Gloria Bonner, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Assistant Professor, Emerita

Dr. Bonner is a tenure track professor emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing.  She has a Master of Science Degree in Nursing and a Ph.D. in the Public Health Sciences from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC).  Dr. Bonner is a gerontology specialist with extensive experience teaching dementia care and advance care planning in vulnerable underserved populations.  She has conducted research that examines a) factors that influence end-of-life treatment decisions made by African American family caregivers for relatives diagnosed with stroke and dementia and b) the impact of mistrust in health care providers on treatment decisions made by these family members.

Currently, her research is designed to empower caregivers to make the best informed end-of-life treatment decisions for dementia relatives before a life-threatening medical crisis occurs. She developed, tested and implemented an empirically based education program to teach skills needed to make informed treatment decisions. Presently, she conducts a longitudinal trial to test the efficacy of the education program. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) and National Institute for Nursing Research NINR) have provided the funding for her studies.

Current Area of Teaching

Dr. Bonner guides two doctoral students in research practice for development and application in their research careers.

Selected Honors & Awards

Fellow, Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunity Program, Graduate College Fellowships, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Predoctoral Fellowship, National Institute of Health-National Institute on Aging (NIH-NIA) Minority Supplemental Award.

Predoctoral Leadership Development Program in Aging Award, Gerontological Society of America.

NIH-NIA, Technical Assistance Workshop, recognition award received for the best research study at the interdisciplinary conference (behavioral science section).

Fellow, Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA), Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Fellow, Center on Minority Aging grantsmanship workshop, sponsored by The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research/National Institutes of Health and The Association of Black Sociologists, San Francisco, CA.

Invited roundtable discussant on end-of-life care for African-Americans sponsored by Tuskegee University, National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Tuskegee, AL.

Invited discussant, Ethical Challenges of End-of-Life seminar, sponsored by National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institutes of Health, Rockville, MD.

Invited advisory panel member, Stroke Disparities and Access to Care Workshop, sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.

Invited advisory board member, Amani Hospice Ministry, Trinity, United Church of Christ, Chicago, IL.

Advisory Board of Directors, Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter 2008-10.

Selected Publications

Bonner, G., Miles, T. (1997).  Recruitment of African Americans for Clinical Trials.  Neuroepidemiology 16:281-284.

Miles, T., Bonner, G., Harris, Y. (1998).  Recruitment of African Americans In Clinical Research.  In Gillum, R.F., Gorelick, P., Cooper, E., (Eds.) Strokes In Blacks - A Guide to Management and Prevention.  Karger, Switzerland.

Bonner, G., Gorelick, P., Prohaska, T. (1999).  Preferences for end-of-life treatment decisions made by African- American family caregivers.  Journal of Ethics, Law, and Aging, 5:1, 3-17.

Bonner, G., Darkwa, O., Gorelick, P. (2000).  Autopsy Recruitment Program for African Americans.  Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, An International Journal, 14:1, 202-08.

Dancy, B.L., Wilbur J., Talashek, M., Bonner, G., (2004). Community-based Research: Barriers to Recruitment of African Americans. Nursing Outlook, 52:5, 234-240.

Bonner, G., Ferrans, C., Moore-Burke, E., Gorelick, P.(2005).  Black Family Caregivers: Trust in Physicians Scale. African American Research Perspectives, Summer 2005, 11:1, 89-102.

Pytel, P., Cochran, E., Bonner, G., (2006). Vascular and Alzheimer-type Pathology in an Autopsy Study of African-Americans. Neurology, 2006; 66:1-1.

Ferrans, C., Hacker, E., Masino, K., Mickle, M., Dobogai, L., Bonner, G., Wangsrikhun, S. (2006). Quality of life of breast cancer survivors: Comparisons with the general population, ethnicity, and urban vs.suburban neighborhoods (abstract).  Oncology Nursing Forum, 33(2), 463-464.

Ferrans, C., Hacker, E., Masino, K., Mickle, M., Dobogai, L., Bonner, G., Wangsrikhun, S. (May 2006). Quality of life of breast cancer survivors: Comparisons regarding the general population, ethnicity, and urban vs. suburban neighborhoods (poster).  Oncology Nursing Society 31st Annual Congress, Boston, MA. 

Wilkie, D. J., Kavanaugh, K., Bonner, G., and Keenan, G. (2008). End-of-Life Initiatives at UIC: Advancing Research and Practice. Poster presentation at the International Workgroup on Death, Dying, and Bereavement, September 24, 2008. Provincetown, MA.
Bonner, G., Wilkie, D.J., Ferrans, C., Moore-Burke, E., MacNeill, S. 2009). Advance Care Treatment Plan (ACT-Plan) for African American Family Caregivers: A Pilot Study. Paper presentation at the Mid-West Nursing Research Society annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Bonner, G., Ingram, D., Wang, E., Wilkie, D., Dancy, B., Ferrans, C., (2009). Advance Care Treatment Plan for African American Family Caregivers:  Preliminary Study Results. Abstract presentation at the Gerontological Society of America, November 18, 2009, Atlanta, Ga.

