Carolyn Clevenger RN, DNP, GNP-BC

Associate Professor Clinical

Assistant Dean for MSN Education

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: 310


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 Lead for Student Training of the Atlanta Regional Geriatric Education Center. She is 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 Associate Program Director of the Atlanta VA Quality Scholars Advanced Fellowship program (more information at She is a Past-President of the Georgia chapter of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) and Website Editor for the national organization.

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.

In 2014, Dr. Clevenger was elected to the Fellowship of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.


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 an award-winning educator in gerontological nursing. In addition to guest lectures in clinical and leadership courses, she is the course coordinator of NRSG 657: Palliative Care across the Spectrum and the site faculty for NRSG 466: Immersion Learning in Cabin Creek, West Virginia.

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).