Marianne Adam, Ph.D.

Marianne Adam
Teaching Professor, Nursing
Director for Undergraduate Nursing Education at Penn State Schuylkill
Classroom Building, C-101E

Marianne Adam, PhD, RN, FNP, CNE has been a nurse for more than 35 years and is a family nurse practitioner. She lives in Berks County with her husband Kurt, a Penn State alum. They have two children: one a Penn State alumna and the other a current Penn State student. They are proud to be part of the Penn State family.

Adam earned her undergraduate nursing degree from the State University of New York (1980, 1982) and an M.S. in Nursing Service Administration (1984) from Adelphi University (New York). She also holds a post-graduate Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from Allentown College (2000) and a doctorate in nursing from the Pennsylvania State University (2012). Adam’s dissertation research study was titled, The lived experience of becoming a diabetic: A phenomenological study.

Adam is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nurses Honor Society (STTI), Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, American Nurses Association and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Adam serves on the board for Beta Sigma, the Penn State chapter of STTI.

Adam has been teaching nursing students for more than 25 years. In addition to nursing education, Adam has worked in the areas of administration, medical/surgical, critical care and home care nursing. Since 2014, Adam has been the RN to B.S.N. program coordinator and associate teaching professor of Nursing at Penn State Schuylkill.

Previously, Adam was a faculty member at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In the course of her teaching career Adam taught in baccalaureate nursing (B.S.N.), RN to B.S.N., master’s (MS) and diploma nursing programs. Adam accompanied nursing students to Honduras (2003, 2007, 2013, 2018 and 2019) and Hong Kong (2019) for international health care experiences. Additionally, Adam taught Freshman Experience, an interdisciplinary course (culture and healthcare), and a biological science course to non-nursing baccalaureate students.

Grants and Awards

  • Research Project (May 2019 to present), Title: Families Forging a Path to Treatment for Opioid Addiction, Penn State University, Commonwealth Campuses Research Collaboration Development Program ($10,000).
  • Research project (December 2017 to present), Title: Opioid Addiction: The Experience of Seeking Treatment for a Loved One. Penn State University, Schuylkill Campus, Research Development Grant ($1475.00).

Learning self-care in people diagnosed with chronic conditions

Learning and teaching factors influencing adherence

Community-based health promotion and planning

Heroin/opioid abuse epidemic

Chapter revision Adam, M. (2017). Assessment of digestive and gastrointestinal function. In Hinkle. J & Cheever, K. (Eds). Brunner & Suddarth’s textbook of medical-surgical nursing (14th Ed). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.

Ph.D., Nursing - Penn State University (2012) [Minor: Adult Education]

Graduate Certificate, Family Nurse Practitioner - Allentown College (2000)

M.S., Nursing Service Administration - Adelphi University (1984)

B.S., Nursing - State University of New York (1982)

RN - State University of New York (1980)