Diane M. Spokus

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Instructor of Health Policy and Administration

Contact Information

501 Donald H. Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-2905





B.S., Human Development and Family Studies/Gerontology Minor, The Pennsylvania State University
M.Ed., Adult Education, The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., Workforce Education/Training and Development, The Pennsylvania State University

Teaching Interests

  • Ten years teaching experience with Resident and Continuing Education programs
  • Human Resource Management in Healthcare
  • Aging
  • Managed Care
  • Health Policy Issues
  • Biobehavioral Health
  • HPA Internship Program

Research Interests

  • Healthcare Workforce Shortages: Training, Management, Retention & Recruitment
  • Health and Aging with Chronic Illnesses; Workplace Redesign
  • Job Satisfaction & Quality of Work Life

Examples of Collaborative Projects


Personal Home Care Certificate

National Certified Health Education Specialist

Health-related Experience:

  • Needs Assessment of the Healthcare Industry, Warren County, PA
  • Research Associate, Hartford Foundation Project, The Pennsylvania State University,  Penn State School of Nursing, University Park
  • Research Assistant, Penn State School of Nursing, Potentially Inappropriate Use of  Medication in the Elderl
  • Health Educator/Outreach Coordinator, Southcentral PA Area Health Education Center (PA AHEC), Healthy Lifestyles Train-the Trainer Program, Using Diabetes as a Model
  • Research Technologist, Gerontology Center, The Pennsylvania State University, Psychometric and physical assessments of elderly.
  • Area Representative, PA Area Health Education Center (PA Area Health Education Center), College of Medicine, Hershey Coordinated professional development programs for healthcare practitioners
  • Personal Care Home Certification
  • Program Coordinator, Noll Physiological Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  • Organized and implemented PEPPI Exercise program for Penn State and PA Department of Aging Prime Time Health

Selected Publications

Rothwell, William J., Sterns, Harvey L., Spokus, Diane M., Reaser, Joel. (2008).Working Longer: New Strategies for Managing, Training and Retaining Older Employees. New York: AMACOM.

Sterns, H. & Spokus D. (2013). Lifelong learning and the world of work. In Older Workers in an Ageing Society. Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd., Cheltenham: UK.

Spokus, D. (2010). A first exploratory study of competencies of appreciative inquiry practitioners: Discovery. In Newhard, M. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University. Two case studies.

Spokus, D. (2008) In progress. Factors Influencing Older Healthcare Worker Quality of Life and Intent to Continue to Work.

Spokus, D. (2008). Succession Practices in New York State Government. In Rothwell, W., Alexander, J., & Bernhard, M. (Eds.), Cases in Government Succession Planning: Action-Oriented Strategies for Public Sector Human Capital Management, Workforce Planning, Succession Planning and Talent Management. Amherst, MA: HRD Press.

Spokus, D., Allison, J., Croft, C., Garraty, M., Gentry, P., Myers, M., Reich, L., Sargeant, D., (Eds.)(2008). PA Healthcare Employer Toolkit: A Guide to Recruiting and Retaining Older Healthcare Workers. Funded by the Southcentral PA WIB and the PA Department of Aging.

Curriculum Vitae

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