Holli DeVon, a nationally recognized expert in cardiovascular care, joined the founding faculty at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing as an associate professor on July 1.
DeVon teaches nursing research, and mentors doctoral and master’s students, research assistants and postdoctoral scholars in the area of population health. DeVon’s research has focused on symptoms, social inequality and improving knowledge and outcomes in at-risk patients. Her most recent grant from the National Institutes of Health focuses on the influence of gender on symptom characteristics.
According to experts, more than 1.4 million Americans are expected to experience an episode of acute coronary syndromes. Recent studies have identified gender differences in symptoms; however, research like DeVon’s will help determine the underlying causes of these differences.
Before coming to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, DeVon was an associate professor at Loyola University of Chicago, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. During this time, DeVon earned a postdoctoral fellowship at UC San Francisco and completed a study in symptom management in 2009. She was an assistant professor at Marquette University College of Nursing in Milwaukee from 2002 to 2005. DeVon’s professional experience includes clinical nurse positions in coronary and critical care at several hospitals in Illinois from 1976 to 1994.
DeVon’s research has focused on symptoms, social inequality and improving knowledge and outcomes in at-risk patients.
DeVon earned a Ph.D. degree in nursing science from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002 with a certificate in women’s studies. She obtained a master of science degree in nursing sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1982 with a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialty and a minor in education. She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Loyola University Chicago in 1976.
DeVon’s academic awards and honors include the Harriet H. Werley New Investigator Award and the New Investigator Award Acute Care Research Section from the Midwest Nursing Research Society, as well as the Martha N. Hill New Investigator Award from the American Heart Association. She is a member of several organizations, including the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing.
DeVon was most recently published in the Midwest Nursing Research Society, the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Advance for Nurse Practitioners, American Journal of Critical Care, the Journal of Nursing Scholarship and Nursing Research. She has presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Session, the Western Institute of Nursing and the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science.
The need is significant. More than 81 million Americans over age 20 have one or more types of cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease or congestive heart failure. Peripheral vascular disease is estimated to affect up to 10 million Americans. UC Davis Health System is improving cardiovascular health through state-of-the-art patient care, cutting-edge research, education and outreach.