Dr. Ruth Tappen is Professor and Christine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar at the College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University. She was the Founder and Director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center from 2000-2006. She has been the principal investigator on a number of studies related to management of Alzheimer’s and related memory disorders. She recently completed several major studies which include: Culture Bias in Testing Expressive Ability in Dementia, funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research and Doctor Nursing Practice: Focused on Caring for a Diverse Aging Population, funded by the Division of Nursing, U.S. Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Tappen is Principal Investigator of Involving Nursing Home Residents and Families in Acute Care Transfer Decisions recently funded by PCORI and Co-Principal Investigator of Implementation of Interventions to Reduce Hospitalizations of Nursing Homes Residents funded by NINR, NIH.

Dr. Tappen was the director of a project to implement an innovative model of transitional care in a long-term care facility, Nurse-Managed Family Follow-up in Long Term Care. Her books include Interventions for Alzheimer’s Disease: A Caregiver’s Comprehensive Guide and co-authored It Takes More Than Love: A Practical Guide to Taking Care of an Aging Adult with Anita Beckerman. She also authored Nursing Leadership & Management: Concepts and Practice and the recently published Advanced Nursing Research: From Theory to Practice. 

Dr. Tappen has served on the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects at Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged, is the First Vice President, Southeast Chapter Alzheimer’s Association and Board member, Johnnie B. Byrd, Sr. Alzheimer’s Disease and Research Institute. She is a frequent study panel member for NIH.


Current Research
Ongoing Research Support

  • PFA120001 Tappen (PI), PCORI
    Involving Nursing Home Residents and Families in Acute Care Transfer
    The major goal of this project is to design and test a new Transfer Decision aid that will better prepare NH residents and their families to participate in making decisions about hospitalizations.
  • RO1NR012936 Ouslander and Tappen (MPIs), NIH, NINR
    Implementing Intervention to Reduce Hospitalizations of Nursing Home Residents
    The major goal of this project is to play a critical role in both the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) NH Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement requirement and the "triple aim" of improved care, improved health and more affordable care through a rigorous controlled trial of the INTERACT program to reduce unnecessary transfer of NH residents to the hospital.
  • 20120276 Ouslander (PI), Tappen (Co-PI), The Commonwealth Fund
    National Dissemination of INTERACT-A Quality Improvement Program for Improving Management of Acute Change in Condition in Nursing Home Residents
    The major goals of this project are: 1) improve and finalize the INTERACT program and prepare to bring it to scale nationwide; 2) disseminate the INTERACT program in a relatively low cost model utilizing a certified "INTERACT Trainers"; and 3) monitor implementation and effectiveness in a national sample of NHs in collaboration with Medicare Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs), Advancing Excellence, and national stakeholder organizations including the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA), Leading Age, and the American Health Care Association.
  • ARG 2008 Tappen (Co-PI-contributed time), Johnnie B. Byrd Alzheimer's Center and Research Institute
    Comparison of Same and Different Culture Rater Evaluation in Dementia
    The major goal of this project is to identify potential culture bias in observer ratings of cognitive abilities and mood in older adults.
  • ARG 2007-08 Tappen (PI), Johnnie B. Byrd Alzheimer's Center and Research Institute
    Adherence to Treatment Recommendations Following Memory Disorder Diagnosis
    The major goal of this project is to test patient and caregiver recall of diagnosis and treatment recommendations immediately after disclosure of a memory disorder diagnosis and three months later.
  • Health Aging Initiative, Ouslander (PI), Tappen (Co-PI)
    FAU Research Priority Award
    A three year study of 800 older adults from the diverse communities of South Florida focused on quality of life (frailty & resilience), mental and physical health status, cognition and physical performance.
  • HRSA-D31H-08830 Tappen (PD), MAGEC (subcontract with UM)
    Addressing the Quality of the Nursing Care Provided to the Frailest Portion of the Older Adult Population in South Florida
    The goal of this project is to provide the education to nursing home staff to implement the AGS Guidelines for conducting falls screen, assessment and evidenced based interventions.
  • Ouslander (PI), Tappen (Investigator), Research Retirement Foundation
    Development and Evaluation of a Curriculum on the INTERACT Program
    The goal of this project was to develop and evaluate a curriculum on the INTERACT program.

Completed Research Support (last 5 years)
  • Ouslander (PI), Tappen (Co-PI), Commonwealth Fun
    Improving the Quality of Nursing Home Care by Reducing Acute Hospitalizations: Refinement and Evaluation of a Toolkit for Health Professionals
    The goal of this project was to reduce rehospitalization in 30 nursing homes in 3 states.
