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Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Nola Pender, PhD, RN FAAN

Title/s: Distinguished Professor

Office #: Building 125, Room 4000, HSD

Phone: 815.436.9946

E-mail: npender@luc.edu

CV Link: Nola Pender CV


PhD   (Psychology and Education – double major) Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
MA     (Human Growth and Development)  Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
BSN   Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan (1962-1964)
RN     West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing, Oak Park, IL (1959-1962)

Research Interests

The Health Promotion Model was developed by Dr. Pender and her research colleagues.  Her research career, spanning three decades, focused on testing the Health Promotion Model and developing interventions based on the model to promote the adoption and maintenance of healthy behaviors.  The primary focus of her investigative work was increasing physical activity among adults and adolescents. Multiple research projects were funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr Pender received both the award for Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Research in the Midwest and the Life-Time Achievement Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society.  She also was honored by the American Psychological Association for her contributions to research in nursing and psychology.

She was recognized in 2012 by the American Academy of Nursing as a Living Legend for her translation of research to effective nursing interventions.


At the master’s level, Dr Pender teaches the course on theories in nursing and their application in evidence-based practice. She also teaches scientific writing to doctoral students.


Corporate fitness facilities and school health clinics provide the settings for implementation and testing of health promotion counseling to facilitate the adoption of active lifestyles. Dr. Pender is a strong advocate at the national and international levels for prevention and health promotion.  She consults with both researchers and practitioners on application of the Health Promotion Model to research, program development, and service delivery.  She serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Midwest Nursing Research Society Foundation and is a member of the Past President’s Advisory Panel for the American Academy of Nursing.


Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Undergraduate Programs: 1032 West Sheridan Road, BVM Hall, 8th Floor, Room 800, Chicago, IL 60660 · 773.508.3249

Graduate Programs: Medical Center Campus · 2160 South First Avenue, Building 125-4500, Maywood, IL 60153 · 708.216.9101

Health Sciences Division: Loyola University Chicago, 2160 S. First Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153 · http://www.LUC.edu/hsd

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