Dr. Pamela Cacchione is the Ralston House Term Chair in Gerontological Nursing and an Associate Professor of Geropsychiatric Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is also a Nurse Scientist at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Cacchione Received her BSN from Villanova University School of Nursing, MSN as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from Marymount University School of Nursing, and her PhD from Saint Louis University School of Nursing. She went on to do a post doctorate at the University of Iowa College of Nursing focused on delirium in sensory impaired rural older adults in long-term care. Dr. Cacchione’s research on sensory impairment in long-term care elders has led to the dissemination of evidence-based guidelines in the care of older adults in long-term care settings with vision and/or hearing deficits. She has leveraged her expertise in vision and hearing impairment into human factors in developing robotic applications for older adults. She is currently funded through the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. During her Health and Aging Policy Fellowship she worked on the PACE Innovation ACT and the implementation of Community Health Choices a mandatory managed care program for dual eligibles across Pennsylvania.
Dr. Cacchione is the Editor of Clinical Nursing Research, An International Journal. She is also on the editorial boards of the Journal of Gerontological Nursing and Research in Gerontological Nursing. She is the Immediate Past President of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association. Dr. Cacchione is recognized as a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Nursing where she serves as co-chair of the Expert panel on Aging. She has received numerous awards including: Alumni Merit Award from Saint Louis University; the Dean’s Teaching Award; Barbara J. Lowery University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Doctoral Student Organization Faculty Award; Excellence in Scholarly Practice Family and Community Health Department University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing; Emerging Leader, John A Hartford Foundation Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing; Excellence in Scholarly Endeavors. Doisy College of Health Sciences, Saint Louis University; and the Medallion for Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Scholarship, Practice and Research, Villanova University, College of Nursing.