  • RRF#2007-234 Tappen (PI), Retirement Research Foundation
    Enhancing Medical and Nursing Students' Basic Competency in AD and Related Dementias through Inter-Professional Clinical Education
    The goals of this project were to enhance medical students' and family nurse practitioner students' basic competency in the co-diagnosis, treatment and societal implications of AD and related dementias.
  • RFA2006-MEM-01-06 Tappen (FAU-PI), Johnnie B. Byrd Alzheimer's Center and Research Institute
    Memory Screening Studies to Detect Progression of Mild Cognitive Impairment
    The goal of this project was to evaluate the ability of a short series of tests and questionnaires to identify mild memory problems in members of minority groups in the community.
  • RG-04-1368 Tappen (PI), Alzheimer's Association
    Cognitive Retraining for Individuals with Early Stage Alzheimer's Disease
    The goal of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of a 12-week, functionally-oriented, in-home cognitive retraining program for individuals with early stage Alzheimer's disease which was compared with a life story intervention of equivalent intensity and duration.
  • 1D09HP09065-01-00 Tappen (PI), HRSA
    Doctor of Nursing Practice: Focused on Caring for a Diverse Aging Population
    The major goal of this project is to establish a new DNP degree program at the College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University that addresses the rapidly expanding & increasingly diverse aging population.
  • Holland & Tappen (Co-PI), Forest Research Institute
    Delaying the Progression of Driving Impairment in Patients with AD and MCI
    This project is a double-blind placebo controlled study of medication to delay cognitive impairment and thereby delay cessation of driving.
  • 1D23NU01295 Tappen (PI), HRSA, HHS, BHP
    Focus on Ethnogeriatrics in the APGN Curriculum
    The major goal of this project was to prepare faculty to teach ethnogeriatric content and skills and to integrate ethnogeriatric content and skills into blended (NP-CNS) role advanced practice in Gerontological nursing specialty track in the master's program.

Grants Awarded

  • 2019 - Fit2Drive: Development and Testing of a Driver Risk Predictor for Individuals with AD. Florida Department of Health Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program Grant# 9AZ03.
  • 2018 - Cognitive Support Strategies to Improve Medication Adherence in Older Adults Undergoing Hemodialysis. Keryx Biopharmaceuticals.
  • 2018 - Deciding when to stop driving: Reports of persons with dementia and their families. Christine E. Lynn Center for Caring Research Initiative Senior Scientist Awards. Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.
  • 2017 - Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations Across the Continuum of Care: Dissemination of the Resident and Family Decision Guide, Go to the Hospital or Stay Here? in CMS Region IV. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • 2015 - Involving Nursing Home Residents and Their Families in Hospital Transfer Decisions: Dissemination. PCORI, Eugene Washington Engagement Award EAIN-2184.
  • 2015 - Engaging Stakeholders in Implementation of Decision Aids. PCORI, Eugene Washington Engagement Award EAIN-2276.

Recent Publications

  • McLaren, P.M., & Tappen, R.M. (1978). The community nurse goes to jail. Nursing Outlook, 22(1), 35-39.
  • Tappen, R.M. (1978). Strategies for dealing with conflict: Using confrontation. Journal of Nursing Education, 17(5), 47-52.
  • Brower, H.T., Solomon, J., & Tappen, R.M. (1982). A symposium on long term care. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 8(1), 9-15.
  • Tappen, R.M., & Touhy, T.A. (1983). Group leader—are you a controller? Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 9(1), 35-59.
  • Brower, H.T., Kolanowski, A.M., Tappen, R.M., & Dunham, R. (1984). Integration or separation for gerontological nursing education? Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 5(2), 45-53.
  • Tappen, R.M., & Brower, H.T. (1985). Integrating gerontology into the nursing curriculum: Process and content. Journal of Nursing Education, 24(2), 80-81.
  • Brower, H.T., Tappen, R.M. & Weber, M.T. (1988). Missing links in nurse practitioner education. Nursing and Health Care, 9(1), 33-36.
  • DeSantis, L., & Tappen, R.M. (1990/November 9-11). Preventive health practices of Haitian immigrants. In J.F. Wang, P.S. Simoni & C.L. Nath (Eds.), Proceedings of the 1990 WVNA Research Symposium: Vision of Excellence: The Decade of the Nineties (pp. 7-15). Charleston, WV: West Virginia Nurses' Association Research Conference Group.
