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Tracey L. Yap
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Tracey L. Yap, PhD, RN, CNE, WCC, FGSA, FAAN

Associate Professor

  • Brief Bio

    Tracey L. Yap, PhD, RN, WCC, CNE, FGSA, FAAN, is an associate professor in the Duke School of Nursing, and a Senior Fellow in the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. The overarching goal of her research is to improve the quality of care delivered by nursing staff, regardless of setting, and she aims to advance nursing’s ability to improve health care outcomes by increasing the mobility/movement of individuals through nursing’s use of cueing approaches, such as reminder messages and behavioral alerts. More specifically, she aims to understand and improve the processes that facilitate nursing staff implementation of evidence-based mobility/movement best practices that target common, yet seemingly intractable geriatric conditions, such as facility-acquired pressure injuries/ulcers. She has had research grant funding by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institute of Safety and Health, and The John A. Hartford Foundation. Dr. Yap teaches in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program, and is a board member of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. In recognition of her accomplishments, she was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow in 2015, and into the Gerontological Society of America as a Fellow in 2018.

    Academic Program Affiliations

    PhD in Nursing Program
    Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


    PhDUniversity of Cincinnati College of Nursing
    BSNNorthern Kentucky University

    Professional Certifications

    CNECertified Nurse Educator
    WCCWound Care Certified
    ANSIANSI Edge Safety certification
    Aud.Cert.CAOHC Audiometric Certification

    Research Interests

    Dr. Yap has a strong interest in translational science, and her scholarship has focused on understanding and improving the processes that facilitate nursing staff implementation of best practices for care in settings that range from occupational health care to long-term care. Her initial research focused on developing and implementing a tailored behavioral intervention to increase intentional physical activity among workers in manufacturing settings. Then, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, she developed a cost-effective, nurse-led intervention that reduced prevalence of pressure ulcers/injuries in long-term care facilities by increasing resident mobility through a prompting system specifically tailored to each facility using musical cues. In the course of the RWJF study, Dr. Yap’s research team recognized that the occupational subculture of nursing in each facility played an important role in implementing the intervention, a discovery which led to development of the Nursing Culture Assessment Tool (NCAT), a new psychometric tool for evaluating the occupational subculture of nursing within an organization. She has since evaluated the clinical relevance of the NCAT to pressure ulcer prevention care practices by re-examining its content validity in this context and exploring focus group perspectives on its accuracy and appropriateness. Similarly, the NCAT has been validated in long-term care settings in the USA and the Scoring has been standardized. Dr. Yap is using the NCAT in her current NINR R01 that aims to determine the safest repositioning interval to prevent pressure ulcers/injuries.