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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

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Dr. Kent has been faculty in the department of BHS since 2005.  Dr. Kent has demonstrated a range of teaching responsibilities from clinical to theory to simulation lab teaching.   Dr. Kent’s practice expertise includes: acute care management, advanced practice as a family nurse practitioner and diabetes expert. Dr. Kent uses her current knowledge in teaching and research to mentor Honor’s College and DNP students.  Dr. Kent shares her passion for teaching and inspires students to realize their potential and embrace a lifetime of learning.  Through mentorship she guides students in their journey from nursing students to nurses.

Dr. Kent brings unique experiences to the college as the co-founder and CEO of Med Staff On-Call (MSOC), a medical staffing company that leveraged technology to change the industry for hospital staffing.  As the CEO of a start-up, she was responsible for obtaining more than 50 hospital contracts in the Chicagoland area and overseeing the staffing process for more than 200 RNs and CNAs  Dr. Kent successfully negotiated the sale of  MSOS’s technology to a national company for use in more than 3500 hospitals in the U.S. She served on the board of directors for both Shiftwise and Med Staff On-Call until the successful sale of both companies. The many lessons she learned from creating, operating and ultimately selling a company are present in her leadership style.  She presents a “lead by example”,  and “never give up” work ethic.  She also understands the value of people and that is evident in the many collaborative efforts she is currently involved in.

Dr. Kent’s program of research and scholarship are centered around Diabetes and web-based methodologies for conducting research.  Dr. Kent is published for her work examining young adults with type 1 Diabetes and her nontraditional method of gathering data.  Dr. Kent has shared her findings at local and national conferences including most recently, UIC Research Day 2019.


Selected Publications

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, 2020. (accepted)

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.

Kent, D. and Quinn, L.  Factors that Impact Quality of Life in Young Adults with Type I Diabetes. Diabetes Educator. December 2018 (Volume 44, Number 6).

Press Release in Practice Update

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


Press release in Endocrine Today

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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


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

Active study funded by:  UIC College of Nursing Clinical Research Interest Group

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

Role:  Co-Principal Investigator

Start Date: 08/2020- Current

Active study funded by:  UIC CCTS

Title:  Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Influencing Metabolic and Cardiovascular Outcomes through Physical Activity. Dr. Kent is co-investigator on this study (P.I. Laurie Quinn PhD, RN, FAAN).