Dr. Burbank's longstanding commitment is to teaching, research, and practice in gerontological nursing. In the College of Nursing, she directs the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Her teaching responsibilities include philosophy of science, practice theory, quantitative methods, and advanced gerontological nursing courses in the masters and doctoral programs. She is also a faculty member in the RI Geriatric Education Center, where she works with an interdisciplinary team to coordinate the hospital-wide gerontological education program at Roger Williams Medical Center.
Dr. Burbank's research and scholarly work include topics such as exercise promotion among older adults, participation in interdisciplinary research on the effects of interventions using the Transtheoretical Model to change exercise and nutrition behavior in older adults, an evaluation of a fall prevention program with community-dwelling older adults, and a survey of the needs of older gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender elders in Rhode Island. Currently she is working with Dr.Ying Sun on development and testing of their patented invention, the AAGILE (Activity Analyzer with voice-Guidance for Independent Living Environments), to improve physical activity among older adults.
She is the author/editor of numerous articles and three books: Drug Therapy and the Elderly (with A. Swonger), Promoting Exercise among Older Adults: Interventions with the Transtheoretical Model (edited with D. Riebe), and Vulnerable Older Adults: Issues and Strategies. Dr. Burbank also co-chairs SAGE/RI (Services and Advocacy for Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Elders).
Martins, D.C. & Burbank, P.M. (2011). Critical Interactionism: An upstream-downstream approach to health care reform. Advances in Nursing Science, 34(4), 315-329.
Burbank, P.M. and Miller, J.M. (2011). Loss and end of life issues. In S. E Meiner's (Ed.) Gerontological Nursing, 4th ed. St. Louis: Elsevier, pp 351-367.
Burbank, P.M. (2011). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults. In J. Lange’s (Ed.), Thriving in the Wisdom Years: The Nurse's Role in Promoting Optimal Health of Older Adults. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
Burbank, P. M., & Martins, D. C. (2010). Symbolic interactions or critical perspective Divergent or synergistic. Nursing Philosophy, 11(1), 25-41.
Garber, CE., Greaney, M.L., Riebe, D., Nigg, C.R., Burbank, PM, & Clark, P.G. (2010). Physical and mental health-related correlates of physical function in community dwelling older adults: a cross sectional study, BMC Geriatrics, 10:6.
Hellsten, L.A., Nigg, C., Norman, G., Burbank, P.M., et al. (2008). Accumulation of Behavioral Evidence for Physical Activity Stage of Change. Health Psychology, 27(1), S34- S53.
Burbank, P.M., Dowling, Castronovo, Crowther, & Capezuti (2006). Improving knowledge and attitudes towards older adults through innovative educational strategies. Journal of Professional Nursing, 22(2), 91-97.
Burbank, P.M. (Ed.) (2006). Vulnerable Older Adults: Health Care Needs and Strategies. NY: Springer. (Received the AJN 2006 Book of the Year Award & Choices award).
Burbank, P. M., Reibe, D., Padula, C. A., & Nigg, C. (2002). Exercise and older adults Changing behavior with the transtheoretical model. Orthopaedic Nursing, 21(4), 51-63.
Burbank, P.M., Owens, J.H., Stoukides, J., Evans, E.G., Leinhaas, M.M., & Vans, J.M. (2002) Developing an interdisciplinary geriatric curriculum: The perils and payoffs of collaboration. Educational Gerontology, 28 (6) (Special Issue).
Burbank, P. M., & Riebe, D. (2002). Promoting exercise and behavior change in older adults - Interventions with the Transtheoretical Model. New York, NY: Springer.
Burbank, P. M., & Owens, N. (2001, Spring). Understanding drug-taking behavior: The complexities of “compliance.” Geriatric Care Management Journal, pp. 15-17.
Burbank, P., Padula, C., & Nigg, C. (2000). Changing health behaviors of older adults. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 26(3).