Matthew J. Gallek: PhD, RN
Interim Director & Associate Professor

Matt GallekDr. Matthew Gallek received his BS in psychology from Allegheny College. After spending a few years counseling children in a community setting, he returned to school to earn his BSN from the University of Pittsburgh and later worked full-time in a neurovascular ICU in Pittsburg with a focus on patients with large strokes, cranial hemorrhages and brain tumors. He earned his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. Thereafter he became assistant professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he taught a genetics and genomics course in the DNP program, pathophysiology in both the BSN and second-degree programs, and a population health course within the DNP program. Gallek has worked with students on dissertations, DNP projects and BSN honors projects.

Gallek’s research focus is on genetics' influence on outcomes following neurological injuries/diseases, including functional outcomes following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage and ischemic stroke. He also investigated the influence of gene expression on surgical outcomes following temporal lobe resection for epilepsy. His research is published in journals such as Biological Research for Nursing and Neurocritical Care. In 2012 Gallek was named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar.


  • 2008, PhD, Nursing, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2001, BSN, Nursing, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1996, BS,  Psychology, Allegheny College

Research Interest(s)

  • Neurological Injuries/Diseases and the Influence of genetics/genomics on outcomes

View Matthew Gallek's Curriculum Vitae