Lisa C. Bratzke, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAHA

Position title: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor and Sekelsky Professor in Education Innovation


Phone: 608-263-5277

1157 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

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PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center; Nursing, 2009
Post-Masters, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Adult NP, 1997
MS, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Nursing/CNS Education, 1992
BS, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Nursing, 1988

Accelerated cognitive aging is a risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death and the only leading cause of death for which there is no known prevention, effective treatments, or cure. Dr. Bratzke studies brain health and cognitive aging. Largely influenced by her 20+ years of clinical practice as an adult nurse practitioner, Dr. Bratzke is interested in identifying risks for accelerated cognitive aging in adults with multiple chronic conditions, including cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure. Dr. Bratzke is particularly interested in the relationships between self-management of multiple chronic conditions, functional status and accelerated cognitive aging. In her research Dr. Bratzke uses neuroimaging and other biomarkers, along with subjective and objective measures of self-management, functional status, and health outcomes to examine and describe these relationships. Her long-term research goals include identification of interventions to improve chronic disease self-management and functional status to improve brain health, slow cognitive aging and decrease risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Professor Bratzke is a Fellow of the American Heart Association.

Research focus areas

Symptom Science & Palliative Care

  • Self-management of multiple chronic conditions
  • Neuroimaging and other biomarkers to measure brain changes and other potential mechanisms for accelerated cognitive aging
  • Relationships between functional status, disease self-management, and cognitive aging

Aging & Care for Older Adults

  • Brain health and cognitive aging
  • Rural community-based brain health program development
  • Functional status and ability to live independently in the community

Aging & Care for Older Adults      Symptom Science & Palliative Care

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