University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330
- 2014, BSN, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
- 2018, MS, Emory University
- 2018, PMC, Emory University
- 2018, PhD, Emory University
Dr. Kovaleva is a geriatric nurse scientist with research interests focused on acute, perioperative, transitional, and primary care for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as interventions to support unpaid caregivers of persons living with dementia. Dr. Kovaleva’s goal is to develop and implement an efficacious, scalable, and multidisciplinary transitional care program for older adults living with cognitive impairment, as they transition from hospital to institutional or home settings. The goal of this program is to provide education and support to persons living with dementia and their caregivers throughout the continuum of healthcare transition, thereby making these transitions as seamless and humane as possible.
Dr. Kovaleva’s second area of research focus is on perianesthesia and perioperative care for persons living with dementia. Dr. Kovaleva’s goal is to develop a nurse-led transitional care program that may begin prior to surgery, prepare person-caregiver dyads for surgery, and provide post-hospitalization follow-up to ensure persons’ and caregivers’ healthcare, information, and social support needs are met. Likewise, Dr. Kovaleva is interested in developing innovative respite interventions for caregivers, including with the integration of health sciences students as respite providers. Dr. Kovaleva’s methodological areas of research interests include longitudinal, interventional, health outcomes, and multi-method research.
While completing her dissertation at Emory University, Dr. Kovaleva received a post-master’s certificate as an adult-gerontological primary care nurse practitioner and is currently certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Dr. Kovaleva is strongly interested in nursing education and she received a Certificate in College Teaching at Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching in 2021.
- Acute, perioperative, perianesthesia, transitional, and primary care for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
- Health services research
- Support, education, and respite interventions for caregivers of persons living with dementia
- Geriatrics in nursing education
- Longitudinal, interventional, health outcomes, and multi-method research
Grant Support (Previous 5 years)
November 201-April 2021
Addressing Caregiver Burden during Persons’ Living with Dementia Hospital-to-Home Transitions. Southern Nursing Research Society. $7,500. Kovaleva, M. (PI)
October 2019-April 2021
Perioperative Settings: Nurses, Persons Living with Dementia, and their Caregivers. Association of periOperative Registered Nurses – Sigma Theta Tau International. $5,000. Kovaleva, M. (PI)
October 2019-April 2021
Addressing Caregiver Burden during Persons’ Living with Dementia Hospital-to-Home Transitions. Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. $10,000. Kovaleva, M. (PI)
June 2019-April 2021
Tele-Savvy during Hospital to Home Transition. Center for Clinician Advancement: UnitedHealth Group Award, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association. Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. $5,000. Kovaleva, M. (PI)
Telehealth-Enhanced Patient-Oriented Recovery Trajectory after ICU: TelePORT ICU. Vanderbilt Discovery Grant. $100,000. Boehm, L. (PI). Role: Co-I.
Improving ICU Recovery in Survivors of Critical Illness. American Association of Critical Care Nurses. $49,999. Boehm, L. (PI). Role: Co-I.
June 2017-May 2018
Experiences of Caregivers of Dementia Patients with an Integrated Primary Care Model. Sigma Theta Tau International Small Grant. $5,000. Kovaleva, M. (PI).
March 2017-March 2018
Experiences of Caregivers of Dementia Patients with an Integrated Primary Care Model. Alpha Epsilon chapter at Emory University of Sigma Theta Tau International. $1,500. Kovaleva, M. (PI).
Kovaleva, M. A., Jones, A., & Maxwell, C. A. (2021, invited manuscript). Immigrants and dementia: Literature update. Geriatric Nursing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2021.04.019
*Kovaleva, M. A., Jennings, B. M., Song, M.-K., Clevenger, C., Griffiths, P. C., & Hepburn, K. (2021). Caregivers’ experience at a multidisciplinary nurse-led dementia medical home. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 14(2), 69-78. doi: 10.3928/19404921-20210115-01
*Kovaleva, M. A., Higgins, M. K., Jennings, B. M., Song, M.-K., Clevenger, C., Griffiths, P. C., & Hepburn. K. (2020). Patient and caregiver outcomes at the Integrated Memory Care Clinic. Geriatric Nursing, 41(6), 761-768. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2020.05.006
*Wharton, W., Epps, F., Kovaleva, M.A., Bridwell, L., Tate, R. C., Dorbin, C. D., & Hepburn, K. (2019). Photojournalism-based intervention reduces caregiver burden and depression in Alzheimer’s disease family caregivers. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 37(3), 214-224. doi: 10.1177/0898010118801636
*Clevenger, C., Cellar, J., Kovaleva, M.A., Medders, L., & Hepburn, K. (2018). Integrated Memory Care Clinic at Emory University: Design, implementation, and initial results. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 66(12), 2401-2407. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15528
2021-2022 Editorial board member, Journal of Applied Gerontology.
2021-Present Reviewer, INQUIRY.
2021-Present Reviewer, Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.
2021-Present Reviewer, Canadian Geriatrics Journal.
2020-Present Reviewer, BMC Geriatrics.
2020-Present Reviewer, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
2020-Present Reviewer, Geriatric Nursing.
2019-Present Reviewer, Clinical Gerontologist.
2017-Present Reviewer, Journal of Applied Gerontology.
2021-Present Member, Educational Research Interest Group.
10/2019-10/2020 Chair of the Vanderbilt Post-Doctoral Association Symposium, Vanderbilt Post-Doctoral Association.
10/2019-04/2021 Scholarly Learning sub-committee chair, Vanderbilt Post-Doctoral Association.
07/2019-09/2020 Junior Co-Chair, Vanderbilt Post-Doctoral Association.
05/2020-12/2020 Member, Zoom informal working group.
07/2019-07/2020 Member, Vanderbilt Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.
07/2019-11/2019 Member, Learning Healthcare Platform Committee.
05/2019-03/2021 Member, Age-Friendly Health Systems/4Ms.
05/2019 Poster judge, Sigma Theta Tau International Iota Chapter conference.
2016-2018 Assistant Treasurer, Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.
2017-2018 Student Network Chair, Southern Nursing Research Society.
2018 Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, Conference Travel Scholarship.
2016 Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition, Research Doctorate Award.
2016 Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, Conference Travel Scholarship.
2015 Georgia Gerontology Society, Virginia M. Smyth Graduate Scholarship
2015 Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, Rising Start of Scholarship and Research for poster presentation at Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention, Las Vegas, NV.