Carolyn K Clevenger, RN, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP earned a BSN from West Virginia University, MSN (Gerontology NP) and Post-Graduate Certificates (Education and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP) from Emory University, and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Medical College of Georgia. She completed a Special Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics at the Birmingham/Atlanta VA Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC). She holds a number of leadership positions in nursing education and practice at the School of Nursing and its clinical affiliate, the Atlanta VA Health Care System.
In addition to her role as Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships, she is the Clinical Director and a practice nurse practitioner at the Emory Integrated Memory Care Clinic (www.emoryhealthcare.org/imcc) The IMCC is a nurse-led primary care practice for people living with dementia. The new model of care has been recognized as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee on Quality Assurance. The clinic boasts the extraordinarily high patient experience scores and has nearly eliminated avoidable hospitalizations for people living with dementia.
Dr. Clevenger is the Senior Nurse Scholar of the Atlanta VA Quality Scholars Advanced Fellowship program (www.vaqs.org), a postdoctoral fellowship for nurses, physicians, and other health professionals focused on quality and safety. She is a Past President of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) (www.gapna.org), the national organization representing the interests of advanced practice nurses who work with older adults in a wide variety of practice settings.
Dr. Clevenger’s commitment to nursing education, practice, and scholarship has garnered national acclaim. She was the Outstanding Young Alumni by Augusta University College of Nursing. She has been recognized by the Georgia Nurses Association for Excellence in the Care of Older Adults and the Atlanta Business Chronicle as a Health Care Hero in 2015. The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association honored her with its Excellence in Education Award in 2010.
Dr. Clevenger is a recognized as an expert in gerontology and healthy aging. She has served as a clinical expert for media outlets including Fox News, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. She is a coauthor of the clinical practice guidelines for the Diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia due to Alzheimer’s Disease (Alzheimer’s Association, 2018).