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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Marie Boltz, PhD, RN, GNP-BC

associate professor

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

Cushing Hall 424


  • 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.


  • 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
  • 2012-present- Member editorial board: Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics and Geriatric Nursing

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Selected Publications

  • 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
  • Chippendale, T., & Boltz, M. (2014). The neighborhood environment: Perceived fall risk, resources, and strategies for fall prevention. The Gerontologist. Advance online publication. doi:10.1093/geront/gnu019
  • Resnick, B., Galik, E., & Boltz, M. (2014). Basic physical capability scale: Psychometric testing with cognitively impaired older adults. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 29(4) 326-332. doi:10.1177/1533317513517039
  • Tavares, J. P., da Silva, A. L., Sá-Couto, P., Boltz, M., & Capezuti, E. (2014). Portuguese nurses’ knowledge of and attitudes toward hospitalized older adults. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/scs.12124
  • Hu, S., Faust, J., Boltz, M., & Capezuti, E. (2014). Subtypes of potentially inappropriate medications in older Chinese-Americans during care transitions. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 51(9) 1221-1229. doi:10.1016 /j.ijnurstu. 2014.01.014

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