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About Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW

Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, CSE is a tenured faculty member at the George Washington University School of Nursing. As a social worker teaching within a school of nursing, her scholarship is interdisciplinary and collaborative. Her scholarly work focuses on LGBTQ aging and end-of-life issues, and her clinical work has been with patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses in both hospital and hospice settings.  Her book, LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice, will be published by Harrington Park Press and distributed by Columbia University Press in Spring 2017.
In her capacity as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Acquaviva worked in consultation with the University’s Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs to oversee all matters related to the mentoring and development of a GW SoN faculty member. She worked intensively with faculty to maximize their chances for success in achieving their goals for promotion and/or tenure. On August 1, 2016, Dr. Acquaviva stepped down from her role as Associate Dean and returned to the faculty so that she could spend more time on her research and teaching.
Dr. Acquaviva serves as a Special Government Employee on the National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA), advising the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, and the Director of the National Institute on Aging on its mission. Her term on the NACA ends December 2016. (For a list of NACA members, click here). Prior to her appointment to the NACA, Dr. Acquaviva completed a two-year term as Chair of the Friends of the National Institute on Aging, a broad-based coalition of almost 50 aging, disease, research, and patient groups supporting the mission of the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Acquaviva led the coalition in efforts to advocate on behalf of the NIA through the annual congressional budget and appropriations process and to promote NIA research activities through congressional briefings.
Dr. Acquaviva has a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, an M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences. She is an AASECT-Certified Sexuality Educator.
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Positions

Present Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, GW School of Nursing, George Washington University
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Research Interests

Diversity and aging, Hospice, palliative care, and end-of-life care, Emergency preparedness for health care professionals, Social Networking, and Interdisciplinary innovations in health professional education

Honors and Awards

  • Best Practices Award for Distance Learning Programming – Silver (2008) Awarded by: U.S. Distance Learning Association Awarded for: Nurses on the Front Line: Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies and Disasters -- The National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiative (NNEPI) Course Developers: Jean E. Johnson, PhD, FAAN, Ellen M. Dawson, PhD, ANP, Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, and Laurie Posey, EdD
  • Sigma Theta Tau International 2009 International Computer-Based Professional Education Technology Award Awarded to: Awarded for: "Nurses on the Front Line: Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies and Disasters." Awarded to Course Developers: Jean E. Johnson, PhD, FAAN, Ellen M. Dawson, PhD, ANP, Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, and Laurie Posey, EdD
  • 6TH Annual Healthcare and Aging Award (2005) Awarded by: The Healthcare and Aging Network of the American Society on Aging in collaboration with the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative Awarded for: Caregiving at Life’s End: The National Train-the-Trainer Program Project Co-Directors: Acquaviva, K., Brandt, K., and Egan, K.
  • Excellence in Research Award (2003) Awarded by: The Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Studies at the University of South Florida Awarded for: “Caregiving at Life’s End: The National Needs Assessment” Investigators: Salmon, J., Kwak, J., Acquaviva, K., Brandt, K., and Egan, K.
  • Award of Excellence in Education (2003) Awarded by: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Awarded for: “Caregiving at Life’s End: The National Train-the-Trainer Program” Category: Education Program for Patients and Families Project Co-Directors: Acquaviva, K., Brandt, K., and Egan, K.
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster Candidate (2007-2012)

Courses

  • NURS 407: Grant Writing (2008-present)
  • NURS 403: Translating Research Into Practice (2008-present)
  • HSCI 270: Research Methods I (2006-2008)
  • ELC 203: The Business of Dying (2004-2009)
  • Practice of Medicine I – Psychosocial Mentor (2007-2008)
  • Practice of Medicine II - Psychosocial Mentor (2004, 2005-2006, 2008-2009)
  • Practice of Medicine III – Psychosocial Mentor (2006-2007)


Contact Information

Kimberly D. Acquaviva, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Associate Professor
The George Washington University School of Nursing
2030 M Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036
phone: 202-994-7735
fax: 202-994-2777
email: kdacqua@gmail.com or acqua@email.gwu.edu
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kimberly-acquaviva/50/834/313
twitter: @kimacquaviva
Member, GW Academy of Distinguished Teachers


Diversity and Aging (3)

Family Caregiving (3)

Hospice, Palliative Care, and End-of-Life Care (3)

Renal Disease and Social Support (1)

Healthcare Quality (2)

Medical Education and Nursing Education (1)