculty Development

Research Activities

Current research studies: Evaluating functional trajectory in older adults with heart failure

Courses Taught

(Selected courses:)
Statisitcs I & II (PhD)
Principles of Measurement (PhD)

DNP I-IV project faculty

Management of Human Resources and Professional Relationships (Graduate)
Nursing Concepts for Adult Health 
Nursing Practice Adult Health lab/clinical and/or coordination
Gerontological Nursing 
Innovative Nurse Professional capstone course
Complex Care of the Adult lab/clinical
Post Baccalaureate Adult Health Internship
Professional Nurse Attributes: Leadership and Management
Professional Nurse Leader as Manager
Nursing Management

Dissertation Committees

Chair, Amanda Hargrove

Committee member, Tammy Arms, Felicia Collins, Elizabeth Mizelle


Committee member,  Albert Anderson,     Leader-Member Relationships and Patient Safety Culture

DNP Project Committees

DNP project advisor 

Special Assignments/Faculty Development


Member, North Carolina Coalition on Aging

Service Learning Activities

Special Projects

Honors and Awards

Butler-Williams Scholars Program Awardee, National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health, July-August 2017

Nursing Research Award Finalist, Heart Failure Society of America Annual Conference, Orlando, FL,  2016
John G. Lingenfelter Geriatrics Research Scholarship awardee, Phoenix, AZ,  2014
Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence Scholar, Arizona State University,  2014-2015