One Thousand Days Transformed - The Campaign for Cedarville

LuAnn Etcher

LuAnn Etcher, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, CPG

Adjunct Instructor of Graduate Nursing Programs


Dr. LuAnn Etcher's interest in the symptoms associated with the development of dementia initially began and was spurred on by work earlier in her career as a nurse practitioner caring for individuals with dementia residing in care facilities. It was during that time that she observed firsthand the negative impact that temporally patterned behaviors can have on the quality of life of individuals diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers. Today, Dr. Etcher’s research is focused on finding ways to specifically detect and manage circadian based symptoms associated with dementia. Dr. Etcher was also awarded a Claire M. Fagin Postdoctoral Fellowship from the John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program and the Atlantic Philanthropies. Dr. Etcher enjoys teaching graduate and doctoral level students, and continues to practice part time in as a nurse practitioner working in care facilities

Education and Credentials

Ph.D., Wayne State University

M.S.N., University of Michigan

B.S.N., University of Michigan

Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar, 2012-2015

JAHF/Atlantic Philanthropies Claire M. Fagin Fellow, 2008-2010