Janet Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Department of Biobehavioral Health Science
UIC College of Nursing
845 South Damen Avenue (MC 802)
Chicago, IL 60612-7350
Research / Discovery
Dr. Larson is an expert in the pulmonary rehabilitation of people with chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD). She maintains an active program of research, studying factors that influence symptoms, functional status, and quality of life for people with COPD. Specifically, she is interested in the function of inspiratory muscles and has conducted a series of studies to examine the effects of inspiratory muscle training and cycle ergometry training on strength and endurance of the respiratory muscles (National Institutes of Health [NIH] grant #NR01428). She completed a prospective longitudinal study to examine factors that influence deterioration of respiratory muscle strength in people with COPD (NIH grant #NR04129). Her latest research is a randomized controlled trial of upper body strength training with a self-efficacy intervention to promote exercise adherence in people with COPD (NIH grant #NR08037). Dr. Larson is Director of the Center for Reducing Risks in Vulnerable Populations (CRRVP) and Principal Investigator on the P30 grant that funds this center (NIH Grant #NR NR009014).
Teaching / Learning
Dr. Larson is principal investigator for an institutional training grant funded by the National Institutes of Nursing Research, "Biobehavioral Nursing Research Training" (NINR grant #T32-NR07075). She coordinates a research seminar for graduate students and lectures on topics of respiratory pathophysiology at the undergraduate level and respiratory physiology at the graduate level.
Service / Practice
Dr. Larson is a nationally recognized leader in respiratory nursing. She was the co-founder and first president of the Respiratory Nursing Society. Dr. Larson served as a member of the Nursing Research Study Section, NURS, CSR, NIH, 7/1/01-9/30/03 and the Nursing Science: Adults and Older Adults Study Section, NSAA, CSR, NIH, 10/01/03-6/30/04. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Nursing Research Society and is active in the American Thoracic Society's Assembly on Nursing and Section on Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Dr. Larson is married to Douglas Larson, an engineer, and they have two Papillion dogs, Prince and Wolfy.
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