Barbara Riegel

Barbara Riegel, PhD, RN, FPCNA, FHFSA, FAHA, FAAN

Professor, Biobehavioral Health Sciences, School of Nursing

Barbara Riegel, PhD, RN, FPCNA, FHFSA, FAHA, FAAN is the Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor of Gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Co-Director of the International Center for Self-Care Research. Her research interests are in self-care broadly defined to include treatment adherence, condition monitoring, and self-management of symptoms. Dr. Riegel began studying these issues early in her career while a Clinical Researcher in an acute care setting when hospitals were just beginning to recognize that heart failure was a primary reason for hospital readmissions. She has developed theory and self-report measures of self-care that are used worldwide. Dr. Riegel has received numerous honors and awards, including the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Heart Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, and the Barbara J. Lowery Award from the Doctoral Student Organization at the University of Pennsylvania.