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Denise A Kent, PhD, RN, APRN

Clinical Assistant Professor

Honors College Fellow

Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science


Building & Room:

722 NURS


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

Office Phone:



Dr. Kent is a dedicated nursing researcher, committed to improving the lives of those affected by illness. Dr. Kent’s research targets Type I diabetes (T1DM), COVID-19 symptomology and outcomes and best practice for the return of research results. Dr. Kent’s current research includes the role of subject matter expert for the RECOVER Study (NIH initiative to address long COVID-PI Dr. Krishnan). Dr. Kent has received funding for a pilot study, MIRROR, from the Executive Leadership Team for the ILLInet consortium. The MIRROR study explores RECOVER participants’ preferences and expectations for the return of individual research results. The overall goal of the MIRROR study is to develop a decision-making tool for the return of individual research results for the NIH RECOVER cohort study. Dr. Kent is also co-investigator on a study aimed at understanding older adults use of technology with T1DM management.

Dr. Kent is also dedicated to teaching the next generation of nurses as evidenced by her years of teaching in both the undergraduate, graduate, and DNP nursing program at UIC. Dr. Kent has more than 16 years of teaching experience. She brings authenticity, transparency, and inclusivity to the classroom, virtual or in-person, as highlighted in an online publication by the UIC Center for Advancement for Teaching Excellence on teaching innovation. Dr. Kent is also co-collaborator of Mentor Monday, a peer mentoring program for undergraduate nursing students. Dr. Kent aims to inspire her students to obtain the knowledge, skills and confidence to drive positive health outcomes for the clients they serve. She believes strongly in the mantra “lead by example.” Leaders are not born, they are created; and that is at the heart of Dr. Kent’s teaching.

Nursing is a service profession and Dr. Kent’s faculty role is no different. Dr. Kent is an honors college fellow and participates in several college committees. Outside of the University, Dr. Kent volunteers at Breakthrough in the East Garfield Park neighborhood to help members of that community struggling with food insecurities. Dr. Kent brings her passion for nursing to her research, teaching and service endeavors. Dr. Kent received her BSN degree from Northern (’00) and MS/Family Nurse Practitioner degree (’04) and PhD in Nursing (’11) from UIC.


Selected Publications

Vanderzwan, K., Hiller, A.,Carlucci, M.,Amusina, O.,Ryan, C., Krassa, T., McPherson, S., Tozer, C., Quinn,L., Kent, D. Mentoring Workgroup for Academic Role Transition Among Clinical Track Nursing Faculty, Journal of Nursing Education, 2022. (accepted)

Ortiz, L. Kent, D., Ricca, P., Carlucci, M., Vanderzwan, K., Zeiher, W., Kilroy, S. Bloom’s Taxonomy:  Framing virtual simulations during the COVID-19 pandemic, Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 2022. Link to Pub

Kilroy, S. Kent, D., Vanderzwan, K., McPherson, S. Development of a Multisite Nursing Simulation Work Group Focusing on INACSL Standards, Journal of Nursing Education -131R2, Educational Innovation, Vol. 60 No.3, 2021.Link to Pub

Kent, D. A., Fritschi, C., Park, C., & Quinn, L., Young Adults with T1DM: Is Fear a Mediator between Self-Efficacy and Quality of Life? Diabetes, June 2020.Link to Pub

Kent, D.A., & Quinn, L.  Factors that Impact Quality of Life in Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes.  Diabetes Educator (Volume 44, Number 6), December 2018.*Link to Pub


MEDIA Coverage

UIC Today- September 15, 2022

Link: UIC Nursing study seeks to improve the return of research results to the participant

UIC College of Nursing Website- September 6, 2022

Link: UIC Nursing Researcher Dr. Kent: Improving how researchers share results with participants 

UIC Newsletter- January 2021

Innovations in Online Teaching Link to Pub

Press Release in Practice Update (Diabetes Newsletter)- December 2020

Fear Impacts Quality of Life in Young Adults with Type I Diabetes Link to Pub

Press release in

Endocrine Today (Newsletter)- February 2020

Hypoglycemia fear damages quality of life for young adults with type 1 diabetes Link to Pub

Service to Community

Adult Support Volunteer

BreakThrough-East Garfield Park Community Center

3334 West Carrol Ave

Chicago, IL

Breatkthrough partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills, and open doors of opportunity.


