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Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff

Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff

Associate Professor
School of Nursing
367 McDowell Hall
Functional Performance Lab: 381 McDowell Hall
302-831-3327
iaboff@udel.edu

 

 

 


Education

  • PhD, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
  • Post Masters Certificate - Cardio-Pulmonary CNS, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • MA, New York University School of Nursing, New York, NY
  • BSN, New York University School of Nursing, New York, NY

Research Interests

  • Function Focused Care of neurologically compromised older adults and their caregivers, specifically individuals living with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Development and testing of exercise interventions for people with Parkinson’s Disease and for stroke survivors with the goal of increasing physical activity and function.
  • Development and testing of PDShoe (gait synchronized vibration shoe)
  • Development and testing of objective measures of gait (SEnsole)

Professional Experience

  • 9/1/2013 – Associate Professor, School of Nursing University of Delaware College of Health Sciences
  • 9/1/2009 - present Joint Appointment, Biomechanical and Movement Science Program, University of Delaware
  • 9/1/2007 - 2013 Assistant Professor, School of Nursing University of Delaware, College of Health Sciences

Research Grants

  • 2012-2013 United States-India Science and Technology Endowment Board (STEB) PDShoe: Step synchronized vibrators to improve walking of patients with Parkinson disease.
  • 12/2011-6/2013 University of Delaware Research Foundation, Inc. Development and testing of a remote electronic sensor enabled insole for evaluation of gait and mobility in people with Parkinson’s disease.
  • 11/08 – present University of Delaware Cross College Cluster in Aging Initiative (CCCAI) Research on Aging Grant. Exploring the feasibility and utility of a portable balance plate when used with persons with Parkinson’s disease in the community setting.
  • 6/2011-6/2012 University of Delaware International Research Award (IRA) Insole vibration for gait training in Parkinson’s disease patients.
  • 6/2010-6/2011 University of Delaware International Research Award (IRA) Merging Delaware and Italian chronic care research.
  • 5/08-4/09 IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) – fellowship. NIH-NCRR (P20RR016472-08) Testing restorative care for people with Parkinson’s disease.
  • 4/2002-4/2006 CAP grant, UD College of Health & Nursing Sciences
    The psychological and emotional well-being of patients with automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD).

Current Research Activities

  • December 2011 – present: Development and testing of a remote electronic sensor enabled insole (SEnsole) for evaluation of gait and mobility in people with Parkinson’s disease. Role: PI.
  • March 2011 – present: Insole vibration (PDShoe) for gait training in Parkinson’s disease patients. Role: co-PI.
  • June 2009 – present: Testing the effects of a community based group rehabilitative exercise and therapy program (GREAT) on function in stroke survivors and individuals with Parkinson's disease. Role: PI.
  • November 2009 – present: Participation and adherence to physical activity program (AFA) for Parkinson’s disease in Tuscany, Italy . Role: Co-PI: Benvenuti, Pretzer-Aboff.
  • November 2008 – present: Exploring the feasibility and utility of a portable balance plate when used with persons with Parkinson’s disease in the community setting. PI: Pretzer-Aboff. Funding: UD CCCAI.

Previous Research Activities

  • 2003 – 2007: Testing the effectiveness of a Restorative Care Program in long term care. NIH/NIA (R01 # 13372-01), five year award. PI: Resnick. Role: project faculty. University of Maryland.
  • 2001 – 2004: Building nursing expertise and manpower for the care of the aging, $90,000 - three year award, AACN John A Hartford Foundation. PI: Plowfield. Role: project faculty. University of Delaware.
  • 2001 – 2004: Community-based partnerships for elderly health care. (Grant # 2001–101), $141,630 - four year award, Jessie Ball DuPont Fund. PI: Plowfield. Role: program evaluation team. University of Delaware.
  • 2001 – 2003: Promoting healthy lifestyles in Delaware. (Grant # 1D11 HP 00239), $331,628 - two year award, US Public Health Service, Division of Nursing. PI: Plowfield. Role: project faculty. University of Delaware.

