Robin Toft Klar

Robin Klar

Clinical Assistant Professor

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433 First Avenue
Room 676
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Dr. Toft Klar has focused her work on the environmental context of nursing for decades. This work has evolved and her research focuses on the influence of the built environment on population health outcomes and care delivery locally and globally. She has a portfolio of health workforce projects in LMIC’s in West and East Africa.

Post-Doc (2012), Case Western University
DNSc (2002), Yale University
MS (1980), Boston College
BSN (1979), Fitchburg State College
Diploma (1975) Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing
Honors and awards
Educational Achievement Award, University of Massachusetts - Worcester (2009)
Leadership Award, Fitchburg State College (2003)
Comprehensive Geriatric Education and Mentoring Across Settings Program Grant, Fellow, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA (2013)
Career Development Institute: The Rosalie Wolf Interdisciplinary Geriatric Healthcare Research Center Fellow, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA (2008)
Community/population health
Nursing workforce
Oral-systemic health
Professional membership
American Public Health Association
Boston Medical Services, Ghana
Massachusetts Public Health Association
Sigma Theta Tau International, Epsilon Beta

Communicable diseases and our environments

Klar, R.T., O’Hara, S. (2017). Communicable diseases and our environments. Health and wellbeing in interior architecture, Routledge.

Health care research in Ghana and Worcester: Lessons learned from Ghana natives and immigrants

Klar, R. T. (2012). Worcester Medicine 76, (9-10).

Tax code reform should keep health in mind

Bassett, V. & Klar, R. (2010). Worcester Business Journal

Next-of-Kin's Perspectives of End-of-Life Care

Boucher, J., Bova, C., Sullivan-Bolyai, S., Theroux, R., Klar, R., Terrien, J., & Kaufman, D.A. (2009). Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing 12, (41-50). 10.1097/njh.0b013e3181c76d53 Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health).

The research advisory committee: an effective forum for developing a research dynamic environment.

Howland, L., Sullivan-Bolyai, S., Bova, C., Klar, R., Harper, D., & Schilling, L. Journal of professional nursing : official journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 24, (241-5). 10.1016/j.profnurs.2007.10.005

This article describes the role of a committee in the Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, that is referred to as the research advisory committee. It was developed to sustain the research mission, to facilitate faculty scholarship, and to provide a venue for presubmission grant review (hence called mock review) in a graduate school of nursing that is not considered "research intensive." We present its historical framework, the development of a mock review process, faculty accomplishments thus far, and our plans for the future. It is hoped that our experiences of building and supporting faculty research efforts in a research dynamic environment may provide guidance for others working in similar institutions.