“Designation as a distinguished professor is a recognition of a faculty member’s outstanding research record and the international impact of his or her work in the field,” said Robert Schwartz, professor of philosophy and chair of the distinguished professors committee. “The award not only honors the recipient, but serves to highlight the major contributions UWM faculty make to scholarship as well as enhance UWM’s reputation of as a world-class research university.”
Dr. Christine Kovach, director of research at the Jewish Home and Care Center of Milwaukee and a center scientist in UWM’s Age and Community Center, is an internationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing and quantitative research methods.
Kovach’s research has fundamentally changed the science of gerontological nursing through the creation of interventions to improve treatments for people with dementia. Among her major accomplishments is the development of serial trial interventions, now internationally recognized as a best practice for managing pain and agitation experienced by people with dementia who are unable to verbalize their unmet needs.
In transmitting the College of Nursing executive committee’s recommendation, Professor Jennifer Doering wrote, “All of the external reviewers spoke of Dr. Kovach as a consummate scholar well known and respected internationally for a program of research that has advanced the science of gerontological nursing.”
Kovach earned her doctorate from the University of Rochester in 1990 and joined the UWM nursing faculty in 2001. Kovach was named editor for the journal Research in Gerontological Nursing in 2011, and serves as an editorial board member for the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.