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Theresa Floegel, PhD, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor
Nursing Science
Office: 3156 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 promotion among older adults
Mobility support for older adults with chronic illness, and their informal caregivers
Nursing leadership processes

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Referred Articles/Papers

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, 00(0), 1–8. Advance Access publication June 2, 2016. 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, 00(0), 1-8. Advance Access publication May 14, 2016. 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


Refereed Presentations

Floegel, T., 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. Abstract accepted for oral podium presentation at Heart Failure Society of America annual conference, Kissimmee, FL.

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

Non-Referred Presentations

Invited Presentations


Special Projects/Faculty Development

Research Activities

Courses Taught

(Selected courses:)
Statisitcs I (Graduate)
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
Health Promotion across the Life Span
Health Care continuum: Pediatrics

Dissertation Committees

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

DNP Project Committees

Special Assignments/Faculty Development

Honors and Awards

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