Professional Leadership

Member, Board of Directors, Med Staff On-Call, LLC. Chicago, IL

Member, Board of Directors, Shiftwise, Inc. Portland, OR

Cofaciliator/Organizer, Mentor Mondays: UIC College of Nursing Student Program

Notable Honors

2012, Entrepreneurial Winning Women-Semi- Finalist, Ernst & Young

2010, Seth Rosen Award, Seth Rosen Family

2000-Present, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society Member, Sigma Theta Tau

2021, Barb Berger Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Nursing- BNS Department


Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
University of Illinois at Chicago May 2011

Masters in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner
University of Illinois at Chicago May 2004

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Northern Illinois University May 2000

Licensures and Certifications

Registered Advance Practice Nurse in Illinois, 2004-Present

Registered Nurse in Illinois, 2000- Present


Professional Memberships

American Organization of Nursing Leaders 2019- Present

Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research 2019-Present

American College of Healthcare Executives 2009- 2014

American Diabetes Association           2009-Present

Midwest Nursing Research Society    2005- Present

Sigma Theta Tau International           2000-Present


Selected Presentations

Kent, D., & Quinn, L. Young Adults with Type I Diabetes: A Web-based Approach to Support Research. Nursing Research Day. UIC. Chicago, IL March, 2019

Shin, H., Kent, D., Martyn-Nemeth, P., Park, C., and Quinn, L. Quality of Life in Young Adults with Newly Diagnosed T1DM, American Diabetes Association, June 2014.

Kent, D., Berger, B., Collins, E., Gallo, A., Penckofer, S., and Quinn, L. Psychosocial Factors in Young Adults with T1DM. Poster Presentation University of Illinois Diabetes Research Symposium, October 2013.

Kent, D., Berger, B., Collins, E., Gallo, A., Penckofer, S., and Quinn, L. Leveraging Technology in Young Adults with T1DM. Poster Presentation MNRS Annual Meeting, March 2013.

Kent, D., Berger, B., Collins, E., Gallo, A., Penckofer, S., and Quinn, L. Factors that Impact Quality of Life in Young Adults with T1DM. Poster Presentation American Diabetes Association, June 2012.

Research Currently in Progress

Title:  My ILLInet RECOVER Return Of individual research Results (MIRROR): A pilot study about participant preferences

Grant Award: June 9, 2022

Active Dates: Pending IRB approval

Funding: ILLInet-PASC RECOVER Executive Leadership

Role: Principal Investigator

Total Cost: $28,558


RECOVER, a research initiative from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), seeks to understand, prevent, and treat PASC, including Long COVID. PASC stands for post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 and is a term scientists are using to study the potential consequences of a SARS-CoV-2 infection. This pilot study aims to describe the preferences and expectations that participants in the RECOVER ILLInet-PASC Hub (ILLInet-PASC) have for Return of Results (ROR). Participant feedback will be used to create a ROR tool for the ILLInet-PASC study that categorizes participant preferences for use during the ROR process. This pilot study will expand the body of evidence related to RORs and produce an adaptable tool to support a scalable ROR process needed in large, multidimensional studies. 


Title:  Older Adults with T1DM:  Personal Perspectives of the Use of Technology.      

Active Dates: July 2020-Present

Funding:  UIC College of Nursing Clinical Research Interest Group

Role:  Co-Principal Investigator (Co-P.I. Cynthia Fritschi PhD, RN, CDE)

Total Cost: $2000

Start Date: 08/2020 - Current


Our aim is to use semi-structured telephone interviews to elucidate the experiences related to using diabetes technology (e.g., CGMs, pumps, hybrid systems) among older adults with T1DM. An online questionnaire will also be used to obtain data on diabetes health history, including current insulin regimen (pens, syringes, insulin pumps), self-care behaviors, personal assistance with self-management of DM, blood glucose monitoring (CGMs, meter, hybrid systems), history of complications and other comorbidities.