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Holli A. DeVon, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

Professor Emerita

Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science


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706 NURS


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

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 My area of interest is symptoms of ischemic heart disease. The primary focus of my program of research has been the influence of gender and symptoms during acute coronary syndromes (ACS). I developed an integrative symptoms conceptual model and the ACS Symptom Checklist used in a number of international studies. Our research team has used an integrated, biobehavioral approach to advance symptom science by studying inflammatory, and behavioral aspects of ischemic heart disease. An additional interest has been individuals that are vulnerable to poor health outcomes as a result of age, race/ethnicity, and/or low social status. I am also interested in research methods and measurement and have taught and published in this area.

My research has revealed sex and age differences in the symptoms of ACS that leave women at risk for delay in seeking treatment for symptoms, delay in diagnostic testing, and delayed treatment. I recently received funding from NHLBI to study the characteristics of prehospital delay and outcomes in patients treated for potential acute coronary syndrome in the emergency department. Our findings will aid in the development of interventions for both patients and clinicians to reduce prehospital delay for symptoms.

I am privileged to have mentored many pre and post-doctoral scholars in cardiovascular disease in such areas as coronary heart disease, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, and cardiovascular risk factors. These scholars have received NRSA, K01, K23, R21, and R01 awards from NIH. I welcome new collaborative opportunities. I am also working with research partners in the areas of acupuncture for stable angina.

In 2017, I received a Fulbright US Scholar Award to study traditional and novel risk for early onset cardiovascular disease in individuals with HIV. I spent the spring of 2018 in Rwanda, working with new partners to launch this research. I currently serve as chair of the Leadership Council for the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) and chair of the CANS Science Committee. Within the College of Nursing I serve as faculty chairperson, mentoring program facilitator, and director of the cardiopulmonary research interest group.

Selected Grants

NHLBI 1 R21HL140277-01A1 2018-2020, Characterizing prehospital delay in patients presenting to the emergency department with symptoms suggestive of acute coronary syndrome., PI

NINR R21NR017705-01 2018-2020, A Feasibility Trial of Acupuncture to Improve Symptoms for Stable Angina (AIMS-A), Co-PI with Dr. Judy Schlaeger

Fulbright US Scholar Award 2017-2018, Traditional and Novel Predictors of Early Cardiovascular Disease Risk in HIV Infected and non-HIV Infected Rwandans, Co-PI with Dr. Brenda Asiimwe-Kateera

Selected Publications

Selected Publications *denotes data-based (past 2 years)

*Zegre-Hemsey, J. K., Burke, L. A., & DeVon, H. A. Patient-reported symptoms improveprediction of acute coronary syndrome in the emergency department. Research in Nursing & Health.

Conn, V.S., McCarthy, A.M., Cohen, M.Z., Anderson, C.M., Killion, C., DeVon, H.A., Topp, R., Fahrenwald, N.L., Herrick, L. M., Benefield, L.E., Smith, C.E., Jefferson, U.T., Anderson, E.A.. Pearls and pitfalls of team science. West J Nurs Res. 2018 Aug 9:193945918793097. doi: 10.1177/0193945918793097. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 30089443.

*Saban, K. L., Mathews, H. L., Bryant, F., Tell, D., Joyce, C., DeVon, H. A., Witek-Janusek, L. Perceived discrimination is associated with the inflammatory response to acute laboratory stressor in women at risk for cardiovascular disease. Brain Behav Immun. 2018 Jul 16. pii: S0889-1591(18)30331-3. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2018.07.010. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 30012518.

DeVon, H. A., Asiimwe-Kateera, B. Gishoma, D. & White, R. The significance of HIV and non-communicable diseases in Africa. Rwandan Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences. Vol. 2018. Vol. 1(1).

*Haugland, T. & DeVon, H. A. Symptoms, psychosocial factors, and health-related quality of  life. Cancer Nursing. 2018 May 25. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000614. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:29846192.

DeVon, H. A., Asiimwe-Kateera, B., White, R., Gishoma D. (2018). The Significance of HIVand non-Communicable Diseases in Africa. Rwanda J of Med and Health Sciences. April, Vol 1 (1), 43-45.

Piano M.R., Artinian N.T., DeVon H.A., Pressler S.T., Hickey K.T., Chyun D.A. Cardiovascular Nursing Science Priorities: A Statement from the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2018 Apr 26. doi: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000489. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:29727377.

Maki, K. A. & DeVon, H. A. A new model for genetic and epigenetic research: Fusing innate theory with the theory of self-transcendence. Nursing Inquiry. 2018 Apr 1:e12238. doi: 10.1111/nin.12238. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 29607615.

Eckhart, P., Culley, J., Corwin, E., Richmond, T., Dougherty, C., Pickler, R., Krause-Parello, C., Roye, C., Dykstra, J., & DeVon, H. A. (2017). National nursing science priorities: Creating a shared vison. Nursing Outlook. 2017 Nov-Dec; 65(6):726-736. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2017.06.002. [Epub 2017 Jun 12. PMID: 28711216].

*McCabe, P.J., Barton, D.L. and DeVon, H.A., 2017. Older Adults at Risk for Atrial Fibrillation Lack Knowledge and Confidence to Seek Treatment for Signs and Symptoms. SAGE Open Nursing3, p.1-9. [Epub 2017 Aug 29] 92377960817720324.

*Dunn, S. L., Sit, M., DeVon, H. A., Makidon, D., & Tintle, N. ­­­(2017). Dog ownership and dog walking: The relationship with exercise, depression and hopelessness in patients with ischemic heart disease. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. May 9. doi: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000418. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 28489725.

*Rosenberg, N., Daviglus, M., DeVon, H. A., Park, C., & Eldeirawi, K. (2017). Viral exposure among young Mexican American women: Nativity-related differences. Ethnicity & Disease. Apr 20;27(2): 133-142. doi: 10.18865/ed.27.2.133. eCollection 2017 Spring. PMID: 28439184.

*Rosenberg N, Daviglus ML, DeVon HA, Park CG, Eldeirawi K. (2017). The Association between parity and inflammation among Mexican-American women of reproductive age varies by acculturation level: Results of the National Health Examination and Nutrition Survey (1999-2006). Womens Health Issues. 2017 Jul-Aug; 27(4):485-492. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2017.03.002. [Epub 2017 Apr 11]. PMID: 28410971.

*Burke, L. A., Rosenfeld, A. G., Daya, M., Vuckovic, K., Zegre-Hemsey, J., Diaz, M. F., Daiube Santos, J. T., Mirzaei, S., & DeVon, H. A. (2017). Impact of comorbidities by age on symptom presentation for suspected acute coronary syndromes in the emergency department. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Aug; 16(6):511-521. doi: 10.1177/1474515117693891. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28198635

*Eckhardt, A. L. & DeVon, H. A. (2017). The MIXED Framework: A novel approach to  evaluating mixed methods rigor. Nursing Inquiry. Feb 9. doi: 10.1111/nin.12189. [Epub 2017 Feb 15]. PMID: 28181365.

Professional Leadership

President, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science

Notable Honors

2016, Distinguished Scientist Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Acute and Critical Care Across the Lifespan Research Section

2014, Research Article of the Year Award. Sensitivity, specificity, and sex differences in symptoms reported on the 13-Item acute coronary syndrome checklist., Wiley-Blackwell/American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing

2011, Clinical Article of the Year Award. Recognizing and responding to symptoms of acute coronary syndromes and stroke, Wiley-Blackwell/American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing.

2009, Harriet H. Werley New Investigator Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society