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Kelly A. Bosak, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC

Associate Professor
School of Nursing

Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate, Adult Nurse Practitioner, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing
MSN, Nursing Administration, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing
BSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing


  • KU Faculty since 2008
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Chapter
  • Board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner with experience in preventive Cardiology.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • MS
  • DNP
  • PhD

Current Areas of Teaching

  • Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program, Didactic and Practicum Courses
  • Research Project
  • DNP Project
  • Independent Study
  • PhD Dissertation

Select Publications

  • Bosak, K., & Park, S. (2018). Characteristics of adults' use of Facebook and the potential impact on health behavior: secondary data analysis. JMIR-Interactive Journal of Medical Research, 7(1):e11.        
  • Bosak, K., Papa, V.B., Brucks, M.G., Savage, C.R., Donnelly, J.E., & Martin, L.E. (2018). Novel biomarkers of physical activity maintenance in midlife women: Preliminary Investigation. BioResearch OA, 7 (1), ahead of print        
  • Bosak, K., & Park, S. (2017). Characteristics of adults seeking healthcare provider support facilitated by mobile technology: secondary data analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, Human Factors, 4(4):e33.
  • Bosak, K. & Martin, L. (2014). Neuroimaging of goal-directed behavior in overweight women. Nursing Research, 63(6), 388-396.

Select Poster/PodiumPresentations

  • University of Colorado, Center for Women's Health Research, Sex Differences Across the Lifespan: A Focus on Metabolism. Colorado Springs, CO. "The Brain-Behavior Connection in Habitual Physical Activity in Midlife Women," September 2016.
  • Case Western Reserve School of Nursing, SMART Center II: Brain-Behavior Connections in Self-Management Science, Cleveland, OH, "Neuroimaging of Goal-directed Lifestyle Behavior," October 5, 2015.
  • Nurse Anesthesia, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, University of Kansas, "ECG Interpretation"
  • Center for the Developmental Origins of Health & Adult Disease, Chalk Talk, March 13, 2013 "Cognition in Cardiometabolic Disease"


  • MacArthur Foundation Interprofessional Research Collaboration Award 2016
  • NIH K12 Award, Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH), September 2010-September 2015, Role: PI
  • University of Kansas Research Institute, May 2011-2012; Neuroimaging of Goal-directed Behavior in Overweight Women, Role: PI
  • University of Kansas School of Nursing, Office of Grants and Research 2011; Sedentary Time in Midlife Women, Role: PI
  • NIH K30 Research Curriculum Program Award 2010-2012, Role: PI
  • American Heart Association, Predoctoral Fellowship Grant 0610096Z 2006-2007 and Nebraska Health System, Clinical Research Center Grant 2006; An Internet Physical Activity Intervention to Reduce Cardiometabolic Risk in Adults, Role: PI

Post-doctoral and Other Research Funding

  • Received NIH K12 research career development award 
  • Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) post-doctoral research practicum participant at Mayo Clinic
  • KUMC Research Institute funding to study novel biomarkers of brain-behavior connections underlying physical activity adherence. 

Manuscript and Grant Review

1) Nursing Research; 2) Translational Behavioral Medicine; 3) Western Journal of Nursing Research (WJNR); 4) Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior; 5) Journal for Nurse Practitioners; 6) Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

Professional Organizations

  • American Heart Association, Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, & Metabolism
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)
  • Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)
  • The International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII)
  • American Nurses Association

Awards & Honors 

  • University of Kansas Medical Center, K30 Novice Researcher Award
  • University of Kansas Medical Center, K12 Scholar
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS), Graduate Student Poster Award, Doctoral Level 2007
  • Sigma Theta Tau International-Gamma Pi Chapter Research Award
  • Phi Delta Gamma-Nu Chapter Research Award

Research Focus

  • Intervention development and testing to improve adherence to exercise. 
  • Precision health, role of methylome in adherence to exercise.
  • Novel methods, including Bayesian Adaptive Design, MOST and SMART design, and pragmatic clinical trials. 

Research Goals

  • Promote adherence to exercise and other positive health behaviors in individuals with complex chronic conditions, specifically, heart failure.
  • Translation of effective exercise adherence interventions in clinical settings.
Last modified: Apr 14, 2021


Kelly A. Bosak, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC
Associate Professor

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