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 Interim 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

The primary aim of my community engaged research is to promote healthy behaviors aimed at managing or preventing chronic illness of vulnerable older adults through adoption and maintenance of physical activity and diet behaviors. Most recently, I am collaborating with community partners to: 1) adapt an evidence-based physical activity program, Physical Activity for Life for Seniors (PALS) for older adults living in rural communities; 2) culturally adapt PALS for older African Americans; and 3) develop, implement and evaluate Beneficial Bites for a Healthy Life nutrition program for older adults living in rural WI.

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


Gretebeck, K.A., Blaum, C., Moore, T., Strasburg, D., Chen, Y., Galecki, A., Brown, R. & Alexander, N.B. (Accepted 2/16/19). Functional exercise improves mobility performance in older adults with type 2 diabetes: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Lee, P., Ha, J., Blaum, C., Gretebeck, K.A. & Alexander, N.B. (2018). Patterns of physical activity in sedentary older individuals with type 2 diabetes. Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology. 4 (3). doi: 10.1186/s40842-018-0057-4.

Gretebeck, K.A., Sabatini, L.M., Black, D.R. & Gretebeck, R.J. (2017). Physical activity, functional ability and obesity: A gender difference. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 43 (9): 38-46. PMID:28399320  doi: 10.3928/00989134-20170406-03.

Gretebeck, K.A., Bailey, T. & Gretebeck, R.J. (2017). A minimal contact diet and physical activity intervention in white collar workers. Journal of Workplace, Health & Safety. 65(9):417-423. PMID:27913809 doi: 10.1177/2165079916674483.

Hummel, S.L., Herald, J., Alpert, C., Gretebeck, K.A., Champoux, W.S., Dengel, D.R. & Alexander, N.B. (2016).  Submaximal oxygen uptake kinetics, functional mobility, and physical activity in older adults with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction. Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, 13 (5): 450-457. doi: 10.11909/j.issn.1671-5411.2016.05.004. PMID: 27594875.

Torres, E. R., Sampselle, C., Ronis, D. L., Neighbors, H. W., & Gretebeck, K. A. (2016). Gardening/yard work and depressive symptoms in African-Americans. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 30: 155–161. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2015.08.004. PMID: 26992864.

Torres, E. R., Sampselle, C., Neighbors, H. W., Ronis, D. L., & Gretebeck, K. A. (2015). Depressive symptoms and walking in African-Americans. Public Health Nursing, 32(5), 381-387. PMID: 25475884.

Gallagher, NA, Clarke, PJ, Loveland-Cherry, C. Ronis, D.L. & Gretebeck, K.A. (2015). Self-Efficacy, neighborhood walking and fall history in older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 23: 64-71. doi: 10.1123/japa.2012-0287. PMID: 24412975.

Gallagher, N.A., Clarke, P.J., & Gretebeck, K.A. (2014). Gender differences in neighborhood walking in older adults. Journal of Aging and Health, 26(8): 1280-1300. DOI: 10.1177/0898264314532686.

Gretebeck, K.A., Radius, K., Black, D.R., Ziemba, R., Gretebeck, R.J. & Glickman, L.T. (2013) Dog ownership, functional ability and physical activity in community-dwelling older adults. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 10(5): 646-55.

Torres, E., Sampselle, C.M., Ronis, D.L., Neighbors, H.W. & Gretebeck, K.A. (2013). Leisure-time physical activity in relation to depressive symptoms in African-Americans: results from the National Survey of American Life. Preventive Medicine, 56, 410-412. PMID: 23480972

Honors and Awards

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

Gretebeck, K.A., Green-Harris, G., Ward, E., Huston, S., Skora, T., Brown, M., Means, J. & Gretebeck, R.J.  (2018). Cultural Adaptation of a Lifestyle Exercise Intervention for Older African Americans: Research Results. The Gerontologist. (national)

Gretebeck, K.A. & Gretebeck, R.J. Cultural Adaptation of the Physical Activity for Life for Seniors Intervention: Research Results. Council on the Advancement of Nursing Science. Washington DC: 9/13-15, 2018. (national)

Gretebeck, K.A, Skora, T., Houston, S., Brown, M., Washington, D., Ladner, D., Williams, G. & Green-Harris, G. Community Engagement in Action: Cultural Adaptation of the Physical Activity for Life for Seniors (PALS) for Older African Americans. Marquette University Community Engagement Symposium. 11/6/17. (local)

Mead, K.M. & Gretebeck, K.A. (2017). Opportunities and Barriers for Active Living in Rural-Dwelling Older Adults: Qualitative Results from a Mixed Methods Study. Active Living Research Annual Conference, February, 2017. Clearwater Beach, FL. (national)

Gretebeck, K.A., Kuo, W.C., Babino, C.E., Mead, K., Mangan, C., Hammer, E. & Gretebeck, R.J. Using a Self-Regulation Physical Activity Intervention to Improve Physical Function. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 49(5S): 74, May 2017. (national)

Wang H., Babino, C.E., Kuo, W.C., Gretebeck, R.J. & Gretebeck, K.A.  Functional Ability and Physical Activity in Urban African American and Rural White Older Adults. Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise. 49(5S): 791, May 2017. (national)

Kuo, W., Gretebeck, R.J., Mead, K.M., Gretebeck, K.A. Mobility Improvement After an Exercise Program for Older Adults: Role of Initial Mobility.  Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise. 49(5S):1, May 2017. (national)

Babino, C.E., Peterson, M.A., Kuo, W., Gretebeck, R.J., Gretebeck, K.A. Role Of Self-regulation In A Community-based Physical Activity Intervention For Older Adults. Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise. 49(5S):544, May 2017. (national)

Gretebeck, R.J., Kuo, W., Babino, C.E., Gretebeck, K.A., Association Between Nutritional Risk, Physical Function, and Physical Activity in Older Adults. Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise. 49(5S): 1014, May 2017. (national)


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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