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Joan K (Kathy) Magilvy, RN, PhD, FAAN, FWAN

Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Dr. Kathy Magilvy is Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the UCD College of Nursing.  Her research and practice expertise are in community/public health nursing and gerontology. She currently teaches doctoral courses in advanced qualitative research methods, mentors dissertation and other graduate student projects. Dr. Magilvy’s program of research is in community-based and long-term care for older persons and persons with chronic illness and disability. She has conducted research  on delivery and outcomes of rural and community health services and community analysis. An ethnographer, she is interested in cross-cultural and international aging and health care.  Dr. Magilvy has made several trips to Japan as a visiting professor and scientist, where she collaborates with colleagues on community/public health and gerontological nursing research and qualitative research designs and methods. Her current research is a collaborative project in health promoting interventions for older persons requiring minimal care assistance to prevent deterioration and increased use of services, conducted with colleagues in Japan, US, Finland, and Korea.

Dr. Magilvy has an international consultation practice in the areas of distance education in doctoral programs in nursing, development and evaluation of doctoral programs in nursing, and conducting and teaching qualitative research designs and methods.

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
PhD University of Colorado
Health Sciences Center
School of Nursing
Denver, Colorado
Nursing 1982
MS Northern Illinois University
School of Nursing
DeKalb, Illinois
Community Health Nursing 1974
BSN University of Cincinnati
College of Nursing and Health
Cincinnati, Ohio
Nursing 1971
Title Organization Year
Fellow University of Colorado Emerging Leaders Program 2007 – 2008
Graduate School Dean' Mentoring Award University of Colorado Graduate School 2005
Visiting Scientist and Visiting Professor Japanese Society for Promotion of Science, University of Tokyo 1999, 2004
Fellow Western Academy of Nursing 2004
State of the Science Invitational Speaker Western Institute of Nursing Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, Portland, Oregon 2004
Distinguished Alumni Award University of Cincinnati College of Nursing 2000
Anna M. Shannon Mentorship Award Western Institute of Nursing 1999
Mentor Award Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Alpha Kappa Chapter-at-Large 1993
Fellow American Academy of Nursing 1993
The Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing Research Colorado Nurses Foundation 1990
  1. Thomas, E. & Magilvy, J.K. (2011). Qualitative rigor or reliability and validity in qualitative research.  Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 16(2011), 151-155. Doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2011.00283.x
  2. Connors, S. C., & Magilvy, J. K. (2011), Assessing Vital Signs: Applying Two Participatory Evaluation Frameworks to the Evaluation of a College of Nursing, Evaluation and Program Planning
    doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2010.12.001, 34, 79-86.
  3. Unhasuta, K., Robinson, M.V., & Magilvy, K.  (2010). Research plan for developing trauma core competencies for nurses in Thailand. International Emergency Nursing.18(1), 3-7.
  4. Magilvy, J.K. & Preheim, G., Erickson, V. (2010). Nursing education in the United States. In M.F. Gregg & E. Ikenishi, Nursing Education. Tokyo, Japan: Nankodo Co., Ltd., 213-118.
  5. Tangkawanich, T., Yunibhand, J., Thanasilp, S., & Magilvy, J.K. (2008) Causal model of health: health-related quality of life in people living with HIV/AIDS in the northern region of Thailand Nursing and Health Sciences, 10 (3), 216-221.
  6. Piphatvanitcha, N., Kespichayawattana, J., Aungsuroch, Y., & Magilvy, J.K. (2007). State of science: Falls prevention program in community-dwelling elders The Thai Journal of Surgery, 28, 90-97.
  7. Pennington, K., Congdon, J.G., & Magilvy, J.K. (2007). Second Career CNAs in Nursing Homes: Tapping an Underused Resource. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 33(6), 21-27.
