Dr. Joy Buck, Ph.D., RN
Dr. Buck is the Principal Investigator for Bridges to Healthy Transitions and the associated research projects. Dr. Buck initiated the project in 2007 after joining the faculty of West Virginia University School of Nursing, Eastern Division. She holds secondary appointments in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and the School of Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Research. Dr. Buck received her MSN in Community-based Chronic Care in 1997 from George Mason University, a PhD in Research and Policy History from the University of Virginia in 2005 and was awarded the prestigious Phyllis J. Verhonic Award for Distinguished Research for her dissertation titled: "Rights of Passage: Reforming Care for the Dying in the United States, 1945-1985". She completed a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. Both her pre- and post-doctoral research training were funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Buck has a broad clinical background that spans 30 years in community-based chronic and palliative care, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, program development and evaluation, community assessment and capacity building. She is recognized internationally for her historical research on the development of hospice and palliative care in the United States. Her research interests include community-based participatory research, mixed methods research, health-related quality of life in complex chronic illness, rural health disparities, transitions in chronic and advanced illness, integrated palliative care, and the intersection of policy and clinical outcomes.