Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Sue Penckofer, PhD, RN, FAAN

Title/s:  Associate Dean for the Graduate School
Distinguished University Research Professor for School of Nursing

Office #:  (LSC: Graduate School: Granada Center, Room 438) - (HSD: Center for Translational Research & Education (CTRE), Room 348)

Phone: (LSC: 773.508.8949) (HSD: 708.216.9303)


CV Link: penckoferVITAEJuly2017.pdf


PhD in Nursing University of Illinois 1993
MS in Nursing University of Illinois 1982
BSN University of Illinois 1979

Teaching Interests

Research Methods
Grant Writing
Teaching Methods
Research Internships

Courses Taught, 2015-2016

GNUR 512 (Quantitative Methods and Design for Nursing Research)
GNUR 511 (Measurement for Nursing Research)
GNUR 532 (Research Grantsmanship)
GNUR 530 (Research Internships)
GNUR 510 (Practicum in Teaching Methods for Nursing)

Research/Scholarly Interests and Selected Publications

Research area of interest is in women’s health, specifically diabetes and depression with a focus on innovative strategies for treatment of these disorders which include cognitive therapy and dietary supplements. Currently funded from the National Institute of Nursing Research to examine the impact of vitamin D supplementation for women with type 2 diabetes and co-morbid depression (R01NR1306).  Previously funded for training to develop expertise in clinical trials research and depression assessment and treatment (K23NR009240).

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.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Member and Grant Reviewer, University of Chicago Diabetes Center for Translational Research
  • Grant Reviewer, National Institute for Nursing Research (Special Emphasis Panels and Ad Hoc)
  • Editorial Board Reviewer for numerous nursing and other healthcare professional journals