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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

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

Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Lambda Chapter, Illness Representation as a Predictor of Self-Care Ability in Patients with Chronic Disease, PI

Selected Publications

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. (2020). Mobile Health (mHealth) Technology: Assessment of Availability, Acceptability, and Use in CKD. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 77(6), 941-950.e1. 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

Machajewski, S., Steffen, A., Romero Fuerte, E., & Rivera, E. (2019). Patterns in faculty learning management system use. TechTrends, 63, 543-549. doi: 10.1007/s11528-018-0327-0

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., 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.

Rivera, E., Hirschman, K.B., & Naylor, M.D. (2019, November). Quality of Life and Perceived Needs Among Older Adults Receiving Long-Term Services and Supports. 2019 Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Austin, TX. Podium.

Rivera, E., Corte, C., Steffen, A., DeVon, H.A., Collins, E.G., & McCabe, P. (2018, November). Illness representation and self-care ability in patients with chronic disease. 2018 Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, MA. Podium.