Faculty Profile

Dianne Liebel, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
Dianne Liebel

As a faculty member at the School of Nursing I will have the unique privilege to work with a dedicated team of researchers, educators, and clinicians striving to enrich student experiences and transform healthcare. This position also provides the opportunity to continue my research helping to create new models and structures of homecare that will enable older persons with chronic illness and disability to live in the community for as long as possible. I am committed to helping find best practices that allow nurses to address the magnitude of untreated depression in the home care population, thereby delaying or slowing physical decline so that people can stay independent. My overarching goal is to help people live with less disability or at least maintain their function level so that they can remain in their homes.

Dianne Liebel, RN, PhD, assistant professor of nursing, joined the faculty on July 1. She was previously a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellow in Geriatrics and Gerontology and a postdoctoral fellow at the School, focusing on home-based care and gerontologic research. Liebel will teach Research Principles for Evidence-Based Practice in the masters of nursing program and Research Data Collection and Intervention Administration in the Clinical Research Coordinator program.

In addition, she will be conducting an exploratory descriptive pilot study to describe depression detection as well as the psychological interventions used by home healthcare nurses related to depression management in cooperation with Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County, Inc. Participants will be identified by VNS discharge planners using criteria developed by Liebel: those age 65 and older who are recipients of VNS home care and have needed assistance with two or more activities of daily living for more than six months will be eligible.

This project stems from Liebel's work as intervention supervisor for the Medicare Primary and Consumer-Directed Care Demonstration that ran from 1998-2003 and involved 1,600 community-dwelling older adults with existing disabilities. Participants receiving home visits from nurses who conducted health promotion and disease management reported their disabilities worsened less. This sparked Liebel's interest in studying nurse in-home interventions further, particularly with the frail elderly, who are at high risk to suffer from depression.

See Dianne Liebel's curriculum vitae.