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

Director of Veterans to Bachelor in Nursing Program
School of Nursing

Fisher Hall 551E
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


Refereed Published Manuscripts (last 5 years)

Kelley, P.W., Kenny, D. & Donley, R. (2017). Experiences vulnerability and uncertainty during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars: Stories of wounded service members and the nurses who cared for them. Nursing Outlook, (65), S71-S 80.

Aboshaiqah, A.E., Hibbert, D., Sienko, K., Forestall, D., Harb, A.W., Yousuf, S., Kelley, P.W., Brennan, P.A., Leary, A., (2017). Advancing Nursing Practice: The Emergence of the Role of Advanced Practice Nurse in Saudi Arabia. Ann Saudi Med, 37(1), 522-528. doi:10.5144/0256-4947.2017.522

Benner, P., Halpern, J., Gordon, D., Popell, C.L., & Kelley, P. W. (in press). Beyond pathologizing harm: Understanding PTSD in the context of war experience. Journal of the Medical Humanities.

Kelley, P. W., Kenny, D., Gordon, D., & Benner, P. (2014). Evolution of case management for service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Qualitative Healthcare Research, 25(3), 426-439.

Kelley, P. W. (Ed.). (2014). Military & Veteran innovations of care. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 32.

Couig, M. P. & Kelley, P. W. (Eds.) (2012). Disasters and humanitarian assistance. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 30.

Other Non-Refereed Publications (last 5 years)

Kelley, P. W. (June 3, 2017) How the Older Americans Act facilitates "Aging in Place". WebMD Presentations

Refereed Presentations (last 5 years)

Kelley, P. W. (2017, April). Clinical knowledge development: The transport story and wounded care journey. 3rd TSNRP Research and Evidence-Based Dissemination Course: Creating Science, Advancing Practice, Ellicott City, Maryland

Kelley, P. W. & Debisette, A. T. (2017, April). Clinical knowledge development: Continuity of care. Military & Federal Nursing Case Management. Sigma Theta Tau Scholar Conference, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA

Kelley, P. W. (2017, March). "Military & Federal Nursing Case Management" Eastern Nursing Research Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Kelley, P.W. (2016, August). Clinical knowledge development continuity of care for war injured service members: Subset of analysis family issues and concerns. 2nd TriService Nursing Research and EBP Dissemination Course: Creating the Science, Advancing the Practice, San Antonio, Texas

Kelley, P. W. (2015, September). Continuity of care for the war injured service members & ethical decision-making. 1st TriService Nursing Research and EBP Dissemination Course: Creating the Science, Advancing the Practice, San Antonio, Texas.

Kelley, P. W. (2015, July). Evolution of case management for wounded service members OIF/OEF/OND. Sigma Theta Tau International's 26th International Nursing Research Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Kelley, P. W. (2014, September). Military & federal nursing case management. TriService Nursing Research and EBP Dissemination Course. Creating the Science, Advancing the Practice, San Antonio, Texas.

Keynote and Panel Presentations (last 5 years)

Kelley, P. W. (2017, May). The professional road traveled: Your profession and witness to the human condition. Keynote Speaker Nursing Pinning Ceremony, The Catholic University of America: Washington, D.C.

Kelley, P. (2015, October). Research and implementation science: Nurse scientist and advance practice nurse roles. Nursing Symposium 2015: Sustaining Excellence Venue: King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Kelley, P. (2015, September). Clinical knowledge development: Continuity of holistic care for the war injured service members. The Veteran's Journey to Achieving Wellness: Successful Reintegration into Civilian Life, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, sponsored by University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Kelley, P. (2015, March). Military/federal case management as compared to civilian case management. National League of Nursing Annual Meeting, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Kelley, P. (2015, January). Federal and military case management: Essence of patient care. West Roxbury VAMC, Boston, Massachusetts.

Kelley, P., Barker, E, & Pearson, C. (2014, June). Navigating human subjects institutional review boards: Requirements for research proposals & capstone project. The American Association of Nurse Practitioner's Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee.


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

Professional Awards and Special Recognitions
Military Awards
Meritorious Service Medal gold star in lieu of 2nd award 2011
Meritorious Unit Commendation bronze star in lieu of 3rd award 2008
Defense Meritorious Service Medal 2006
Meritorious Service Medal 2003
National Defense Medal star in lieu of 2nd award 2001
Meritorious Unit Commendation bronze star in lieu of 2nd award 2001
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal gold star in lieu of 2nd award 1998
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal 1995
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal 1994
Meritorious Unit Commendation 1992
National Defense Medal 1991
Academic and Professional Awards
Invited to be a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses 2016
Veterans Administration Outstanding Performance 2014
The Catholic University of America Alumni Achievement Award 2013
Faye Glenn Abdellah Senior Research Award
Daniel K Inouye Graduate School of Nursing, USUHS
Geriatric Making a Difference Leadership Award
New Horizons Elder Services

Invited to be a Fellow of the America Academy of Nurse Practitioners