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Laurie Ann Theeke Faculty Member

I am a nurse scientist who has been studying predictors and outcomes of loneliness since 2002. I have used multiple design methods to understand how loneliness relates to human health. I have worked to discover what factors contribute to the psychological perception of loneliness, what health outcomes result from living with loneliness, and how older adults experience living with loneliness. My team has taken a multifaceted approach, studying psychosocial concepts along with physical health measures and biomarkers. I developed an intervention designed to target loneliness called LISTEN and this intervention has demonstrated initial effectiveness for diminishing loneliness while improving depressive symptoms and systolic blood pressure in older adults. In addition, I have worked solely in PhD Education for 10 years, studying how PhD in Nursing programs can design curriculum to best serve students and facilitate the development to nurse scientist. I have published and presented my work regularly for the past 15 years and my work has been featured in national news media. Currently, I am working with a team from Medical University of south Carolina to examine how loneliness impacts wound healing in people with leg ulcers and I am working with a team in WV to understand how we can use telehealth to combat problems experienced by people who return home after being in long-term care.

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