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Becky Kronk

Rebecca Kronk

Associate Professor
Chair, Undergraduate Programs
School of Nursing

Fisher Hall 553E
Phone: 412.396.4228
kronkr@duq.edu

Education:

PhD, Applied Developmental Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 2008
MSN, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Pittsburgh, 1999
BSN, Nursing, Carlow College, 1981
RN, Diploma-RN, St Francis Hospital, 1978
Bio

Dr. Rebecca Kronk joined Duquesne University School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor in August, 2010 and earned tenure in 2016. She is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner. Dr. Kronk earned her MSN from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and a PhD in Applied Development Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education.

Dr. Kronk was a fellow in the Maternal and Child Health Training program providing leadership and education in neurodevelopmental disabilities and autism (LEND) at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Kronk has been in the field of pediatric nursing for over 40 years and she is experienced in helping children and families with a range of developmental issues. She enjoys combining clinical work with teaching and research. Her research has been based on the conceptual framework known as the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health published by the World Health Organization. Dr. Kronk has conducted several research studies on the sleep patterns of children with Fragile X syndrome and developmental functioning of children in the FXS gray zone alleles.

Dr. Kronk was a fellow in the Maternal and Child Health Training program providing leadership and education in neurodevelopmental disabilities and autism (LEND) at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Kronk has been in the field of pediatric nursing for over 40 years and she is experienced in helping children and families with a range of developmental issues. She enjoys combining clinical work with teaching and research. Her research has been based on the conceptual framework known as the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health published by the World Health Organization. Dr. Kronk has conducted several research studies on the sleep patterns of children with Fragile X syndrome and developmental functioning of children in the FXS gray zone alleles.

Post-graduate education has occurred at the National Institutes of Health and included:

  • 2015 National Human Genome Research Institute Summer Workshop in Genomics
  • 2014 NINR Big Data Methodologies Boot Camp
  • 2013 NINR Sleep Methodologies Boot Camp
  • 2011 NINR Summer Genetics Institute

While at Duquesne, Dr. Kronk has applied her expertise in pediatrics and genetics to both graduate and undergraduate course; she has also accompanied nursing students to Nicaragua for a service learning experience and provided the emphasis on the nursing care of children. She developed the undergraduate course Genetics in Nursing and Health.

Dr. Kronk was the first recipient, along with her colleague, Dr. Yvonne Weideman, of the Gaultier Fellowship for community engaged scholarship. She also received the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year Award and the 2014 Cameos of Caring - Nurse Educator Award.

Research

2016 -Present
Healthy Nursing Students 2020: A Prospective Cohort Study

2015 - Present
Experiences and Perceptions of Postpartum Women with Substance Use Disorders Inclusive of Opioids Regarding Their Care, Faculty Advisor & Dissertation Chair

2014 - Present
Investigating a Newly Developed Genetics Course and Acquisition of Genetic and Genomic Nursing Competencies, Principal Investigator

2014 - Present
Mastery Learning Theory: Assessing the Impact of an Innovative Approach to Educating Nurses to Clinical Competence, Faculty Advisor & Dissertation Chair

2014 - 2015
Assessing Distress Levels of Refugee Women to Provide Insight for Enhanced Psychosocial Interventions Faculty Advisor & Dissertation Chair

2013 - 2014
Comparing Two Teaching Strategies: Simulation of Newborn Assessment vs, In-Class Instruction, Faculty Advisor & Dissertation Chair

2012 - 2013
Investigating the lived experience of grandparents raising their grandchildren, Principal Investigator

2012 - 2013
Nursing and Healthcare in Nicaragua-what is the impact on undergraduate nursing students' personal, professional and cultural development? Co-Investigator

2012 - 2013
Increasing Healthy Nutritional and Physical Activity Behavior Changes Through a WIC Educational Intervention, Faculty Advisor & Dissertation Chair

2011 - 2013
What is the Cultural Climate among Faculty, Students, and Staff within the School of Nursing at Duquesne University? Co-Investigator

2011 - 2012
Effect of an Educational Intervention on Nurse Knowledge and Attitude with Discharge Instruction in Children Following Mild to Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury, Faculty Advisor & Dissertation Chair

2009 - 2016
Fragile X Clinical and Research Consortium Registry, Co-Investigator

2008 - 2013
Developmental functioning of children in the FXS gray zone alleles, Co-Investigator

2006 - 2013
Sleep Patterns in children with fragile x syndrome, Principal Investigator

2005 - 2016
Fragile X syndrome registry, Co-Investigator

Grants Awarded

Center for Nursing Research Faculty Research Grant, Duquesne University
Are Children with Fragile X Losing their Zzzz's and Y? Part 2
Principal Investigator
May, 2011 to December, 2012
$5000.00

Gaultier Faculty Fellows for Service Learning, Duquesne University
Using Photovoice Methodology to Understand the Lived Experience of Grandparents Raising their Grandchildren
Co-PI
Fall, 2012 to Spring, 2013
$10,000

Scholarship

Publications - Last 5 years

Kramlich, D., Kronk, R., & Jakub, K. (submitted June, 2016). Challenges and Facilitators of recruitment: Lessons learned from conducting a focused ethnography in a vulnerable rural population. The Qualitative Report.

