Ginette Pepper

Ginette Pepper PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

Professor Consulting Scientist
  • College of Nursing


Primary Phone:303-724-1972

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Education II North

13120 East 19th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

Ginette Pepper is a dual alumnus of the University of Colorado College of Nursing with 30 years cumulative experience as faculty at the College. With graduate preparation in gerontology and pharmacology, Ginny’s clinical specialty is geriatrics; in 1972 she pioneered a new role as the nation’s first Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. Her teaching focuses on courses in aging, pharmacology, and research.

Dr. Pepper’s research program involves amelioration of adverse drug effects on the functional status of older adults, ranging from molecular to health systems factors. Her federal and foundation grant funding has included research on medication-related fall injury in older adults, medication administration safety, and quality long term care, as well as training grants focused on preparing nurses and multidisciplinary health care providers in quality healthcare for aged populations.

After retiring from another university, Ginny rejoined the CU faculty in 2016 as a Professor in a part-time position in the role of consulting scientist, serving 2018-2019 as Interim Associate Dean for Research.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Postdoctoral certificate in Genetics, Georgetown University/National Institute for Nursing Research, 2007
  • PhD in nursing and pharmacology, University of Colorado Health Sciences 1985
  • MS in nursing and family nurse practitioner, University of Utah 1972
  • BS in nursing, 1968, University of Colorado 1968


  • Gerontological Society of America Fellow Emeritus, 2018 (inducted 2013)
  • American Academy of Nursing Emeritus Fellow, 2018 (inducted 1996)
  • Western Institute of Nursing Emeritus Award, 2017
  • Distinguished Leader/Founding President, National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, 2016
  • Jo Eleanor Elliot Leadership Award, Western Institute of Nursing, 2015
  • Healthcare Heroes Award, Utah Business Magazine, 2014
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, University of Colorado College of Nursing, 2013
  • Mentor Award, Gamma Rho Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, 2012
  • Distinguished Research Lecture, Western Institute of Nursing, 2010


United States Pharmacopeia, Inc

  • Member & Vice Chair, Nomenclature and Labeling Expert Committee
  • Member, Covid-19 Vaccine Handling Joint Task Force
  • Convention Delegate representing American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Western Institute of Nursing
  • Research Committee
  • Western Academy of Nursing
  • Development Committee
  • Past-Presidents Council

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