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Martha Coates, PhD, MSN, RN, CRNP, AGPCNP-BC

Martha Coates, MSN, RN, CRNP, AGPCNP-BC

Martha Coates is a graduate of Drexel University's Nursing PhD program. She is a geriatric nurse practitioner with experience providing care for older adults in primary care, long term care and skilled nursing. Prior to obtaining her nurse practitioner certification, she worked as a registered nurse caring for adults in multiple settings, including medical/surgical, post anesthesia care unit and medical intensive care.


Dissertation Title:
Examining Polypharmacy Status, Associated Symptoms, and the Trajectory of Physical Function and Health Outcomes in Older Adults with and without Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

Education History:

  • Master of Science in Nursing
    Adult Nurse Practitioner Program, Geriatric Focus
    Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN – 8/2012
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC – 5/2005

Research Interests:

  • Older adults experiencing polypharmacy with a focus on improving health outcomes and quality of life for those with Alzheimer's Disease and related Dementias.


  • Cell2Society, Student Pilot Funding July 2020 for her project National Trends of adverse drug effects in older adults: HCUP 2018

Faculty Mentor:
Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, RN, FASPEN, FAAN, FGSA