Margaret Sebern
Associate Professor
Office Phone
(414) 288-3839


Highest Degree/School
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago

Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests
My research focuses are related to understanding and assisting chronically ill patients and their informal caregivers manage their care and improve outcomes of both members of the dyad. I have developed and tested dyadic interventions to improve outcomes for heart failure patients and their family caregivers. Currently, I am a consultant for a study to develop technology applications (i.e., iPad app) to enhance a dyadic intervention for chronically ill patients and informal caregivers.

Titles of Courses Recently Taught

Selected Publications

Sebern M, & Woda A. (2012) Shared Care Dyadic Intervention: Outcome patterns for heart failure care partners. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 34 (3), 289-316.

Brennan, P., Casper, G., Burke, L., Johnson, K., Brown; R., Valdez, R., Sebern., M., Perez, O., Sturgeon., (2010). "Technology-enhanced  practice for patients with chronic cardiac disease home implementation and evaluation.  Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care. 39, 6S.

Sebern, M., & Riegel, B. (2009). Shared care and self-care in family dyads managing heart failure. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 8, 97-104.

Sebern, M., & Riegel, B. (in press). Shared care and self care in family dyads managing heart failure. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Sebern, M.D. (2008). Refinement of the Shared Care Instrument-Revised: A measure of a family care interaction. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 16, (1), 43-60.

Sebern, M.D. and Whitlatch, C. (2007). Dyadic Relationship Scale: A Measure of the Impact of the Provision and Receipt of Family Care. Gerontologist, 47, (6), 741-751.

Brennan, P.F., Burke, L., Casper, G., Sebern, M., Krause, C., et al. (2006). Creating technology-enhanced practice: A university-home care-corporate alliance. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 122, 644-648.

Brennan, P.F., Burke, L, Sebern, M., Casper, G., & Murphy, J. (2006). “Wait, wait – you can’t do that!” Reflections on a Nursing Informatics Partnership, H. Park (Ed.), Proceedings, NI 2006.

Brennan, P.F., Casper, G., Burke, L., Sebern, M., Krause, C., Kossman, S., Severtson, L., Murphy, J. (In Press) Creating technology-enhanced practice: A university-home care-corporate alliance. 9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics, Seoul, Korea, June 2006.

Sebern, M.D. (2005) Psychometric evaluation of the Shared Care Instrument in a sample of home health care family dyads. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 13, (3).

Sebern, M.D. (2005) Shared care, patient and family member skills used to manage burden. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 52, (2): 170- 179.

Riegel, B, Carlson, B, Moser, DK, Sebern, M, Hicks, FD, Roland, V. (2004) Psychometric Testing of the Self-Care of Heart Failure Index. Journal of Cardiac Failure, 10 (4): 350-360.

Sebern, M.D. (1996). Explication of the construct of shared care and the prevention of pressure sores in home health care. Research in Nursing and Health, 19, 183-192

Recent Presentations

Sebern, M., Stetzer, F., & Marek, K (2013). Heart Failure Patient Risk Factors for Emergent Care in Home Health. Presentation at Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) 36st Annual Research Conference, March, 2013

Grants or Awards

2012 Nursing Research Scholar, sponsored by the John A. Hartford Foundation Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, The University of Iowa and University of Arkansas for Medical Science.

Supporting Health, Activities, Resources, and Education:  The SHARE Program for persons with early-stage Alzheimer's and their family caregivers. (Sebern role consultant develop iPad application and with focus groups). Funded: National Institute of Health, STTR R42) 1 R44 AG044242-01 PI: Femia, Elia. Submitted by FIT Interactive, LLC and the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. Funded Oct. 2012 $264,265.

2010-2011 John A. Hartford Foundation , Faculty Learning About Geriatrics  Fellow (FLAG), MN Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing, and the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

2009 Assistant Adjunct Professor, Clinical and Translational Research Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin.

American Association Heart Failure Nurses 2008 award for best research poster presentation. Contributions of close relationships to heart failure self care. Presented at the American Association Heart Failure Nurses 4th Annual Meeting, June 26-28, 2008. Boston, MA.

John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing, Scholar for 2003 Geriatric Nursing Research Scholars and Fellows Program.

Sebern, M. (2003-2005) Shared care and the quality of family dyad’s relationship. Role Principal Investigator. Funded $4,000, UW-Madison T32 Patient Centered Interventions NINR T32 NR07102.

Sebern, M. Marquette University Research Development Program (2008). Shared Care Intervention for Heart Failure Patients and Family Caregivers. Awarded $2,300.

Sebern, M. Marquette University Regular Research Grant (2007). Pilot test the Shared Care Intervention to enhance supportive relationships and heart failure management in family care. Awarded $5,979.20.

Professional Memberships




The Marquette Neighborhood Health Center

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