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Bonnie Gance-Cleveland, PhD, RNC, PNP, FAAN


Bonnie G-C

Bonnie Gance-Cleveland is the Loretta Ford Professor in the Division of Women, Children, & Family Health. Her practice and research focus on decreasing health disparities in vulnerable populations by (a) advancing science for culturally sensitive care; (b) collaborating with professional organizations to develop evidence-based, culturally sensitive practice guidelines; and (c) use of technology to promote EBP. She initiated the Health Disparities Collaboratives on Asthma and Depression care, which led to dramatic improvements in screening, self-management goals, asthma-severity assessments, appropriate prescription of anti-inflammatory medications, and yearly pulmonary function tests in an SBHC, faculty-practice site. She chaired the NAPNAP research group evaluating evidence for the development of culturally sensitive obesity-prevention guidelines and participated in the AMA obesity-prevention expert writing group. She has been funded by NIH to evaluate school-based support groups for adolescents with an addicted parent, conducted a statewide CQI initiative for SBHCs, and evaluated outcomes of preschool SBHCs. She has worked with Dr. Gilbert to develop technology decision support to promote evidence-based obesity care in pediatrics and is currently funded by AHRQ for a mixed methods, comparative effectiveness trial (24 school-based health centers in 6 states) on the use of technology to improve adherence to obesity guidelines.

Gance-Cleveland earned her bachelor's degree in nursing, her master's degree in nursing and her PhD from the University of Colorado.​

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
PhD University of Colorado
Health Sciences Center
Denver, Colorado
Nursing 1995
MS University of Colorado
Health Sciences Center
Denver, Colorado
Nursing 1982
60 quarter hours Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, California
BSN University of Colorado
Health Sciences Center
Denver, Colorado
Nursing 1977
  1. Skiba, D.J., Gance-Cleveland, B, Gilbert, K., Gilbert, L., and Dandreaux, D. (2012). Comparing the effectiveness of CDSS on provider’s behaviors to implement obesity prevention guidelines. International Congress on Nursing Informatics, white paper.
  2. Gance-Cleveland, B. & *Oetzel, K. B. (2010). Motivational interviewing for families with an overweight/obese child. Childhood Obesity. 6(4): 198-200.
  3. Gance-Cleveland, B., *Gilbert, L., Kopanos, T., and Gilbert, K. (2010). Evaluation of technology to identify, assess and provide a tailored intervention for overweight children. Journal of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 15(1), 72-83.Impact factor is 0.896.
  4. *Jacobson, D. & Gance-Cleveland, B. (2010). A systematic review of primary healthcare provider education and training using the chronic care model. Obesity Reviews.1-13. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2010.00789.x (PMID: 20673280). I participated in conceptualization, literature review, critique, wrote the section on chronic care model and findings. Impact factor in 2011 is 5.862.
  5. *Chen, A. C. C., Gance-Cleveland, B., Kopak, A., Hass, S. & Gillmore, M. R. (2010). Parental influence on Mexican American adolescent drug use. Journal of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing Family-Centered Care Column. I contributed to background, conclusion, and application to practice. Impact factor in 2011 is 0.896.
  6. Gance-Cleveland, B., *Sidora-Arcoleo, K., Keesing, H., Gottesman, M.M., Grady, M. (2009). Changes in nurse practitioners’ knowledge and behaviors following brief training on the Healthy Eating and Activity (HEAT) Guidelines. Journal of Pediatric Healthcare, 23(4), 222-230. Impact factor is 1.127.
  7. *Ward-Begnoche, W. L., Gance-Cleveland, B., Simpson, P., Parker, J., Jo, C., Dean, J., Thompson, J. (2009). Effectiveness of a school-based obesity prevention program. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 47(2), 51-56. I contributed to obtaining funding, conceptualization, design, data collection, writing and editing. Impact factor is 2.237.
  8. *Small, L., Anderson, D., *Arcoleo, K., & Gance-Cleveland, B. (2009). Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ Assessment and Management of Childhood Overweight/Obesity: Results from 1999 and 2005 Cohort Surveys. Journal of Pediatric Healthcare, 23(4), 231-241. Cited by 3. Impact factor is 1.127.
  9. *Ward-Begnoche, W.L., Gance-Cleveland, B., Portilla, M. (2009). Circumventing communication barriers with Spanish-speaking patients regarding pediatric obesity. Journal of Pediatric Healthcare, 23(4), 272-280. I contributed to writing the background and editing the manuscript. Impact factor is 1.127.
  10. Gance-Cleveland, B. & Mays, M.Z. (2008). School-based support groups for adolescents with a substance-abusing parent. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 14(4), 297-309. Cited by 4. No impact factor.
  11. Gance-Cleveland, B. L., Mays, M. Z. & Steffen, A. (2008). Association of adolescent physical and emotional health with perceived severity of parental substance abuse. Journal of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 13 (1), 15-25. Cited by 4. Impact factor in 2011 is 0.896.
  12. *Ward-Begnoche, W. L., Gance-Cleveland, B., et al. (2008). Description of the design and implementation of school-based obesity prevention program addressing middle school students. Journal of Applied School Psychology. 24(2), 247-263. Cited by 2. I participated in the conceptualization, data collection, analysis, interpretation and writing of the manuscript. No impact factor.
  13. Barlow, S.E., & the Expert Committee. (2007). Expert committee recommendations on the prevention, assessment, and treatment of child and adolescent overweight obesity summary report. Pediatrics 120S(4), S164-192. As a member of the expert writing group, I authored the section on the chronic care model. Cited by 150. Impact factor in 2011 is 2.840.
  14. *Davis, M.M., Gance-Cleveland, B., Hassink, S., Johnson, R., Paradis, G., & Resnicow, K. (2007). Recommendations for prevention of childhood obesity. Pediatrics, 120S(4), S229-53. I wrote the section on the chronic care model. Cited by 121. I wrote the section on chronic care model. Impact factor in 2011 is 2.840.
  15. Neal, A., Frost, M., Kuhn, J., *Green, A., Gance-Cleveland, B., & Kersten, R. (2007). Family centered care within an infant-toddler unit. Pediatric Nursing, 33(6), 481-7. Cited by 2. I mentored the group in the conceptualization, design, data collection, analysis, writing, and review and edited the manuscript. No impact factor.
  16. Gance-Cleveland, B. L. (2007). Changing the way we teach: Motivational interviewing in primary care. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 21, 81-88. Cited by 15. Impact factor in 2011 is 1.127.
  17. Gance-Cleveland, B.L., *Ward-Begnoche, W.L., & Harris, M. (2006). Prevention of overweight children. Pediatric Commentary, 14(1), 8-9, 13. No impact factor.
  18. The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) (2006). Healthy Eating and Activity Together (HEATSM) Clinical practice guideline: Identifying and preventing overweight in childhood. Cherry Hill, NJ: NAPNAP. As the chair of the research work group, I reviewed the evidence for the recommendations and collaborated on the writing of the guidelines. I chaired the research work group that review and rated the evidence, participated in the writing of the evidence-based guidelines, and reviewed multiple drafts. Impact factor in 2011 is 1.127.
  19. Gance-Cleveland, B.L. (2006). Decreasing health disparities. Journal of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 11(1):72-6. Cited by 10. Impact factor is 0.896.
  20. *Wardbegnoche, W. & Gance-Cleveland, B. L. (2005). Promoting Behavioral Change in Overweight Youth, Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 19(5): 318-28. Cited by 9. I participated in conceptualization, contributed to multiple drafts and editing. I contributed to background and editing multiple drafts. Impact factor in 2011 is 1.127.
Title Organization Year
Nurse of the Year – Leadership March of Dimes, Arizona Chapter 2011
Excellence Award – Mentoring NurseWeek, MTW 2011
Mentor NIH National Institute of Diabetes
and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Outstanding Researcher Award Association of Faculties
of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Certificate of Recognition for outstanding
service to NAPNAP, the School Based Health Care Special Interest Group,and Children 2009-2010
National Association of Pediatric
Nurse Practitioners
Fellow American Academy of Nursing 2008
Fellow National Academies of Practice 2007
Outstanding Researcher Award Arizona State University 2006-2007
Dean’s Teaching Award University of Colorado
Health Sciences Center
Fellow National Institute of Health Randomized
Clinical Trials for Behavioral Interventions
Research Award Sigma Theta Tau 1999-2000
Excellence in Advanced Practice Award Society of Pediatric Nurses 1999
  • PNP at Sheridan School-based Health Center


