Dr. Cline earned a nursing bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont, an adult health nurse practitioner master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from New York University. He has clinical experience in critical care and emergency nursing, and his research interests include quality of care for hospitalized older adults, nursing workforce development, and health-system redesigns aimed at improving staff and patient outcomes. His research uses mixed methods research designs and is primarily focused on hospitals, patients, and providers located in rural communities.
He was a 2010-2012 John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) Pre-doctoral Scholar and 2011-2012 Hermann Biggs Health Policy Scholar while at New York University College of Nursing. He is a consultant and faculty member on the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors (ACES) Project, a national initiative aimed at transforming prelicensure gerontological nursing education.