Mariya Kovaleva , RN, PhD, MS, AGPCNP-BC

Assistant Professor


University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330

Phone: 402-559-6548



  • 2014, BSN, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
  • 2018, MS, Emory University
  • 2018, PMC, Emory University
  • 2018, PhD, Emory University


Kovaleva, M. A., Clevenger, C., Svensson, B., Wright, P., Davis, P., & Hepburn, K. (2018). A nursing home resident with somatic and psychiatric multimorbidity.  The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 14(8), e169-170, e173-e175. doi: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2018.04.008

Kovaleva, M. A., Spangler, S. A., Clevenger, C., & Hepburn, K. (2018). Chronic stress, social isolation, and perceived loneliness among dementia caregivers.  Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 56(10), 36-43. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20180329-04

*Griffiths, P. C.,  Kovaleva, M., Higgins, M., Langston, A. H., & Hepburn, K. (2018). Tele-Savvy: An on-line program for dementia caregivers.   American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 33(5), 269-276. doi: 10.1177/1533317518755331

Kovaleva, M. A., Bilsborough, E., Griffiths, P. C., Nocera, J., Higgins, M., Epps, F., Kilgore, K., Lindauer, A., Morhardt, D., Shah, R. C., & Hepburn, K. (2018). Testing Tele-Savvy: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial . Research in Nursing & Health, 41(2), 107-120. doi: 10.1002/nur.21859

*Kovaleva, M. A., Blevins, L., Griffiths, P. C., & Hepburn, K. (2019). An on-line program for caregivers of persons living with dementia: Lessons learned.  Journal of Applied Gerontology, 38(2), 159-182.              doi: 10.1177/0733464817705958

*Griffiths, P. C., Whitney, M. K.,  Kovaleva, M. A., & Hepburn, K. (2016). Development and implementation of Tele-Savvy for dementia caregivers: A department of Veterans Affairs clinical demonstration project.  The Gerontologist, 56(1), 145-154. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv123

*Missal, B., Clark, C., &  Kovaleva, M. A. (2016). Somali immigrant new mothers’ childbirth experiences in Minnesota.  Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 27(4), 359-367. doi: 10.1177/1043659614565248

Articles submitted for publication in scholarly journals

*Kovaleva, M. A., Nocera, J. R., Hepburn, K., Higgins, M., Nash, R., Epps, F., Brewster, G., Bilsborough, E., Blumling, A., & Griffiths, P. C. Attention control in a trial of an online psychoeducational intervention for caregivers.  Research in Nursing & Health. Manuscript under review.

*Kovaleva, M. A., Higgins, M., Dietrich, M., Jennings, B. M., Song, M.-K., Clevenger, C., Griffiths, P. & Hepburn, K. Characteristics associated with persons’ living with dementia neuropsychiatric symptoms and their caregivers’ distress and diminished well-being.  Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Manuscript under review.

*Kovaleva, M. A., Jones, A., Kimpel, C. C., Lauderdale, J., Sevin, C., & Boehm, L. Patients’ and caregivers’ perception of intensive care unit hospitalization and recovery.  American Journal of Critical Care. Manuscript under review.

Clevenger, C., &  Kovaleva, M. A. (2022). Special populations: Older women’s issues. In S. M. Kendig, &    S. Freeman (Eds.).  Women’s Health in Primary Care: An Integrated Approach. Elsevier. Chapter manuscript under review, scheduled for publication in 2020.

Hepburn, K.,  Kovaleva, M. A., & Clevenger, C. (2018). Educational programs for informal dementia caregivers. In G.E. Smith & S. T. Farias (Eds.).  APA Handbook of Dementia (chapter 31) American Psychological Association: Washington, D. C.