Rita Krolak Memorial Lecture

Rita KrolakRita (Moffat) Krolak, B.A., M.S.N., was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1942. She graduated from nursing school at DePaul Hospital in St. Louis, earned a B.A. in English at Washington University, and earned a master’s degree in the family nurse practitioner program at Vanderbilt University with a specialty in pediatrics. She worked as a Visiting Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, and Childbirth Educator. In 1989, Rita joined the Slone Epidemiology Center as a Nurse Interviewer and worked most recently as a Research Coordinator for the Pregnancy Health Interview Study (Birth Defects Study).

Rita brought an exceptional intelligence, a strong work ethic, competence, and sensitivity to each professional position she held. At Slone, her expertise included proper research methodology, an understanding of complex medical diagnoses and medication components, and an ability to manipulate complicated computer programs. However, most important, Rita knew how to talk with mothers of babies who were born with birth defects in a thoughtful and compassionate manner. She knew how mothers might respond positively or negatively to the wording or tone of a given question, and how to ask questions in ways that were both sensitive and scientifically productive.

Known for her gentle humor, her love of music and dance, and her penchant for wearing vivid socks (usually without shoes), Rita was an indispensable mentor to younger colleagues and a “Can Do” person. Rita was married to Dr. Patrick Krolak and was the mother of three children: Patrick, Karen and Michael. She said that what made her proudest of her family, and successful as a mother, was “that we all give back.”

This lecture was established by family, friends, and colleagues to commemorate Rita’s humanity, her passion for and commitment to her work in nursing, and her proclivity for intellectual interchange.


2013 Lecture

Perspectives on Maternal Mental Health: Research and Intervention

Emily Feinberg, Sc.D., C.P.N.P.

Associate Professor
Department of Community Health Services
Boston University School of Public Health

Department of Pediatrics
Boston University School of Medicine

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

3:00 p.m.

Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University
1010 Commonwealth Avenue
4th Floor Conference Room
Boston, Massachusetts