Honorary Professor

School of Health Sciences

Sarah H. Kagan is the Lucy Walker Honorary Term Professor of Gerontological Nursing at Penn, Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Living Well Program at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center – Pennsylvania Hospital. She is currently holds several international appointments in Nursing and in Public Health including Visiting Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Dublin; Honorary Professor at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh; Adjunct Professor at the American University of Armenia; Visiting Professor at the Oxford Brookes University Faculty of Health and Life Sciences; and Honorary Professor in Public Health and in Nursing at the University of Hong Kong.

Professor Kagan is Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Older People Nursing Professor. She serves on the Editorial Boards of four journals – Cancer Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Research in Gerontological Nursing, and PTJ: Physical Therapy. Additionally, Professor Kagan writes regularly for the lay press as a contributor to Calkins Media, authoring the monthly column Myths of Aging for newspaper and online content. Professor Kagan’s education and training includes a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science from the University of Chicago, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rush University, and a Master’s Degree in Gerontological Nursing and a PhD from the University of California San Francisco.

Since arriving at the University of Pennsylvania some two decades ago, Professor Kagan has focused her scholarship in undergraduate nursing education, care of older people, and qualitative research. She currently directs the University of Pennsylvania Benjamin Franklin Scholars in Nursing Program and two clinically-based undergraduate international exchange programs in nursing – one in the United Kingdom and one in Australia. In addition, Professor Kagan teaches short term study abroad for the University of Pennsylvania in partnership with the University of Hong Kong. Professor Kagan maintains an active program of clinical scholarship and practice in gero-oncology which serves as a wellspring for her clinical pedagogy and anchors her understanding of the clinician-patient relationship as well as provision nursing care. Professor Kagan’s work is acknowledged nationally and internationally as innovative, sophisticated, and clinically relevant.

She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Nursing. Among the awards she has received for her practice, research, and teaching are the Sigma Theta Tau International Founders Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. Professor Kagan received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Oxford Brookes University in June 2013.