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Kimberlee A. Gretebeck
University of Wisconsin-Madison

School od Nursing

PhD, Purdue University; Health and Kinesiology

MSN, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing; Nursing Administration

BSN, Edgewood College; Nursing

Following her PhD, Kimberlee Gretebeck completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on promoting the health and independence of community-dwelling older adults using theory-based interventions. The primary focus of Gretebeck’s research is improving the health of older adults with chronic illnesses through interventions that improve functional status and promote physical activity adherence. She has a current study examining the effects of a diet and exercise program on insulin resistance, functional status, cognition, and brain blood flow.

For Kimberlee and Randy Gretebeck, accepting positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison meant coming home. “I’m returning, but learning where everything is for the first time. Everyone here is open and willing to work with you, which is a very strong plus.”

The couple, two of the dozens of newly hired or relocated faculty members on campus this fall, are both originally from Wisconsin. The family lived in Eagle Heights while Randy completed his Ph.D. in kinesiology; Kimberlee worked as a staff nurse at UW Hospital.

The Gretebecks were heavily recruited from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where Kimberlee studied physical activity in older adults. She is one of three assistant professors of nursing who began their work this semester. Barbara King shares many of Gretebeck’s research interests in working with older adults, an area which the School of Nursing hopes to study in depth. Kyoung Suk Lee works to improve the quality of life for patients with heart failure.

While both Gretebecks are getting reacclimated to campus – amidst many changes in the years since they left – Kimberlee Gretebeck admits to more difficulties than her spouse, now a faculty associate. He had worked on campus, but she spent her years in Madison studying at Edgewood College, rarely venturing into the heart of UW-Madison life.

“Everyone laughs,” she says, cheerfully. “I’m returning, but learning where everything is for the first time. Everyone here is open and willing to work with you, which is a very strong plus. People are always willing to guide you in the right direction.”