Bio

Dianne Liebel’s 15-year research career has been dedicated to helping older adults with multiple chronic illness, depression and disability safety remain in their homes for as long as possible. Her work aims to create new models and structures of home care to help individuals maintain or improve their functioning and preserve their independence.

Liebel’s current work is focused on addressing the magnitude of untreated depression among the home care population and the need for integrated care management in the home health care setting. She is leading a multi-pronged project to provide home health care nurses with the tools they need to better detect and manage depression in their patients, based on integrated care principles, with the ultimate goal of delaying or slowing patients’ physical decline and improving their quality of life.

The project is a natural outgrowth of Liebel’s work as a supervisor for the five year Medicare Primary and Consumer-Directed Care Demonstration, which involved 1,600 community-dwelling older adults with existing disabilities. Participants received home visits from nurses who conducted health promotion and disease management, sparking Liebel’s interest in in-home, nurse interventions.

Liebel, who has more than a decade of clinical experience, completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Geriatrics and Gerontology at the National Institutes of Health before launching her research career at the school.

Areas of Expertise

  • Level of Care : Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Level of Care : Prevention
  • Populations : Older Adults
  • Theoretical Interests : Outcomes Research (Patient-centered, Nursing-centered, Systems-centered)
  • Theoretical Interests : Social / Physical Environmental
  • Theoretical Interests : Systems (Health Care, Social, Professional, Interdisciplinary)

Professional Experience
Instructor, University of Rochester (Comprehensive Gerontological Care: A Holistic Approach to Caring for the Older Adult), Rochester, NY, US. 2012 - Current

Instructor, University of Rochester (Intervention Administration and Data Collection in Clinical Practice), Rochester, NY, US. 2012 - Current

Assistant Professor, University of Rochester (Nursing), Rochester, NY, US. 2010 - Current

Teacher's Assistant, University of Rochester (Principles and Applications of Evidence for Nursing Practice), Rochester, NY, US. 2005 - Current

Instructor, University of Rochester (Population Health), Rochester, NY, US. 2011 - 2012

Post Doctoral Fellow, School of Nursing University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US. 2009 - 2012

Instructor, University of Rochester (Research Principles for Evidence Based Advanced Practice), Rochester, NY, US. 2010 - 2011

Post Doctoral Fellowship, University of Rochester School of Nursing (Geriatrics and Gerontology (T32)), Rochester, NY, US. 2007 - 2009

Post Doctoral Fellow, None (T32 Training in Geriatrics and Gerontology), US. 2007 - 2009

Teaching Assistant, University of Rochester School of Nursing (Undergraduate Nursing Courses), Rochester, NY, US. 2005 - 2006

Co-Investigator, Medicare Demonstration (MCDC) (Depression in Primary Care: Testing a Consumer Directed Care Model), US. 2003 - 2004

Co- Principle Investigator, Medicare Demonstration (MCDC) (Health Promotion Nurse Model for Chronic Disease Self-Management in Rural Areas), NY, US. 2002 - 2003

Intervention Nurse Supervisor, Monroe County Long Term Care Program (Randomized Control Trial of Primary and Consumer Directed Care for people With Chronic Illness), Rochester, NY, US. 1998 - 2003

Nurse Health Educator/Counselor, University of Rochester (Weight Management), Rochester, NY, US. 1997 - 1999

Nurse Health Educator/Counselor, Johnson and Johnson Clinical Diagnostics (Healthy Weights Program), US. 1995 - 1996

Charge and Staff Nurse, Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, Allentown and Bethlehem Hospital, Dudley Elementary School., (Nursing), US. 1978 - 1990

Awards
Jill Thayer Dissertation Award
University of Rochester , 2006

Scholars Day Masters Thesis Award
SUNY Brockport , 1998

Presentations
The Meliora traineeship: Preparing adult gerontological nurse practitioners for interprofessional team work and leadership in quality improvement
Annual Meeting, American Geriatrics Society, 2014
Orlando, Florida

