Marjorie M.V. Heinzer, PhD, PNP-BC, CRNP

Associate Professor in the School of Nursing; Coordinator of the Continuing Education Program

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Research Interests

  • Study of Resilience in Children and Adolescents; Domestic Violence Issues in Families
  • Grieving and Loss in Families
  • Childhood Obesity and Prevention/Intervention Research
  • School-Based Interventions for Children¬†Ages 10-12 years,¬†and Children with Chronic Illnesses (e.g. BPD)

Research Projects

  • Primary Investigator, "Dance Pad Exercise for a Healthy Weight in Childhood," Continuation of dance pad exercise study in East Cleveland Schools for academic year 2008-2009. ($10,000). Funded in 2007 by Seed Grant from Midwest Nursing Research Society. (August 2008 start date)
  • Primary Investigator, "Dancing to a Healthy Weight in Childhood." Pilot study of video dance pad exercise protocol with 9-12 year old children in the Cleveland Public School District. ($4020). Funded in 2004 by Center for Research and Scholarship Pilot Grant program (CFRS), Case Western Reserve University. (completed June 2006)
  • Member, "Psychosocial Sequelae of BPD and VLBW," Principal Investigator, Lynn Singer; Interdisciplinary research team investigating adolescent outcomes associated with BPD. Ongoing research project of Growth, Learning and Development (GLAD) funded by National Institutes of Health.
  • Primary Investigator, "Implementation of a Web-Based System for Personal Scheduling and Staffing of Nursing Personnel: An Action Research Study, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2001-2003.
  • Primary Investigator: “Translating the Essential Components of Nursing Notes into a Computerized Documentation System,” Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2000-2001. Funded, December 1999 by SEPONL ($865) and Kappa Delta Chapter of STTI ($500).
  • Primary Investigator, "The Perception of Acute Dyspnea in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2001.
  • Primary Investigator, "Work Redesign and Role Changes: Perceptions of Professional Nurses and Patient Care Associates following Work Redesign Workshop, Part II, Albert Einstein Medical Center, 1999.
  • Primary Investigator, "The Utility of Domestic Violence Screening in the Emergency Department, Multidisciplinary Grant with the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Social Services at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, 1998.
  • Primary Investigator, "Work Redesign and Role Changes: Perceptions of Professional Nurses and Patient Care Associates, Part I, Albert Einstein Medical Center, funding in part by the Southeast Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (SEPONL) 1997.

Training Grants

  • “Center for Excellence in Population-Based Pediatric Nursing Care,” Training grant for FPB School of Nursing, Case, MCHB, HRSA, Washington, DC (5th year of grant, $60,870). 1998-2003. Co-Director with D. Dowling (June 2002).

Program Grants

  • “Good Eats and Dance Beats,” Grant application for General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Grant, ($10,000) for Mayfair Elementary School, East Cleveland School. The grant will support vegetable gardens production, a school-based gardening program, and nutrition education during the academic year as well as a dance pad exercise program in the gymnasium each day prior to the start of classes (submitted in collaboration with Allison Patrick, dietician for the County Board of Health, January 2009).
  • "The Water Works," Mini-grant application to Ohio Action for Healthy Kids (OAHK), Zone 3 region, ($500) for Mayfair Elementary School, East Cleveland Schools. The grant provides a water dispenser in the gymnasium for the school children (funded June 2008).
  • Ohio NAPNAP’s Helmet Safety Project, grant from SAFE KIDS COALITION for 83 safety helmets (approximate value of $1350) for the kindergarten and first grade classes at Mayfair Elementary School, East Cleveland Schools (awarded May 2008).


  • RN: 1967-present Licensed in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey (inactive status), Michigan (inactive status)
  • PNP-BC : 1984-2009, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses' Credentialing Center; (ANCC)
  • CRNP: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, 1994-2009, Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
  • COA: 2003-2009, Ohio Certificate of Authority as Advanced Practice Nurse, PNP
  • Distance Education (CDEP), January 2003, Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ
  • Conflict Mediation, December 2000, Basic Mediation Training, Friends Conflict Resolution Programs, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, Philadelphia, PA
  • Pediatric End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), completion of “Train the trainer” program for palliative care and end-of-life care for children, July 2008, Pasadena, CA.

Education Interests

  • Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care for Children
  • Health and Illness in Infants, Children, and Adolescents
  • Research Ethics and Human Subjects Protection
  • Developmental Concerns of School Age and Adolescent Children
  • Multidisciplinary Collaboration in Both Program and Research Projects with Adolescents
  • Nursing Theory
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies

Educational Background

  • BSN, Nursing, Mercy College of Detroit (University of Detroit Mercy), Detroit, MI
  • MSN, Pediatric Nursing, Education/PNP, Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Cleveland, OH
  • PhD, Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Cleveland, OH

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