Kathy Horvath, PhD, RN

Kathy Horvath

Co-Investigator, Education & Outreach Core

Phone: 781-687-2006
Fax: 781-687-3520
Email: Kathy.Horvath@med.va.gov
Location: E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, 200 Springs Road (151), Bedford, MA 01730



Horvath received her undergraduate and clinical education at Rutgers University College of Nursing and University of Colorado School of Nursing. She received her doctorate in nursing science from Boston College School of Nursing. Prior to joining the ADCC and the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), Dr. Horvath was Director of Nursing Scholarship and Professional Development at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Currently, Dr. Horvath is the Associate Director for Education and Program Evaluation at the New England GRECC, with divisions in Boston and Bedford, MA. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor at Northeastern University, School of Nursing.

Research Interests

Dr. Horvath’s research interests are focused on care of the person with Alzheimer’s disease in home and community settings. She recently completed a clinical trial of a Home Safety Toolkit intervention for environmental modifications to prevent injury in the home. She has a special interest in dementia family support interventions and health literacy to promote self-management of health-related behaviors.

ADC Role

As part of the Education & Outreach Core, Dr. Horvath leads educational training for interdisciplinary service providers and outreach efforts to the lay community. To support professional education, Dr. Horvath develops conferences that are posted on this website and the GRECC national website. Dr. Horvath’s current work is focusing on e-learning modalities to deliver, reinforce and evaluate learning activities. This work is integrated with VHA initiatives in distance learning, including the GRECC monthly audio-conferences, archived at http://greccaudio.geriu.org/.Dr. Horvath has developed the family caregiver guide, “Making the Home Safer for a Person with Memory Loss”, which can be downloaded from this website on the patient, family and caregiver resources page. This research-based booklet, uses established principles of health literacy and focuses on the high severity/high frequency risks for accidents and injuries in the home.

Recent Publications

Horvath, K. J., Tumosa, N., Thielke, S., Moorer, J., Huh, T., Cooley, S., Craft, S. & Burns, T.  (2011). Dissemination strategies: The evolution of learning resources on the evaluation of delirium, dementia, and depression. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 32:80-92.

Jefferson, A.J., Lambe, S., Chaisson, C., Palmisano, J., Horvath, K. J., Karlawish, J. (2011) Clinical research participation among aging adults enrolled in an Alzheimer’s Disease Center research registry. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 23: 443-452.

Lambe, S., Cantwell, N., Islam, F., Horvath, K., Jefferson, A.L. (2010) Perceptions, knowledge, incentives, and barriers of brain donation among African American elders enrolled in an Alzheimer’s research program. The Gerontologist 50(4):1-11.

Horvath, K.J., Harvey, R.M., Trudeau, S.A. (2007). A home safety program for community-based wanderers: Outcomes from the Veterans Home Safety Project. In Nelson, A. & Algase, D. (Eds.). Safe and Ethical Approaches for Wandering Behaviors: A Practice Guide. Chapter 14, 259-276. New York: Springer.

Harvey, R., Horvath, K. J., Son, G., Yo, J. (2006) Development and verification of a literacy and culturally appropriate home safety booklet for caregivers of persons with memory loss. (Abstract) The Gerontologist, Vol.46, Special Issue I, 534.

Harvey, R.M., Horvath, K.J., Levine, S.A., & Volicer, L. (2005). Models of physician education for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia: Practical application in an integrated network. Clinical Gerontologist, 29(2), 11-23.

Hurley, A.C., Harvey, R., Roberts, J.S., Wilson-Chase, C., Lloyd, S., Prest, J., Lock, M., Horvath, K., & Green, R.C. (2005). Genetic susceptibility for Alzheimer’s disease: Why did adult offspring seek testing? American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 20(6), 374-381.

Horvath, K., Hurley, A., Duffy, M., Gauthier, M., Harvey, R., Trudeau, S., Cipolloni, P.B., Smith, S. (2005). Caregiver competence to prevent home injury to the care recipient with dementia. Rehabilitation Nursing, 30(5), 189-196.

Hurley, A., Gauthier, M., Horvath, K., Harvey, R., Smith, S., Trudeau, S., Cipolloni, P.B., Hendricks, A. & Duffy, M. (2004). Promoting safer home environments for persons with Alzheimer’s Disease: The Home Safety/Injury Model. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 30, 43-51 . [PubMed]

Horvath, K. (2003). Postoperative recovery at home after ambulatory gynecologic laparoscopic surgery. Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing,18, 324-334.

Hurley, A., Volicer, L., Horvath, K., Mahoney, E., Warden, V., Jennings, B. (2002). Prevent injury, manage resistiveness to care, and assess pain in persons with Alzheimer’s disease: Research methods critique and application to practice. The Gerontologist, 42 (Special Issue 1), (Abstract 305), p. 313.

McHale, J., Phipps, M., Horvath, K., and Schmelz, J. (1998). Expert nursing knowledge in care of  patients at risk of impaired swallowing. Image, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 30(2), 33-37.

Horvath, K., Aroian, J., Secatore, J., et al. (1997). Vision for a treasured resource, Part II: Nurse manager learning needs. Journal of Nursing Administration, 27(4), 27-31.

Aroian, J., Horvath, K., Secatore, J., et al. (1997). Vision for a treasured resource, Part I: Nurse manager role implementation. Journal of Nursing Administration, 27(3), 36-41.

Jones, D., O’Neill, J., Coakley, A., Horvath, K., & Shappler, N. (1996). Patient function, high frequency nursing diagnoses, state anxiety and satisfaction with same day surgery and general anesthesia.  Proceedings, Vol. 1, 8th Biennial Conference of the Workgroup of European Nurse Researchers (pp. 268-283). June 24 – 27, 1996, Stockholm, Sweden.

Horvath, K., Secatore, J., Alpert, H., et al. (1994). Uncovering the knowledge embedded in clinical nurse manager practice. Journal of Nursing Administration, 24(7/8), 39-44.

Clifford, J. & Horvath, K. (Eds.). (1990). Advancing professional nursing practice: Innovations at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. New York: Springer Publishing Co.