Barbara J. Polivka

Shirley B. Powers Endowed Chair in Nursing Research

School of Nursing

Barbara J. Polivka, Ph.D., R.N., professor of nursing, joined the UofL faculty in 2012. Prior to coming to Louisville, she was program director of nursing and health systems management graduate program and associate professor at The Ohio State University College of Nursing.

Dr. Polivka’s research interests focus on environmental health (Healthy Homes, poison prevention, lead poisoning prevention, health promotion, reducing environmental asthma triggers) and health services (public health nursing, disaster preparedness, access to care).

Dr. Polivka received her doctorate degree in nursing from The Ohio State University, and joined the OSU College of Nursing faculty in 1984. She has authored or co-authored more than 65 peer-reviewed academic publications, and presented or lectured at more than100 conferences. She is a recipient of funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Institute of Nursing Research, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the state of Ohio, and private foundations. She is currently funded by NIOSH to develop an empirically based virtual simulation to train home healthcare workers to address hazards they encounter in client’s homes.

She served on the review panel for the Centers for Disease Control Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response for Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers and the National Institutes of Health. She is a founding member of the Nurses Environmental Advocacy Team of Ohio (NEATO) and a member of Research Association for Public Health Improvement (RAPHI), Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (AHNE), Association of Community Health Nurse Educators, Kentucky Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, Kentucky Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Southern Nursing Research Society, and Sigma Theta Tau –Epsilon Chapter. She chairs the Midwest Nursing Research Society Program Planning Committee.

Dr. Polivka sits on the editorial board of ISRN Public Health and the Journal of Hospital Administration and recently served as a reviewer for multiple journals including the Journal of Advanced Nursing, Research in Nursing and Health, Public Health Nursing, Nursing Research, Journal of School Nursing, Journal of Immigrant Health, Nursing Education Today, and Social Science and Medicine.