  • Tappen, R.M., Sanchez-Murrell, M., Hopkins, S., Donovan, G., & Moore, N. (1990). Challenges for continuing education of public health nurses in Florida. Public Health Nursing, 7(4), 236-242.
  • Tappen, R.M. (1991). Alzheimer's disease: Communication techniques to facilitate perioperative care. Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, 54(6), 1279-1289. PMID: 1768075.
  • Friedman, R., & Tappen, R.M. (1991). The effect of planned walking on communication in Alzheimer's disease. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 39(7), 650-654. PMID: 2061529.
  • Tappen, R.M. (1992). An introduction to non-pharmacological treatment strategies for Alzheimer's disease. Aging and Neuroscience, 1(1), 9-17.
  • Tappen, R.M., & Beckerman, A. (1992). The hospitalized frail older adult. Geriatric Nursing, 40(3), 149-152.
  • Tappen, R.M. (1992). Non-pharmacologic treatment of Alzheimer's disease. American Council on Pharmaceutical Education. (adapted from 1992 original article in Aging and Neuroscience, 1(1), 9-17).
  • Tappen, R.M., & Weber, M. (1992). Treating clients and families together in an Alzheimer day care center. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 7(6), 24-30. doi: 1177/153331759200700605.
  • Varone, L., Tappen, R.M., Dixon-Antonio, E., Gonzales, I., & Glussman, B. (1992). To restrain or not to restrain: The decision-making dilemma for nursing staff. Geriatric Nursing, 13(5), 269-272. PMID: 1327990.
  • Tappen, R.M., & Beckerman, A. (1993). A vulnerable population multiproblem: Older adults in acute care. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 19(11), 38-42. PMID: 8245399.
  • Tappen, R.M. (1994). The effect of skill training on functional abilities of nursing home residents with dementia. Research in Nursing & Health, 17(3), 159-165. PMCID: PMC1952655.
  • Tappen, R.M. (1994). Development of the refined ADL Assessment Scale. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 20(6), 36-42. PMID: 8006353.
  • Tappen, R.M., & Barry, C. (1995). Assessment of affect in advanced Alzheimer's disease: The Dementia Mood Picture test. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 21(3), 44-46. PMID: 7706649.
  • Tappen, R.M., Hall, R.F., Stahura, P., & Blume, L. (1995). Adequacy of preparation for discharge from the rehabilitation units of a long-term care institution. Rehabilitation Nursing Research, 4(3), 98-103.
  • Tappen, R.M., & Andre, S.P. (1996). Inadvertent hypothermia in elderly surgical patients. Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, 63(3), 639-644.
  • Tappen, R.M., Roach, K.E., Buchner, D., Barry, C., & Edelstein, J. (1997). Reliability of physical performance measures in nursing home residents with Alzheimer's disease. Journal of Gerontology A: Biol Sci Medical Sciences, 52A(1), M52-M55. PMCID: PMC1965283.
  • Cardona, P., Tappen, R.M., Terrill, M., Acosta, M., & Eusebe, M.I. (1997). Nursing staff time allocations in long-term care: A work sampling study. Journal of Nursing Administration, 27(2), 28-36. PMID: 9031660.
  • Tappen, R.M., Williams-Burgess, C., Edelstein, J., Touhy, T., & Fishman, S. (1997). Communicating with individuals with Alzheimer's disease: Examination of recommended Strategies. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 11(5), 249-256. PMCID: PMC1987309.
  • Tappen, R.M., & Williams, C. (1998). Attribution of emotion in advanced Alzheimer's disease: Family and caregiver perspectives. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 13(5), 257-264. doi: 10.1177/153331759801300506.
  • Williams, C.L., & Tappen, R.M. (1999). Can we create a therapeutic relationship with nursing home residents in the later stages of Alzheimer's disease? Journal of Psychosocial Nursing Mental Health Serv, 37(3), 28-35. PMCID: PMC1987308.
  • Turkel, M., Tappen, R.M., & Hall, R. (1999). Moments of excellence. Nurses' response to role redesign in long-term care. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 25(1), 7-12. PMID: 10205418.
  • Tappen, R.M., Williams, C., Fishman, S., & Touhy, T. (1999). Persistence of self in advanced Alzheimer's disease. Image: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 31(2), 121-125. PMCID: PMC1958994.
  • Tappen, R.M., Roach, K.E., Applegate, E.B., & Stowell, P. (2000). Effect of a combined walking and conversation intervention on functional mobility of nursing home residents with Alzheimer disease. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, 14(4), 196-201. PMCID: PMC1950269.
