Faculty

Marilyn J. Rantz

PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Curators' Professor Emerita
  • University Hospitals and Clinics Professor Emerita of Nursing
  • Executive Director, Aging in Place Project and Sinclair Home Care

Faculty Mentoring Status / Research & Teaching Emphasis Areas

Dr. Marilyn Rantz

Dr. Marilyn Rantz has been affiliated with the MU Sinclair School of Nursing since 1992. She held the named position of University Hospital Professor of Nursing, has a joint appointment in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, was designated Helen E. Nahm Chair 2008-2015, and was awarded the MU Curators’ Professor title in 2010. In 2012, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine), and is the only individual to be twice named as an Edge Runner by the American Academy of Nursing for two different innovations: 2008 for Aging in Place and TigerPlace and 2012 for the Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO).


Dr. Rantz has sustained a research program to improve quality of care of elderly and her innovative work in nursing home quality spans 40 years, in practice and a leading researcher. She is an international expert in quality measurement in nursing homes. In 2012 and 2016, she secured $14.8 million and $19.8 million grants from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for their Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents – Phase 1 and Phase 2; two of the largest received across all MU campuses. In total, Dr. Rantz and her multidisciplinary research teams have garnered over $100 million in funds to support work measuring effectiveness of nurse care coordination, cutting edge research in long-term care, new delivery models of care for older adults, and technology development to enhance aging in place of community-dwelling elders. In fall 2020, she was inducted as a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing.