Publications

Refereed, research based:

  • Kyle N Winfree, Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff, David Hilgart, Rejeev Aggrawal, Madhuri Behari, & Sunil K Agrawal. The effect of step-synchronized vibration on patients with Parkinson’s disease: Case studies on subjects with freezing of gait or an Implanted Deep Brain Stimulator. Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. [In Review].
  • Hicks, G., Benvenuti, F., Fiaschi, V., Lombardi, B., Segenni, L., Stuart, M., Pretzer-Aboff, I., Gianfranco, G., & Macchi, C. (2012). Adherence to a community-based exercise program is a strong predictor of improved back pain status in older adults: An Observational Study. Clinical Journal of Pain, 28, 195-203.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I., Galik, E., & Resnick, B. (2011). Testing the feasibility and long term impact of a function focused care intervention for people with Parkinson’s in the community setting. Nursing Research, 60 (4), 276-283. DOI 10.1097/ NNR.0b013e318221bb0f.
  • Wheeler, E., Pretzer-Aboff, I., Hardie, T., DiSabatino, A., Saylor, J., & Lucey, R. (2010). The psychological effect of implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Nursing 2010 Critical Care, 5(2), 5-7.
  • Resnick, B., Galik, E., Remsburg, R., Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2009). Concerns about dedicated restorative care – Letter to the Editor. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 35(5), 11 – 13.

  • Galik, E., Resnick, B., & Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2009). Knowing What Makes Them Tick: Motivating Cognitively Impaired Older Adults to Participate in Restorative Care. International Journal of Older Adults, 15, 48-55.

  • Resnick, B., Cayo, J., Galik, E., & Pretzer-Aboff, I. (August, 2009). Implementation of the Six-Week Educational Component in the Res-Care Intervention: A review of process and outcomes. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing.40 (8), 53-60.

  • Resnick, B., Gruber-Baldini, A., Galik, E., Pretzer-Aboff, I., Russ, K., Hebel, R., Zimmerman, S. (2009). Changing the philosophy of care in long term care:
    testing of the Restorative Care Intervention. The Gerontologist, 49(2), 175-184.

  • Wheeler, E., Pretzer-Aboff, I., Hardie, T., DiSabatino, A., Saylor, J., & Lucey, R.
    (August 2009). Psychological Impact of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator on
    Recipients. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 28 (4), 1-6.

  • Resnick, B., Gruber-Baldini, A., Zimmerman, S., Galik, E., Pretzer-Aboff, I., Russ, K., & Hebel, J. (July 2009). Nursing Home Resident Outcomes from the Res-Care Intervention. Journal of American Geriatrics Society. 57(7), 1156-65.

  • Pretzer-Aboff, I., Galik, E., & Resnick, B. (March/April 2009). Barriers and facilitators to optimizing function in the Parkinson’s patient. Rehabilitation Nursing, 34(2), 55- 63.

  • Resnick, B., Galik, B., Pretzer-Aboff, I., Gruber-Baldini, A.L., Russ, K., Cayo, J., Zimmerman, S. (January 2009).Treatment Fidelity in Nursing Home Research: The Res-Care Intervention Study. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 2(1), 1-9.

  • Tanji, H., Gruber-Baldini, A., Anderson, K., Pretzer-Aboff, I., Reich, S., Fishman, P., Weiner, W., & Shulman, L. (Oct 15, 2008). A comparative study of physical performance measures in Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders, 23(13), 1897-1905. PMID: 18709681.

  • Galik, E., Resnick B., Gruber-Baldini, A., Nahm, E., Pearson, K., & Pretzer-Aboff, I. (September, 2008). Pilot Testing of the Restorative Care Intervention for the Cognitively Impaired. JAMDA, 9 (7), 516-522. PMID: 18755426.

  • Resnick, B., Galik, E., Pretzer-Aboff, I., Rogers, V., & Gruber-Baldini, A. (April-June, 2008). Testing the reliability and validity of self-efficacy and outcome expectations of restorative care performed by nursing assistants. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 23(2), 162-169. PMID: 18344783

  • Resnick, B., Pretzer-Aboff, I., Galik, E., Zimmerman, S., Russ, K., Cayo, J. & Simpson, M. (Feb. 2008). Barriers and benefits to implementing a restorative care intervention in nursing homes. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 9(2), 103-108. PMID: 18261702.