The medical director/role with a facility ID in developing a quality assurance and performance improvement program
Annual Meeting, American Geriatrics Society, 2014
Orlando, Florida

The Supported Living Research Network (SLRN): A Community/ Academic Partnership for Assessing and Meeting the Needs of Older Adults
The Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting on Optimal Aging Through Research, 2014
New Orleans, Louisiana

Effect of an HVN Intervention of Individual ADLs
Academy of Health, 2011

Structure and Process Components Associated with Disability Maintenance/Improvement of a Primary Care Affiliated Home Visiting Nurse Intervention
66 th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Gerontological Society of America, 2011
Boston, Massachusetts

Impact of Disease Management-Health Promotion on Total Healthcare Expenditures
Academy of Health, 2010

Further Analyses of a Process Evaluation of a Nurse Home Visiting Intervention
The Honor Society of Nursing: Sigma Theta Tau International, 2010

Weathering the Storm: Qualitative analysis of nurse home visiting to older adults with existing disability
The American Geriatric Society, 2009

Weathering the Storm: Nurse Home Visiting to Older Adults with Existing Disability
State Society of Aging, 2009
New York

Patient satisfaction, Empowerment, and Health and Disability Status Effects of a Disease Management-Health Promotion Nurse Intervention among Medicare Beneficiaries with Disabilities
Academy of Health, 2009

Weathering the Storm: Qualitative analysis of nurse home visiting to older adults with existing disability
Gerontological Society of America, 2008

Results of a Process Evaluation of Nurse Home Visiting that Postponed Disability Worsening in Older Adults
American Geriatric Society, 2008

Results of a Process Evaluation of a Nurse Home Visiting Intervention that Postponed Disability Worsening in Order Adults
American Public Health Association (Gerontological Health Section), 2007

Results of a Process Evaluation in Rural Elders Participating in a Nurse Home Visiting Program
American Public Health Association (Gerontological Health Section), 2007

Process Evaluation of a Nurse Home Visiting Intervention that Postponed Disability Worsening in Order Adults
American Public Health Association (Gerontological Health Section), 2007

Chronic Disease- The Big Picture and Innovative Strategies for Patients
University of Rochester Symposium/Seminar, Department of Community and Preventative Medicine, 2006
Rochester, New York

Case Studies of Functionally Impaired Older Adults with High Medicare Utilization
American Public Health Association (Gerontology Health Section), 2002

Outcomes of Functionally Impaired Older Adults (best practices and tools)
Presentation to the NY State Office of the Aging Directors, Finger Lakes Geriatric Center, 2002
Finger Lakes, New York

Comprehensive Senior Assessment Using Problem Knowledge Coupler Technology in a Nursing Intervention
Comprehensive Senior Assessment Using Problem Knowledge Coupler Technology in a Nursing Intervention, Monroe Country Hospital, 2000
Rochester, New York

Geriatrics and Managed Care
Rural Initiatives/ innovations in Comprehensive Senior Assessment and Treatment Plans, Fingerlakes Geriatric Education Center & Community for Long Term Care, 1999
Rochester, New York

Coping with the Long QT Syndrome
SUNY Brockport, 1997
Brockport, New York

Publications
Miner, S; Liebel, DV; Wilde, MH; Carroll, J; Omar, S (2017). Using a Clinical Outreach Project to Foster a Community-Engaged Research Partnership With Somali Families. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 11 (1), 53-59.

Miner, S., Liebel, D.V., Wilde, M.H., Carroll, J.K., Omar, S. (2017). Somali Older Adults' with Their Families' Perceptions of Adult Home Health Services. J Immigr Minor Health. DOI: 10.1007/s10903-017-0658-5

Lowey S, Liebel D (2016). Factors that influence care transitions of end-stage heart failure patients to palliative home care. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, 18 (6), 572-578.

