Carolyn K. Clevenger DNP, RN, GNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP

Associate Professor

Assistant Dean for MSN Education

Office of the Dean

Areas of Expertise

Administration and Leadership

  • Clinical: Geriatrics and Gerontology; Alzheimer's and Related Disorders
  • Research: Health Systems Research
  • Teaching: Curriculum Development and Evaluation

Phone: 404.712.2394


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Emory University

1520 Clifton Road, NE

Atlanta, GA 30322-4027

Room: 352


Dr. Clevenger earned a BSN from West Virginia University, MSN (Gerontology NP) and Post-Masters Certificate (Education) from Emory University, and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Medical College of Georgia. She completed a Special Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics at the Birmingham/Atlanta VA Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC). She holds a number of leadership positions in nursing education and practice at the School of Nursing and its clinical affiliate, the Atlanta VA Medical Center.  In addition to her role as Assistant Dean, she is the Director of the Fuld Palliative Care Fellowship program and the nurse faculty lead on interprofessional education collaboratives such as the Interprofessional Team Training Day(s) and Emory Senior Mentor program.  At the Atlanta VA Medical Center, she is the Senior Nurse Scholar of the Atlanta VA Quality Scholars Advanced Fellowship program (more information at She is President-Elect of the Gerontological Advance Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) and a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Clevenger’s commitment to nursing education, practice, and scholarship has garnered national acclaim. In 2013, she was named a Health Care Hero by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association honored her with its Excellence in Education Award in 2010. Dr. Clevenger is a recognized as an expert in gerontology and healthy aging. She has served as a clinical expert for media outlets including Fox News, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle.


Dr. Clevenger’s program of health systems research utilizes the Model for Improvement and focuses on vulnerable older adults such as those with dementia or other serious illness. She has received numerous research and training grants from prestigious organizations such as the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Helene Fuld Health Trust. She is the Project Director for the Nurse Education for Practice, Quality and Retention in Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (NEPQR-IPCP) funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The NEPQR-IPCP focuses on delivery of Primary Palliative Care on six clinical services at Emory Healthcare through process improvement among interprofessional teams. Dr. Clevenger is a co-investigator on multiple studies of health systems that serve older adults including the assessment of gait speed, appropriate prescribing for older adults discharged from the emergency department and the support for emotional well-being in the context of Alzheimer’s disease.


  • Butler, J., Binney, Z., Kalogeropoulos, A., Owen, M., Clevenger, C., Gunter, D., Georgiopoulou, V., & Quest, T. (2015). Advance Directives among Hospitalized Patients with Heart Failure. JACC: Heart Failure.

  • Kropf, N., Idler, E., Flacker, J., Clevenger, C., & Rothschild, E. (2014). Interprofessional Dialogues within a Senior Mentoring Program: Incorporating Gerontology Students as Facilitation Leaders. Educational Gerontology, 41: 373-383. DOI: 10.1080/03601277.2014.974390.

  • Clevenger, C.K., Chu, T.A., Yang, Z. & Hepburn, K.W. (2012). Clinical Care of Persons with Dementia in the Emergency Department: a Review of the Literature and Agenda for Research. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60: 1742-8.


Dr. Clevenger is an award-winning educator in gerontological nursing. As Assistant Dean for MSN Education, leads the implementation of evaluation of the APRN curriculum and is responsible for the MSN program. Having designed and taught across multiple programs, she continues to provide guest lectures in clinical and leadership courses in nursing and medicine at Emory. She is a trainer in Team Strategies to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) and Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EPEC). She is a member of the national Council of APRN Directors for the SAMHSA-funded Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).

Dr. Clevenger is the Clinical Director for the Integrated mEmory Care clinic (IMC) ( The IMC is a nurse-led clinical service that integrates primary and dementia care using a team-based model involving case management, geriatric psychiatry, and palliative care.