Rebecca Lorenz, PhD, RN

Associate Professor

Rebecca Lorenz

School of Nursing
University at Buffalo
301 C Wende Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

PHONE: 716-829-2204


  • PhD, Saint Louis University School of Nursing, 2007
  • MHS, Washington University, 1996
  • BSN, Central Methodist College School of Nursing, 1979
  • RN, Missouri Baptist Hospital School of Nursing, 1979

Areas of Research

  • Disordered sleep among adults with MS
  • Perceptions of rest and exercise to self-manage symptoms among adults with chronic disease
  • Improving sleep quality among hospitalized adults

Recent Publications

Winegar, R., Lach, H., Lorenz, R. A., & Henderson, D. (2017). Hemiparetic positioning of hemiplegic patients. Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 10(2), 129-134. doi:10.1891/2380-9418.10.2.129

Newland, P., Riley, M., & Lorenz, R. A. (Accepted). Evaluation of an electronic sleep/symptom diary for adults with MS. MedSurg Nursing.

Schmidt, A. L., Lorenz, R. A., Buchanan, P. M., & McLaughlin, L. (Accepted). Evaluating the needs of patients living with solid tumor caner: A survey design. Journal of Holistic Nursing. doi:10.1177/0898010116677146

Keser, K. & Lorenz, R. A. (2016). The effect of a comprehensive provider and patient intervention to improve blood pressure control. Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 9(1), 4-12. doi:10.1891/2380-9418.9.1.4

Papachrisanthou, M. M., Lorenz, R. A., & Loman, D. G. (2016). Increasing immunization adherence among infants of low-income parents: The effects of visually enhanced education. Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 12(5), 304-310.

Severine, J. E., Thanavaro, J., Lorenz, R., & Taylor, J. (2016). Screening for obstructive sleep apnea in hospitalized transient ischemic attack stroke patients using the STOP-bang questionnaire. Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 12(1), 19-26. doi:10.1016/j.nurpra.2015.09.006

SmithBattle, L., Pohlman, S., Palmer, J. L., Lorenz, R. A., & Cibulka, N. J. (2016). Placebo and the healing process: Guest editorial. Clinical Nursing Research, 25(6), 587-589. doi:10.1177/1054773816675562

Newland, P., Jensen, M. P., Budhathoki, C., & Lorenz, R. (2015). Secondary health conditions in individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS):  A cross-sectional web-based survey analysis. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 47(3), 124-130.

Newland, P. K., Lorenz, R., Budhathoki, C., & Jensen, M. P. (2015). The presence of symptoms with comorbid conditions in individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS). Clinical Nursing Research, 1-7. doi: 10.1177/1054773815592817

Peng, H., Lorenz, R. A. & Chang,Y.-P. (2015). Sleep quality in family caregivers: A concept analysis. Clinical Nursing Research, 25(4). Advance online publication.

Krampe, J., Wagner, J. M., Hawthorne, K. D., Sanazaro, D. L., Wong-Anuchit, Budhathoki, C., Lorenz, R. A., & Raaf, S. (2014). Does dance-based therapy increase gait speed in older adults with chronic lower extremity pain: A feasibility study. Geriatric Nursing, 35(5), 339-344.

Lach, H. W., Lorenz, R. A., & L’Ecuyer, K. M. (2014). Aging muscles and joints: Mobilization.  Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America.  doi.10.1016/j.ccell.2013.10.005

Lorenz, R. A., Budhathoki, C. B., Kalra, G. K., & Richards, K. C. (2014). The relationship between sleep and physical function in community-dwelling older adults: A pilot study. Family and Community Nursing,  37(4), 298-306.

Palmer, J. L., Lach, H., Langan, J., Lorenz, R., Krampe, J., Krieger, M., Schneider, J., & Smith, J. (2014). A model of risk reduction for older adults vulnerable to nursing home placement. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 28(2), 162-192.

Petersen, V., Ellis, P., Lorenz, R. A., & Armbrecht, E. (2014) An interventional study of guiding

homeless persons to self-reliance using the outcomes star. Clinical Scholars Review.

East, S. A., Lorenz, R. A., & Armbrecht, E. S. (2013). A retrospective review of leg wound complications after coronary artery bypass surgery. AORN J, 98, 401-412. doi:10.1016/j.aorn.2013.07.016

Fitzgibbon M., Lorenz R. A., Lach H., & Budhathoki, C. (2013). Medication reconciliation: Reducing risk for medication misadventure during transition from hospital to assisted living. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 12, 22-29. doi:10.3928/00989134-20130930-02

Gerdes, P., & Lorenz, R. A. (2013). The effect of an outpatient interdisciplinary education program. Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 9(7), 422-427.

