Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Sue Penckofer, PhD, RN, FAAN

Title/s: Distinguished University Research Professor, Loyola University Chicago
Professor, School of Nursing, Loyola

Office #: Building 125, Room 4529, HSD

Phone: 708.216.9303

E-mail: spencko@luc.edu

CV Link: Penckofer Vitae 2015 New


Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research Member

Research Interests

Women’s Health, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Depression, Vitamin D

Research NIH Training:
Predoctoral Fellowship, Individual NRSA, NIH at the University of Illinois, 1990
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institutional NRSA, NIH at the  University of Illinois, 1995

Current NIH Funding:

Penckofer S. (PI), Emanuele, M.A.,  Halaris A., Durzo, R., Camacho, P., Kouba, J, Mumby, P. Can the Sunshine Vitamin Improve Mood and Self-Management in Women with Diabetes?  National Institutes of Health, NINR, R01NR01306  ($1, 492, 985.00), 6/1/13 to 5/31/17.

Penckofer, S. (PI) Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (PA-2-149). Sponsor for Monique Ridosh, PhD, RN, NINR, RO1NR 1306-03S1 ($218,196), 4/1/15 to 3/31/17.

Byrn, M. (PI), Penckofer, S., Adams, W., Emanuele, MA. Can vitamin D3 improve cognitive function in persons with type 2 diabetes? University of Chicago, NIH Diabetes Research Clinical Training Center, ($25,000), 2/1/15-1/31/16.

Previous NIH Funding (PI):
Vitamin D for Metabolic Control and Depressive Symptoms in Women with Type 2 Diabetes, University of Chicago pilot project, NIH- NIDDK (5P60DK020595)

A Psychoeducational Intervention for Women with Type 2 Diabetes, NIH-NINR K23 (NR009240)

Oxidative Stress in Postmenopausal Women, NIH-NINR R-15, National Institute of Nursing Research, American Heart Association of Chicago, American Nurses Foundation.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Editorial Board:
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

Reviewer for:
Research in Nursing and Health, Journal of Women's Health, Journal of Biological Research for Nursing, Journal of Psychoneuroendocrinology, Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications.

Special Honors:
Loyola University Faculty Scholar, INA Distinguished Researcher, Ada Sue Hinshaw ANF Scholar, Gloria Smith Health Disparities ANF Scholar

Selected Publications

Byrn, M. & Penckofer, S. (2015).Gestational diabetes, depression, and the impact on maternal and infant health outcomes.  Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 44 (2): 246-255.

Brandy, J., Penckofer, S., Solari-Twadell, A.,Velsor-Freidrich, B. (2015).  Factors predictive of depression in first year-year college students. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing Mental Health Services, 53(2): 38-44.

Savoy S. & Penckofer S. (2015).  Depressive symptoms impact health-promoting lifestyle behaviors, cardiac and quality of life in healthy women.  Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 30(4): 360-372.

Meehan, M. & Penckofer, S.  (2014).  The role of vitamin D in the aging adult. Journal of Aging and Gerontology, 2: 60-71.

Penckofer, S., Doyle, T., Byrn, M., Lustman, P.  (2014).   State of the science:  Depression and type 2 diabetes.  Western Journal of Nursing Research, 36(9): 1158-1182.

Castro, J. & Penckofer, S. (2014).  The role of vitamin D in the health of Hispanic adults with diabetes.  Hispanic Health Care International, 12(2): 90-98.

Byrn, M. & Penckofer, S. (2013).  Antenatal depression and gestational diabetes:  A review of maternal and fetal outcomes.  Nursing for Women’s  Health, 17 (1), 22-33.

Penckofer, S., Ferrans, C., Byrn, M.  Mumby, P., Ferrans, C., Harrison, P., Durazo-Arvizu, R., & Lustman, P. (2012).  The Impact of a Psychoeducational Program for Depressed Women with Type 2 Diabetes.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 44 (2): 192-206.

Penckofer, S. (2012). Lost in translation: will the ‘personal’ become ‘impersonal’ when conducting research in the age of technology?  Clinical Investigation, 2(6): 1-3.

Penckofer, S., Quinn, L., Byrn L., Ferrans, C., Miller, Strange, P.  (2012). Glycemic Variability  Impacts Mood and Quality of Life in Women with Diabetes.  Diabetes, Technology, & Therapeutics, 14: 1-8.

Martyn-Nemeth, P. & Penckofer, S. (2012).  Psychological Vulnerability among Overweight and Obese Adolescents.  Journal of School Nursing, 28: 291-301.

Penckofer, S., Byrn, M., Mumby, P., Ferrans, C.  (2011).  Improving Subject Recruitment,Retention, and Participation in Research Through Peplau’s Theory of Interpersonal Relations.  Nursing Science Quarterly, 24, 146-151.

Penckofer, S. & Emanuele, M. (2010).  Questions and Answers to Vitamin D.  Diabetes Self Management, 53-54.

Penckofer, S., Kouba, J., Byrn, M., Ferrans, C.  (2010) Vitamin D and depression: Where is all the sunshine?  Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31, 385-393.

Fritschi, S., Quinn, L., Penckofer, S., Surdyk, P.  (2010) Continuous glucose monitoring: The experience of women with type 2 diabetes.  Diabetes Educator, 36, 250-257.

Martyn-Nemeth, P., Penckofer, S., Gulanick, M., Velsor-Friedrich, B., & Bryant, F. B. (2009).The relationships among self-esteem, stress, coping, eating behavior and depressive mood in adolescents.  Research in Nursing and Health, 32, 96-109.

Lustman, P., Penckofer, S., Clouse, R.  (2008). Recent advances in understanding depression in adults with diabetes. Current Psychiatry Reports. 7, 114-122.

Penckofer, S., Kouba, J., Wallis, D., Emanuele, M.  (2008). Vitamin D and Diabetes:  Let the Sunshine In.  Diabetes Educator, 34, 939-954.

Wallis, D., Penckofer, S., Sizemore, G.  (2008) Contemporary Issues in Cardiovascular Medicine: The Sunshine Deficit and Cardiovascular Disease.  Circulation, 118, 1476-1485.