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Mia Cajita, PhD, RN-BC

Assistant Professor

Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science


Building & Room:

756 NURS


845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612

Office Phone:



Dr. Cajita's program of research is rooted in her clinical background as a staff nurse on a cardiovascular unit where she cared for patients with heart failure. The overarching goal of her research is to empower people with heart failure to effectively perform self-care behaviors. Dr. Cajita is currently working on a health literacy based heart failure self-care intervention (H2Lit app).

Selected Publications

Cajita MI, Kline CE, Burke LE, Bigini EG, Imes CC. Feasible but not yet efficacious: a scoping review of wearable activity monitors in interventions targeting physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep. Current Epidemiology Reports. 2020. [epub ahead of print:] doi: 10.1007/s40471-020-00229-2

Cajita MI, Hodgson NA, Lam KW, Yoo S, Han HR. Facilitators and barriers to mHealth adoption in older adults with heart failure. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 2018; 36(8): 376-382. doi: 10.1097/CIN0000000000000442. PMID: 29742549; PMCID: PMC6086749.

Cajita MI, Hodgson N, Budhathoki, Han HR. Intention to use mHealth in older adults with heart failure Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2017; 32(6): E1-E7. doi: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000401. PMID:28248747; PMCID: PMC5573659.

Cajita MI, Denhaerynck K, Dobbels F, Berben L, Russell CL, Davidson PM, De Geest S. Health literacy in heart transplantation: prevalence, correlates, and associations with health behaviors – findings from the international BRIGHT study. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2017; 36(3): 272-279. doi:10.1016/j.healun.2016.08.024. PMID:27773449.

Cajita MI, Rodney T, Xu A, Hladek M, Han HR. Quality and health literacy demand of online heart failure information. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2017; 32(2): 156-164. doi: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000324. PMID: 26938508; PMCID: PMC5010526.

Cajita MI, Gleason KT, Han HR. A systematic review of mHealth-based heart failure interventions. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2016; 31(3): E10-E22. doi: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000305. PMID: 26544175; PMCID: PMC4828274.

Cajita MI, Cajita TR, Han HR. Health literacy and heart failure: a systematic review. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2016; 31(2): 121-130. doi: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000229. PMID: 25569150; PMCID: PMC4577469.

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