Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Lisa Skemp, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN

Title/s:  Professor
Chair Department of Health Systems, Leadership and Policy

Office #:  BVM Hall, Room 1016, LSC

Phone: 773.508.2885



BSN Viterbo College 1977
MA University of Iowa 1989
PhD University of Iowa 2002

Teaching Interests

My teaching expertise is in Qualitative Research (doctoral students from nursing, medicine, global health, social work and women’s studies), Community/Public Health Nursing, Global Health, and gerontology.  I have designed and taught an Interprofessional Community Capacity Building for Healthy Aging course held in the Caribbean  (beginning in 2007) and in south India (beginning in 2009). 

Courses Taught, 2015-2016

HSM 220 Aging in America
Qualitative Research (postdoctoral student)

Research/Scholarly and Selected Publications

Promote health and quality of life for community-dwelling elders through research on building community capacity for healthy aging. This cross-cultural and international research aims to understand of how elders acquire the things they need to live in the community and translate evidence-based / best practices into culturally informed local care. Understanding the natural systems of care (NSC) provides a foundation for healthy aging.  The NSC then informs the development of culturally informed interventions in areas of global public health need:  healthy aging and a current focus on diabetes.  The culturally informed healthy aging model guides education, research and practice initiatives while information communications technologies facilitate the translation to local care.

Davitt, J., Madigan, E., Rantz, M., & Skemp, L.  (2016).  Aging in community: Developing a more holistic approach to enhance older adults’ well-being.  Research in Gerontological Nursing. 9(1), 6-13.  Doi:10.3928/19404921-20151211-03

Epps, F., Skemp, L., & Specht, J.  (2015).  Using culturally informed strategies to enhance recruitment of African Americans in dementia research: A nurse researcher’s experience.  Journal of Research Practice, 11(1).

Epps, F., Skemp, L., Specht, J., & Maas, M.  (2015).  Family involvement in care research based protocol.  In H.K. Butcher (Series Ed.), Series on evidence-based practice guidelines. Iowa City, IA: The University of Iowa College of Nursing John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.

Skemp, L, Dreher, M., & Lehmann, S. (in press).  Healthy Places Healthy People. A handbook for culturally informed community nursing practice.  (3rd Ed.).  Indianapolis, IN:  Sigma Theta Tau International.

Clark, K., Guerin, S., Skemp, L., Epps, F., & Specht, J.  (2015). Integrating gerontological nursing evidence-based guidelines into nursing curricula. Journal of Gerontological Nursing.41(7), 21-28.

Skemp, L., Maas, M. & Umbarger-Mackey, M.  (2014).  Doing it my way.  The Gerontologist.  doi: 10.1093/geront/gnt052.

Skemp, L., Ko, J. W., Missen, C., & Peterson, D.  (2011).  Global access to ageing information and the gerontology healthy ageing digital library.  Journal of GerontologicalNursing.37(1), 14-19.

Skemp, L.  (2012).  Global Health and Gerontological Nursing.  Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 38(9), 1.  

Skemp Kelley, L.,  (2005).  Growing old in St. Lucia: Expectations and elder care  networks in a St. Lucian village.  Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 20, 67-78.

Skemp Kelley, L.,  (2005).  Gendered Elder Care Exchanges in a Caribbean Village.  Western Journal of Nursing Research, 27(1), 73-92.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • St. Lucia, West Indies
  • Vivekananda Institute for Indian Studies located in urban south India
  • Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement located in rural south India communities
  • University of Iowa International Programs
  • University of Iowa Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing
  • National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
  • American Academy of Nursing
  • American Nurses Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau