Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff

Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff

Associate Professor
School of Nursing
367 McDowell Hall
Functional Performance Lab: 381 McDowell Hall

Research Interests

  • Function Focused Care of neurologically compromised older adults and their caregivers, specifically individuals living with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Development and testing of exercise interventions for people with Parkinson’s Disease and for stroke survivors with the goal of increasing physical activity and function.
  • Development and testing of PDShoe (gait synchronized vibration shoe)
  • Development and testing of objective measures of gait (SEnsole)


  • PhD, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
  • Post Masters Certificate – Cardio-Pulmonary CNS, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • MA, New York University School of Nursing, New York, NY
  • BSN, New York University School of Nursing, New York, NY

Honors & Awards

  • 2011 Researcher of the Month. UD College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing.
  • 2010 Recipient of the first “Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation Distinguished Scholar in Nursing Award for Outstanding achievement in improving the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease”.
  • 2009 Nominated for the “Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising Award” ,
    University of Delaware.
  • 2009 Accepted to Visiting Nurse Faculty Program – a Parkinson’s Disease Educational Program. Sponsored by the Edmond J. Safra Foundation.
  • 2008 “Award for Parkinson Research”, American Quarter Horse Ride Benefit.
  • 2008 Accepted to AACN Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium (GNEC) program. Awarded from AACN/John A. Hartford Foundation
  • 2007 Recipient of 2007 “Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program.” Student Award for excellence in Clinical Service, University of Maryland, Baltimore.
  • 2005 Recipient of John A. Hartford Foundation Pre-Doctoral BAGNC Scholarship. Grant # 05-106).
  • 2001 Induction into the Sigma Theta Tau International (Nursing Honor Society), UD.