  • Living Legend Award American Academy of Nursing Oct 2020
  • MNRS Distinguished Contribution to Research in the Midwest Award Midwest Nursing Research Society May 2019
  • Nurse of the Year, Legend in Nursing March of Dimes Dec 2018
  • Doris Schwartz Gerontological Research Award Gerontological Society of America Jun 2016
  • Edge Runner Award (Quality Improvement Program for Missouri [QIPMO] Project) American Academy of Nursing Nov 2012
  • Inducted as a Member National Academy of Medicine (previously Institute of Medicine (IOM)) Sep 2012
  • Nurse Leader in Aging Award American Academy of Nursing Jul 2011
  • Curators’ Professorship Award University of Missouri-Columbia Aug 2010
  • MNRS Distinguished Contribution to Research in the Midwest Award Midwest Nursing Research Society Apr 2010
  • Edge Runner Award (Aging in Place Project) American Academy of Nursing Dec 2008
  • Martin, N., Frank, B., Farrell, D., Brady, C., Dixon-Hall, J., Mueller, J., & Rantz, M. (in press). Sharing Lessons from Successes: Long-term Care Facilities that Weathered the Storm of COVID and Staffing Crises. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 00(00),1-8.* Early Access: doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000662.
  • Popejoy, L.L., Vogelsmeier, A.A., Canada, K.E., Kist, S., Miller, S.J., Galambos, C., Alexander, G.L., Crecelius, C., & Rantz, M. (2022). A Call to Address RN, Social Work, and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in Nursing Homes: Solutions From the Missouri Quality Initiative. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 37(1), 21–27.* https://doi.org/10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000604.
  • McCrae, C. S., Curtis, A. F., Cottle, A., Beversdorf, D. Q., Shenker, J., Mooney, B., Popescu, M., Rantz, M., Groer, M., Stein, P., Golzy, M., Stearns, M. A., Simenson, A., Nair, N., & Rowe, M. A. (2022). Impact of web-based CBT for Insomnia on stress, health, mood, cognitive, inflammatory, and neurodegenerative outcomes in rural dementia caregivers: Protocol for the NiteCAPPSM CARES & SHARES Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 11(6), e37874.* doi: 10.2196/37874.
  • Vogelsmeier, A., Popejoy, L., Fritz, E., Canada, K., Ge, B., Brandt, L., & Rantz, M. (2022). Repeat hospital transfers among long stay nursing home residents: A mixed methods analysis of age, race, code status, and clinical complexity. BMC Health Services Research.* Open access at https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-022-08036-9.
  • Mishra, A.K., Skubic, M., Despins, L.A., Popescu, M., Keller, J., Rantz, M., Abbott, C., Enayati, M., Shalini, S., & Miller, S. (2022). Explainable Fall Risk Prediction in Older Adults Using Gait and Geriatric Assessments. Frontiers in Digital Health Special Issue: Preserving Health: Health Technology for Fall Prevention, published online May 6, 2022.* doi.org/10.3389/fdgth.2022.869812.
  • Popejoy, L., Zaniletti, I., Lane, K., Anderson, L., Miller, S., & Rantz, M. (2022). Longitudinal analysis of aging in place at TigerPlace: Resident function and well-being. Geriatric Nursing, 45(1), 47-54.* doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2022.02.030.
  • Alexander, G.L., Galambos, C., Rantz, M., Shumate, S., Vogelsmeier, A., Popejoy, L., & Crecelius, C. (2022). Value propositions for health information exchange toward improving nursing home hospital readmission rates. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 48(1), 15-20, published online January 1, 2022.* doi:10.3928/00989134-20211207-03.
  • Popejoy, L.L., Vogelsmeier, A.A., Canada, K.E., Kist, S., Miller, S.J., Galambos, C., Alexander, G.L., Crecelius, C., & Rantz, M. (2021). How Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in MOQI Improved Nursing Home Quality Measures. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 37(1), 21-27. doi:10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000604.
  • Rantz, M., Petroski, G.F., Popejoy, L.L., Vogelsmeier, A.A., Canada, K.E., Galambos, C.L., Alexander, G.L., & Crecelius, C. (2021). Longitudinal Impact of APRNs on Nursing Home Quality Measures in the Missouri Quality Initiative. Journal of Nutrition, Health, & Aging, published online October 1, 2021.* doi:10.1007/s12603-021-1684-5.
  • Rantz, M., Vogelsmeier, A., Popejoy, L., Canada, K., Galambos, C., Crecelius, C., & Alexander, G.L. (2021). Financial and work-flow benefits of reducing avoidable hospitalizations of nursing home residents. Journal of Nutrition, Health, & Aging, published online June 30, 2021.* doi:10.1007/s12603-021-1650-2.
  • Robinson, E., Tefera, G., Park, G., Skubic, M., Marchal, N., Popescu, M., Keller, J., & Rantz, M., November 2-6, 2022. Deploying in-home sensors to community-dwelling older adults: Adoption of technology and lessons learned. Gerontological Society of America, Indianapolis, IN, international. [symposium presentation]
  • Mishra, A.K., Skubic, M., Despins, L.A., Popescu, M., Keller, J., Rantz, M., Abbott, C., Enayati, M., Shalini, S., & Miller, S., July 11-15, 2022. “Explainable Fall Risk Prediction in Older Adults”, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Glasgow, Scotland, international. [symposium presentation]
  • Popescu, M. & Rantz, M., October 30-November 3, 2021. “New Anxiety Markers for Nursing Home Residents During Covid-19 Lockdown”, American Medical Informatics Association, San Diego, CA, national. [symposium presentation]
  • Canada, K., Fritz, E., Vogelsmeier, A., Rantz, M., & Popejoy, L., November 10-14, 2021. “Multiple Hospital Transfers among MOQI Nursing Home Residents; the Influence of Race”, Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, national. [symposium presentation]
  • Popejoy, L., Hiltz, M., Rantz, M., & Vogelsmeier, A., November 10-14, 2021. “The Influence of MOQI APRNs on the COVID-19 Response in Nursing Homes”, Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, national. [symposium presentation]
  • Park, G., Robinson, E.L., Shalini, S., Skubic, M., Markway, B., Hill, A., Lane, K., & Rantz, M., October 6-8, 2020. “Integrating Voice-Assisted Technology with an In-Home Sensor System: Exploring the Development of a Participant-Based Design Study”, EAI PervasiveHealth 2020 – 14th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, Atlanta, GA, international. [poster presentation]
  • Lieb, K., Comastri, K., Popejoy, L., Vogelsmeier, A., Kane, A., & Rantz, M., May 6-9, 2020, “The nurse practitioner role in nursing home care and efforts to reduce potentially avoidable hospitalizations: experience of a national demonstration project”, American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Long Beach, CA, national. [symposium presentation]
  • Alexander G.L., Harrell, R., Shumate, S., Rothert, M., Vogelsmeier, A., Popejoy, L., Crecelius, C., & Rantz, M. (2020). To Text or Not to Text? That is the Question. Proceedings American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Virtual Conference, November 2020. National* (Refereed)
  • Skubic, M., Harris, B.H., Stone, E., Ho, K.C., Su, B-Y., & Rantz, M., (2016). Testing Non-Wearable Fall Detection Methods in the Homes of Older Adults. Proceedings from the 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Invited Session, Orlando, FL, August, 2016, pp. 557-560. International* (Refereed)
  • Skubic, M., Mishra, A., Harris, B., Abbott, C., Craver, A., Musterman, K., & Rantz, M. (2016). HCI Challenges for Consumer-Based Aging in Place Technologies. Proceedings from the International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, Toronto, Canada, July, 2016. International* (Refereed)