2010-2013, Total: $1.18 Million

The comparative effectiveness randomized clinical trial is designed to evaluate the implementation of the current obesity prevention guidelines into practice in school-based health centers. The study compares two methods of training providers on the current recommendations: web-based training on the guidelines, and web-based training plus computer support for clinical decision making. Data collection strategies include:


  1. chart reviews for documentation of adherence to guidelines,
  2. parent surveys of provider support,
  3. providers’ self report of system changes and their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors,
  4. evaluation of components of chronic care model, and
  5. focus groups regarding the barriers and facilitators to adoption of guidelines and technology.





2011-present​ (PI) Catholic Healthcare West
Total: $50,000

Connecting Members of Golden Gate Community Who Have or Are At-Risk for Hypertension and Diabetes to Services

7/01/2011 – 6/30/2016

Menon & Keller (Co-PIs)
Transdisciplinary Training in Health Disparities Science (TTHDS)

The Transdisciplinary Training in Health Disparities Science (TTHDS) program for pre- and postdoctoral fellows will prepare nurse scientists to design, conduct and evaluate research related to the culture of the groups, communities, and organizations with whom they work, with the aim of reducing disparate health outcomes. Coursework and seminar learning will be part of formal study to prepare nurses to conduct rigorous clinical research that improves healthy behaviors and health outcomes of vulnerable populations across the lifespan. The diverse scientific expertise of faculty sponsors with active programs of research, and the unique structure of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation that includes Nursing, Nutrition, Exercise & Wellness, and Health Sciences programs is the basis for this distinctive transdisciplinary training program.


(PI) Hearst Foundation Total: $281,718 Building Academic Pediatric Nursing Capacity in Arizona

The purpose of the proposal was to provide support for ethnic minority students in graduate education focused on maternal-child health care research.



KySS Fellowship for NPs in Underserved U.S.:
Improving Child & Teen Mental Health
Co-investigator, Total: $933,877
Melnyk (PI)

The purpose of the study is training nurse practitioners on improving mental health care to children and teens, I developed the motivational interviewing and child abuse lectures including development of training videos.