  • Tappen, R.M., Muzic, J., & Kennedy, P. (2001). Preoperative assessment and discharge planning for older adults undergoing ambulatory surgery. Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, 73(2), 464, 469-70. PMID: 11218933.
  • Williams, C.L., Tappen, R., Buscemi, C., Rivera, R., & Lezcano, J. (2001). Obtaining family consent for participation in Alzheimer's research in a Cuban-American population: Strategies to overcome the barriers. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 16(3), 183-187. PMCID: PMC1959408.
  • Tappen, R.M., Hall, R.F., & Folden, S. (2001). Impact of comprehensive nurse-managed transitional care. Clinical Nursing Research, 10(3), 295-313. doi: 1177/10547730122158941.
  • Tappen, R.M., & Kronk, P. (2001). Implementation of walking exercise programs for nursing home residents with AD. Research and Practice in Alzheimer's Disease, 5.
  • Tappen, R.M., Williams, C.L., Barry, C., & DiSesa, D. (2001). Conversation intervention with Alzheimer's patients: Increasing the relevance of communication. Clinical Gerontologist, 24(3/4), 63-75. PMCID: PMC2239260.
  • Tappen, R.M., Whitehead, D., Folden, S.L., & Hall, R. (2003). Effect of a video intervention on functional recovery following hip replacement and hip fracture repair. Rehabilitation Nursing, 28(5), 148-153. PMID: 15421003.
  • Williams, C.L., Hyer, K., Kelly, A., Leger-Krall, S., & Tappen, R.M. (2005). Development of nurse competencies to improve dementia care. Geriatric Nursing, 26(2), 98-105. PMID: 15824724.
  • Jett, K., Tappen, R.M., & Rosselli, M. (2005). Imposed versus involved: Different strategies to effect driving cessation in cognitively impaired older adults. Geriatric Nursing, 26(2), 111-116. PMID: 15824726.
  • Rosselli, M., Tappen, R., Williams, C., & Salvatierra, J. (2006). The relation of education and gender on the attention items of the Mini-Mental State Examination in Spanish speaking Hispanic elders. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 21(7), 677-686. PMCID: PMC 1949339.
  • Tappen, R.M. (2006). Nurse-managed memory disorder clinic puts the emphasis on respect. Reflections on Nursing Leadership, 34(2). Retrieved from
  • Folden, S., & Tappen, R. (2007). Factors influencing function and recovery following hip repair surgery. Orthopaedic Nursing, 26(4), 234-241. PMID: 17882100.
  • Williams, C.L. & Tappen, R.M. (2007). Effect of exercise on mood in nursing home residents with Alzheimer's disease. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias, 22(5), 389-397. doi: 10.1177/153331750730588.
  • Williams, C., & Tappen, R. (2008). Exercise training for depressed older adults with Alzheimer's disease. Aging and Mental Health, 12(1), 72-80. PMCID: PMC2475651.
  • Robinson, K., & Tappen, R. (2008). Policy recommendations for prevention of violence in long term care facilities: Policy recommendations. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 34(3), 10-14. PMID: 18350743.
  • Newlin, K., Melkus, S., Tappen, R.M., Chyrin, D., & Koenig, H. (2008). Relationships of religion and spirituality to glycemic control in Black women with type 2 diabetes. Nursing Research, 57(5), 331-339. PMID: 18794717.
  • Tappen, R., & Williams, C. (2008). Development & testing of the Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementias (AD/RD) Mood Scale. Nursing Research, 57(6), 426-435. PMCID: 2667280.
  • Keane, F., Tappen, R., Williams, C., & Rosselli, M. (2009). Comparison of African American and Afro-Caribbean older adults' self-reported health, function and health-related behaviors. Journal of Black Psychology, 35(1), 44-62. doi: 10.1177/0095798408320632.
  • Rosselli, M., Tappen, R., Williams, C., Salvatierra, J., & Zoller, Y. (2009). Level of education and category fluency task among Spanish speaking elders: Number of words, clustering and switching strategies. Aging Neuropsychology and Cognition, 16(6), 721-744. doi: 10.1080/13825580902912739.
  • Tappen, R., & Williams, C.L. (2009). Therapeutic conversation to improve mood in nursing home residents with Alzheimer's disease. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 2(4), 267-275. PMID: 20077983.
  • Williams, C.L., & Tappen, R., Rosselli, M., Keane, F., & Newlin, K. (2010). Willingness to be screened and tested for cognitive impairment: Cross-cultural comparison. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias, 25(2), 160-166. doi: 10.1177/1533317509352333.
