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Rebecca Koszalinski


Dr. Koszalinski earned a Doctor in Philosophy Degree at Florida Atlantic University where she also completed a Master’s in Nursing Education. Her Bachelors of Science in Nursing was received at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Prior to pursuing nursing as an adult learner, Dr. Koszalinski was a histologic technician at the University of Iowa labs and Clinics Pathology, Iowa City, Iowa and at Appleton Memorial Hospital, Appleton, Wisconsin, also in pathology. Dr. Koszalinski is certified as both a Rehabilitation Nurse (CRRN) and Certified Medical –Surgical Nurse (CMSRN).


Dr. Koszalinski’s research program focuses on the development and testing of technology used with patients who are disabled, chronically ill and/or communication vulnerable in acute care and community dwellings. Specifically, Dr. Koszalinski, over a 10-year period, developed a patient-centered communication app for patients who are communication vulnerable (SFM). Dr. Koszalinski and her collaborators from the Tennessee Health Sciences Center Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, UTK College of Engineering, UTK School of Informational Sciences, the UTK-Oakridge Labs Joint Institute for Computational Sciences, the UTMCK Graduate College Division of Biostatistics, and the UTK Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) continue to engage in research, development, and testing of technologies intended to affect patient outcomes. Additionally, Dr. Koszalinski is a member of the Health Innovation Technology and Simulation lab (HITS), Co-directed by Drs. Tami Wyatt (College of Nursing) and Xueping Li (College of Engineering).


Dr. Koszalinski has reviewed for the National Science Foundation CISE and was recently accepted into the National Institutes of Health Early Career Reviewer program at the Center for Scientific Review (CSR). Dr. Koszalinski also reviews for several academic and scientific journals, is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Gamma Chi (Research Chair, 2018-2019) and Iota Xi, Council on Undergraduate Curriculum (CUR), and is a member of several professional societies and organizations. Dr. Koszalinski’s research was recently nationally recognized by Johnson & Johnson and highlighted in their 2018 commercial about nurse innovators over the generations, as well as several other media pieces and events. Dr. Koszalinski is active in the Knoxville community and serves as a Sertoma Center Board Member (Board Development Co-Chair) and SPARK (formerly East Tennessee Technology Access Center) Board Member.

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