Laura N. Kirk, PhD, RN

Clinical Associate Professor, Adult and Gerontological Health Cooperative

Laura N. Kirk

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-4593

Office Address:
6-176 WDH

Mailing Address:
School of Nursing
5-140 Weaver-Densofrd Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Clinical Associate Professor, Adult and Gerontological Health Cooperative

PhD, Nursing, University of Minnesota, 2008

MS, Nursing with a minor in Gerontology and focus on Community Health LTC, University of Minnesota, 1997

BSN, Nursing, University of Minnesota, 1995

AS, Nursing, Normandale Community College, 1988


Research Funding Grants

Current Research

Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of Total Body Recumbent Stepping (TBRS) in Senior Living
Funding Source: School of Nursing Foundation
Amount/% Effort: $3,000.
Time Period: 3/1/18-2/28/19
Role: Principal Investigator

Promoting Healthy Aging and Mobility in Rural Minnesota: The PAD PRAIRIE Initiative
Funding Source: Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
Amount: $1,645,967.
Time Period: 6/1/15 to 5/31/18
Role: Co-Investigator
Completed Research

Upper Body Arm Ergometry in Senior Living: A Feasibility Study
Funding Source: University of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid
Amount/% Effort: $36,245
Time Period: 12/1/16-1/15/18
Role: Principal Investigator

Adherence to Non-Group Based Exercise Interventions in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Funding source: School of Nursing Foundation
Amount of award: $3,000
Time Period: 12/1/2015-12/31/2016
Role: Co-Investigator

Authentic Writing Environments in Nursing (AWE in Nursing)
Funding Source: Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing Grant
Amount: $4,000
Time Period: 6/1/16 to 12/31/16
Role: Co-Investigator

Long Term Outcomes of Supervised Exercise in Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): Impact of Differing Modes of Exercise 1 to 4 Years Post Intervention
Funding Source: Society for Vascular Nursing Research Grant
Amount: $3,000
Time Period: 6/1/13-6/30/15
Role: Principal Investigator

Exercise Training to Reduce Claudication: Arm Ergometry versus Treadmill Walking
Funding Source: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute 5 R-01 HL090854
Amount: $3,638,585
Time Period: 9/15/08-4/30/14
Role: Project Director/Coordinator

Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Mild Cognitive Impairment: Development and Testing of a Conceptual Model
Funding Source: John A. Hartford Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Predoctoral Scholarship
% Effort: Ph.D. Dissertation
Time Period: 2004-2006
Role: Principal Investigator

Predicting the Success of Caregiver Education
Funding Source: Sigma Theta Tau International, Zeta Chapter
Amount: $1,000
Time Period: 2001
Role: Co-Investigator



Kirk, LN., Salisbury, D., Lindquist, R., Bronas, U., Wyman, J., Duprez, D., Leon, A., Treat-Jacobson, D. (In Review). EXercise Training to Reduce Claudication: Arm ERgometry versus Treadmill Walking: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial (The EXERT Study). Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications. *

Horning, ML., Schneider, R., Beacham, B., McKechnie, AC., Kirk, LN., Emery, D., Lindquist, R. (In Review). Appreciation of the Research-Practice Link: Using An Authentic Learning Environment for a Writing-Intensive Nursing Course. Nursing Education Perspectives. *

Kirk, LN.,
Brown, R., Treat-Jacobson, D. (2018). Long‐term Outcomes of Supervised Exercise in Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): Impact of Differing Modes of Exercise 1 ‐ 4 Years Post‐Intervention. Journal of Vascular Nursing, 36(3), 121–128* **

Salisbury, D., Brown, R., Bronas, U., Kirk, LN., Treat-Jacobson, D. (2018). Measurement of  Peripheral Blood Flow in Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease: Methods and Considerations. Vascular Medicine. 23(2), 163-171.* **

Kirk, LN., Smith, G., Gaugler, JE., Hepburn, K., Knopman, D., & Lewis, M. (2018). Development and testing of a neuropsychiatric symptoms model in mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 44(1), 21-30.* **

Rich, K., Treat-Jacobson, D., DeVeaux, T., Fitzgerald, K., Kirk, L., Foley, A., Hill, D. For the Society for Vascular Nursing Practice and Research Committee (2017). Society for Vascular Nursing-Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) updated nursing clinical practice guideline. Journal of Vascular Nursing, 35(2), 90-111.*

Treat-Jacobson, D., Rich, K., DeVeaux T., Fitzgerald K., Flood A., Gilpin V., Jepson CA., Kirk LN., Smith D., Thomson L., For the Society for Vascular Nursing Practice and Research Committee (2013). Society for Vascular Nursing clinical practice guideline (CPG) for carotid artery stenting. Journal of Vascular Nursing, 31(1), 32-55.*

Treat-Jacobson D., Lindquist RA., Witt D., Kirk LN., Schorr EN., Bronas UG., Davey C., Regensteiner JG. (2012). The PADQOL: Development of a PAD-Specific Quality of Life Questionnaire. Vascular Medicine 17(6); 405-415.* **

Dysken, MW., Kirk, LN., & Kuskowski, M. (2009). Changes in vitamin E prescribing for Alzheimer’s disease. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 17, 621-624.* **

Lewis, M.L., Hepburn, K., Narayan, S., & Kirk, LN. (2005). Relationship matters in dementia caregiving. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 20, 341-7.* **

Hepburn, K., Lewis, M., Narayan, S., Center, B., Tornatore, J., Lindstrom-Bremer, K., & Kirk, L. (2005). Partners in caregiving: A psychoeducation program affecting dementia family caregiver’s distress and caregiving outlook. Clinical Gerontologist, 29, 53-69. * **

Bauer MJ, Maddox MK, Kirk LN., Burns T, Kuskowski MA (2001). Progressive Dementia: Personal and relational impact on caregiving wives. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 16, 329-334.* **


Kirk, LN., Trelstad-Porter, R., Quarberg, A., & Halcon, L. (In Review). Integrative nursing in senior living. In M.J. Kreitzer & M., Koithan (Eds.), Integrative nursing 2 nd (pp. ). Weil Integrative Medicine Library: Oxford University Press.