  • Resnick, B., Gruber-Baldini, A., Pretzer-Aboff, I., Galik E, Custis Buie V, Russ K, & Z immerman S. (2007). Reliability and validity of the evaluation to sign consent measure. The Gerontologist, 47(1), 69-77. PMID: 17327542

  • Wheeler, E., Pretzer-Aboff, I., DiSabatino, A., et al. (Nov/Dec.2006, Jan. 2007). A prospective study of the psychological impact of ICD implant on its recipients. DNA Reporter, 31(4), 15.

  • Shulman, L, Pretzer-Aboff, I., Anderson, K. et al. (2006, June). Subjective patient-report versus objective performance - based measurement of activities of daily living in Parkinson’s disease, Movement Disorders, 21(6), 794-799. PMID: 16482533

    Abstracts-Refereed, research based

  • Pretzer-Aboff, I., Galik, E., & Resnick, B. (2010). Long term impact of Restorative Care Intervention for people with Parkinson’s in the community setting. [Abstract]. Movement Disorders, 25(S3), S682.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I., & Knight, Christopher. (2010). Isometric Quickness Protocol as an objective assessment of bradykinesia in Parkinson’s disease. [Abstract]. Movement Disorders, 25(S3), S639.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I., Gruber-Baldini, A. (2008). Treatment fidelity and data safety monitoring board findings associated with the Res-Care Intervention study. Program No. 53-3. Abstract Viewer. National Harbor, MD: The Gerontological Society of America.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2007). Testing the impact of Res-Care-PD for older adults and their caregivers. [Abstract 100]. The Gerontologist, 47(1), 160.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2006). Outcomes of the Res-Care-PD Intervention and translating this to special populations. [Abstract 87]. The Gerontologist, 46(1), 133.
  • Resnick, B., Gruber-Baldini, A., Pretzer-Aboff, I., et al. (2006). Reliability and validity of the Evaluation to Sign Consent. [Abstract 403]. The Gerontologist, 46(1), 515.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I., & Resnick, B. (2006).Optimizing function in Parkinson’s patients – the experience of caregivers and patients [Abstract]. Movement Disorders, 10(12), S135.
  • Book Chapters

  • Galik, E. & Pretzer-Aboff, I. Chronic degenerative and neurologic disorders. In: T. Capriotti and J.P.Frizzell (Eds.), Human pathophysiology: introductory concepts and clinical perspectives. Philadelphia, PA:  F A Davis Publishing Company. [In Press].

  • Resnick, B., Boltz, M., Galik, E., Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2012). Restorative care nursing for older adults: A guide for all care settings. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. Fluid problems of the older adult. (2010). In: Kee, J.L., Paulanka, B. & Pollack, C. (Eds.), Fluids and electrolytes with clinical applications (8th ed., pp. 343-362).  Albany, NY: Delmar.

  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. Older adults with fluid and electrolyte imbalances. (2010) In: Kee, J.L., Paulanka, B. & Pollack, C. (Eds.), Handbook, Fluid, Electrolytes and Acid-Base
    Imbalances Handbook
    , 3rd ed., Albany: Delmar.

  • Pretzer-Aboff, I., (2004). Fluid problems of the older adult. In: Kee, J.L., Paulanka, B. & Purnell, L. (Eds.), Fluids and electrolytes with clinical applications, (7th ed., pp. 338-361). New York, NY: Delmar.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I., (2004). Older adults with fluid and electrolyte imbalances. In: Kee, J.L., Paulanka, B. & Purnell, L. (Eds.), Fluid, electrolytes and acid-base imbalances handbook, (2nd ed., pp. 211-231). New York, NY: Delmar.
  • Practice Guidelines - Refereed

  • American Medical Directors Association. (2010). Parkinson’s disease in the long-term care setting - Clinical Practice Guideline. Columbia, MD: AMDA.
  • Non-Refereed Publications

