Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN
Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN, is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Practice & Community Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She holds the Shearer Endowed Term Chair in Healthy Community Practice. Dr. Sullivan-Marx had eight years of hospital based and community nursing practice before launching a career as a primary care nurse practitioner in 1980. Throughout the following two decades, Dr. Sullivan-Marx began three new geriatric nurse practitioner practices that are on-going today. In 1987, she established an independent nurse practitioner practice in rural New Hampshire creating a home visit practice and consulting practice new to that area. Dr. Sullivan-Marx continues today as an active international and national consultant on nurse practitioner and geriatric practice issues and oversees the School's practice and community mission that includes the and Living Independently For Elders (LIFE), a program of comprehensive integrated health and social services for older adults in West Philadelphia, the Healthy in Philadelphia Initiative, the Center for Professional Development, and the Penn Nursing Consultation Service. She is a leading researcher on improving functional outcomes of older adults in community and institutional settings.
Dr. Sullivan-Marx completed initial nursing education in 1972 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and received a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from Penn School of Nursing in 1976. She has a master’s degree in science from the University of Rochester School of Nursing in 1980 and is a Distinguished Alumni of that school. She earned a doctoral degree from Penn in 1995 and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She received the Eastern Nursing Society Hartford Geriatric Nurse Research Award in 2008.
Princeton Conference XVI: May 20, 2009