Felsman, I., Humphreys, J., & Kronk, R. (submitted September, 2015). Measuring Distress Levels of Refugee Women to Enhance Psychosocial Program Interventions. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.

Kramlich, D., & Kronk, R. (2015). Relational care for perinatal substance use disorder: A systematic review. The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 40 (5): 320-6.

Bassell, J., Phan, H., Leu, R., Kronk, R., & Visootsak, J. (2015) Sleep profiles in a clinical sample of children with Down syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics, DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.a.37096.

Kronk, R., Weideman, Y., Cunningham, L., & Resick, L. (2015) Capturing student transformation from a global service learning experience: The efficacy of photo-elicitation as a qualitative research method. Journal of Nursing Education, 54 (9), S99-S102.

Lengetti, E., Cantrell, M. A., Dean, B., & Kronk, R. (Submitted July, 2015). A theory analysis of mastery learning and self-regulation. Journal of Theory Construction and Testing.

Kronk, R., & Weideman, Y. (2014). Use of photovoice to integrate a community-engaged scholarship model of research into an undergraduate clinical nursing course. Journal of Nursing Education, 53 (9), S114-117.

Jindal, A., Kronk, R., Filipink, R., Noll, R. (2013) Neurodevelopmental phenotypes in children with FMR1 gene alleles in the grey zone: a case series. Annals of Neurology, 74, S145-S146.

Johnson, C.R., Turner, K. S., Foldes, E., Brooks, M.M., Kronk, R., & Wiggs, L. (2013). Behavioral parent training to address sleep disturbances in young children with autism spectrum disorder. Sleep Medicine, 14, 995-1004.

Dostilio, L.D., Conti, N., Kronk, R., Weideman, Y.L., Woodley, S.K., Trun, N. (2013) Civic Learning through community-engaged scholarship: Coherence among diverse disciplines. Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education, 3, 43- 65.

Machajewski, V., & Kronk, R., (2013). Childhood grief related to the death of a sibling. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 9 (7), 443- 448.

Cook, R., Gillespie, G., Kronk, R., Daugherty, M., Moody, S., Allen, L., Shebesta,K., Falcone,R. (2013). Effect of an educational intervention on nursing staff knowledge and confidence in the care of children with mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 45, 108-118.

Kronk, R., Bishop, E., Raspa, M., Bickel, J., Mandel, D., Bailey, D., (2010) Prevalence, Nature, and Correlates of Sleep Problems in Fragile X Syndrome Based on a Large Scale Parent Survey. SLEEP, 33, 679-687.

Book Chapters - Last 5 years
Kronk, R. & Filipink, R. Sleep in Fragile X Syndrome (invited 2015). In Sleep in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Springer.

Kronk, R. and Dorman, J (2010) Fragile X syndrome. In Nursing Care for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities : An Integrated Approach. Brookes. Baltimore.

Scholarly Presentations - Last 5 years
Kronk, R.
, & Messick, C. (May, 2015) Genetic Preparation for Health Care Professionals: LEND Model. NYMAC Summit 2015: Partners in Genetic Journeys: Building Systems of Care Together, Baltimore, MD. (Invited; Regional)

Dostillio, L., Kronk, R., Quinones, S., & Conti, N. (March, 2015). Common Ground, Diverse Voices, Community-Engaged Research and Generative Knowledge in Social Science. Society for Applied Anthropology, Pittsburgh PA. (Competitive review, International)

Kronk, R. (December, 2014). Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Office of Child Development, Early Childhood Partnerships, Pittsburgh PA. (Invited, Regional)

Kronk, R. (November, 2014). Neurodevelopmental Diagnoses and Functioning of Children with FMR1 Gene Alleles in the Grey Zone. ISONG Conference, San Antonio TX. (Accepted-not presented; competitive review; International)

Kronk R. (October, 2013). Fragile X Associated Disorders: Clinical Considerations. ISONG Conference, Washington, DC. (Competitive review; International)

Weideman, Y., & Kronk, R. (September, 2013). A Faculty Toolkit for Engaging Students in Community Participatory Research. Concurrent Session at the NLN Summit, Washington DC. (Competitive review; National)

Kronk, R. (May, 2013) Oncology Nursing News Roundtable. Annual Congress of the Oncology Nursing Society, Washington, DC. (Invited; International)

Kronk, R., & Leonardo, M. (April, 2013) Infuse it! Research, Genetics, Mental Health, and Social Justice, 39th Annual Conference of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Pittsburgh, PA. (Competitive review; National)

Honors/Awards

2015 Recipient of the Faculty Friend Award, presented by the Office of Residence Life, Duquesne University, for providing multiple educational programs to the Living and Learning Centers

2014 Recipient of the Cameos of Caring - Nurse Educator Award, Duquesne, presented at the 16th Annual Celebration of Nursing Awards Gala sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh at the David L Lawrence Convention Center.

2012-2013 Recipient of Teacher of the Year Award annual event sponsored by the Duquesne Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, The National Leadership Honor Society