Kimberlee Gretebeck, Ph.D., RN

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

Clark Hall, 219

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-2146

Interim Associate Dean for Research/Associate Professor of Nursing

Highest Degree

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

Courses Taught


  • NURS 4000   Quality and Safety in Nursing


  • HEAL 8018  Advanced Measurement in Healthcare

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

  • Gerontological Society of America
  • American College of Sports Medicine

Selected Publications

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, RJ. (2017). A minimal contact diet and physical activity intervention in white collar workers. Journal of Workplace, Health & Safety.65(9):417-423. doi: 10.1177/2165079916674483. Epub 2016 Dec 9. PMID:27913809.

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: 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.

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. 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

Gallagher, N.A., Clarke, P., Ronis, D., Loveland-Cherry, C., Nyquist, L. & Gretebeck, K.A. (2012).  Influences on neighborhood walking in older adults.  Research in Gerontological Nursing, 5(4), 238-250.

Gretebeck, R.J., Black, D.R., Ferraro, K. Holland, K. & Gretebeck, K.A. (2012). Longitudinal change in physical activity and disability in adults.  American Journal of Health Behavior, 36(3), 385-394. DOI: 10.5993/AJHB.36.3.9.

Torres, E. R., Sampselle, C., Gretebeck, K. A., Ronis, D. L., & Neighbors, H. W. (2012). Physical activity effects on depressive symptoms in Black adults. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 4(2), 70-87.

Kraithaworn, P., Sirapo-ngam, Y., Piaseu,N., Nityasuddhi, D.& Gretebeck, K.A. (2011). Factors predicting physical activity in older Thai adults living in low socioeconomic urban communities. Pacific Rim International Journal of Nursing Research, 15(1), 39-56. Gallagher, N.A., Gretebeck, K.A., Robinson, J., Torres, E., Murphy, S.A. & Martyn, K. (2010). Neighborhood factors relevant for walking in older, urban African-American adults.  Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 18, 99-115.

Program of Research


  • 2017-2018    Co-PI, (PI: Gretebeck, R. Co-I: Mahoney, J.). “Beneficial Bites for a Healthy Life” Hellen Bader Foundation, Baron County Aging and Disability Resource Center, Wisconsin Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources, and Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, $88,459 total cost.
  • 2016-2018    Co-I (Co-PI: Gretebeck, R. and PI: Bendlin, B., 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, $438,60 total cost.
  • 2014-2017     PI, Project 2. (Gretebeck, K., 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; $410,000 total cost for Project 2.
  • 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;  $150,000 total cost.