Diana Lynn Morris, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

The Arline H. and Curtis F. Garvin Professor of Nursing
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Executive Director
University Center on Aging and Health
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Secondary Faculty
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Diana Lynn Morris, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, is the Florence Cellar Associate Professor of Gerontological Nursing in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and Executive Director of the University Center on Aging & Health. Her interests include health as a human right; mental health care for at risk older adults and their caregivers; and vulnerable families across the lifespan.

Interview with Diana Morris - What is social justice?

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Philosophy
  • Theory
  • Geriatric, Adult, and Minority Mental Health
  • Cultural Competence

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Geriatric Mental Health
  • Aging and Quality of Life
  • Family Caregiving
  • Science of Unitary Human Beings

Research Projects

  • Principal Investigator, "Care Network for Informal and Formal Caregivers," Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation, based at University Center of Aging and Health.
  • Co-Investigator, "Teaching Resourcefulness to Chronically Ill Older Adults," National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, RO1 NR04428.
  • Principal Investigator, "Faculty Training: Addictions Nursing of Families," National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, 1 TO1 AA07544.
  • Principal Investigator, "Mental Disorders: Elderly Psychiatric Nursing," National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, TO1 MH19613.
  • Consultant, "Stresses, Strains, and Elderly Physical Health," National Institute of Aging, National Institutes of Health, 5R37 AG-08557-08.

External Appointments

Faculty Scholar, Geriatric Mental Health
National Institute of Mental Health


  • Zauszniewski, J. A., Lekhak, N., Burant, C. J., Variath, M., Morris, D. L. (2016). Preliminary Evidence for Effectiveness of Resourcefulness Training in Women Dementia Caregivers. Journal of Family Medicine, 3(5), pii: 1069. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Zauszniewski, J. A., Lekhak, N., Burant, C. J., Underwood, P. W., Morris, D. L. (2016). Resourcefulness Training for Dementia Caregivers: Establishing Fidelity. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 38(12), 1554-1573. doi. 10.1177/0193945916655798. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Zauszniewski, J. A., Morris, D. L., Lekhak, N., Au, T. Y., Napoleon, B. (2016). Resourcefulness Training for Women Dementia Caregivers : Acceptability and Feasibility of Two Practice Methods. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37(4), 249-56. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2015.1119222.
  • Parks, M. D., Morris, D. L., Kolcaba, K., McDonald, P. E. (2015). An evaluation of patient comfort during acute psychiatric hospitalization. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, doi: 10.1111/ppc.12134.
  • Zauszniewski, J. A., Lekhak, N., Yolpant, W., & Morris, D. L. (2015). Need for resourcefulness training for women caregivers of elders with dementia. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 36(12), 1007-12. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2015.1075236.
  • Raunick, C. B., Lindell, D. F., Morris, D. L., & Backman, T. A. (2015). Vicarious trauma among sexual assault nurse examiners. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 11(3), 123-8. doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000085.
  • Wright, K. D., Pepper, G. A., Caserta, M., Wong, B., Brunker, C. P., Morris, D. L., & Allen, K. R. (2015). Factors that influence physical function and emotional well-being among Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. Geriatric Nursing, 36(2 Suppl):S16-20. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2015.02.022
  • Kidd, L., Zauszniewski, J. A., Morris, D. L. (2011). Benefits of a Poetry Writing Intervention for Family Caregivers of Elders with Dementia. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 32(9), 598-604.


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Case Western Reserve University
Adult Psychiatric Mental Health
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The Pennsylvania State University
Point Park College, Pittsburgh, PA

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