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Rebecca Kronk, PhD, MSN, CRNP

Assistant Professor
Chair, Undergraduate Programs
School of Nursing

Fisher Hall 553E
Phone: 412.396.4228


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

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

In 2011, Dr. Kronk earned post-graduate credits by attending the National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. She has successfully integrated genetic lectures throughout the Masters curriculum.

In 1998-1999 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 30 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.

While at Duquesne, Dr. Kronk was the first recipient, along with her colleague, Dr. Yvonne Weideman, of the Gaultier Fellowship for community engaged scholarship. Together they will engage undergraduate nursing students in a Photovoice project to investigate the lived experience of grandparents raising their grandchildren.

In addition, to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, Dr. Kronk accompanies nursing students to Nicaragua for a service learning experience and provides an emphasis on the nursing care of children.


Fragile X Clinical and Research Consortium Registry, Co-Investigator

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

Sleep Patterns in children with fragile x syndrome, Principal Investigator

Fragile X syndrome registry, Co-Investigator

Reliability in assigning ICF codes to children with special health care needs using a developmentally structured interview, Co-Investigator

Inter-rater reliability of assigning ICF codes to children with disabilities, 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

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


Publications - Last 5 years

Cook, R., Gillespie, G., Kronk, R., Daugherty, M., Moody, S., Allen, L., Shebesta,K., Falcone,R.(Accepted 2012).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.

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, pp 679-87.

Kronk, R, Noll. R., Dahl, R (2009). Caregiver reports of sleep problems on a convenience sample of children with fragile X syndrome. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 114, pp 383-392.

Kronk, R (2008). Are children with fragile x syndrome losing their Zzzz's and Y...? University of Pittsburgh Electronic Thesis Dissertation (URN etd-04082008-111106)

Hagerman, R., Berry-Kravis, E., Kaufmann, W., Ono, M., Tartaglia, N., Lachiewicx, A., Kronk, R., et.al. (2008). Advances in the treatment of Fragile X syndrome. Pediatrics 123, 378-390.

Dorman, J.S., and Kronk, R., (2007). Using family history information to identify children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. International Journal of Nursing in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; 3(2):5. Website: http://journal.hsmc.org/ijnidd

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

Fevola, A., Bagnato, S., & Kronk, R. (2008). Promoting a Universal Social Health Vision through the ICF-CY. In Authentic Assessment of the Social Participation of Young Children with Special Needs. Chapter submitted for publication.

Poster Presentations - Last 5 years

Johnson, C R., Turner, K., Kronk, R, Sacco, K., Foldes, E., (2011, October) Preliminary Results of a Parent Training Program for Sleep Disturbances in Young Children with Autism. Pediatric Sleep Medicine Conference, Amelia Island, Florida

Kronk, R., Bishop, E., Raspa, M., Bickel, J., Mandel, D., Bailey, D., (2010, March) Prevalence, Nature, and Correlates of Sleep Problems in Fragile X Syndrome Based on a Large Scale Parent Survey. Gatlinburg Annual Conference, Annapolis, Maryland.

 Kronk, R., Hamel S., Noll, R., Ciliberti, P (2010, March) Exploring the Developmental and Behavioral Abnormalities of Children with FXS Gray Zone Alleles. Gatlinburg Annual Conference, Annapolis, Maryland.

Kronk, R., Dahl, R., & Noll., R. (2009, June). Sleep in Children with Fragile X Syndrome (FXS)-A pilot study using actigraphy. Poster presentation at the SLEEP 2009 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC, Seattle, Washington.

Noll, R., Kronk, R., Ciliberti, P., & Gilbert, K. (2008, July). Exploring the development and behavior of children with FXS gray zone alleles. Poster session presented at the 11th International Fragile X Conference, St Louis, Missouri.


2013 Teacher of the Year Award - sponsored by the Duquesne Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, The National Leadership Honor Society, voted on by students

2012 - Gaultier Faculty Fellows for Service Learning, Duquesne University