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Davina Porock

Professor Davina Christine Porock PhD, RN, FAAN

Assistant Dean, Research and Innovation


Davina Porock is Professor of Gerontology and Assistant Dean, Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. Her formal education was undertaken in Western Australia at Curtin University of Technology (1982, 1992) and Edith Cowan University (PhD 1998). Professor Porock has worked in nursing practice, research and education in Australia, where she received all her formal nursing education, in the UK and in the USA. She and has held visiting professorships at the Universities of Nottingham and Christchurch Canterbury, University of Malaya, and at the University of Missouri and SUNY Buffalo in the USA.

  • About

    Professor Porock’s work has been in the care of older adults approaching the end of life and in particular understanding the transition from recovery-focused care to end of life care, a holistic process she called recognising dying. She recorded a TEDx talk on this topic, called 'Healthy Dying', in April 2013. Through collaboration with interdisciplinary research teams Professor Porock’s research has been finely tuned to investigating the care of people with dementia particularly those living in long term care facilities or in hospital. This program of work introduced and opened up the under-researched area of person-centred approaches to care.

  • Research

    Porock, D., Bakk, L., Love, K., Pinkowicz, J., Barsness, S. & Sullivan, S. (2014). Coalesce and Connect: Building a National Network of Dementia Care Voices. Final Report Retirement Research Foundation, USA

    Love, K., Femia, E., Barsness, S., & Porock, D. (2014). Promoting Change and Action in Person-Centered Practices Using a Multi-Media Approach. Final Report Commonwealth of Virginia Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund, USA.

    Pollock, K., Caswell, G., Harwood, R. & Porock+, D. (2013). Caring for frail or seriously ill older people on acute hospital wards. Final Report Alzheimer’s Society Research, UK.

    Gladman, J., Porock, D., Griffiths, A., Clissett, P., Harwood, R., Knight, A., Jurgens, F., Jones, R., Schneider, J., & Kearney, F. (2011). Better Mental Health: Care for Older People in General Hospitals. Final report NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme, UK.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Zhang, M., Chang, Y.P., Liu, Y.J., Gao, L., & Porock, D. (2018). Burden and Strain among Familial Caregivers of Patients with Dementia in China. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 39 (5), 427-432.

    McCormack, B., Borg, M., Cardiff, S., Dewing, J., Jacobs, G., Janes, N., ... Wilson, V. (2015). Person-centredness - The ‘state’ of the art. International Practice Development Journal, 5.

    Caswell, G., Pollock, K., Harwood, R., & Porock, D. (2015). Communication between family carers and health professionals about end-of-life care for older people in the acute hospital setting: a qualitative study. BMC Palliative Care, 14 (1).

    Clissett, P., Porock, D., Harwood, R.H., & Gladman, J.R.F. (2013). Experiences of family carers of older people with mental health problems in the acute general hospital: a qualitative study. Journal of advanced nursing, 69 (12), 2707-2716.

    Halliday, V., Porock, D., Arthur, A., Manderson, C., & Wilcock, A. (2012). Development and testing of a cancer appetite and symptom questionnaire. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 25 (3), 217-224.

    Harwood, R.H., Goldberg, S.E., Whittamore, K.H., Russell, C., Gladman, J.R.F., Jones, R.G., ... Elliot, R.A. (2011). Evaluation of a Medical and Mental Health Unit compared with standard care for older people whose emergency admission to an acute general hospital is complicated by concurrent 'confusion': a controlled clinical trial. Acronym: TEAM: Trial of an Elderly Acute care Medical and mental health unit. Trials, 12 (123).

    Bailey, C., Murphy, R., & Porock, D. (2011). Trajectories of end-of-life care in the emergency department. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 57 (4), 362-369.

    Walker, W., Porock, D., & Timmons, S. (2011). The importance of identity in falls prevention. Nursing Older People, 23 (2), 21-26.

    Parker Oliver, D., Demiris, G., Wittenberg-Lyles, E., Porock, D., Collier, J., & Arthur, A. (2010). Caregiver Participation in Hospice Interdisciplinary Team Meetings via Videophone Technology: A Pilot Study to Improve Pain Management. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 27 (7), 465-473.

    Porock, D., Parker-Oliver, D., Petroski, G.F., & Rantz, M. (2010). The MDS mortality risk index: The evolution of a method for predicting 6-month mortality in nursing home residents. BMC Research Notes, 3.

    Gallagher, K., Porock, D., & Edgley, A. (2010). The concept of ‘nursing’ in the abortion services. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 66 (4), 849-857.

    Porock, D. (2010). Knowing the Future. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 11 (8), 540-542.

    Conn, V.S., Hafdahl, A.R., Porock, D.C., McDaniel, R., & Nielsen, P.J. (2007). Erratum: A meta-analysis of exercise interventions among people treated for cancer (Supportive Care in Cancer DOI: 10.1007/s00520-005-0905-5). Supportive Care in Cancer, 15 (12), 1441-1442.

