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Eleanor Rivera, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Department of Population Health Nursing Science

Pronouns: she/her


Building & Room:

NURS 914


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

Office Phone:

(312) 996-7972


Dr. Rivera's program of research is focused on finding novel ways to transform the way care is provided to adults managing chronic conditions by focusing on patients' lived experience of their illness. By treating patient perspectives as critical clinical data, we can improve health outcomes for our patients through improved shared decision-making and contextual care planning. Dr. Rivera's research interests include chronic kidney disease, patient centered outcomes, self-management, gerontology, and health disparities.

Selected Grants

United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINCCH), Assessment of shared decision making and patient/provider communication in the Speak Up! study, PI

Health Resources and Services Administration, INcreaSing Program DIveRsity for NursEs (INSPIRE), Co-investigator

Center for Improving Care Delivery for the Aging, Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) at the University of Pennsylvania, Exploring the illness representation phenotype among adults with CKD, PI

Selected Publications

Levoy, K., Rivera, E., Hanlon, A., Hirschman, K., & Naylor, M. (2022). Caregiver engagement enhances outcomes among randomized control trials of healthcare transitions interventions: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Medical Care. In press. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001728

Clark-Cutaia, M.N., Rivera, E., Henstenburg, J.A., Grunin, L., & Yu, G. (2021). Adult health behaviors associated with chronic kidney disease: 2003-2006 NHANES data. Journal of Nephrology & Renal Therapy, 7, 061. doi: 10.24966/NRT-7313/100061

Schrauben, S.J., Rivera, E., Bocage, C., Ericksen, W., Amaral, S., Dember, L.M., Feldman, H.I., & Barg, F.K. (2021). A qualitative study of facilitators and barriers to self-management of chronic kidney disease. Kidney International Reports, 7(1), 46-55. doi: 10.1016/j.ekir.2021.10.021

Clark-Cutaia, M.N., Rivera, E., Iroegbu, C. & Squires, A. (2021). Disparities in chronic kidney disease -the state of the evidence. Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension, 30(2), 208-214. doi: 10.1097/MNH.0000000000000688

Schrauben, S.J., Appel, L., Rivera, E., Lora, C.M., Lash, J.P., Chen, J., Hamm, L.L., Fink, J.C., Go, A.S., Townsend, R.R., Deo, R., Dember, L.M., Feldman, H.I., & Diamantidis, C.J. (2021). Mobile Health (mHealth) Technology: Assessment of Availability, Acceptability, and Use in CKD. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 77(6), 941-950. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2020.10.013

Rivera, E., Hirschman, K.B., & Naylor, M.D. (2020). Perceived needs and depressive symptoms among older adults entering long-term services and supports. Innovation in Aging. 4(3), igaa021. doi: 10.1093/geroni/igaa021

Eckardt, P., Bailey, D., DeVon, H.A., Dougherty, C., Ginex, P., Krause-Parello, C.A., Pickler, R.H., Richmond, T., Rivera, E., Roye, C.F., & Redeker, N. (2020). Opioid use disorder research and the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science priority areas. Nursing Outlook. 68(4), 406-416. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2020.02.001

Rivera, E., Corte, C., Steffen, A., DeVon, H.A., & Collins, E. (2020). A systematic review of illness representation clusters in chronic disease. Research in Nursing and Health, 43(3), 241-254. doi: 10.1002/nur.22013

Rivera, E., Corte, C., Steffen, A., DeVon, H.A., Collins, E.G., & McCabe, P. (2018). Illness representation and self-care ability in older adults with chronic disease. Geriatrics, 3(3), 45. doi: 10.3390/geriatrics3030045

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Notable Honors

2021, Janet A. Deatrick Award, University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing

2020, Fellowship, Leadership and Education Advancement Program for Diverse Scholars, American Psychological Association

2018, Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization (ESPO) Interdisciplinary Paper Award, Gerontological Society of America

2016, PhD Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare


PhD Nursing University of Illinois at Chicago
MSN Nursing DePaul University
BA Biology University of Chicago

Professional Memberships

Network of Minority Health Research Investigators, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

American Society of Nephrology

Gerontological Society of America

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society

Midwest Nursing Research Society


Selected Presentations

Rivera, E., Henstenberg, J.A., & Clark-Cutaia, M.N. (2022, March). The Impact of Medically Tailored Meal Delivery on Health and Nutritional Status. 2022 Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Research Conference, Schaumburg, IL. Poster presentation.

Levoy, K., Rivera, E., McHugh, M., Hanlon, A., Hirschman, K., & Naylor, M.  (2021, November). The Moderating Effect of Caregiver Engagement in Transitional Care Intervention Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis. 2021 Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Virtual Format. Podium.

Rivera, E., Clark-Cutaia, M.N., Schrauben, S.J., Townsend, R.R., Lash, J.P., Colaizzo, D.J., Jaar, B.G., Charleston, J., Rincon-Choles, H., He, J., Chen, J., Hannan, M., & Hirschman, K.B. (2021, October). Treatment Adherence Support and Relationships with CKD Providers: A Qualitative Analysis. American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2021, Virtual Format. Poster.

Rivera, E. (2021, March). Characterizing Illness Perception Phenotypes in Older Adults With Chronic Kidney Disease. Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) 2021 Annual Meeting, Virtual Format. Podium.

Rivera, E., Levoy, K., Townsend, R.R. (2021, March). Exploring the Validity of the Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire Using Qualitative Methods. 2021 Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Research Conference, Virtual Format. Podium.

Rivera, E., Hirschman, K.B., Townsend, R.R. (2020, November). Characterizing Illness Perception Phenotypes in Older Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease. 2020 Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Virtual Format. Symposium.

Schrauben, S.J., Rivera, E., Amaral, S., Dember, L., Feldman, H.I., & Barg, F. (2020, October). Patient Perspectives of Engaging in Self-Management Behaviors Recommended in Chronic Kidney Disease. 2020 Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making, Virtual Format. Podium.

Clark-Cutaia, M.N., Rivera, E., Scherer, J., Abramowitz, M., & Yu, G. (2020, August). Symptom Clusters in CKD. 2020 American Nephrology Nurses Association National Symposium, Virtual Format. Podium.