Patricia C. Clark, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

Adjunct Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine
Georgia State University Professor
Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing & Health Professions
Georgia State University
9th floor Urban Life Bldg
140 Decatur St.
Atlanta, GA 30303.
Phone:   (404) 413-1180 (Office)


Dr. Clark’s program of research is about family caregivers of persons with chronic illness, specifically stroke and heart failure. She has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator of National Institutes of Health funded studies including a multi-site study examining family function, stroke recovery, and caregiver outcomes; the Extremity Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy Evaluation (EXCITE), a national clinical trial for improving upper extremity function using constraint-induced therapy after stroke; a clinical trial testing a family partnership intervention (ENSPIRE) for heart failure patients; and one testing a lifestyle behavioral intervention to reduce cardiovascular disparities in African Americans with metabolic syndrome (META HEALTH). Dr. Clark’s scholarship has been recognized through various awards such as the 2006 Stroke Article of the Year award and the 2004 Clinical Article of the year Award from the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing (CVN), American Heart Association (AHA) and the 2005 Hartford Institute Geriatric Nursing Award from the Southern Nursing Research Society. Recently, Dr. Clark was name one of fifty distinguished alumni from University of Kentucky School of Nursing. Dr. Clark is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow in the AHA. Dr. Clark also serves as a member of the Rosalynn Carter Caregiving Institute Board of Directors.


1998 PhD University of Rochester, School of Nursing, Rochester, NY Nursing

1983 MSN University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY Nursing

1980 BSN University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL Nursing

1975 Diploma Mastin School of Nursing, Mobile, AL

Recent Publications

Foster, V, Clark, PC, Holstad, M, Burgess, E (in press).  Factors associated with risky sexual behaviors in older adults.  Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS care

Wolf, SL, Milton, B, Reiss, A, Easley, K, Shenvi, NV, Clark, PC. (in press)  Further assessment to determine the additive effect of Botulinum Toxin A on upper extremity exercise program to enhance function among individuals with chronic stroke but extensor capability.  Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Frediani, JK, Reilly, CM, Higgins, M, Clark, PC, Gary, RA, & Dunbar, SB (in press).  Quality and adequacy of dietary intake in a southern urban heart failure population,
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Polovich, M., & Clark, PC (in press).  Factors Influencing Oncology Nurses’ Use of Hazardous Drug Safe Handling Precautions. Oncology Nursing Forum

Minick, PM, Clark, PC, Dalton, J.A., Horne, E, Greene, D, & Brown, M. (in press) Pain management and disparities: How long must patients wait?  Journal of Emergency Nursing

Miller, E.L., Murray, L., Richards, L., Zorowitz, R.D., Bakas, T., Clark, P., Billinger, S.A., and on behalf of the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and the Stroke Council (2010). Comprehensive overview of nursing and interdisciplinary rehabilitation care of the stroke patient: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Stroke, 41, 000-000. Full text accessed on 9/3/10 at

Quinn, C, Dunbar, SB, Clark, PC, Strickland, O. (2010) Challenges and strategies in dyad research: Cardiovascular examples.  Applied Nursing Research, 23, e15-20.

Kirkendoll, KD, Clark, PC, Grossniklaus, DA, Igho-Pemu, P, Mullis, RM & Dunbar, SB (2010) Metabolic syndrome in African Americans:  Views on making lifestyle changes. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 21, 104-113 (Refereed)

Brown, L J., Clark, PC, Armstrong, K, Liping, Zhao, Dunbar, SB (2010).  Identification of chronic kidney disease modifiable risk factors by gender in an African American metabolic syndrome cohort.  Nephrology Nurse Journal, 37, 133-41

Klinedinst, NJ, Gebhardt, MC, Aycock, DM, Nichols-Larsen, DS, Uswatte, G, Wolf, SL & Clark, PC (2009). Caregiver characteristics predict stroke survivor quality of life at 4 months and 1 year. Research in Nursing & Health, 32, 592-605

Clark, PC, Dunbar, SB, Aycock, DM, Blanton, S, Wolf, SL. (2009) Pros and woes of  interdisciplinary collaboration with a national clinical trial.  Journal of Professional Nursing, 25, 93-100. (Refereed)

Reilly, CM, Higgins, M, Smith, A, Gary, RA, Robinson, J., Clark, PC, McCarty, F, & Dunbar, SB (2009). Development, psychometric testing, and revision of the Atlanta Heart Failure Knowledge Test.  Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 24,500-509

Grossniklaus, DA, O’Brien, M., Clark, PC, & Dunbar, S.B. (2008) Nutrient intake in heart failure patients. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 24, 357-63

Dunbar, SB, Clark, PC, Quinn, C & Kaslow, N. (2008) Family influences on heart failure self care and outcomes.  Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 23,258-65

Wagner, LM, Capezuti, E, Clark, PC, Parmelee, PA & Ouslander, JG. (2008). Use of a falls incident reporting system to improve care process documentation in nursing homes.  Quality and Safety in Health Care 17, 104-108

Wolf, SL, Winstein, C.J., Miller, P, Thompson, P, Taub, E, Uswatte, G, Morris, D, Blanton, S, Nichols Larsen, D & Clark, PC (2008).  Retention of upper limb function in stroke survivors who have received constraint-induced movement therapy:  the EXCITE randomized trial.  Lancet Neurology, 7, 33-40)

Ko, J., Aycock, D.M., Clark, PC. (2007) A comparison of working versus nonworking stroke family caregivers. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. 39, 217-225

Klinedinst, JN, Clark, PC, Blanton, S. & Wolf, SL. (2007). Congruence of depressive symptom appraisal between persons with stroke and their caregivers. Rehabilitation Psychology.52, 215-25(Refereed)
Underwood, JC, Clark, PC, Blanton, S, Aycock, DM, Wolf, SL (2006). Pain, fatigue, and intensity of practice in people with stroke who are receiving constraint-induced movement therapy, Physical Therapy, 86,1241-1250.

Awards and Honors

2010   Distinguished Alumni Award, one of 50 distinguished alumni for the 50th Anniversary, University of Kentucky College of Nursing

2009   Competence in Aging award for distinguished cardiovascular research with older adults, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, AHA, presented at 2009 Scientific Sessions

2006   Appointed to the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving Board of Directors

2006   Stroke Article of the Year Award, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, AHA and  Editor’s Choice  award for Manuscript of the Year, Rehabilitation Nursing

2005   Inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing

2005   Jean Thomas Award for Creativity in Teaching, Alpha Epsilon Chapter, Sigma Theta
Tau International, Georgia

2005   Southern Nursing Research Society Hartford Geriatric Nurse Researcher Award

2004   Clinical Article of the Year Award, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, AHA