ingrid pretzer-aboff

Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff, Ph.D., RN, FGSA

Associate Professor

(804) 828-3340

Box 980567, Richmond, VA 23298-0567

Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems


  • B.S.N., New York University
  • M.A., New York University, NY
  • C.N.S. (Post Masters Certificate in Cardiopulmonary Clinical Nurse Specialist), University of Delaware
  • Ph.D., Doctorate of Philosophy, University of Maryland

Research/Scholarship Interests

My research focuses on the development of interventions that improve function and optimize the independence of people with Parkinson’s disease.  I have developed and tested community exercise programs and efficacy-based function focused care programs for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families. My recent research centers on the development of devices that deliver stimulation to the nervous system reducing motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. This effort incorporates faculty and students across disciplines, schools, universities, and industry. I work closely with colleagues in the VCU Department of Neurology on research efforts involving movement disorders. 


I have taught in nursing undergraduate and Ph.D. programs. I enjoy teaching health assessment, research, neurology and medical/surgical topics in adult health. I also enjoy mentoring students on their research projects in the undergraduate and graduate programs. I have served as doctoral student advisor and dissertation chairperson on nursing and interdisciplinary teams.

Select Publications

Current Funded Grants

  • Life-Space and Activity Digital Markers for Detection of Cognitive Decline in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: The RAMS Study. Funded by ASG - 1 R01, AG082251-01.
  • 2022-2023: “PERCEPTion of FoG,”. Funded by 2022-2023 Virginia Commonwealth University’s Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center Pilot Grants Program.
  • 2022-2023: WiFi sensing-based device-free daily activity and mobility recognition for older adults. Funded by Intramural Grant Program, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing.
  • 2021-2024: Diversity Supplement: SCH: Context-aware Freezing of Gait mitigation in real-world setting. Funded by NIH/NINDS 1R01NS120560-01S1
  • 2020-2024: SCH: Context-aware Freezing of Gait mitigation in real-world setting. Funded by NIH/NIND1R01NS120560-01
  • 2019-2020: The PDSock. R&D. Funded by VCU, SON, Innovations grant.
  • 2019-2021:  Optimizing Vibration Therapy to Improve Gait and Balance. Funded by Michael J. Fox (MJFF)
  • 2018 -2020:  Vibration Tremor Pilot. Funded by Resonate Forward (RF). 
  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017: PI/PD, The Nurse Managed Parkinson’s Telehealth Clinic. Funded by The Parkinson Council.

Professional Service

I am an Affiliate Scholar of the Langston Center for Innovation in Quality & Safety and a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). I Co-Direct the Graduate Health Care Innovation Certificate, am a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the Movement Disorder Society, Gerontological Society of America, American Geriatric Society, Sigma Theta Tau, and the Virginia Nurses Association. I work closely with the Parkinson’s disease community and enjoy sharing my research results with students, health care professionals, and support groups.