Barbara E Hekel, PhD, MS, MPH, RN
Dr. Barbara Hekel has a Masters of Public health and has over 30 years of experience in a variety of community settings. Her research interests are maintaining the health of older adults, vitamin D use by older adults, and community health education. She was a research assistant on the dementia team for the Track & Trigger Treatment (T3) Protocol to Stop Ineffective Drug and Non-Drug Treatment of People lead by Dr. Christine Kovach at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
Dr. Hekel earned a baccalaureate from the University of Iowa, her home state. Her masters include a Masters of Public Health and a Master's of Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As she began teaching, Dr. Hekel earned a Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Nursing and Health Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her doctoral education was from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee where she worked under the direction of Dr. Christine Kovach. Her dissertation focused on two of her research interests and was "Influence of Expectations of Aging on Older Women's Use of Dietary Supplements using the Health Promotion Theory."