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Dr. Barbara Resnick Reappointed to Endowed Gerontology Chair at the University of Maryland School of Nursing

March 16, 2012

Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has announced the reappointment of Professor Barbara Resnick, PhD ‘96, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, to the Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Endowed Chair in Gerontology for an additional five years, beginning July 1, 2012. Funded through a gift from Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Goodman, MS ’79, BSN ’73, and currently valued at $1.1 million, the chair enables a national expert to conduct research and educate students in the growing nursing specialty of gerontology. 

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the support provided through the Sonya Gershowitz Goodman Endowed Chair,” says Dr. Resnick. “It has allowed us to expand on funded projects and initiate pilot work to continue to build our research and disseminate our findings, support students with a focus on care of older adults, and work on policies that will benefit the care that older adults receive in Maryland and across the nation.”

Dr. Resnick is nationally and internationally renowned for her research on improving the health of the elderly and for her leadership in the education of geriatric nurse practitioners. She has devoted much of her career to building a comprehensive research program that focuses on ways to motivate older adults to engage in functional activities and exercise to improve their overall health and quality of life. In addition to her faculty role at UMSON and her on-going research, Dr. Resnick works as a geriatric nurse practitioner at Roland Park Place, a continuing care retirement community in Baltimore.

“Dr. Barbara Resnick is an exemplary researcher, scholar, mentor, clinician, teacher, and national leader in the field of gerontology,” says Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing. “She has made major contributions to the field through her research and dissemination of her research findings during her first appointment as the Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Endowed Chair, and I am confident that she will continue this excellent work during the next five years. We are proud to count her among our cadre of esteemed alumni and internationally renowned research faculty.”        

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked seventh nationally.  Enrolling more than 1,600 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.