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Darina Petrovsky

Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing
School of Nursing


Dr. Darina Petrovsky is an Assistant Professor at Duke University School of Nursing. Prior to joining Duke in Winter 2024, she was an Assistant Professor on the tenure track at Rutgers University School of Nursing and Core Faculty at Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. Before joining Rutgers University Dr. Petrovsky was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing funded by the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellowship (F32 AG060630). She received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. Prior to her doctoral work, she received a Masters in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University (2011) and a Bachelors of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan (2009). Her unique background in music training and nursing science has positioned her well to launch her research career with the goal of improving the lives of older adults living with cognitive impairment using non-pharmacologic approaches. Her additional research interests include ways to achieve health equity among older adults living with cognitive impairment and their caregivers as well as how music can be used to prevent cognitive decline. She was a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Pre-Doctoral Fellow (F31 AG055148) and her past accomplishments include being selected as a 2014-2016 National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Patricia G. Archbold Scholar and 2014-2016 Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing · 2024 - Present School of Nursing

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Pennsylvania · 2017 Ph.D.