  • Tappen, R., Rosselli, M., & Engstrom, G. (2010). Evaluation of the functional activities questionnaire (FAQ) in cognitive screening across four American ethnic groups. Clinical Neuropsychologist, 24(4), 646-661. PMID: 20473827.
  • Tappen, R.M., & Ouslander, J. (2010). State-of-the-art in longitudinal studies on aging: An overview of the supplement. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58(10), S283-286. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.02912.x.
  • Ouslander, J., Diaz, S., Hain, D., & Tappen, R. (2011). Frequency and diagnoses associated with 7- & 30-day readmission of skilled nursing facility patients to a nonteaching community hospital. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 12(3), 195-203. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda2010.02.015.
  • Ouslander, J.G., Lamb, G., Tappen, R., Herndon, L., Diaz, S., Roos, B.A., Grabowski, D.C., & Bonner, A. (2011). Interventions to reduce hospitalizations from nursing homes: Evaluation of the INTERACT II collaborative quality improvement project. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 59(4), 745-753. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.033333.x.
  • Roach, K., Tappen, R., Kirk-Sanchez, N., Williams, C.L., & Loewenstein, D. (2011). A randomized controlled trial of an activity specific exercise program for individuals with Alzheimer's disease in long term care settings. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 34(2) 50-56. doi: 10.1519/JPT.0b013e31820aab9c.
  • Tappen, R., Gibson, S., & Williams, C.L. (2011). Explanations of AD in ethnic minority participants undergoing cognitive screening. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 26(4), 334-339. doi: 10.1177/1533317511412047.
  • Tappen, R.M., & Gibson, S.E. (2011). Tell us what we can do. Florida Aging Services Providers, 24, 8. May/June.
  • Hain, D., Dunn, D., & Tappen, R. (2011). Patient-provider partnership in a memory disorder center. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 23(6), 351-356.
  • Lamb, G., Tappen, R., Diaz, S., Herndon, L., & Ouslander, J.G. (2011). Avoidability of hospital transfers of nursing home residents: Perspectives of frontline staff. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59(9), 1665-1672. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03556.x.
  • Hain, D., Tappen, R., Diaz, S., & Ouslander, J. (2012). Cognitive impairment and medication self-management errors in older adults discharged home from a community hospital. Home Healthcare Nurse, 30(4), 246-254.
  • Buscemi, C., Williams, C., Tappen, R., & Rosselli, M. (2012). Acculturation and health status among Hispanic American elders. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 23(3), 229-236. doi: 10.1177/1043659612441017.
  • Hain, D., Tappen, R., Diaz, S., & Ouslander, J. (2012). Characteristics of older adults rehospitalized within seven and thirty days of discharge from a community hospital: Implications for nursing practice. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 38(8), 32-44.
  • Smolar, D. Engström, G., Diaz, S., Tappen, R. & Ouslander, J. (2012). Ethnic differences in Vitamin D insufficiency among south Florida community-dwelling older adults. Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 60(10), 1990-1991.
  • Tappen, R.M., Rosselli, M. & Engstrom, G. (2012). Use of the MC-FAQ and MMSE-FAQ in cognitive screening of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and European Americans. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20(11), 955-962. doi: 10.1097/JGP.0b0131825d0935.
  • Park, J., Tappen, R., Hain, D. Diaz, S. & Ouslander, J. (2012). Factors associated with 30-day readmissions to a south Florida community hospital among participants in a care transition quality improvement program. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 3(4), 308-3328. doi:10.5243/jsswr.2012.
  • Smolar, D., Engstrom, G., Diaz, S., Tappen, R., & Ouslander, J. (2012). Gait speed in community-dwelling African-American and Afro-Caribbean older adults. Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 60(12), 2365-2366.
  • Tappen, R.M., & Valentine, K. (submitted 11/13/12). Building and sustaining a caring-based nurse managed center: Vision, timing and intestinal fortitude. Pennsylvania Nurse.
  • McCafferty, R., Tappen, R., Lichstein, D., & Friedland, M. (submitted 3/5/13). Interprofessional education in community based Alzheimer's disease diagnosis and treatment. Journal of Interprofessional Care.
  • Tappen, R. M., & Hain, D. (2014). The effect of in-home cognitive training on functional performance of individuals with mild cognitive impairment and early-stage Alzheimer's disease. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 7(1), 14-24.
  • Engstrom, G., Tappen, R.M. & Ouslander, J. (2014). Costs associated with recruitment of study participants in a diverse population of community-dwelling older adults. Nursing Research, 63(1), 63-67.
