Barbara Habermann PhD, RN, FAAN

Nannie Longfellow Professor of Nursing ScienceBarbara Habermann
Associate Dean for Translational Research
Director of PhD Program

McDowell Hall
Accepting PhD Students


Dr. Habermann’s program of research focuses on dyad decision making in advanced Parkinson’s disease and end of life preferences. She has done extensive research with PD caregivers, and how the family manages chronic neurologic illnesses. Her methodological expertise is in mixed methods research. She has been funded by NINR, NIA and private foundations. She teaches in the PhD program in the areas of qualitative research and philosophy of science.



  • Postdoctoral scholar, University of Washington
  • PhD, University of California, San Francisco
  • MN, University of Washington
  • BSN, University of San Francisco

University of Delaware:

  • Instructor- NURS 816: Advanced Qualitative Method
  • Instructor- NURS 810 Philosophical and Theoretical Basis of Nursing Science.
  • Shin, J.Y., Pohling, R., & Habermann, B. (in press, 2016). Beliefs about Use of Complementary Health Approaches for Parkinson’s disease. Holistic Nursing Practice.
  • Chen, T., Thomas, C., Habermann, B., Berger, S., and Tickle-Degnan, L. (2016). Through the eyes of the care partner: Daily experiences living with Parkinson’s disease. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70 (4_Supplement_1), doi:7011505155p1.
  • Shin, J. Y., Pohling, R., & Habermann, B. (2016). Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in People with Parkinson’s Disease.  Journal of Gerontological Nursing. DOI: 10.3928/00989134-20161109-04
  • Habermann, B., & Shin, J.Y. (2016). Preferences and concerns for care needs in advanced Parkinson’s disease: A qualitative study of dyads. Journal of Clinical Nursing. DOI:10.1111/jocn.13565.
  • Shin, J.Y., Pohling, R., & Habermann, B. (in press, 2016). Self-Reported Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease by Sex and Disease Duration. Western Journal of Nursing Research.DOI:10.1177/0193945916670904
  • Habermann, B. & Shin, J.Y. (2016). Dyadic decision making and decisional satisfaction in advanced Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders, 31(2), S159.
  • Herrman, J. Moore, C., Gordon, M., Rahmer, B., Habermann, B. (2016).  A mixed methods study assessing the effectiveness of Wise Guys.  Nursing Research, 65 (2), E115-E116.
  • Gunnery,S.D., Habermann, B., Saint-Hilaire, M., Thomas, C.A., &Tickle-Degnen, L. (2016). The Relationship between the experience of hypomimia and social wellbeing in people with Parkinson’s Disease and their care partners. Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, 6, 625-630.DOI:10.3233?JPD-160782.
  • Shin, J.Y., & Habermann, B. (2016). Medication Adherence in People with Parkinson’s disease: Literature Review. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. doi: 10.1097/JNN.0000000000000198
  • Shin, J.Y. & Habermann, B. (2016). “Nursing Research in Parkinson’s disease from 2006 to 2015: A Systematic Review. Clinical Nursing Research.doi:10.1177/1054773816634912
  • Bakas, T., Austin, J.K., Habermann, B., Jessup, N., McLennon, S.M., Mitchell, P.H., Morrison, G., Yang, Z., Stump, T., & Weaver, M.T.  (2015). Telephone Assessment and Skill-Building Kit for Stroke Caregivers (TASK II): A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial.  Stroke. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.115.011099
  • Bakas, T., Jessup, N.M., McLennon, S.M., Habermann, B., Weaver, M.T., & Morrison, G. (2015). Tracking patterns of needs during a telephone follow-up program for family caregivers of persons with stroke. Disability and Rehabilitation. Doi:10.3109/09638288.2015.1107767


  • NINR R01NR013522-01A1. The Emergence and Evolution of Social Self-Management of Parkinson’s Disease (PI: Tinkle-Dengen, Tufts University), 2013-2018. Role: Consultant.
  • Delaware CTR Pilot (ACCEL). A mixed methods study of the Wise Guy Program (PI:J. Herrman), 2013-2018. Role: Mentor.
  • NINR R010388-0182. Co-Investigator (10% effort),  Telephone Assessment and Skill Building for Stroke Caregivers (PI: Bakas), 2010-2015.



  • Jonas Foundation. Jonas Doctoral Scholars, 2016-2018. Role: Project Director.
  • NSF. Bridge to the Doctorate (Cohort XIV), 2016-2018. Role: Administrative Team.
  • HRSA. Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (A10HP25137-02-00), 2014-2015. Role: Project Director.
  • NINR. T32 Behavioral Training Grant (PI: Rawl), 2008-2011 2012-2017. Role: Co-Director.
Honors and Awards


  • Delaware Top Nurses, Delaware Nurses Association/Delaware Today, 2016
  • Honor a Researcher Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2013
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2012


  • Excellence in Teaching (Nominated), University of Delaware, 2014