  8. Komatsu, M., Hamahata, A., Magilvy, J.K. (2007). Coping with the changes in living environment faced by older persons who relocate to a health-care facility in Japan. Japan Journal of Nursing Science, 4 (1), 27-38.
  9. Magilvy, J. K., & Congdon, J. G. (2007). Stories of health care experiences of elders: Conducting ethnographic research in nursing. Bulletin of the Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing, 21, 89-97.
  10. Bent, K., & Magilvy, J.K. (2006). When a partner dies: Lesbian widows Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 27(5), 447-459.
  11. Pennington, K., Congdon, J.G. & Magilvy, J.K. (in press). Second career CNAs in nursing homes: Untapped resources. Journal of Gerontological Nursing.
  12. Hoshino, J., Hamahata, A., Magilvy, J.K. (2006) Differences in plans for living at home between temporary residents of a health care facility for the elderly and their family caregivers in Japan. Japan Journal of Nursing Science, 3(1), 23-30.
  13. Yoshioka-Maeda, K., Taguchi, A., Murashima, S., Asahara, K., Anzai, Y., Arimoto, A., & Magilvy, J.K. (2006). Function and practice of public health nursing in Japan: A trial to develop the Japaneses purpose-focused public health nursing (JPPHN) model. Journal of Nursing Management (UK), 14, 483-489.
  14. Taguchi, A., Yoshioka, K., Sakai, T., Miyazaki, T., Sato, N., Arimoto, A. Anzai, Y., Asahara, K., Magilvy, J.K., Murashima, S. (2005). The Japanese purpose-focused public health nursing (JPPHN) model. The Japanese Journal of Nursing Research, 38(6), 41 – 55.
  15. Barton, A. J., Moritz, P., Griffin, J., Smith, M., Magilvy, J.K., Preheim, G., Clark, L., Marsh, G., Congdon, J., Blegen, M., Foster, R., & Hagedorn, S. (2005) A model to identify direct costs of nursing education: The Colorado experience. Nursing Leadership Forum, 9(4), 155-162.
  16. Magilvy J.K. (2005). Beikoku ni okeru Kousyueisei Kango to Zaitaku Kango no Genjyo to Kadai [Trends and Issues of Public Health and Homecare Nursing in the U.S.]. Bulletin of the Japanese Red Cross Hiroshima College of Nursing, 5, 59-63.
  17. Congdon, J. G., & Magilvy, J.K. (2004). Hallmarks of quality: Generating knowledge to assist consumers of long-term care. State of the Science paper to be published in Communicating Nursing Research Conference Proceedings, Western Institute of Nursing Assembly, Vol. 37.
  18. Greg, M. F., & Magilvy, J.K. (2004). Values in clinical nursing practice and caring. Japan Journal of Nursing Science, 1, 11-18.
  19. Hamahata, A., Magilvy, J.K., Hoshino, J., & Komatsu, M. (2004). Keeping a good heart: The experience of Japanese elders in a health-care facility for the elderly. Japan Journal of Nursing Science, 1, 27-34.
  20. Limpanichkul, Y., & Magilvy, J.K. (2004). Managing caregiving at home: Thai caregivers living in the United States. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 11(1), 18-24.
  21. Magilvy, J.K. (2003). Qualitative Designs. In K. S. Oman, M. Krugman, & R. Fink (Eds.). Nursing research secrets. Philadelphia, PA: Hanley & Belfus, Inc., 123-128.
  22. Pennington, K., Scott., J., & Magilvy, J.K. (2003). Exploring the role of certified nursing assistants in the nursing home setting. Journal of Nursing Administration, 33(11), 578-584.
  23. Murashima, S., Fukui, S., Magilvy, J.K., Nagata, S. & Kayama, M. (2002). Home care nursing in Japan: A challenge of providing good care at home. Public Health Nursing, 19(2), 94-103.
  • PI, Life Transitions, Community, and Long-Term Care for Older Persons: A Transcultural View. University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing Elisabeth H. Boeker Award, Funded. 2006 – present
  • PI - US Site (Overall PI, S. Shimanouchi, Japan). Development of a Care Program and an Educational Tool for Improvement of Independence in ADL for Persons Over age 65 with Mild Care Assistance Needs, collaborative research with sites in Japan, US, Finland, and Korea. Larger study funded by Japan Ministry of Education. 2009 - present
  • Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Program, Health Resources and Services Administration. July 1, 2002 – June 30, 2011 Funded.
  • Nurse Faculty Loan Program, Health Resources and Services Administration July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2011. Funded.