Dr. Patricia T. Alpert is the Founding Dean of Arizona College, School of Nursing, Las Vegas campus. Prior to her current position she was the Chair of the Physiologic Department, School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). While at UNLV she taught in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She also taught health policy classes in both the MSN and DNP programs.
Dr. Alpert’s program of research is concentrated in obesity and the alternative exercise effects on balance, memory and mood in older adults. The long-term goal of her research is to strengthen knowledge in the areas of balance and obesity so that plausible interventions can be initiated. She just completed research on balance across the decades (20-60+ years), to identify the decade of life in which balance begins to decline and to identify which of the three systems involved in balance (visual, vestibular or somatosensory) is affected initially. Utilizing her prior research on vitamin D deficiency/insufficiency, Dr. Alpert hopes to assess the relationship of associated muscle weakness due to vitamin D deficiency and declining balance. Her current research on obesity centers on balance, quality of life and muscle strength in obese older women with knee osteoarthritis participating in a progressive exercise program. She has received both intramural and extramural grant funds to support research in these areas. Her published research reports and clinical articles have appeared in nursing, pediatric medicine and physical therapy journals.
Dr. Alpert is a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and holds ANCC national certification as both a pediatric and family nurse practitioner. She is also an NLN certified nurse educator and a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in maternal-child nursing. She has reviewed numerous articles for several health and nursing journals, reviewed grant for HRSA, CDC and NIH. She is a member of the editorial board for five peer reviewed journals; Home Health Care Management & Practice and Nursing Education Perspectives; Journal for Nurse Practitioner; Asian Pacific Islander Nursing Journal and the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (also an Associate Editor for this journal) . She also writes a bi-monthly column on preventive health care issues which appear in the Home Health Care Management & Practice journal.