Lorenz, R. A. (2013). Commentary on physical capability scale: Psychometric testing. Clinical Nursing Research, 30-5.

Smithbattle, L., Lorenz, R., & Leander, S. (2013). Listening with care: Using narrative methods to cultivate nurses’ responsive relationships in a home visiting intervention with teen mothers. Nursing Inquiry, 20(3), 188-198. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1800.2012.00606.x

Van Cleave, J. H., Trotta, R. L., Lysaght, S., Steis, M. R., Lorenz, R. A., & Naylor, M. D. (2013). Comorbidities in the context of care transitions. Advances in Nursing Science, 36(2), E1-E13. doi:10.1097/ANS.0b013e318290207d

Cunningham, M. A., Thanavaro, J. L., Lorenz, R., Delicath, T. A., & Budhathoki, C. B. (2012).

Effect of bronchodilator treatment on the incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery. Heart and Lung, 41, 463-468. doi:10.1016/j.hrtlng.2012.03.005

Lorenz, R. A., Gooneratne, N., Cole, C. S., Kleban, M. H., Kalra, G. K., & Richards, K. C. (2012).

Exercise and social activity improve everyday function in long-term care residents. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20(6), 468-476. doi:10.1097/JGP.0b013e318246b807

Pohlman, S., Cibulka, N., Palmer, J., Lorenz, R. A., & Smith, L. (2012). The placebo puzzle: Examining the discordant space between biomedical science and illness/healing. Nursing Inquiry, 20(1), 71-81. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1800.2012.00592.x

Lorenz, R. A., Harris, M., & Richards, K. C. (2011). Sleep in adult long-term care. In N. Redeker & G. Phillips McEnany (Eds.), Sleep disorders and sleep promotion in nursing practice (pp. 339-354). New York, NY: Springer.

Richards, K. C., Lambert C., Beck, C. K., Bliwise, D. L., Evans, W. J., Kalra, G. K., Kleban, M. H., Lorenz, R., Rose, K., Gooneratne, N., & Sullivan, D. (2011). Strength training and walking exercise and social activity improve sleep. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 59, 214-223. doi:10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.03246.x

Lorenz, R. A. (2010). Coping with preclinical disability: Older women’s experiences of everyday activities. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 42(4), 439-447. doi:10.1111/j.1547-5069.2010.01339.x

Rose, K. M., & Lorenz, R. A. (2010). Sleep disturbances in dementia: What they are and what to do.Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 26(5), 9-14. doi:10.3928/00989134-20100330-05

Lorenz, R. A. (2009). Commentary by Lorenz. Clinical Nursing Research, 18, 218-220. doi:10.1177/1054773809341941

Lorenz, R. A. (2009). Indicators of preclinical disability: Women’s experiences of an aging body.

Journal of Women and Aging, 21(2), 139-151. doi:10.1080/80952840902837152.

Lorenz, R. A. (2007). Reflections on providing dental health services for underserved older adults. In A. Linton and H. Lath (Eds.), Matteson & McConnell’s gerontological nursing, (pp. 787-788).  St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

Lorenz, R. A., Lorenz, R. M., & Codd, J. E. (2005). Perioperative blood glucose control during adult coronary artery bypass surgery. AORN Journal, 81(1), 125-150.

Schneider, J. K., Schneider, J. F., & Lorenz, R. A. (2005). Creating user-friendly databases withMicrosoft (MS) Access. Nurse Researcher, 12(1), 57-75.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • NGC 701 State of Nursing Science

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Nursing Award Research finalist, March of Dimes, 2016
  • Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholars Program finalist, 2012
  • Graduating Student of the Year, Saint Louis University, Doisy College of Health Sciences, 2007
  • Emerging Nurse Researcher Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2007
  • Joan Hrubetz Doctoral Student Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Lambda Chapter, 2005
  • Champion of Older American Award, Sisters of St. Mary Health Care, 2004
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Saint Louis University, 2003
  • Advocacy Award, Sisters of St. Mary Healthcare Quality Initiative, 2001
  • Continuing Quality Initiative Recognition Award, Sisters of St. Mary Healthcare Quality Initiative, 2000