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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Marie Boltz, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FAAN

associate professor

Marie Boltz, Ph.D., RN, GNP-BC, FAAN

Maloney Hall 272


  • B.S.N. - LaSalle University
  • M.S.N. - University of Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D. - New York University


Intervention to promote functional health and cognition in older adults; caregiving efficacy and coping with dementia and delirium; complex aging related care issues; translational and health services research.


Dr. Boltz is an Associate Professor at the Connell School of Nursing. Previous to her current position at Boston College she was an Assistant Professor in the New York University College of Nursing and Practice Director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. She has served as PI on several studies that examined the trajectory of change in physical function. Some of her recent research has focused on testing system-level interventions to maximize physical and cognitive recovery in older persons in the acute and post-acute settings. She has also served as PI, co-PI, and consultant on studies that have examined the geriatric care environment, models of care, and measures of quality around care of older persons. She serves on several national advisory boards informing aging program development and evaluation, and was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.


  • 2014 - Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • 2104 - Distinguished Alumnus Award, LaSalle University
  • 2014-present - Appointment: Clinical Practice and Models of Care (CPMC) Committee of the American Geriatrics Society
  • 2013 - Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
  • 2012 - Eastern Nursing Research Society, Hartford Geriatric Nursing Practice Research Award

           additional appointments & awards

Selected Publications

  • Chippendale, T., & Boltz, M. (2015). Living Legends: Students' responses to an intergenerational life review writing program. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 63(4), 782-788. doi:10.1111/jgs.13236
  • Resnick, B., Galik, E., Wells, C. L., ​Boltz, M., & Holtzman, L​. (2015). Optimizing function and physical activity post trauma: Overcoming system and patient challenges. International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.ijotn.2015.03.007
  • Boltz, M., Chippendale, T, Resnick, B, & Galvin J. E. (2015). Anxiety in family caregivers of hospitalized persons with dementia: Contributing factors and responses. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders. Advance online publication. doi:10.1097/WAD.0000000000000072
  • Boltz, M., Resnick, B., Chippendale, T., & Galvin, J. (2014). Testing a family-centered intervention to promote functional and cognitive recovery in hospitalized older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62(12), 2398-407. doi:10.1111/jgs.13139
  • Boltz, M., Resnick, B., Capezuti, E. & Shuluk, J. (2014). Activity restriction vs. self-direction: Hospitalised older adults' response to fear of falling. International Journal of Older People Nursing 9(1), 44–53. doi:10.1111/opn.12015

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