Miner S, Liebel D, Wilde M, Carroll J, Zicari E, Chalupa S (2015). Meeting the Needs of Older Adult Refugee Populations with Home Health Services. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. DOI: 10.1177/1043659615623327

Gillespie, S., Olsan, T., Liebel, D. Cai, X., Stewart, R., Katz, P.R., & Karuza, J (2015). Pioneering a nursing home quality improvement learning collaborative: A case study of method and lessons learned. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. DOI: 10.1016/j.jamda.2015.08.014

Liebel, DV; Friedman, B; Conwell, Y; Powers, BA (2015). Evaluation of Geriatric Home Healthcare Depression Assessment and Care Management: Are OASIS-C Depression Requirements Enough?. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY, 23 (8), 794-806.

Friedman B, Santos EJ, Liebel DV, Russ AJ, Conwell Y (2015). Longitudinal prevalence and correlates of elder mistreatment among older adults receiving home visiting nursing. J Elder Abuse Negl, 27 (1), 34-64.

Liebel DV, Powers BA, Hauenstein EJ. (2015). Home health care nurse interactions with homebound geriatric patients with depression and disability. Res Gerontol Nurs, 8 (3), 130-9.

Friedman, B., Yanen, L., Liebel, D., & Powers, B. (2014). Effects of a home visiting nurse intervention versus care as usual on individual activities of daily living: a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trail. BMC Geriatrics http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2318/14/24, 14 (24).

Li, Y., Liebel, D.V., & Friedman, B. (2013). An Investigation into which individual Instrumental Activities of Daily Living are Affected by a Homo Visiting Nurse Intervention. Age Ageing, 42 (1), 27-33. PMID: 23034558 PMCID: PMC3577044 DOI: 10.101093/ageing/afs151

Liebel, D., Friedman, B., Watson, N., Powers, B. (2012). Which components of a primary care affiliated home visiting program are associated with disability maintenance/improvement?. Home Healthcare Services Quarterly.

Meng, H., Liebel, D. Wamsley, B. (2011). Health Promotion intervention, Body Mass Index, and health care expenditures among Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities. Journal of Aging and Health, 23 (4), 743-763.

Liebel, D., Powers, B., Watson, N., Friedman, B. (2011). Barriers and facilitators to optimize function and prevent disability worsening: A content analysis of a home visit nurse intervention. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68 (1), 80-93. PMID: 21645046 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05717.x

Meng, H., Liebel, D. Wamsley, B. R. (2011). Body Mass Index and the impact of a health promotion intervention on health services use and expenditures. Journal of Aging and Health, 23 (4), 743-763.

Friedman, B., Wamsley, B., Liebel, D., Saad, Z., Eggert, G. (2009). Patient satisfaction, empowerment, and health and disability status effects of a disease management-health promotion nurse intervention among Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities. The Gerontologist, 49, 778-792.

Meng, H., Wamsley, B., Friedman, B., Liebel, D., Dixon, D., Gao, S., et al. (2009). Impact of body mass index on the effectiveness of a disease management-health promotion intervention on disability status.. American Journal of Health Promotion, 24 (3), 214-222.

Liebel, D., Friedman, B., Watson, N., Powers, B. (2009). Nursing home visiting interventions for community dwelling older persons with existing disability. Medical Care Research and Review, 66 (2), 119-146.

Liebel, D. & Watson, N. (2009). Consolidating medication passes: It can lead to more time with patients. American Journal of Nursing, 105 (12), 63-64.

Meng, H., Wamsley, B., Liebel, D., Dixon, D., Eggert, G., Van Nostrand, J. (2009). Urban-Rural differences in the effect of a Medicare health promotion and disease self-management program on physical function and healthcare expenditures. The Gerontologist, 49 (3), 407-417.

Meng, H.; Wamsley, B., Friedman, B., Liebel, D., Eggert, D. (2009). Personal Assistance (PA) ue and expenditures among high-risk Medicare beneficiaries. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 28 (4), 113-129.