Dr. Christine Tocchi joined the Duke University School of Nursing faculty in September, 2014. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Anselm College, master’s degree in nursing from Yale University School of Nursing, and a PhD in nursing from Yale University School of Nursing. She has just completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the New York University College of Nursing.
Dr. Tocchi brings more than 20 years of experience in the education of gerontological nursing students and providing care to older adults across the healthcare continuum to the School. She co-initiated a primary care home visit program for frail homebound older adults, initiated a Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program within an acute care hospital, and was a health provider and Director of Patient Care at a long-term care facility. Her program of research is focused on frailty prevention in older adults. Her doctoral research as a John A. Hartford Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) Scholar at Yale University has led to the development of The Frailty Index for Elders (FIFE), a multidimensional measure for frailty in older adults. She has also served as a researcher member of a number of significant studies on the care of elders.