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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 research is focused on developing strategies to tailor healthcare delivery to patients' needs, preferences, and lived experience of their illness. This includes an emphasis on social determinants of health, patient-centered outcomes, chronic disease self-management, and a stakeholder-informed approach to intervention development. Dr. Rivera's research interests include chronic kidney disease, shared decision making, gerontology, and health disparities.

In addition to her program of research, teaching, and advising students, Dr. Rivera also works in partnership with multiple clinical and community organizations, including the Research to Policy Collaboration, Jesse Brown VA for Black Lives, the Chicago Chronic Conditions Equity Network, the Chicago Coalition for Anti-Racism and Equity, and multiple Federally Qualified Health Centers in Chicago.

Selected Grants

Chicago Chronic Condition Equity Network (P50MD017349 subaward), INtegrating IllneSs Perceptions to Improve the PatienT-Provider Encounter for CKD (INSITE-CKD): A Pilot Study (2022-2023), Role: PI

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 (2022-2023), Role: PI

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), INcreaSing Program DIveRsity for NursEs (INSPIRE) (2021-2026), Role: Co-I

Selected Publications

Knisely, M.R., Rivera, E., DeMartelly, T., Abdulkadir, A., Doorenbos, A., Ezenwa, M., Molokie, R.E., Li, H., Shah, N., Schlaeger, J. & Patil, C. (2023). Developing an implementation blueprint for the NIH HEAL Initiative GRACE Trial: Perspectives on acupuncture and guided relaxation for chronic sickle cell disease pain. Journal of Integrative & Complementary Medicine. In press. doi: 10.1089/jicm.2022.0781

Devon, H.A, Tintle, N.L., Bronas, U.G., Mirzaei, S., Rivera, S.E., Gutierrez-Kapheim, M., Alonso, W.W., Keteyian, S.J., Goodyke, M, & Dunn, S.L. (2023). Comorbidities are associated with state hopelessness in adults with ischemic heart disease. Heart & Lung, 60, 28-34. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2023.02.025

Rivera, E., Clark-Cutaia, M.N., Schrauben, S.J., Townsend, R., Lash, J.P., Hannan, M., Jaar, B.G., Rincon-Choles, H., Kansal, S., He, PhD, J., Chen, J., & Hirschman, K.B. (2022). Treatment adherence in chronic kidney disease and support from healthcare providers: A qualitative analysis. Kidney Medicine, 4(11), 100545. doi: 10.1016/j.xkme.2022.100545

Hirschman, K., Rivera, E., Sefcik, J., McCauley, K., Hanlon, A., Pauly, M., Press, M., & Naylor, M. (2022). Older Adults and Their Family Caregivers’ Perspectives on Engagement in Primary Care. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 48(11), 7-13. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20221003-02

Rivera, E., Levoy, K., Clark-Cutaia, M.N., Schrauben, S., Townsend, R.R., Rahman, M., Lash, J., Saunders, M., Frazier, R., Rincon-Choles, H., & Hirschman, K.B. (2022). Content validity assessment of the Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire in CKD using qualitative methods. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(14), 8654. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19148654

Clark-Cutaia, M.N., Rivera, E., Iroegbu, C., Arneson, G., Deng, R., & Anastasi, J.K. (2022). Exploring the Evidence: Symptom Burden in Chronic Kidney Disease. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 49(3), 227–255. doi: 10.37526/1526-744X.2022.49.3.22

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, 60(7), 519-529. 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

Publication Aggregators

Notable Honors

2023, 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader Award, Illinois Nurses Foundation

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

2020 - 2022, 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

Society of Latinx Nurses

American Society of Nephrology

Gerontological Society of America

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society

Midwest Nursing Research Society


Selected Presentations

Dunn, S.L., Tintle, N.L., Gutierrez-Kapheim, M., Rivera, S.E., Alonso, W.W., Keteyian, S.J., & Devon, H.A. (2022, November). Comorbidity Score is Positively Associated with Hopelessness in Adults With Ischemic Heart Disease. 2022 American Heart Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. Poster.

Clark-Cutaia, M., Aryal, S., Yu, G., Townsend, R., Rivera, E., & Compher, C. (2022, October). Effects of Reduced Sodium Consumption on Interdialytic Weight Gain and Blood Pressure in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients. American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2022, Orlando, FL. Poster.

Alvarado, F., Geng, S., Chen, J., He, H., Rivera, E., Saunders, M.R., Shah, V.O., Nelson, R.G., Jaar, B.G., Unruh, M.L., Ricardo, A.C., Crews, D.C., Anderson, A.H., & He, J. (2022, October). Association Between Social Support and Hospitalization Risk Among Adults With CKD. American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2022, Orlando, FL. Poster.

Schrauben, S.J., Rivera, E., Park, D., Amaral, S., Feldman, H.I., Dember, L.M., & Barg, F.K. (2022, October). Strategies to Improve Self-Management in CKD From the Patient Perspective. American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2022, Orlando, FL. Poster.

Rivera, E. & Levoy, K. (2022, September). A Reliability Generalization Meta-Analysis of the Reliability of the Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire. 2022 Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Washington DC. Podium.

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.