  • Sadule-Rios, N., Tappen, R., Williams, C. L., & Rosselli, M. (2014). Older Hispanics' explanatory model of depression. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 28(4), 242-249.
  • Tappen, R. M., Rosselli, M., Williams, C. L., & Gibson, S. (2014). Multiethnic perspectives on mainstream America. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 21(2), 67-73.
  • Tappen, R. M., Worch, S. M., Elkins, D., Hain, D. J., Moffa, C. M., & Sullivan, G. (2014). Remaining in the nursing home versus transfer to acute care: Resident, family, and staff preferences. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 40(10), 48-57.
  • Wiese, L. K., Williams, C. L., & Tappen, R. M. (2014). Analysis of barriers to cognitive screening in rural populations in the United States. Advances in Nursing Science, 37(4), 327-339.
  • Tappen, R. M., & Valentine, K. (2014). Building and sustaining a caring-based nurse-managed center. The Pennsylvania Nurse, 69(2), 16.
  • Dyess, S. M., Tappen, R., & Hennekens, C. H. (2014). Increasing rates of advance care planning through interdisciplinary collaboration. The American Journal of Medicine, 127(12), 1142-1143.
  • Tappen, R. M., de los Angeles Ordonez, M., & Curtis, B. (2014). Designing a nurse-managed center grounded in caring: The aesthetics of place and space. Journal of Art and Aesthetics in Nursing and Health Sciences, 2(1), 22-35.
  • Koszalinski, R. S., Tappen, R. M., & Viggiano, D. (2015). Evaluation of Speak for Myself with patients who are voiceless. Rehabilitation Nursing, 40(4), 235-242.
  • Tappen, R. M., Engström, G. A., & Ouslander, J. G. (2015). Diabetes mellitus risk in older Afro‐Caribbeans. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 63(3), 601-602.
  • Chiang-Hanisko, L., Williams, C. L., Newman, D., & Tappen, R. M. (2015). Medication use among ethnically diverse older adults in the United States. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 1-13.
  • Park, J., Engstrom, G., Tappen, R., & Ouslander, J. (2015). Health-related quality of life and pain intensity among ethnically diverse community-dwelling older adults. Pain Management Nursing, 16(5), 733-742.
  • Bonner, A., Tappen, R., Herndon, L., & Ouslander, J. (2015). The INTERACT Institute: Observations on dissemination of the INTERACT Quality Improvement Program using certified INTERACT trainers. The Gerontologist, 55(6), 1050-1057.
  • Vieira, E. R., Tappen, R., Engstrom, G., & da Costa, B. R. (2015). Rates and factors associated with falls in older European Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, African-Americans, and Hispanics. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 10, 1705-1710.
  • Naharci, I., Engstrom, G., Tappen, R. M., & Ouslander, J. G. (2016). Frailty in four ethnic groups in south Florida. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 64(3), 656-657.
  • Ouslander, J. G., Naharci, I., Engstrom, G., Shutes, J., Wolf, D. G., Alpert, G., Rojido, C., Tappen, R. M. & Newman, D. (2016). Root cause analyses of transfers of skilled nursing facility patients to acute hospitals: Lessons learned for reducing unnecessary hospitalizations. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 17(3), 256-262.
  • Ouslander, J. G., Naharci, I., Engstrom, G., Shutes, J., Wolf, D. G., Alpert, G., Rojido, C., Tappen, R. M. & Newman, D. (2016). Lessons Learned From Root Cause Analyses of Transfers of Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Patients to Acute Hospitals: Transfers Rated as Preventable Versus Nonpreventable by SNF Staff. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 17(7), 596-601.
  • Tappen, R. M. (2016). They Know Me Here: Patients' Perspectives on Their Nursing Home Experiences. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 21(1), F1.
  • Tappen, R. M., Ramos, J. Z., Newman, D. O. & Newman, M. (2016). Fit2Drive: New App Predicts On-Road Driving Ability in Patients with Dementia. Today’s Geriatric Medicine, 9(5), 12-15.
  • Williams, C., Tappen, R., Wiese, L., Newman, D., Corbett, M., Pinos, S., Curtis, B., & Murray, B. (2016). Stress in persons with dementia: Benefits of a memory center day program. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing,30, 531-538.
  • Tappen, R. M., Elkins, D., Worch, S., & Weglinski, M. (2016). Modes of decision making used by nursing home residents and their families when confronted with potential hospital readmission. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 9(6), 288-299.