Kirk, LN. (2016). Improving lives through research: Recruitment and retention. Journal of Vascular Nursing, 34(2), p. 70-71. DOI:

Kirk LN, Talley K, Treat-Jacobson D, Schorr EN. (2016). Physical Performance Measurement in Research with Older Adults. Accepted symposium, Midwest Nursing Research Society 40th Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Mueller, C., Davila, H., Abrahamson, K., Kirk, L., Arling, G., Abery, B. (2015). Implementing quality improvement in home and community based aging and disability services. The Gerontologist, 55(Suppl 2), p. 364. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv659.02

Abrahamson, K., Myers, J., Arling, G., Davilia, H., Mueller, C., Kirk, L., Abery, B. (2015). Readiness for quality improvement in home and community based aging and disability services. The Gerontologist, 55(Suppl 2), p. 364. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv659.02

Kirk, L., Treat-Jacobson, D. (2015). Long-term impact of differing modes of exercise in individuals with peripheral artery disease. Journal of Vascular Nursing, 33(2), p. 85.

Treat-Jacobson, D., Kirk, L., Brown, R., Dietsche, N., Lindquist, R., Bronas, U. (2015). Measurement of functional status in claudication, Journal of Vascular Nursing, 33(2), p. 82.

Kirk LN, Treat-Jacobson D (2010). Quality of life in PAD: Does exercise make a difference? Journal of Vascular Nursing, 28 (3) 105.

Lewis, M., Kirk, L., Narayan, S., & Hepburn, K. (2006). Listening to the voices of Hispanic family caregivers and elders with memory problems. The Gerontologist,46, [Special issue I], p. 10.

Hepburn KW., Lewis ML., Kirk LN., Narayan S. Differentiated Impact of Dementia Caregiving on Wives and Daughters. Proceedings of the National State of the Science Conference, Washington, DC. October 6 – 9, 2004.

Lewis M, Narayan S, Hepburn K, Kirk L. (2004). Mediating Wives’ Responses to the Dementia Caregiving Experience. The Gerontologist, 44 (Special Issue 1):p. 86.

Lewis, ML, Hepburn, KW, & Kirk L. Savvy caregiver training: Transportable and effective. (Paper presentation). Proceedings of Sigma Theta Tau International’s 15th International Nursing Research Congress, Dublin, Ireland, July 23, 2004.

Lewis M, Hobday J, Kirk L., Hepburn K. (2003). Internet-Based Dementia Decision-Making Guide. The Gerontologist, 43 (Special Issue 1):p. 119.

Caron W, Hepburn K, Ostwald S, Burns T, Mantell R, Kirk L., Richter S. (1996). Family accord and caregiver adjustment: Family level measurement in caregiver research. The Gerontologist, 36 (Special Issue):p. 15.


Abrahamson, K., Myers, J., Arling, G., Mueller, C., Davila, H., Kirk, L. & Abrey, B. (2015) Home and Community Services Performance Incentive Payment Program: Preliminary Evaluation Findings. Submitted to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


Maddox, M., Burns, T., Bauer, M. & Kirk, LN. Dementia Care: Education Program Summary. Geriatric, Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN.


Kirk, LN. (2014). Review of an Article: Effectiveness of combined therapy with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and statins in reducing mortality in diabetic patients with critical limb ischemia: an observational study. Journal of Vascular Nursing, 32(3), 125-26.

Kirk, LN. (2014). Formulating a Research Question. SVN…prn Research Corner, Vol 21, No. 1.

Kirk, LN. (2013). Review of an Article: Protamine does not increase risk of stroke in patients with elective carotid stenting. Journal of Vascular Nursing, 31(4): 172-3.*

Kirk, LN. (2013). Review of an Article: One-year effect of a supervised exercise programme on functional capacity and quality of life in peripheral arterial disease. Journal of Vascular Nursing, 31(2): 92-93.*

Kirk, LN. (2013). You too can be a nurse researcher! All it takes is a researchable question and a little help (and funding) from your friends… SVN…prn Research Corner, Vol 20, No. 3, 4-5.

Kirk, LN. (2009). Features of Traditional Literature Reviews and Systematic Reviews. SVN…prn Research Corner, Vol 16, No. 4, 2-3.

Caring Science in Senior Living: Exercise
Intervention as Caring Practice
International Association of Human
Caring (IAHC) 39th Annual Conference
May, 2018
A State Sponsored Quality Improvement
Approach within Home and Community
Innovations in Home Healthcare,
Hospice, and Information Technology
(H3IT) Annual International Conference,
Georgetown University, Washington,
Nov., 2017
Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN)
Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL
April 2016



N2001, N3806, N4777W; Guest Lecturer, N4205V, N4205W; Teaching Assistantship, N8194.