Judith McDevitt, PhD, APN, CNP
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Health Systems Science
UIC College of Nursing
845 South Damen Avenue (MC 802)
Chicago, IL 60612-7350
Research / Discovery
Dr. McDevitt's interest is in physical activity behavioral change interventions for sedentary, at-risk populations, in particular with serious mental illness. She also was a co-investigator on the NIH-funded Women’s Walking Program testing, a home-based walking program for urban, midlife African American women (Dr. JoEllen Wilbur, PI). The long-term goal of Dr. McDevitt’s research is to develop effective, low-cost interventions to increase physical activity for use in community settings serving vulnerable populations.
Teaching / Learning
Dr. McDevitt coordinates the College’s family nurse practitioner program preparing advanced practice nurses for primary care practice across Illinois, with students on the Chicago, Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, and Urbana campuses. Her teaching includes primary care topics such as theories for health behavior change, weight management, exercise promotion, smoking cessation, postpartum care, diabetes care, and the assessment and management of common mental health problems. For more information about the family nurse practitioner program at the University of Illinois, please visit our website.
Service / Practice
Dr. McDevitt is associated with the Center for Integrated Health Care, an academic nursing center providing primary and mental health care for clients with serious mental illness. She is a co-investigator on the current Integrated Health Care Without Walls (WOW) grant funded by the Division of Nursing, HRSA. The faculty practice of the Department of Health Systems Science, the Center has received state and national recognition and funding from HRSA and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Under a grant from The Chicago Community Trust, she led the project “Diabetes Care in the Context of Serious and Persistent Illness: Guidelines for Integrated Care” for the Center and developed its accompanying website and learning module.
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Diabetes Management in the Context of Serious and Persistent Mental Illness: Clinical Practice Recommendations Click here for PDF