    Oliver, D.P., Porock, D., & Oliver, D.B. (2006). Managing the secrets of dying backstage: The voices of nursing home staff. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 53 (3), 193-207.

    Oliver, D.R.P., Demiris, G., Day, M., Courtney, K.L., & Porock, D. (2006). Telehospice support for elder caregivers of hospice patients: Two case studies. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 9 (2), 264-267.

    Porock, D., & Eaton, K. (2006). Practising with practice notes. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 10 (1), 8-9.

    Oliver, D.P., Porock, D., Demiris, G., & Courtney, K. (2005). Patient and family involvement in hospice interdisciplinary teams. Journal of Palliative Care, 21 (4), 270-276

    Jantarakupt, P., & Porock, D. (2005). Dyspnea management in lung cancer: Applying the evidence from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Oncology Nursing Forum, 32 (4), 785-797.

    Kelly, K.P., & Porock, D. (2005). A survey of pediatric oncology nurses' perceptions of parent educational needs. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 22 (1), 58-66.

    Porock, D., Oliver, D.P., Zweig, S., Rantz, M., Mehr, D., Madsen, R., & Petroski, G. (2005). Predicting death in the nursing home: Development and validation of the 6-month minimum data set mortality risk index. Journals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 60 (4), 491-498.

    Porock, D. (2002). Erratum: Commentary (European Journal of Oncology Nursing (166)). European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 6 (2), 116.

    Nikoletti, S.K., Porock, D., Kristjanson, L.J., Medigovich, K., Pedler, P., & Smith, M. (2000). Performance status assessment in home hospice patients using a modified form of the Karnofsky Performance Status scale. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 3 (3), 301-311.

    Porock, D., & Kristjanson, L. (1999). Skin reactions during radiotherapy for breast cancer: The use and impact of topical agents and dressings. European Journal of Cancer Care, 8 (3), 143-153.

    Conference papers

    Li, J., Chang, Y.-.P., Jungquist, C., & Porock, D. (2014). Effects of Person-Centered Dementia Care on Sleep in Long-Term Care Residents with Dementia: A Pilot Study. In NURSING RESEARCH, 63 (2), E28-E28.


    Kav, S., Fernadez-Ortega, P., Suominen, T., Olsen, P.R., Patiraki, E., Porock, D., ... Johnson, C. (2007). Role of the nurse in patient education and follow-up of people receiving oral chemotherapy treatment: A European Part of International survey. In EJC SUPPLEMENTS, 5 (4), 460-460.

    Oliver, D.P., Porock, D., & Demiris, G. (2005). Patient and family participation in hospice interdisciplinary teams. In GERONTOLOGIST, 45, 209-209.

  • Other activities

    August 2015 – July 2018 Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA

    November 2016 – November 2019 Visiting Professor, England Centre for Practice Development, University of Canterbury Christ Church, Canterbury, UK.

  • Postgraduate supervision

    University at Buffalo, USA

    2016 Collaborative practice in end of life care in the ICU.
    2015 Person-centred Care and Leadership in the Long-Term Care Arena.
    2014 Person-centred care and sleep in older adults living in long-term care facilities. Awarded the Health Science Person in Training award presented at Gerontological Society of America November 2013.
    2013 Physical Activity and sexual dysfunction in men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer.
    2012 The efficacy of a nurse practitioner consultative program to support in-situ care for the nursing home resident experiencing a change in condition.

    The University of Nottingham, UK

    2010 Appetite as a predictor of weight loss and cachexia in cancer patients. Centre for End of Life Collaborative (CECo) studentship.
    2010 The cancer caregiving experience: Testing a model and exploring perceptions. School of Nursing studentship.
    2010 Measuring quality of life in Thai women with breast cancer. Thai government scholarship
    2010 Nurses attitudes to viability in very pre-term infants. ESRC studentship.
    2009 Spiritual care of in-patients with schizophrenia in Taiwan.
    2009 Managing bereavement in the emergency department: Preparing student nurses. Centre for Social Research in Health and Health Care Studentship.
    2009 Self identity and falls behaviour in older people.
    2008 Cancer pain management: A Jordanian Perspective.

    University of Missouri-Columbia, USA

    2009 Grief, Bereavement and Mourning in African American Widows.
    2008 Education and decision making in parents of children with cancer (American Cancer Society Pre-doctoral Fellowship Awarded 2004).

    University of Hull, UK

    2001 Comparison of education and decision making in coronary care nurses in Greece and England.

  • Media

    Professor Porock has conducted person-centred and end-of-life care research in hospitals, long-term care facilities and in community settings in the USA, the UK and Australia. She is an engaging and dynamic speaker who is able to make theoretical and research concepts easy to understand and applicable to everyday practice.

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