Nancy Tkacs, Ph.D., R.N.
Dr. Nancy Tkacs earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and her Ph.D. in Physiology from the Loyola University of Chicago Graduate School at the Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Tkacs is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Department of Nursing. She is also Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, where she served as faculty, course director for Advanced Pathophysiology, and other graduate science courses. She also served as Assistant Dean for Diversity and Cultural Affairs from 2011-2014.
Dr. Tkacs has been teaching Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice for more than 26 years, drawing on her knowledge of organ systems physiology and pathophysiology to provide a strong basic science foundation for advanced nursing practice. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she was honored with awards for teaching and advising, including a Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Drawing on her knowledge of neuroendocrine responses to stress and the neurobiology of sleep, Dr. Tkacs is passionate about understanding the role of stress and sleep disruption in perpetuating health disparities, including rates of obesity and diabetes, in underserved populations. She is currently teaching in an online program, and firmly believes that online education is key to increasing access to career opportunities for advancement nationally and internationally.