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Patricia Watts Kelley, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, CAPT(ret) United States Navy

School of Nursing

Fisher Hall 521
Phone: 412.396.2070


PhD, Catholic University of America
Post-master's Certificate - Family Primary Care, Northeastern University
MS, Boston University
BSN, American University
Associate Degree in Science, Northeastern University
Diploma (LPN), Boston Department of Health and Hospitals

Dr. Patricia Watts Kelley currently holds the rank of Professor of Nursing, Duquesne University, School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA. Dr Kelley previously held the position of Health Sciences Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Research & Development. Prior to her Navy retirement she held the position of Deputy Director of Nursing and Allied Health Research, Navy Medicine Research and Development Center, Navy Headquarters, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. She served as Interim Dean for Research and an Associate Professor appointment at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Graduate School of Nursing, Bethesda, MD. Dr. Kelley held several nursing leadership and research positions in the Navy. She served as the first Navy Executive Director of the TriService Nursing Research Program; Director of Nursing Research Services, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD; Officer in Charge, Branch Medical Clinic La Magdalena, Sardinia, Italy; first Navy Family Nurse Practitioner, BMC La Magdalena, Sardinia, Italy; and Family Nursing Practitioner, Family Practice Clinic, Newport Naval Hospital, Newport, RI. Her research interests are in the areas of clinical knowledge development and continuity of care of wounded service members, evidence based practice, health promotion and diabetes self-care management, and nursing retention and recruitment. She served as the specialty consultant to the US Navy Surgeon General for Nursing Research. CAPT Kelley had maintained a part-time Nurse Practitioner practice at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD specializing in diabetes and military health up until her retirement. Dr Kelley is a Board Member, Navy Safe Harbor Foundation; The Navy Safe Harbor Foundation is dedicated to supporting the recovery of seriously wounded, ill, and injured Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and their families by assisting them with resources not currently provided by government or community resources.

Dr. Kelley received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the Catholic University of America, a Post-master certificate in Family Primary Care from Northeastern University, a Master of Science from Boston University School of Nursing with a specialty in gerontology, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from American University and an Associate Degree in Science from Northeastern University. Dr. Kelley is board certified as a Family and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nursing.

CAPT Kelley entered Naval Service from Boston as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 1990 and until her retirement in 2011, she held a wide variety of clinical research, operational, staff and leadership positions overseas and within the United States. She was recognized for her service with a variety of military awards and civilian honors.

Prior to entering Naval Service Dr. Kelley held several civilian-nursing positions including serving as Executive Director, Assistant Executive Director & Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Windsor House Adult Day, Cambridge, MA, and Director of Nursing Senior Care Management. Dr Kelley was responsible for several innovative geriatric programs among them were the dementia dual program at Windsor House Watertown and the facilitation of the Community Alzheimer's Support Services.


Extramural Research Funding

Military Mentor and Co-Investigator, "Global Health Engagements Missions: Lessons Learned Aboard U S Naval Hospital Ships", TriService Nursing Research Program, PI: King, H.
$364,516, Funding Period 2015 - 2018

Principal Investigator, "Clinical Knowledge Development: Continuity of Care for War Injured Service Members", TriService Nursing Research Program, PI: Kelley, P.W.
$876,992, Funding Period 2008 - 2014

Co-Investigator, "Factors Associated with Retention Army, Navy and Air Force Nurses", TriService Nursing Research Program, PI: Zangaro, G.
$693,392, Funding Period 2009 - 2011

Co-investigator, "Wartime Critical Care Transport", TriService Nursing Research Program, PI: Bridges, E.
$727,173, Funding Period 2004 - 2008

Co-investigator," Clinical Knowledge Development of Nurses in an Operational Environment (Phase 1)",
TriService Nursing Research Program, PI: Richard, M.
$484,472, Funding Period 2003 - 2008

Principal Investigator, "Diabetes Case Management: Effects on Glycemic Control", TriService Nursing Research Program, PI: Kelley, P.W.
$251,846 Funding Period 2000 - 2005

Program Grants

Principal Investigator," Research to Practice in a Military Healthcare Setting" TriService Nursing Research Program, PI: Kelley, P.W.
$2,453,874 Funding Period 2002 - 2008


2016 - Inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing

Pat Kelley

Patricia Kelley

L-R: Joyce Pulcini, Susan Sheehy, Linda Wanzer, Col. Marla De Jong, Patricia Kelley, Brigadier General (ret) William Bester, Patricia McMullen and Diane Seibert

L-R: Irene Sandvold, Sr. Rosemary Donley, Elizabeth Bridges and Patricia Kelley

L-R: Lorna Schumann, Mary Ellen Roberts, Patricia Kelley and Charon Pierson

L-R: Judith Vessey, Eileen Collins, Patricia Kelley, Lynn Renki and Christine Kasper

Patricia and Stepehn Kelley