Elizabeth P. Howard, PhD, RN, ACNP, ANP-BC, FAAN

Associate Professor
  • School of Nursing

Office: 106H Robinson Hall
Phone: 617-373-4590
Email: e.howard@neu.edu

Education and Training:
PhD, Boston College
MSN, Boston College
BSN, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Board Certifications:
Acute Care Adult Nurse Practitioner; Adult Nurse Practitioner

Research Interests:
Geriatric Nursing Research; Successful Aging for Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Murphy, K., Principal Investigator (2017-2019). “Art on the Brain.” Researcher- Clinician Partnership Program, Baycrest Health Sciences, Centre of Aging and  Brain Health Initiative, Toronto, ON, CA.  Howard, E. Principal Investigator, Hebrew SeniorLife ($84,690.92).

Lachman, M., Principal Investigator. (2014-2019). “Roybal Centers for Translational Research on Aging, P30-AG048785. Howard, E. Project Leader on Pilot Research Project: POWER V-360 – Promoting Optimal Wellness among Elders through Vitalize 360 ($32,000).

NIH Grants:
Guthrie, B. Principal Investigator. (2014-2019). “NUCare: Northeastern University Center in Support of Self Management and Health Technology and Resources for Nurse Scientists. National Institute for Nursing Research, P20-NR015320  Howard, E. Project Co-Leader on Pilot Research Project: Self-Care Management for Falls among Older Adults ($25,000).

Guthrie, B. Principal Investigator. (2014-2019). “NUCare: Northeastern University Center in Support of Self Management and Health Technology and Resources for Nurse Scientists. National Institute for Nursing Research, P20-NR015320. Howard, E. Project Leader on Pilot Research Project: Promoting Optimal Wellness among Vulnerable,Urban Older Adults ($50,000).

Safran, C., Principal Investigator. (2013-2018). “InfoSAGE – Information Sharing Across Generations and Environments.” Funding by AHRQ.  Howard, E. Nurse Consultant.

Howard, E.P., Louvar, K. E., (2017). Evaluating goals of community-dwelling, low-income older adults. Research in Gerontological Nursing 10(5): 205-214.  http://doi.org/10.3928/19404921-20170831-02.

Palmer, J.A. Howard, E.P., Bryan, M., Mitchell, S.L. (2018). Physiological and psychosocial factors in spiritual needs attainment for community-dwelling older adults. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics 76:1-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2018.01.007.

*David, D., Howard, E.P., Dalton, J., Britting, L. (2017). Heart Failure Discharge Instructions:  Differences between Nurse Practitioners and Physicians. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners 14(1): 18-25.         https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2017.09.013

*David, D., Howard, E.P., Mazor, M., Dalton, J., Britting, L., Wallhagen, M. (2017). Identifying factors influencing heart failure self-care with the integrated theory of health behavior change. SelfCare, 8(4): 1-12.  http://selfcarejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/David-et-al-8.4.1-12.pdf.

Howard, E.P., Morris, J.N., Steel, K., Strout, K., Fries, B., Moore, A., Garms-Homolová, V. (2016). Short-term lifestyle strategies for sustaining cognitive status. BioMed International:  Geriatrics. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/7405748.

Morris, J.N., Howard, E.P., Steel, K. R. (2016). Development of the interRAI home care frailty scale.  BMC Geriatrics, 16:188. DOI:  10.1186/s12877-016-0364-5.

Strout, K.A., David, D.J., Dyer, E.J., Gray, R.C., Robinett, R.H., Howard, E.P. (2016).Behavioral intervention in six dimensions of wellness that protect cognitive health of community-dwelling older adults:  a systematic review. Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 64(5):944-958. DOI:  10.1111/jgs.14129.

Howard, E.P., Schreiber, R, Morris, JN, Russotto, A, Flashner-Fineman, S. (2016). COLLAGE 360:  A model of person-centered care to promote health among older adults. Journal of Ageing Research and Healthcare, 1(1). Available at:  http://www.openaccesspub.org/journals/jarh/viewarticle.php?art_id=322&jid=38.

Morris, J.N., Howard, E.P., Steel, K., Berg, C., Tchalla, A., Munankarmi, A., David, D. 2016). Strategies to reduce the risk of falling: cohort study analysis with 1-year follow-up in community dwelling older adults. BMC Geriatrics, 16:92 DOI:  10.1186/s12877-016-0267-5.

Morris, J.N., Howard, E., Steel, K., Perlman, C., Fries, B.E., Garms-Homolova,V., Henrard, J.C., Hirdes, J.P., Ljunggren, G., Gray, L., Szczerbinska, K. (2016). Updating the MDS Cognitive Performance Scale. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 29(1)47-55. DOI:  10.1177/0891988715598231 jgpn.sagepub.com.

