Kimberlee Gretebeck, Ph.D., RN

Kimberlee Gretebeck
Kimberlee Gretebeck, Ph.D., RNMarquette University

Clark Hall, 327

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-2146

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research

Highest Degree and Institution

Ph.D., Purdue University
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

Courses Taught

NURS 4000:  Quality and Safety in Nursing

NURS 6000:  Theoretical Foundations of Practice

HEAL 6244:  Health Promotion Across the Lifespan

HEAL 8018:  Advanced Measurement in Health Care

Research Interests

Dr. Gretebeck's community-engaged research focuses on the development, implementation and translation of nutrition and physical activity interventions for diverse populations of older adults.

Physical Activity for Lifelong Success (PALS) intervention was developed, tested and evaluated by Dr. Gretebeck and her research team. PALS is now being offered as an evidence-based program through the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging.

Professional Affiliations

American College of Sports Medicine

Gerontological Society of America

Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science

Midwest Nursing Research Society


Community Engagement

Older Adults

Developing, implementing and disseminating physical activity and nutrition interventions


Link to Marquette University E-Publications - Gretebeck

Honors and Awards

2018-19  Fellow, Faculty Exploring Leadership Opportunities Program, Marquette University


2017-2020  Consultant Project 2.  (PI: Mahoney, J.). National Dissemination of the Physical Activity for Life for Seniors Program. Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

2018-2019  Co-PI, (Co-PIs: Barnes, St., Bekhet, A., Keller, A.). Community Engaged Research Partnership with St. Camillus. Marquette University Community Engagement grant.

2016-2019  Co-I (Corresponding PI: Bendlin, B. and PI: Gretebeck, R., Co-I: Okonkwo, O.), Diet and Exercise Trial to Improve Insulin Resistance, Increase Cerebral Blood Flow, Alter Metabolomic Biomarkers, and Decrease Alzheimer’s Disease Risk”. National Institutes of Health, R21AG053738.

2016-2018  Co-PI, (PI: Gretebeck, R. Co-I: Mahoney, J.). “Beneficial Bites for a Healthy Life” Helen Bader Foundation, Barron County Aging and Disability Resource Center, Wisconsin Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources, and Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources.

2014-2017  PI, Project 2. (Collaborators: Mahoney, J. & Gretebeck, R.), “The Physical Activity for Life for Seniors (PALS) Program”; PI, Barbara Bowers,Improving the Aging Experience Through Evidence‐based Tools for Caregivers.” Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

2014-2017  PI, (Co-I: Mahoney, J. & Ward, E.). “Adapting the Physical Activity for Life for Seniors (PALS) Program for Older African Americans”, University of Wisconsin-Madison NIH/ICTR funding mechanism Dissemination & Implementation Research Award. 

2014-2017  Collaborator (PI: Mahoney, J.). “Once ‘Stepping On’ Ends: Continuing a Group Falls Prevention Program via the Internet”. Wisconsin Partnership Program.

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