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Lichun (Rebecca) Chia, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
Nursing

Fisher Hall 526
Phone: 412.396.4102
chial@duq.edu

Education:

Post-doctoral Scholar Fellow, Center for Research on Health Care, Division of General Internal Medicine University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
B.S.N., Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH
Bio

Dr. Chia obtained her PhD in Nursing in 2007 from the University of Pittsburgh, and served as a postdoctoral fellow under Dean, Dunbar-Jacob at the School of Nursing for one year. Dr. Chia was a postdoctoral scholar in the RAND-University of Pittsburgh Scholars Program (Director: Dr. Kevin Kraemer), an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRO)-sponsored T32 program focused on health services and policy research.

Through her PhD and postdoctoral training, she has worked on NIH-funded randomized clinical trials in the area of adherence, behavioral intervention, diabetes self-management, healthcare disparities, and health information technology.
As a fellow, Dr. Chia pursued research on variety of topics relevant to elderly patients with chronic diseases. With faculty from the School of Nursing, she participated in different aspects of research implementation, data collection and analysis, including the construction of sophisticated structural equation models related to quality of life and comorbidity among people with diabetes.

Under Dr. Howard Degenholtz in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Dr. Chia conducted an analysis of quality of life scores of elderly residents in long-term care facilities and analyzed data from the national Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) to examine racial disparities in general and preventive care and diabetes care measures among elderly diabetics. She conducted an analysis of quality of life scores of elderly residents in long-term care facilities and analyzed data from the national Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) to examine racial disparities in general and preventive care and diabetes care measures among elderly diabetics.

Dr. Chia also worked as a Co-PI on an AHRQ- sponsored R18 project that compares active and passive patient-directed electronic communication systems for delivering results and reminders about preventive care and other "best practices".

Research

Funded Research

Principal Investigator
Chia, L. (2016 - Present) Examining the implementation of electronic health records (EHR) in an academic Nurse-Managed Wellness Center to improve quality and access of care among underserved community dwelling older adults. Charles Henry Leach III Foundation.

Chia, L., Degenholtz, H. (2009 - 2013). Cost, Use and Outcomes of Medicare Benefits with Chronic Disease and Disability. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, T32 program - research training.

Co-Investigator
Garand, L., et al., (2016 - Present) Evidence-based mental health services for distressed post 9/11military family care givers. Department of Defense (DOD) Award Number W81XWH-16-1-0690.

Roberts, M., Hess. R., Fischer, G., Clark, S., Shevchik, G., Zickmund, S., Chia, L. (2010 - 2014). Self-Management & Reminders with Technology: SMART Appraisal of an Integrated PHR. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 1R18HS018167-01.

Scholarship

Selected Presentations (last 5 years)

Chia, L., Brewer, A., Deeds, Q. Exploring the factors associated with implementation of health information technologies in nurse-managed community centers. Presented at the International Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau Scholars Night, Duquesne University School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA, March, 2018.

Chia, L., Bennet, E. A Transcultural Approach to Understanding of Health Technologies, Presented at the panel discussion at 43rd Transcultural Nursing Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, October, 2017.

Chia, L., Brewer, A. Examining the implementation of electronic health records in and academic Nurse-Managed Wellness Center. Poster Presentation at the Annual Research Meeting. Academy Health. Boston, MA. June, 2016

Chia, L., Brewer, A. Promoting patient-centered management utilizing electronic health records in elderly diabetes patients. Poster Presentation at the Annual Research Meeting, AcademyHealth, Minneapolis, MN. June, 2015

Publications (last 5 years)

Chia, L., Garand, L, Brewers, A. (2018). Lessons learned through implementation of electronic health records in nurse-managed community centers. Biomedical informatics Insights. (Under Review).

Ye, Q., Chia, L., Boren, S., et.al. (2018). Diabetes self-management applications: findings from elderly diabetic patients. Health Informatics Journal (In Press).

Garand, L., Morse, J., Chia, L., Barnes, J., et al. (2017). Reducing levels in caregivers of family members with a new cognitive diagnosis. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Journal of Alzheimer's Association. (Under Review).

Bennet, E., Keiko, R., Chia, L., Elliot, J.,Kalarchian, M.. (2017). Treatment of obesity among youth with interllectual and developmental disabiliies: An emerging role for telenursing. Western Jounal of Nursing Reserch, 39 (8), 1008-27

Degenjoltz, H., Resnick, A,. Bulger., Chia, L. (2014) Improving Quality of live in nursing homes: The structured resident interview approach. Journal of Aging Research, 1-8 http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/892679

Zieth, C., Chia, L., Roberts, M., et.al., (2014) The evolution, use and effects of personal health records: A narrative review. Electronic Journal of Health Informatics, 8 (2), e17 (1-15). http://www.ejhi.net/ojs/index.php/ejhi/article/view/247

Chia, L. Optimizing EHRs to Improve Cancer Screening in Older Adults, 2014. http://nursing.onclive.com/publications/oncology-nurse/2014/October-2014/Optimizing-EHRs-to-Improve-Cancer-Screening-in-Older-Adults

Honors/Awards
  • 2017 Presidential Writing Award: A Transcultural Approach to Understanding of Health Technologies
  • 2011 Health Science Health Disparities Poster Competition, Postdoctoral Category - 1st place, Schools of Health Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2011 Celebrating Research on Aging: Building Collaborations for the Future, Poster Competition, Postdoctoral Category - Highest honor, Institute on Aging, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2010 Course in Scientific Management Leadership, Office of Academic Career Development, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2005 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing; Eta Chapters
  • 2005 Szeming Sze Student Award Scholarship, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh
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