Sukkarieh-Haraty, O., & Howard, E.P. (2016). Psychometric Properties of the Arabic Version of the Summary of Diabetes Self-are Activities Instrument. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice.  30(1)60-69.

Douglas, B. M. & Howard, E.P. (2015). Predictors of Self-Management Behaviors in Older Adults with Hyptertension. Advances in Preventive Medicine 2015. DOI:10.1155/2015/960263.

Strout, K.A., O’Brien, L.M., Howard, E.P. (2015). The mediator role of positive emotion interventions and cognitive health in community-dwelling older adults: A longitudinal cohort study. Healthy Aging Research, 4:22.  doi: http://dx.doi.org/10/12715/har.2015.422.

Sukkarieh-Haraty, O., & Howard, E.P. (2015). Is social support universally adaptive in  Diabetes? A Correlational study in an Arabic-speaking population with Type 2 diabetes. Holistic Nursing Practice, 29 (1): 37-47. doi:  10.1097/HNP.0000000000000060.

Morris, J.N., Howard, E.P. Steel, K., Schreiber, R., Fries, B.E., Lipsitz, L.A., Goldman, B. 2014). Predicting risk of hospital and emergency department use for home care elderly persons through a secondary analysis of cross-national data. BMC Health Services Research, 14: 519. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/14/519.

Morris, J.N., Howard, E.P., Fries, B.E., Berkowitz, R., Goldman, B., David, D. (2014) Using  the community health assessment to screen for continued driving. Accident Analysis and  Prevention, Feb: 63:104-119. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2013.10.030. Epub 2013 Nov 2.

Strout, K.A., & Howard, E.P. (2014). Five dimensions of wellness and predictors of cognitive health protection in community-dwelling older adults. A historical COLLAGE cohort study.  Journal of Holistic Nursing,  June 27, 2014. Doi:  10.1177/0898010114540322.

Strout, K.A., & Howard, E.P. (2014). Application of the Rasch Model  to measure  five   dimensions of wellness in community-dwelling older adults.  Journal of Nursing Measurement, 22 (2): 268-290. doi: 10.1891/1061-3749.22.2.268.

Morris, J.N, Berg, K., Fries, B.E., Steel, K., Howard, E.P. (2013). Scaling functional status  within the interRAI suite of assessment instruments. BMC Geriatrics, Nov.  21;13(1):128. [Epub ahead of print].

Strout, K. & Howard, E. (2012). The six dimensions of wellness and cognition in aging adults.  Journal of Holistic Nursing, 30(3), 195-204. doi:10.1177/0898010112440883.

Areas of Expertise:
Measurement and evaluation in nursing research; Big data; Promotion of wellness; Geriatric nursing

Honors & Awards:
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
Associate Fellow, InterRAI – Network in Integrated Care and Aging
Butler-Williams Scholar, National Institute on Aging
Distinguished Scholar and Fellow, National Academies of Practice
Fellow, Institute of Urban Health Research
Scholar, Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing Research
Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination, Passed With Distinction
Sigma Theta Tau
Federal Nursing Training Grant, Boston College
Graduated Cum Laude, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Appointments/Clinical Practice Affiliation:
Visiting Scientist, Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research, 2008-present.
Research Consultant, Israel Ministry of Health, 2013 – present.
Honorary Faculty, City University of London School of Health Sciences, 2013 – 2014.
Adult Nurse Practitioner, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Wellesley Center, Urgent Care Department, 1995 – present.

Professional and Community Service:
Member, Eastern Nursing  Research Society Organizational Development Committee, 2013 – present; Abstract Reviewer, 2012, 2013.
Grant Reviewer, Alzheimer’s Association, 2012, 2013.
Peer Reviewer, Journal of Aging and Health Editorial Board , 2012-present.
Peer Reviewer, Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Editorial Board, 2010-present.
Peer Reviewer, Annals of Gerontology and Geriatric Research Editorial Board, 2014-present.
SON Representative, Bouvé College Dean Search Committee, 2015 – 2016.
Participant, Northeastern Research Leadership Development Initiative, 2015-2016.
Faculty Senator, 2014 to present.
Faculty Senate Taskforce to examine on-line education,  2012.
Bouvé College of Health Sciences Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs Search Committee,  2011- 2012.
Faculty Senate Committee, Administrator Evaluation Oversight Committee, 2006-2008.
Health Ministry Program, Volunteer, St. Timothy Parish, Norwood, MA,  2001-present.
St. Timothy’s Parish, Lector, Norwood, MA, 2006-present.
Volunteer, Community Rowing, Inc.,  (2010-2014).

Global Health Activities:
Associate Fellow, InterRAI™ – Network in Integrated Care and Aging, Member of Committee for International Development