Barbara Pieper, PhD, RN.

Barbara Pieper, PhD, RN - Nursing ExpertAssociate Dean, School of Nursing; Director, Robert E. Kinsinger Institute for Nursing Excellence

Dr. Barbara B. Pieper has been affiliated with Excelsior College for more than 28 years. As a founding faculty member of the School of Health Sciences, Dr. Pieper was instrumental in the development of the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor in Health Care Management degree programs.

She has also served as project manager for the Emerson Foundation grant to design and implement a series of media-rich continuing education modules for a consortium of nursing homes and hospitals in Central New York.

In 2014, Dr. Pieper was named the first director of the Robert E. Kinsinger Institute for Nursing Excellence.

She earned a BS in Nursing/Science from State University of New York at Albany, a MN in Community Health Nursing from the University of Kansas, a PhD in Nursing Theory from Adelphi University, and a post doctoral certificate from Harvard Medical School in Palliative Care Education and Practice.


  • Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Public and Community Health
  • Gerontology


  • Doctorate of Philosophy, Nursing Theory, Adelphi University, 1992
  • Master of Nursing, Community Health Nursing, University of Kansas, 1979
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing/Science, State University of New York at Albany, 1971
  • Post-doctoral certificate, Palliative Care Education and Practice, Harvard Medical School


  • End of Life Nursing Education Consortium Curriculum (ELNEC), January, 2003
  • American Holistic Nursing Association, Level 1, 1997
  • Reiki, Level I, Troy, New York, October 1995
  • Reflexology, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York, July, 1988
  • Public Health Nursing Supervision, New York State Department of Health, 1974

Awards and Recognitions

  • Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award, Excelsior College School of Health Sciences, 2011
  • Member Scholar in the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta, Ca., 2010
  • Nomination Delta Pi Chapter for the Regional Award for Dissertation of the Year, Sigma Theta Tau, 1994
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, University of Kansas

Selected Presentations

  • “Fostering Dialogic Education and Learning Using World Café,” poster, 2014 NLN Summit Phoenix, Az, September, 2014 (with Dacher)
  • “Student Reading Preferences: Will the Past be our Future?” paper, Ruth K. Palmer Symposium, , Loyola University, Rome, Italy, May 2014 (with P. Cannistraci)
  • “Psycho-social needs in cancer patients: A needs assessment in upstate New York,” Paper, Alpha Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honorary, Burlington, Vt, Sept. 2012 (with Riley-Clark)
  • “An Investigation into Meaningful Retirement for Elders with Intellectual Disabilities,” paper, November, 2011, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (with Dacher)

Selected Publications

  • “Psycho-social needs in cancer patients: A needs assessment in upstate New York,” co-author, Journal of the New York State Nurses Association, 2014
  • “What adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities perceive as facilitators and barriers to health,” co-author, Journal of Disabilities, 2013
  • “An Investigation of the Meaning of Work and Its Translation into Meaningful Retirement for People with Intellectual Disabilities,” International Journal of Qualitative Methods 9(4), 2010
  • “Creating an aging-prepared community in the inner city: an early descriptive evaluation,” author, Journal of the New York State Nurses Association, Spring/Summer, 39(1), 8-13

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association
  • New York State Public Health Association
  • NENY Professional Nursing Association Sigma Theta Tau: Tau Kappa & Delta Pi Chapters
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State, 2003-2011