Barbara Harrison, PhD, CRNP, FGSA


Dr. Barbara Harrison, PhD, CRNP, FGSA is a teacher – scholar – practitioner in Nursing. She is passionate about care of older adults and enjoys teaching others about this topic and other health care related topics. Dr. Harrison's philosophy of education is that it is a public good, should be accessible to all, and must be a life long pursuit.


Degree Major School/University Location
PhD Neuro-behavior of Older Adults University of Michigan; School of Nursing Ann Arbor, Michigan
MSN Family Nurse Practitioner certificate and Nursing Education University of Texas at Arlington: School of Nursing  
BSN   Stockton State College Pomona, New Jersey
RN Diploma   Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; School of Nursing Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Course Number Course Name
NSG 216 Introduction to Healthy Aging
NSG 330 Professional Nursing Communication Strategies
NSG 334 Population and Environmental Health Nursing
NSG 335 Population Health and Environmental Health Practicum
NSG 536 Evidence Based Practice Research
NSG 554 Theories of Aging
NSG 556 Aging Transition in Health and Illness (interdisciplinary)
NSG 708 Program Evaluation
  Courses in Nurse Practitioner practice at previous Universities, thesis projects, and DNP projects


  • Harrison, B.E, Gilboy, M.B., Heinerichs, S., Reed, M. (2014-15). An Inter-professional Collaboration between College of Health Sciences and Area Senior Center Educators to Implement a Fall Prevention Program with Community Dwelling Older Adults. Dean's Award for New Initiatives Promoting Community Outreach. West Chester University. Funded ($10,000).
  • Harrison, B.E., Sims, R., Shin, J.Y., Bradley, D. (2013). "Mental Health Screening of Urban Older Adults Living in Public Housing" Ingleside Housing, Inc. Funded ($21,790).
  • Bean, N. (2017) Behavioral Health Workforce and Education Training grant (BHWET). Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Award #1 M01HP31390-01-00. Harrison, B. is Key personal and consultant. Funded ($1,400,000)
  • Harrison, B. (9/2012-6/2014) Project Director. Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) at the University of Delaware. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).# 1 A 10HP25137-01-00. Increasing the number of full time students educated as primary care nurse practitioners. Funded ($676,900).



American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Date Certification
1984-2018 Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) 0056149
1995-2020 Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) 0235597


Date Award
2017 Gerontological Advanced Practice Annual Excellence Award as Educator (GAPNA)
2016 Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Fellow
2016 College of Health Sciences Faculty Collaborative Research Award - Fall Prevention
2015 & 2017 West Chester University Faculty Academic Advisor Appreciation Award
2010 Sigma Theta Tau (Theta Psi chapter) Annual Membership Award
2009 Hartford Institute of Geriatric Nursing Research Summer Scholar
2001 National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Fellowship: Pre-doctoral. F31 NR07934-01


  • Harrison, B. (2017). Fall prevention program in the community: A nurse practitioner's contribution. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 13(8) e395-e397.
  • Heinerichs, S., Gilboy, M.B., Metz, S., Reed. M., Harrison, B (2017). Community Engagement with Older Adults to Evaluate Interprofessional Education in Allied Healthcare Students. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 11;15(1), Article 2. Retrieved at
  • Lach, H.W., Harrison, B. E., Phongphanngam, S. (2017). Falls and Fall Prevention in Older Adults with Early Stage Dementia: An Integrative Review. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 10, p.139-156. DOI: 10.3928/19404921-20160908-01
  • Moriconi, C., Schlamb, C., Harrison, B. (2015). Down syndrome and dementia: Guide to identification, screening and management. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 11,812-818. DOI:
  • Shin, J.Y., Sims, R., Bradley, D. L.,Pohlig, R., Harrison, B.E. (2014). Prevalence of depressive symptoms and associated factors in older adult public housing residents. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 7, 249-255. DOI: 10.3928/19404921-20140708-01
  • Baker, N.,Prothe, G., Harrison, B.E. (2013). Development of a toolbox with gerontological advanced nursing practice content: Improving educational resources for nurse practitioner educators. International Journal of Nurse Practitioner Educators, 2, (1), 16-22.
  • Jordon, J., Harrison, B.E (2013). Bath salts ingestion: diagnosis and treatment of substance induced delirium. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 9 (7),403-410.
  • Hauck, J., Harrison, B.E.,Montecalvo, A. (2013). Psychiatric Nurses' Attitudes towards Hospitalized Patients Diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder Experiencing Self Harm. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 51(1), 20-29.


  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA)
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing Honor Society)
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