Holli A. DeVon, PhD, RN, FAHA
Department of Biobehavioral Health Science
UIC College of Nursing
845 South Damen Avenue (MC 802)
Chicago, IL 60612-7350
Research / Discovery
The primary focus of Dr. DeVon’s research has been gender and the symptoms of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). She developed a conceptual model to explain gender differences in the symptoms of ACS and theSymptoms of Acute Coronary Syndromes Inventory instrument used in studies internationally. Dr. DeVon’s goal is to design an electronic clinical assessment tool to be used in emergency department triage. She has identified specific gender differences in the symptoms of ACS that leave women at risk for delays: in seeking treatment for symptoms, in diagnostic testing, and in treatment. Dr. DeVon’s research has been funded by numerous NIH and foundational grants. Her current study, funded by NINR, uses a novel methodology to prospectively explore the influence of gender on symptoms during ACS. She has completed pilot work on the impact of stress on cardiovascular disease in African American and non-Hispanic White women and is beginning a pilot study on symptoms during ischemic stroke.
Teaching / Learning
Dr. DeVon has taught undergraduate courses in research, culture and health, and physical assessment and master’s-level courses in research methods and theory. At the PhD level, she has taught philosophy of science, theory, research, and measurement. Dr. DeVon has provided leadership in curricular redesign of a PhD program and helped launch a new PhD program at the University of California. She has also conducted seminars on professional presentation skills and navigating the IRB, and designed and led postdoctoral seminars. Dr. DeVon is dedicated to mentoring students, fellows, and early-stage investigators. Currently, she sponsors an NINR NRSA predoctoral fellow, a K01 awardee, and a K23 applicant. These studies are aimed at addressing critical questions in populations of patients with traumatic brain injury, stroke, and atrial fibrillation.
Service / Practice
Dr. DeVon is an active member of the American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing (CVN). She has served in many leadership and volunteer positions at the affiliate, council, and national levels. Dr. DeVon currently serves as a member of the Clinical Trials and Behavioral Science Study Section, as a founding editorial board member for the Journal of the American Heart Association, and on the Awards Committee of the CVN. Dr. DeVon is also active in the Midwest Nursing Research Society and Sigma Theta Tau International, having served in leadership positions for both organizations.
Dr. DeVon enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, traveling around the world, reading for pleasure, gardening, cycling, and walking.
Current Research Projects:
- The Influence of Gender on Symptoms during Acute Coronary Syndromes
- Social Context and Inflammatory Risk for Stroke in African American Women
- Impact of Temperature Profile on Neurologic Outcome Prediction after Moderate and Severe Traumatic Brain Injury