  • Koszalinski, R. S., Tappen, R. M. Hickman, C. & Melhuish, T. (2016). Communication needs of critical care patients who are voiceless. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 34(8), 339-44.
  • Vieira, E. R., Tappen, R., Gropper, S. S., Severi, M. T., Engstrom, G., de Oliveira, M. R.,... da Silva, R. A. (2017). Changes on walking during street crossing situations and on dorsiflexion strength of older Caribbean Americans after an exercise program: A pilot study. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 1-26. doi:10.1123/japa.2016-0231
  • Koszalinski, R. S., Tappen, R. M., Melhuish, T., & Grumme, V. (2017). Evaluation of a novel communication application from nurses' perspectives. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing.
  • Tappen, R. M., Wolf, D. G., Rahemi, Z., Engstrom, G., Rojido, C., Shutes, J. M., & Ouslander, J. G. (2017). Barriers and Facilitators to Implementing a Change Initiative in Long-Term Care Using the INTERACT® Quality Improvement Program. The Health Care Manager, 36(3), 219-230.
  • Wiese, L. K., Williams, C. L., Tappen, R., Newman, D., & Rosselli, M. (2017). Assessment of Basic Knowledge About Alzheimer's Disease Among Older Rural Residents: A Pilot Test of a New Measure. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 25(3), 519.
  • Eifert, E. K., Tappen, R. M., & Curtis, B. (2017). A Qualitative Study on Differences in Satisfaction with Services Between Short and Long Term Clients at a Dementia-Specific Adult Day Center. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 1-24.
  • Kane, R. L., Huckfeldt, P., Tappen, R., Engstrom, G., Rojido, C., Newman, D., ... & Ouslander, J. G. (2017). Effects of an intervention to reduce hospitalizations from nursing homes: A randomized implementation trial of the INTERACT program. JAMA Internal Medicine, 177(9), 1257-1264.
  • Rahemi, Z., Williams, C. L., Tappen, R. M., & Engstrom, G. A. (2018). Health-related decisions for serious illness among ethnically diverse older adults. Advances in Nursing Science, 41(1), 84-97. doi:10.1097/ANS.0000000000000192
  • Rosselli, M., Tappen, R. M., & Newman, D. (2018). Semantic Interference Test: Evidence for Culture and Education Fairness from an Ethnically Diverse Sample in the USA. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.
  • Driscoll, S. D., Tappen, R. M., Newman, D., & Voege‐Harvey, K. (2018). Accuracy of visual inspection performed by community health workers in cervical cancer screening. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 142(3), 260–269.
  • Huckfeldt, P. J., Kane, R. L., Yang, Z., Engstrom, G., Tappen, R. M., Rojido, C., Newman, D., Reyes, B., & Ouslander, J. G. (2018). Degree of implementation of INTERACT Quality Improvement Program associated with reduced hospitalizations. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 66(9), 1830-1837.
  • Granic, A., Mossop, H., Engstrom, G., Davies, K., Dodds, R., Galvin, J., Ouslander, J. G., Tappen, R. M. & Sayer, A. A. (2018). Factors associated with physical performance measures in a multiethnic cohort of older adults. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 4, 2333721418778623.
  • Tappen, R. M., Newman, D. O., Huckfeldt, P., Yang, Z., Engstrom, G. Wolf, D. G., Shutes, J., Rojido, C. & Ouslander, J. G. (2018). Evaluation of nursing facility resident safety during implementation of the INTERACT™ Quality Improvement Program. JAMDA, 19(10), 907-913.
  • Ouslander, J. G., Engstrom, G., Reyes, B., Tappen, R. M., Rojido, C., Gray-Miceli, D. (2018). (In-press). Management of acute changes in condition in skilled nursing facilities. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
  • Wiese, L.K., Williams, C.L., Newman, D., & Tappen, R. M. (2019). “An Updated Measure of Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge for use in Underserved Rural Settings”. Revisions submitted Journal of Aging and Mental Health. 14: 1-8 doi:10.1080/13607863.2019.1584880
  • Rosselli M, Tappen RM, Newman D. (2019). Semantic Interference Test: Evidence for Culture and Education Fairness from an Ethnically Diverse Sample in the USA. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 1;34(3):337-349. doi: 10.1093/arclin/acy037. PubMed PMID: 29688251.
  • Luckman R, Cooley ME, Tappen RM.(2019). Implementing Decision Aids in Clinical Practice: A Work in (slow) Progress. European journal for person centered healthcare. 7(1). doi: 10.5750/ejpch.v7i1.1614.
