Carolyn K. Clevenger

Carolyn K. Clevenger

Professor, clinical track, Integrated Memory Care Clinic Director


Dr. Clevenger is a clinical track professor and gerontological nurse practitioner. She is a nationally recognized educational leader in advanced practice nursing and in geriatrics and gerontology. She is a Past President of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the Gerontological Society of America, and contributor to the AANP Certification Program. She is the director of the nurse-led patient centered medical home for people living with dementia, the Integrated Memory Care Clinic (IMCC). IMCC represents an innovative clinical model that provides memory and primary care in a single integrated model for people living with dementia and their care partners.

Areas of Expertise

Neurocognitive Neuroscience
Caregiver Well Being
Gerontology And Elder Health
Neurocognitive Disease
Palliative Care


Davis, B.P., Clevenger, C., Dillard, R., Ander, D. (in press). “Disbelief and Sadness”: First Year Health Profession Students’ Perspectives on Medical Errors. Journal of Patient Safety.

Song, M.K., Ward, S.E., Hepburn, K., Paul, S., Kim, H., Shah, R.C., Morhardt, D.J., Medders, L., Lah, J.J., & Clevenger, C. (2019). Can Persons with Dementia Meaningfully Participate in Advance Care Planning Discussions? A Mixed-Methods Study of SPIRIT. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 22(11):1410-1416.

Clevenger, C., Li, Y., Evans, K., Cacchione, P. (2019). Characteristics and Practice Patterns of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Caring for Older Adults. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Online Now.

Clevenger, C.K. & Cellar, J. (2018). Creating new models of care through academic-clinical partnership. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 42(4):305-310.  

Kovaleva, M. A., Clevenger, C., Svensson, B., Wright, P., Davis, P., & Hepburn, K. (2018). A nursing home resident with somatic and psychiatric multimorbidity. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 14:e169-e170, e173-e175.

Kovaleva, M. A., Spangler, S. A., Clevenger, C., & Hepburn, K. (2018). Chronic stress, social isolation, and perceived loneliness among dementia caregivers. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 56:36-43.

Clevenger, C., Cellar, J., Kovaleva, M., Medders, L., Hepburn, K. (2018). Integrated Memory Care Clinic: Design, Implementation, and Initial Results. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Stevens, M, Hastings, S.N., Markland, A., Hwang, Ul, Hung, W., Vandenberg, A., Wiliams, B., Cross, D., Powers, J., McGwin, G., Fattouh, N., Ho, W., Clevenger, C., Vaughan, C. (2017). Enhancing the Quality of Provider Practices for Older Adults in the Emergency Department. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.


As Associate Dean for Community and Clinical Partnerships, she oversees the clinical placement of students and facilitates mutually beneficial relationships between members of the NHWSN faculty and clinical, community, and select corporate partners ( She is responsible for the oversight and outcomes of the School’s continuing education center, the Emory Nursing Professional Development Center ( which includes the Emory Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Education Center (

Dr. Clevenger is an award-winning educator in gerontological nursing. In addition to teaching across multiple degree and professional programs, she has designed courses and curricula for pre-licensure and professional nurses. She is a course faculty for the Savvy Caregiver, telehealth edition. She continues to lecture in nursing and medicine courses on clinical topics in geriatric primary care, advanced primary care models, and palliative care. She serves on the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board ( for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP exam.


Dr. Clevenger’s work has improved the care provided to older adults in various clinical settings. She has influenced practitioners, students, and policy makers directly as a care giver and faculty member, indirectly as an active member of my professional organizations, and through scholarly and lay publications and presentations.

Her area of scholarship focuses on health systems and supports that impede or facilitate the quality of healthcare and quality of life for older adults. In 2013, she was awarded $1.5 million through the HRSA Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention-Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (NEPQR-IPCP) program to develop APRNs as team leaders to implement primary palliative care across 8 hospital-based units. Along with the Emory Palliative Care Center, the project affected the care of more than 12,000 patients over a 3-year period of which over 10,000 were intensive care unit (ICU). During the funding period, the team collectively trained 32 clinicians in Education in Palliative and End of Life Care (EPEC) curriculum.

She serves in the role of quality improvement specialist on the Enhancing Quality of Prescribing Practices for Older Adults Discharged from the Emergency Department (EQUIPPED) project at the Atlanta VA Health Care System. EQuiPPED embeds preconfigured, best-practice quick order sets for common gerontological conditions into the electronic health record (EHR), greatly enhancing the efficiency and safety of the prescribing process.  EQUIPPED has been implemented in 15 emergency departments across the US, in both VA and non-VA academic medical centers. The results thus far indicate that a systematic practice change in the provider-entered medical orders combined with audit and feedback can reduce potentially harmful prescribing for older adults based.‍

In 2015, she co-created a nurse-led medical home practice that fully integrates dementia and primary care along with colleagues in the Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. The Integrated Memory Care Clinic (IMCC) is a primary care practice exclusively for people living with dementia and their caregivers. The model was co-designed and co-produced with family caregivers and through the generous support of two anonymous donors with personal caregiving experience. The IMCC is a level 3 patient-centered medical recognized by the National Committee on Quality Assurance.


  • 2019: Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
  • 2018: Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Augusta University
  • 2018: 40 Under 40 Alumni Award, Emory University
  • 2015: Excellence in the Care of Older Adults Award, Georgia Nurses Association
  • 2014: Fellow, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • 2013: Health Care Hero, Allied Health category, Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • 2010: Excellence in GNP Education Award, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association