Eleanor Rivera, PhD, RN
Department of Population Health Nursing Science
Building & Room:
845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612
Dr. Rivera's program of research is focused on finding novel ways to transform the way care is provided to older adults managing chronic conditions by centering patient perceptions of their illness. Perceptions about illness can stem from individual lived experience, thoughts about health, and experience with friends or family who have had the same illness. By bringing illness perception information into the clinical environment, we can improve health outcomes for our patients through improved shared decision-making and care planning. Dr. Rivera's other research interests include chronic kidney disease, patient centered outcomes, self-management, and health disparities.
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
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. In press. 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
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 2018
MSN Nursing DePaul University 2013
BA Biology University of Chicago 2007
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
Rivera, E., Hirschman, K.B., Sefcik, J.S., McCauley, K., Hanlon, A.L., Pauly, M.V., Press, M., & Naylor, M.D. (2020, April). Patient and Caregivers' Perspectives on Engagement in Primary Care. 2020 Health Care Systems Research Network Conference Annual Scientific Meeting. Poster. [cancelled due to COVID-19]
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.
Rivera, E., Corte, C., Steffen, A., DeVon, H.A., Collins, E.G., & McCabe, P. (2018, September). Illness representation and self-care ability in patients with chronic disease. 2018 Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Washington DC. Podium.
Rivera, E. & Corte, C. (2018, April). Illness Perceptions and Acute Hospital Visits in Patients with Chronic Illness. 2018 Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference, Cleveland, OH. Podium.
Rivera, E. & Corte, C. (2017, March). Person-centered Analysis of Illness Representations: A Systematic Review of the Literature. 2017 Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Poster.
Rivera, S.E. (2014, March). Using a Quantitative Survey to Measure Health Behavior Perceptions and Actions. 2014 Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference, St. Louis, MO. Poster.