Hupcey, Loeb inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing

Two School of Nursing faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Judith Hupcey, associate dean for graduate education, and Susan Loeb, associate professor, were inducted into the academy along with 173 other nurse leaders at the AAN’s annual awards ceremony Oct. 13, in Washington, D.C.

Hupcey holds dual faculty appointments in the School of Nursing and College of Medicine. Her research on social support and critically ill patients has resulted in the development of a mid-range theory of social support, spawned numerous frequently cited papers and changed visiting policies in intensive care units across the nation. Through studies funded by the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health, Hupcey also developed a cutting-edge model of palliative care for heart failure patients. In her role as associate dean, she has worked to extend the provision of advanced nursing education to medically underserved populations in Pennsylvania. Hupcey received a bachelor of science and master of science in nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing, and an master of education and doctor of education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Loeb also holds a faculty appointment in the College of Medicine. Her research focuses on those aging and dying in our nation’s prisons, with an eye toward enhancing health and promoting dignified death in prison settings. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, her research addresses aging in place, management of chronic conditions and providing humane end-of-life care. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, her team created a Toolkit for Enhancing End-of-Life Care, which has been implemented in prisons across the commonwealth. Loeb earned her bachelor of science, master of science and doctorate degrees in nursing from Penn State.

The American Academy of Nursing serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Those who have achieved fellow status are nursing’s most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research, and have been recognized for their extraordinary nursing careers.


Last Updated October 22, 2012