  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2007). Testing the feasibility and impact of the Restorative Care –PD intervention on the older adult with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Maryland, Baltimore, United States – Maryland. Available from ProQuest Dissertation & Theses database: A&I. (Publication No. ATT 3261584).
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2006). Striving for independence: from tennis to walker…one woman’s story. Schwarz Pharma Parkinson’s Report, 2(1), 7.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. & Resnick, B. (2006). Helping caregivers optimize function in nursing home residents with Parkinson’s disease: Tricks of the trade. Schwarz Pharma Parkinson’s Report, 2(1), 7.
  • Wheeler, E., Pretzer-Aboff, I., DiSabatino, A., et al. (2006/2007, Dec/Jan). A prospective study of the psychological impact of ICD implant on its recipients. DNA Reporter, 31(4), 15.

Presentations

INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL

  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2011, October). Parkinson’s – An opportunity for Adapted Physical Activity. Presented at The Management of Chronicity Congress – Exploiting the Experience of 5- year Administration of Adapted Physical Activity. Hosted by the Institute of Superiore Di Sanita (Italian NIH equivalent) and the Health Care authority of Empoli, Rome, Italy.
  • Refereed Podium - data based

  • Winfree, K.N., Pretzer-Aboff, I., Hilgart, D., Aggrawal, R., Behari, M., & Agrawal, S. An untethered shoe with vibratory feedback for improving gait of Parkinson’s patients: The PDShoe. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. San Diego, CA. [Paper submitted for podium presentation].
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2009, March). Testing Res-Care PD for older adults with Parkinson’s disease. Paper presented at the annual educational meeting of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) 41st, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2008, November). Treatment fidelity and data safety monitoring board findings associated with the Res-Care Intervention Study. Paper presented as part of a symposium at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America , New Harbor, MD.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (November, 2007). Restorative Care: Measurement challenges and special populations. Paper presented as part of a symposium at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), San Francisco, CA.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (November, 2006). Restorative care for the individual with Parkinson’s disease. Paper presented as part of a symposium at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), Dallas, TX.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (October, 2006). Implementing a restorative care philosophy of care in LTC – restorative care for the resident with Parkinson’s disease. Paper presented as part of a symposium at the annual meeting of the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA), Cincinnati, OH.
  • Refereed Poster - data based

  • Poole, K., Bellumori, M., Pretzer-Aboff, I. & Knight, C.A. (2011). Impaired control of quick movements in people with Parkinson’s disease. Poster session presented by Poole at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, St. Louis, MO.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I., Galik, E., & Resnick, B. (2010, October). Long term impact of Restorative Care Intervention for people with Parkinson’s in the community setting. Poster session presented by Pretzer-Aboff at the 2nd World Parkinson Congress, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I., & Knight, Christopher. (2010, October). Isometric quickness protocol as an objective assessment of bradykinesia in PD. Poster session presented by Pretzer-Aboff at the 2nd World Parkinson Congress, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Pretzer-Aboff. I. (2009, April). Summary of Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)-sponsored research “Testing Restorative Care in people with Parkinson disease and their caregivers”. Poster session presented by Dr. Veronica Rempusheski at the National Center for Research Resources at the Capitol Hill Poster Session of NIH Institutes and Centers, Cannon Building, Washington, D.C.
  • Wheeler, E., Pretzer-Aboff, I., Hardie, T., et al. (2007, July). Psychological impact of implantable cardioverter defibrillators on its recipients. Poster session presented by Pretzer-Aboff at the 18th International Nursing Research Congress focusing on Evidence-Based Practice, Sigma Theta Tau International, Vienna, Austria.
  • Resnick, B., Gruber-Baldini, A., Pretzer-Aboff, I., et al. (2006, November). Reliability and validity of the Evaluation to Sign Consent. Poster session presented by Resnick and Pretzer-Aboff at the national meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Dallas, Texas.
  • Tanji, H., Pretzer-Aboff, I., Gruber-Baldini, A., et al. (2006, Oct/Nov). Comparison of performance measures for assessment of gait, balance and mobility in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Poster session presented Tanji at the 10th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, Kyoto, Japan.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I, & Resnick, B. (2006, February). Optimizing function in Parkinson’s patients - the experience of caregivers and patients. Poster session presented by Pretzer-Aboff at the 1st World Parkinson Congress, Washington, D.C.