  • Gropper SS, Tappen RM, Vieira ER. (2019). Differences In Nutritional And Physical Health Indicators Among Older African Americans, European Americans, And Hispanic Americans. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatr. 38(3):205-217. doi: 10.1080/21551197.2019.1628159. Epub 2019 Jun 21. PubMed PMID: 31223069.
  • Naharci, M.I., Engstrom, G., Keintz, C., Danesh, A., Tappen, R., Ouslander, J.G. (2019). Self-reporting Hearing Loss Associated with Frailty among Afro-Caribbeans. West Indian Medical Journal. 68(1), 29-34. doi:10.7727/wimj.2016.174


  • Tappen, R.M. (1997). Interventions for Alzheimer's disease: A caregiver's complete reference. Baltimore, MD: Health Professions Press.
  • Tappen, R.M., Whitehead, D., & Weiss, S. (2010). Essentials of nursing leadership & management (5th Ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, Inc., lst Ed., 1998, 2nd Ed., 2001, 3rd Ed., 2004; 4rd Ed., 2007. (2013-6th edition in process)
  • Beckerman, A.G., & Tappen, R.M. (2000). It takes more than love: A practical guide to taking care of an aging adult. Baltimore, MD: Health Profession Press.
  • Tappen, R.M., (2001). Nursing leadership & management: Concepts and practice (4th Ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. 1st Ed., 1983, 2nd Ed., 1989, 3rd Ed., 1994.
  • Tappen, R.M. (2011). Advanced Nursing Research: From Theory to Practice. Sudbury, MASS: Jones and Bartlett.
  • Chapters in Books
  • Tappen R., Turkel, M., Hall, R., Stahura P., & Morgan, F.(1997). Nurses in transition: A response to the changing health care system. In S. Moorhead & D.G. Huber (Eds.), Nursing roles: Evolving or recycled. Series on Nursing Administration (pp. 116-127). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Tappen, R. (2001). Alzheimer's Disease. In L. Dunphy & J. Winland-Brown, Primary Care: The art and science of advanced practice nursing (pp. 153-160). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.
  • Williams CL., & Tappen R. (2007). Communicating with cognitively impaired persons. In C.L. Williams (Ed.), Therapeutic interaction in nursing (pp. 91-101). Boston, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
  • Weiss, S. & Tappen, R. M. (2014). Essentials of nursing leadership & management (6th Ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, Inc., lst Ed., 1998, 2nd Ed., 2001, 3rd Ed., 2003; 4th Ed., 2007; 5th Ed., 2010. Seventh Edition under contract. Weiss, Tappen, and Grimley.
  • Tappen, R.M. (2016). Advanced Nursing Research: From Theory to Practice (2nd Ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning. 1st Ed., 2011.


  • Tappen, R.M., Jett, K., & Rosselli, M. (2002). Is driving your best choice? Practical information about driving for people with memory problems. Funded by Florida Department of Transportation.
  • Tappen, R.M., Jett, K., & Rosselli, M. (2002). Is it time to stop driving? Plain talk about driving and memory problems. Funded by Florida Department of Transportation.
  • Greider, K. (2008, August 15). The ups and downs of outpatient procedures: What you need to know. AARP Bulletin Today.



  • 2018 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award for Advanced Nursing Research: From Theory to Practice. Jones and Barlett Learning
  • 2018 American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) Board of Directors Journalism Award for Go to the Hospital or Stay Here? A Decision Guide for Patients and Families.
  • 2017 American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) presented by the Ohio Chapter. Journalism Award for Go to the Hospital or Stay Here? A Decision Guide for Patients and Families.
  • 2017 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award – Third Place in Nursing Research Category for Advanced Nursing Research: From Theory to Practice (2nd Edition)
  • 2010 Southern Nursing Research Society. John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Research Award recipient. Austin, TX: 02/04/10.
  • 1999 Outstanding Service on Alzheimer's Association's Initial Review Board of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council 1999 Research Grant Program.
  • 1994 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • 1993 South Florida Nursing Research Society Research Recognition Award
  • 1991 Institutional National Research Service Award. University of Arizona College of Nursing. Instruments for Clinical Nursing Research: Measurement of Communication in Alzheimer's disease.
  • 1986 Leadership Award for Outstanding Public Health Nursing Leadership from Florida State Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, Public Health Section.
  • 1984 Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society
  • 1983 Designated American Nurses Foundation Scholar (ANF research grant recipient)
  • 1972 - 1974 U.S. Public Health Nurse Traineeship for Graduate Study in Nursing
  • 1966 Magna Cum Laude, Wagner College