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Valerie L. McCarthy, PhD, RN

Valerie L. McCarthy, PhD, RN

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  • Assistant Professor

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  • 502-852-8395

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Recent Presentations

McCarthy, V. L. (2012). A Holistic View of Successful Aging: The Role of Transcendence and Adaptation for the 36th Annual Midwest Nursing Research Society Research Conference to be held in Dearborn, Michigan, April 12-15, 2012.  Competitively selected.

McCarthy, V. L. (2012). University of Louisville School of Medicine Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry, Geropsychiatry section. , presentation on role of transcendence in a multidimensional view of successful aging, Scheduled May 2012. Invited.

McCarthy, V. L. (2011). University of Louisville Research Minute.  Online presentation on research interest in successful aging, adaptation and transcendence, May 2011 at http://www.youtube.com/user/univoflouisville/#p/search/0/cLRrm0knVyk Invited.

McCarthy, V. L. (2011). Report on Results of a Recent Research Study on Successful Aging. Presented at Oak & Acorn Intergenerational Center and MUSCL Senior Wellness Center, March 11 and 14, 2011.  Invited.

McCarthy, V. L. (2011).  A New View of Successful Aging: The Role of Adaptation and Transcendence in Fostering a Holistic View of Successful Aging, Break-out session for the National Gerontological Nurses Association Annual Meeting, October 14, 2011, in Louisville, KY.  Competitively selected.

McCarthy, V. L. (2010). Innovative Recruitment and Data Collection among Older Adults in Retirement Communities. Poster presentation for the 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontology Society of America, Nov. 19-23 in New Orleans, LA. Competitively selected.

Speck, B. J., McCarthy, V. L., & Myers, J.  (2010). Survey of Physical Activity Assessment and Counseling Practices of Kentucky Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners. Poster presentation for the Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference. Competitively selected.

McCarthy, V. L., & McCarthy, J. A.  (2010). Envisioning a New View of Successful Aging: The Role of Adaptation and Transcendence, one-hour workshop presented at the Fourth Annual International Conference on Positive Aging, Dec. 7-10 in Los Angeles, CA.  Competitively selected.

McCarthy, V. L. (2009). A New Look at Successful Aging from a Developmental Perspective: The Role of Adaptation and Transcendence in an Independent and Assisted Living Retirement Community. Poster presentation at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting on November 18-22, 2009.

McCarthy, V. L. (2009). A feasibility study: Exploring the relationship of transcendence and adaptation with successful aging. Poster presentation at Research!Louisville Annual Research Conference on October 11-15, 2009.

Recent Publications

McCarthy, V. L. & Bockweg, A. E.  (In press). The Role of Transcendence in a Holistic View of Successful Aging: A Concept Analysis and Model of Transcendence.  Accepted August, 2012 by Journal of Holistic Nursing.

McCarthy, V. L. & Cassidy, K.  (2012). Innovations in Recruitment and Data Collection in Older Adults. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 20(2), 142-152.

McCarthy, V. L. (2011). A new look at successful aging exploring a mid-range nursing theory among older adults in a low-income retirement community. Journal of Theory Construction and Testing, 15(1), 17-23.

McCarthy, V. L. (2009). Exploring a New Theory of Successful Aging among Low-income Older Adults in an Independent and Assisted Living Community. Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisville, Kentucky.  Submitted August 11, 2009

McCarthy, V. L. & Freeman, L. H.  (2008). A multidisciplinary concept analysis of empowerment: Implications for nursing. Journal of Theory Construction and Testing, 12(2), 68-74.

Research Activity

Principal Investigator. Intramural Research Incentive Grant. (2010). A Feasibility Study: Investigating a New Theory of Successful Aging.

Principal Investigator. Sigma Theta Tau International. 2009.  Exploring a New Theory of Successful Aging among Low-Income Older Adults in an Independent and Assisted Living Community. Dissertation funding.

Research Assistant and Co-investigator.  2007 – present.  A Survey of Physical Activity Counseling among Kentucky Advance Practice Nurses. Dr. Barbara Speck, PI.  Intramural funding.

Related Links:

Research Minute Video: The Role of Transcendence in Successful Aging


Educational Background

  • PhD in Nursing University of Louisville 2009
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Indiana University Southeast 1999
  • Associate of Science in Nursing Indiana University Southeast 1972

Teaching Areas

  • Community health nursing
  • Health care policy
  • Nursing theory

Research Interests

  • Transcendence in maturity and aging
  • Life span development in mid- and late-life
  • Aging well, optimal aging, successful aging
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities
  • Alzheimer's caregivers

Honors & Awards

  • 2011: Hartford Geriatric Nursing Research Summer Scholar for the John A. Hartford Institute on Aging Summer Scholar Program, New York University College of Nursing
  • 2009: University of Louisville Faculty Favorite Nominee
  • 2008: University of Louisville School of Nursing Graduate Fellowship
  • 2008: Ruth Craddock Scholarship Recipient
  • 2007: Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing

Professional Memberships

  • American Nurses Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Southern Nursing Research Society
  • Midwestern Nursing Research Society
  • The Gerontological Society of America
  • National Gerontological Nursing Association
  • Louisville Gerontological Nursing Association
  • Indiana State Nurses Association
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