Jennifer Lingler, PhD, MA, CRNP



Jennifer Lingler, PhD, MA, CRNP, is an Associate Professor with tenure in the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Department of Health and Community Systems (Profile). She holds secondary Associate Professor appointments in the School of Medicine Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Lingler has worked in research for the past twenty plus years, focusing on provider-patient communication, health behaviors, and psychosocial and ethical implications of late-life cognitive impairment.

A major thrust of her research is understanding the psychological and behavioral impact of receiving a diagnosis of, or learning that one is at high risk for, a cognitive disorder of aging like Alzheimer’s disease. This work began with a seminal publication on the uncertainty experienced by patients living with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment and now extends to examining how family members are impacted by prognostic testing for Alzheimer’s disease. She is especially interested in bettering the field’s understanding of how patients and families react to learning results of biomarker-derived risk estimates for Alzheimer’s disease. Her methodological experience includes qualitative and quantitative approaches, with a particular interest in dyadic analysis.

Presently, Dr. Lingler is the Director of Outreach, Recruitment, and Education at the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC webpage).

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