Jaclene Annette Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN



Email: jaz@case.edu

Phone: 216.368.3612


Kate Hanna Harvey Professor in Community Health Nursing + PhD Program Director

Research Interests

  • Promoting Resourcefulness in Maintaining Health and Functioning of Elders and Grandmothers
  • Preventing and Treating Depression across the Life Span
  • Instrument Development and Psychometrics
  • Family Caregivers of Persons with Serious Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, and Dementia

Research Projects

  • Principal Investigator, "Teaching Resourcefulness to Chronically Ill Older Adults," National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, R01 NR04428.
  • Principal Investigator, "Cardiovascular Responses in Black Female Caregivers," National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, R01 NR04290.
  • Co-Investigator, "Intergenerational Caregiving to At-Risk Youth," Carol Musil, Principal Investigator, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, R01 NR05067.
  • Principal Investigator, "Social Cognitive Factors Affecting the Health of Elders," National Institute of Nursing Research and National Institute of Aging, National Institutes of Health, RO3 AG16469.

Training Projects

  • Director, PhD Program in Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Education Interests

  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Research Design and Methods

Educational Background

  • BA, Psychology/Interpersonal Communication, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
  • MA, Human Services/Counseling, John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH
  • MSN, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Cleveland, OH
  • PhD, Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Cleveland, OH

Recent Publications

  • Jaclene A. Zauszniewski PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, Nirmala Lekhak BSN, RN, PhD student, Wichiya Yolpant MSN, RN, PhD candidate & Diana L. Morris PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA (2016). Need for Resourcefulness Training for Women Caregivers of Elders with Dementia. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 36 (12), 1007-1012.
  • Zauszniewski, J.A., Lekhak, N., Au, T.Y., Yolpant, W., & Morris, D.L., (2015, in press). Need for resourcefulness training for women caregivers of elders with dementia. Issues in Mental Health Nursing.
  • Zauszniewski, J.A., Musil, C.M., & Variath, M. (2015, in press).  Effects of biofeedback on stress, emotions, and cognitions in grandmothers:  Correlations between subjective and objective measures.  Biofeedback.
  • Zauszniewski, J.A., Morris, D.L., Lekhak, N., Au, T.Y., & Napoleon, B.  (2015, in press). Resourcefulness Training for Women Dementia Caregivers: Acceptability and Feasibility of Two Practice Methods. Issues in Mental Health Nursing.
  • Wang, S.M., Lai, C.Y., Chang, Y.Y., Huang, C.Y., Zauszniewski, J.A., & Yu, C.Y. (2015). The relationships among work stress, resourcefulness, and depression level in psychiatric nurses. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 29(1), 64-70.
  • Zauszniewski, J.A., & Musil, C.M. (2014). Interventions forgrandmothers: Comparative effectiveness of resourcefulness training, HRV biofeedback, and journaling. Biofeedback, 42(3), 121-129.
  • Toly, V. B., Musil, C. M., & Zauszniewski, J. A. (2014). Resourcefulness training intervention: A promising approach to improve mental health of mothers with technology-dependent children. Appl Nurs Res, 27(1), 87-90. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2013.11.003
  • Zauszniewski, J.A. (2012). Intervention development: Assessing critical parameters from the intervention recipient's perspective. Applied Nursing Research, 25(1), 31-39.
  • Zauszniewski, J.A., & Bekhet, A.K. (2012). Developing a screening measure for early detection of depressive symptoms: The Depressive Cognition Scale. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 34(2), 228-242.
  • Juratovac, E., Morris, D.L., Zauszniewski, J.A., & Wykle, M.L. (2012). Effort, workload, and depressive symptoms in family caregivers of older adults: Conceptualizing and testing a work-health relationship. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 26(2), 74-94.
  • Bekhet, A.K., & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2012). Health of elders in retirement communities: Is loneliness a key factor? Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 26(3), 214-224
  • Bekhet, A.K., Zauszniewski, J.A., & Matel-Anderson, D. (2012). Resourcefulness Training Intervention: Assessing critical parameters from relocated older adults' perspectives. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33(7), 430-435.
  • McDonald, P. E., Zauszniewski, J. A., Bekhet, A. (2011). Psychometric properties of a measure of acceptance of long-standing health problems. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 32(7), 416-423.
  • Bekhet, A. K., El-Geurinidi, M. M., Nakhla, W. E., Zauszniewski, J. A. (2011). The effects of positive cognitions on the relationship between alienation and resourcefulness in nursing students in Egypt.Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 32(1), 35-41.
  • Bekhet, A. K., Zauszniewski, J. A. (2011). Creating a Therapeutic Milieu within Retirement Communities. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 32(5), 327-34.
  • Moller, M. D., Zauszniewski, J. A. (2011). Psychophenomenology of the Post-Psychotic Adjustment Process. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 25(4), 253-68.
  • Bekhet, A.K. & Zauszniewski, J. A. (2011). The role of positive cognitions in Egyptian elders’ relocation adjustment.  [SAGE Outstanding faculty paper award]. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 33(1), 121-135.
  • McCann, J. J., Hills, E. B., Zauszniewski, J. A., Smith, C. E., Farran, C. J., Wilkie, D. J. (2011). Creative partnerships for nursing research. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 33(1), 79-105.
  • Abdrbo, A. A., Zauszniewski, J. A., Hudak, C. A., Anthony, M. K. (2011). Development and testing of a survey instrument to measure benefits of a nursing information system. Perspective in Health Information Management, 8, 1c.
  • Moring, J.C., Furhman, R., & Zauszniewski, J. A. (2011). Interrelatedness of Proactive Coping, Reactive Coping, and Learned Resourcefulness. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 44(4), 204-214.
  • Bekhet, A. K., Zauszniewski, J. A., Nakhla, W. E. (2011). Psychometric properties of the Pressure to Move scale in relocated American older adults: Further evaluation. Issues Ment Health Nurs, 32(11), 711-716 doi: 10.3109/01612840.2011.600808.
  • 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.
  • Murrock, C., Zauszniewski, J. A. (2011). Late life function and disability instrument in African American women: function component. Woman & Health, 51(5), 482-96.
  • Musil, C. M., Gordon, N. H., Warner, C. B., Zauszniewski, J. A., Standing, T. S., Wykle, M. L. (2011). Grandmothers and caregiving to grandchildren: Continuity, change and outcomes over 24 months.The Gerontologist, 51(1), 86-100.  doi: 10.1093/geront/gnq061.
  • McDonald, P.E., Zauszniewski, J.A., Bekhet, A.K., DeHelian, L., & Morris, D.L. (2011). The effect of acceptance training on psychological and physical health outcomes in elders with chronic conditions. Journal of National Black Nurses Association, 22(2), 11-19.
  • Zauszniewski, J.A., & Bekhet, A.K. (2011). Measuring use of resourcefulness skills: Psychometric testing of a new scale. ISRN Nursing Online.


  • 2017 Psychiatric Nurse of the Year, American Pyschiatric Nurses Association