REGIONAL/LOCAL

  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2012 May). Nurses Role in Parkinson’s disease. Presented at the Edmond J. Safra Foundation for the Visiting Nurse Faculty Program. Johns Hopkins University Movement Disorder Center, Baltimore, MD.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2012 April). Tricks of the trade to optimize function. Presented at the 1st Delaware Parkinson’s Day: Living with Parkinson’s conference. Christiana Care Hospital, Newark, DE.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2011 September). Home exercise program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Presented at the Edmond J. Safra Foundation for the Visiting Nurse Faculty Program. University of Pennsylvania Movement Disorder Center, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2011 May). The role of the RN in Parkinson’s disease. Presented at the Edmond J. Safra Foundation for the Visiting Nurse Faculty Program. Johns Hopkins University Movement Disorder Center, Baltimore, MD.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2011 March). Community based exercise for brain injury survivors: Research versus reality. Presented at the “Journey of Purpose” annual meeting for the Brain Injury Association of Delaware, Carpenter Center, Newark, DE.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2010 November). The feasibility of a PD group exercise program. Presented at the first Delaware PD Symposium, hosted by the Delmarva PD Alliance and Johns Hopkins University. Rehoboth, Delaware.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2010 November). Exercise options for people with Parkinson’s disease. Moderator and presenter for Delaware Parkinson’s Disease Symposium, hosted by the Delmarva PD Alliance and Johns Hopkins University. Rehoboth, Delaware.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2009 May). The impact of Res-Care for people with Parkinson’s disease. Presented at the Edmond J. Safra Foundation for the Visiting Nurse Faculty Pilot Program. University of Pennsylvania/ Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Philadelphia Movement Disorder Clinic, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2008 October). Parkinson’s disease: Barriers and facilitators to function. Presented at the University of Delaware School of Nursing Speaker Series, Newark, DE.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (2007 October). Parkinson’s disease – Barriers and facilitators to optimizing function – a qualitative study. Presented at the 2nd Annual Nursing Research Conference, Newark, DE.
  • Refereed Poster Presentations

  • Winfree, K.N., Pretzer-Aboff, I., Hilgart, D., Aggrawal, R., Behari, M., Agrawal, S.K. (2012 April). An untethered shoe with vibratory feedback for improving gait of Parkinson’s patients: the PDShoe. Poster session presentation by Kyle Winfree at the Annual Research Symposium - Center for Biomedical Engineering Research (CBER). Newark, DE.
  • Pretzer-Aboff, I. (November, 2009). Isometric Quickness protocol as an objective assessment of bradykinesia in Parkinson’s Disease. Poster session presentation at the 4th Annual Nursing Research Conference focusing on Excellence in Evidence-Based Practice and Research. Christiana Hospital, Newark, DE.

Honors & Awards

  • 2011 Researcher of the Month. UD College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing.
  • 2010 Recipient of the first “Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation Distinguished    Scholar in Nursing Award for Outstanding achievement in improving the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease”.
  • 2009 Nominated for the “Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising Award”,University of Delaware.
  • 2009 Accepted to Visiting Nurse Faculty Program - a Parkinson’s Disease Educational Program. Sponsored by the Edmond J. Safra Foundation.
  • 2008 “Award for Parkinson Research”, American Quarter Horse Ride Benefit.
  • 2008 Accepted to AACN Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium (GNEC) program. Awarded from AACN/John A. Hartford Foundation
  • 2007 Recipient of 2007 “Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program.” Student Award for excellence in Clinical Service, University of Maryland, Baltimore.
  • 2005 Recipient of John A. Hartford Foundation Pre-Doctoral BAGNC Scholarship. Grant # 05-106).
  • 2001 Induction into the Sigma Theta Tau International (Nursing Honor Society), UD.

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