Katharine Kolcaba



Associate Professor, Emeritus Status
College of Nursing
The University of Akron

Curriculum Vitae

  • Background
  • Education
  • Awards & Honors
  • Volunteer Activities
  • Research & Publications
  • Hobbies & Interest

I love working with students and researchers through their contacts to me via the web. I hope to expand my consulting business with Colleges of Nursing and various health care institutions. With colleagues nationally and internationally, I continue to design comfort studies in various arenas: instrument development and testing, and testing of comfort theory in different settings and with different theoretical questions. I think the Magnet Status initiative can demonstrate a true marriage between theory and practice.

* 1965 Diploma, St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing
* 1987 RN/MSN Case Western Reserve University
* 1997 PhD. Nursing Case Western Reserve University

  • 2006 Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Omega Chapter, Researcher of the Year with Dr. Therese Dowd
  • 2005 Mary Hanna Journalism Second Place Award in the Best Practice Category by American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses, in recognition of the article by Wilson, L. & Kolcaba, K. (2004). Practical application of Comfort Theory in the perianesthesia setting. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. 19(3), 164-173. (Invited article)
  • 2003 Excellence in the Utilization of Nursing Research, award from Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Omega Chapter
  • 2003 Advancement of Science Award from Midwest Nursing Research Society, End of Life and Palliative Care Nursing
  • 2002 Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award for American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses, March, 2003, in recognition of the article entitled Comfort Care for Perianesthesia Nursing by Kolcaba and Wilson (2002).
  • 1999 Links2Go Key Resource Award for The Comfort Line. 2nd place among all nursing theory pages
  • Hartford Institute and American Association of Colleges of Nursisng (AACN) 3rd annual award for excellence in Baccalaureate Gerontology Curriculum (leader of Nursing Care of Older Adults, where most of the innovations were housed).
  • 1997 Marie Haug Student Award, excellence in aging studies, from Case Western Reserve University
  • 1997 Invited Research Consultant, comfort studies & theory, MNRS
  • 1996 LM Hiemenz & LC Perry Memorial Scholarship, tuition support, American Nurses' Association
  • 1997 Honor a Researcher Award, MNRS
  • 1995 Lillian DeYoung Research Award, outstanding research development, and Chapter Research Grant for completion of dissertation study, Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Omega Chapter
  • 1994-present Who's Who in American Nursing
  • 1991 Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Health, Case Western Reserve University Internal Grant
  • 1987 Cushing Robb Prize, outstanding work in MSN program, Case Western Reserve University

I am on the Board of Elderlife, a community outreach and support network for elders in my larger community. This activity led to my developing and coordinating a chapter of Parish Nursing serving the same population. My professional organizations, since retirement from full time teaching, are American Nurses Association and Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau.

Research which demonstrated the effects of comforting interventions are detailed in my book. My current emphasis is on helping hospitals implement and measure the effects of comforting interventions, for patients, families, and nurses. Please visit the FAQ, under research for more details and my reference page for links to recent articles.

For relaxation, I love to garden, do amateur photography, and read. I try to walk or work out every day (my efforts towards healthy aging). I cheer on the Cleveland Indians, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Akron Zips. I try to visit my eight grandchildren (and my two daughters, sons-in-law, and mother) in Chagrin Falls (where I live in Ohio) and a daughter and son-in-law in Chicago. In addition, my philosopher-husband completes my life and has assisted me in countless ways over the years with my study of comfort.