Westenhaver, T., Krassa, T.J., Bonner, G.J., & Wilkie, D.J. (2010). Advance care planning for cardiopulmonary resuscitation or mechanical ventilation in Dementia:  A review of the evidence. The Nurse Practitioner, 35(12), 38-42.

Bonner, G. J., Watkins, Y., Wang, E., Wilkie, D., Ferrans, C.E., Dancy, B., (2010) “Effect of Trust in Physicians and Caregiver Burden on End-of-life Treatment Decisions Made by African American Dementia Caregivers.” The Gerontologist, Vol. 50, 2010, Supplement 10, Page 305.

Keenan, G.M., Kavanaugh, K.K., Wilkie, D. J., Bonner, G., Ryan, C., Fischer, D. J., Savage, T., Choi, H., Burgener, S. C., Foreman, D., Yan, H. (2011).  Model for the first National Institutes of Health funded center of excellence in end-of-life research. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 13(1), 54-60.

Watkins, Y., J., Bonner, G., Wang, E., Wilkie, D., Ferrans, C. E., Dancy, B. (2012). Relationship among Trust in Physicians,Demographics and End-of-life Treatment Decisions made by African American Dementia Caregivers. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 14(3), 238-243.

Bonner, G, J., Wang, E., Wilkie, D., Ferrans, C., Dancy, B., Watkins, Y. (2014). Advance Care Treatment Plan (ACT-Plan) for African American Family Caregivers: A Pilot Study. Dementia, 13(1), 79–95

Bonner, G.J., Burnett, G.M., Wilkie, D., Roberson,T., Dancy, B.,  Ferrans, C. E. (2014). Church-based Recruitment of African Americans: Lessons Learned. Podium presentation at the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, September 19, 2014, Washington D. C.

Hart, A., Bonner, G.J., Roberson, T., “Learning The Experiential Way: Framework for Community-based Education. “ Poster Presentation at the Nursing Research Symposium, March 13, 2015, Chicago, IL.

Bonner, G.J., Riley, B., Dancy, B., Hart, A., Roberson, T., (2015) “Baseline Characteristics: An Education Intervention for African American Caregivers of Relatives with Dementia.” Gerontological Society of America, November 18-22, 2015, Session 1835 (Poster). Orlando Florida.

Glover, T., Wilkie, D., Bonner, G., Keenan, G., Yao, Y., (2016). Palliative Care Research in Vulnerable Populations (SA516). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Vol., 51, Issue 2, pg 391-392.

Glover, T., Wilkie, D., Bonner, G., Keenan, G., Yao, Y. et al. Palliative Care Research in Vulnerable Populations (SA516). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management,51(2), 391-392. (Abstract for three presentation symposium at the 2016 AAHPM and HPNA Annual Assembly, March 9-12, 2016, Chicago, IL. (1) Glover, T.L., Yao, Y., Macieira, T.G., Smith, M.B., Lodhi, M.K., Keenan, G., & Wilkie, D.J. Nursing Care Plans Related to Pain in the Hospitalized Oldest Old from the HANDS Dataset;(2) Bonner,G.J., Steffen, A., D., Burke, L. A., Hart, A.S., Wilkie, D. J., Preliminary Results: Effective Strategies to Recruit African American Family Caregivers for a Randomized Controlled Trial on End-of-Life Treatment Decisions for Relatives Diagnosed with Dementia; (3) Wilkie, D.J., Ezenwa, M.O., Yao, Y., Gill, A., Hipp,T., Shea, R., Miller, J., Carrasco, J., Shuey, D., Zhao, Z., Angulo, V., Suarez, M.L., McCurry, T., Martin, J., Molokie, R.E., & Wang, Z.W. Pain Intensity and Misconceptions among 100 Hospice Patients with Cancer and their Caregivers.

Bonner, G., J., Williams, S., Wilkie, D., Hart, A., Burnett, G., Peacock,G. (2016). Trust Building Recruitment Strategies for Researchers Conducting Studies in African American (AA) Churches: Lessons Learned. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine,

Current Research

NIH R01 1R01AG043485-01A1. Bonner, G. (PI). 2013-2018 National Institute on Aging, Community-based End-of-life Intervention for African American Dementia Caregivers. Purpose: To test the efficacy of an education program for African American dementia caregivers on end- of-life decision-making.

This research is a community-based longitudinal intervention trial designed to empower designated African American family caregivers to make informed end-of-life treatment decisions for loved ones with moderate to severe dementia before a life-threatening medical crisis occurs.  The project is geared for sustainability in the community.