Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Catherine Seibyl Professor in Nursing, Research and Caregiving
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Secondary Faculty
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Research Design and Methods

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Family Caregivers of Persons with Serious Mental Illness (Bipolar Disorder and Depression), and Dementia
  • Promoting Resourcefulness in Maintaining Health and Functioning of Elders and Grandmothers
  • Instrument Development and Psychometrics
  • Intervention Development: Resourcefulness Training and Self-management,
  • Preventing and Treating Stress and Depression across the Life Span

Research Projects


  • Principal Investigator, "Self-management interventions: Considering needs and preferences of dementia caregivers," National Institute of Nursing Research (2020-2024), R01-NR8476;3
  • Principal Investigator, “Tailored Health Self-Management Interventions for Highly Distressed Family Caregivers,“ National Institute of Nursing Research (2016-2022), R01-NR6817.
  • Co-investigator, “GIFT web-based resourcefulness training for grandmother caregivers. (Musil, C., Principal Investigator), National Institute of Nursing Research (2016-2020), R01-NR5999.
  • Co-investigator, “Resourcefulness intervention for mothers of technology-dependent children (Toly, V., Principal Investigator), National Institute of Nursing Research (2016-2020), R15NR017302
  • Principal Investigator, “Teaching Resourcefulness to Women Caregivers of Elders with Dementia,” National Institute of Nursing Research (2009-2012), R21-NR0368.
  • Principal Investigator, “Promoting Resourcefulness in Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren.” National Institute of Nursing Research (2007-2010), R21-NR0581.
  • Co-investigator, “Grandmothers and Transitions (Musil, C.M., Principal investigator), National Institute of Nursing Research (2006-2010), R01-NR015999-02 
  • Principal Investigator, "Cardiovascular Responses in Black Female Caregivers," National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health (1999-2001), R01 NR4290.
  • Principal Investigator, "Teaching Resourcefulness to Chronically Ill Older Adults," National Institute of Nursing Research (1998-2003), R01NR4428.
  • Principal Investigator, "Social Cognitive Factors Affecting the Health of Elders," National Institute of Aging (1998-1999), R03-AG6469.

Awards and Honors

Psychiatric Nurse of the Year
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Distinguished Contribution to Nursing in the Midwest
Midwest Nursing Research Society
Inductee International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
Sigma Theta Tau International
Distinguished Faculty Research Award
Case Western Reserve University
Living Legend
International Society for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing


Recent (Selected First-Authored) Publications


Doctor of Philosophy
Case Western Reserve University
Master of Science in Nursing
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Case Western Reserve University
Master of Arts
Human Services/Counseling
John Carroll University
Bachelor of Arts
Psychology/Interpersonal Communication
Cleveland State University
Registered Nurse
St. Alexis Hospital School of Nursing
Certificate in Biofeedback Training
Biofeedback Training Institute/Stens Corporation
Certificate in Catholic Studies
Newman Theological College
Certificate in Pastoral Care
Newman Theological College

Additional Information


  • Certification / Re-certification as Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse, American Nurses' Association, 2021

Copyrighted Works

  • Depressive Cognition Scale (1995)
  • Resourcefulness Training Intervention (1995, revised 2006)
  • Resourcefulness and Quality of Life Theory (2006, revised 2017)
  • Resourcefulness Scale (2006)
  • Resourcefulness Skills Scale (2011)
  • Intervention Parameters Model (2007, revised 2018)