JoEllen Wilbur PhD, APN, FAAN
Professor and Associate Dean for Research
Department of Health Systems Science
UIC College of Nursing
845 South Damen Avenue (MC 802)
Chicago, IL 60612-7350
Research / Discovery
Dr. Wilbur has a long research career in the area of women's health with a focus on midlife women's symptoms, cardiovascular health, and physical activity behavior. As a nursing scientist, she is recognized for advancing the science and practice regarding women's physical activity. Early in her career, she was able to build on physical activity measures originally developed for men and extend capability for reliable and valid measures of women's activity. She expanded that work in pursuit of exercise as a natural alternative to hormone replacement therapy to manage menopausal symptoms. She currently has as a line of NIH funded research examining adherence to a home-base walking program in moderate to low-income African American women. This work has expanded through Robert Wood Johnson Active Living Research funds to consideration of environmental factors, including the 'built' environment. In addition, as director of the Multiethnic Core of the Center for Reducing Risks in Vulnerable Populations funded by NIH, National Institute of Nursing Research she has focused attention on the development of a community advisory board and research strategies to enhance the participation of disadvantaged groups in research studies.
1997 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, 1997 Achievement in Research Award. Awarded at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioners, Albuquerque , New Mexico .
2003 Marquette University , College of Nursing , 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award
2005 Association of Community Health Nursing Educators Research Award
2005-2008 University of Illinois at Chicago University Scholar
Teaching / Learning
Dr. Wilbur expanded the FNP program to rural sites in the 1990s and helped initiate distance learning options through HHS training grants. She currently is guiding pre- and post-doctoral students in the area of women's health, physical activity, and adherence.
Service / Practice
In addition to service on College of Nursing and University committees, Dr. Wilbur is on the s election committee of the American Academy of Nursing and chair of the Research Committee for the Midwest Nursing Research Society. She has also been an adhoc review panel member at the National Institutes of Health.
Current Research Projects: