Holli DeVon, Ph.D., RN, FAHA, FAAN

Position Title
Associate Dean for Research, Professor


“Symptoms are the trigger for individuals that something is wrong. In the case of patients with acute coronary syndrome (heart attack), seeking care in a timely manner could mean the difference between life and death.” My area of interest is assessment and treatment of symptoms of ischemic heart disease. The primary focus of my program of research has been the influence of sex and symptoms during acute coronary syndromes (ACS). I developed an integrative symptoms conceptual model and the ACS Symptom Checklist used in a number of international studies. Our research team has used an integrated, biobehavioral approach to advance symptom science by studying inflammatory, and behavioral aspects of ischemic heart disease. An additional interest has been individuals that are vulnerable to poor health outcomes as a result of age, race/ethnicity, and/or low social status. I am also interested in research methods and measurement and have taught and published in this area. Finally, I am working in the area of global health with partners in Africa and Europe.



My research has revealed sex and age differences in the symptoms of ACS that leave women at risk for delay in seeking treatment for symptoms, delay in diagnostic testing, and delayed treatment. I have funding from NHLBI to study the characteristics of prehospital delay and outcomes in patients treated for potential acute coronary syndrome in the emergency department. Our findings will aid in the development of interventions for both patients and clinicians to reduce prehospital delay for symptoms. I also am conducting a randomized controlled trial to test a standardized acupuncture protocol for chest pain/stable angina. In 2017, I received a Fulbright US Scholar Award to study traditional and novel risk for early onset cardiovascular disease in individuals with HIV. I spent the spring of 2018 in Rwanda, working with new partners to launch this research.



Post-doctoral Fellowship. T32 Symptom Management; University of California San Francisco

Doctor of Philosophy. Nursing Science (Dean’s Nursing Science Excellence Award; Certificate in Women’s Health; University of Illinois at Chicago

Master of Science. Nursing Science Cardiovascular Clinical Specialist; University of Illinois at Chicago

Bachelor of Science. Nursing (cum laude); Loyola University Chicago                   


Honors and Awards

2019      Audrienne H. Moseley Endowed Chair in Community Health Research, UCLA

2018      JNC International Development Fund Award, UIC Office of International Affairs 

2017      Fulbright US Scholar, Research & Teaching award for Rwanda  

2017       Distinguished Service Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)

2016       Distinguished Scientist Award, MNRS, Acute and Critical Care Research Section

2016       Leadership & Service Award, MNRS Foundation Board of Trustees

2014       Research Article of the Year Award, Wiley-Blackwell/American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing. Sensitivity, specificity, and sex differences in symptoms reported on the 13-Item acute coronary syndrome checklist.    Journal of the American Heart Association

2013       Fellow, Institute of Medicine Chicago

2013      Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

2012       Fellow, American Heart Association

2011        Clinical Article of the Year Award, Wiley-Blackwell/American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing. Recognizing and responding to symptoms of acute coronary syndromes and stroke. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing. 40(3):372-82

2009       Harriet H. Werley New Investigator Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society

2008       Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco; School of Nursing. Center for Symptom Management. Funded T32

2007       Best Paper Award, Sage/Midwest Nursing Research Society. The association of diabetes and older age with the absence of chest pain during acute coronary syndromes. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 30(1), 130-144

2003       New Investigator Award, Acute Care Research Section, Midwest Nursing Research Society

2002       Martha N. Hill New Investigator Award, American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing

2002       Dean’s Nursing Science Excellence Award, for superior performance in research,  grants, and scholarly work, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing 

2002       Cardew-Mullane Award for Clinical Excellence and Leadership, University of  Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing       

2002       Chancellor’s Student Service Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

2001       Campus Unions Volunteer Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

2000       Van Doren Scholarship, University of Illinois at Chicago

1999       President, Graduate Student Organization, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago

1998       Annual Fund Scholarship Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

1976       Award for Academic Excellence, Loyola University Chicago

1976       Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society   

1975       Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing


Selected Publications  *denotes data-based (past 2 years)

*Schlaeger, J. M., Cai, H.-Y., Steffen, A. D., Angulo, V., Shroff, A., Briller, J. E., Hoppensteadt,

D., Uwizeye, G., Pauls, H. A., Takayama, M., Yajima, H., Takakura, N., DeVon, H. A. (2019). Acupuncture to improve symptoms of stable angina (AIMS-A): Protocol for a randomized controlled trial. JMIR Res Protoc. Jul 29. [Epub ahead of print].

Knight, E., Slebodnik, M., Pinder, C., & DeVon H. A. (2019). Communicating acute coronary syndrome risk to women in primary care: A scoping review of the literature. Patient Education & Counseling. Jul 14. pii: S0738-3991(19)30295-2. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2019. 07.013. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PMID:31326246.

DeVon HA. (2019). Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science: News from the Chair. Nurs Outlook. Jun 12. pii: S0029-6554(19)30346-X. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2019.06.001. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. PMID:31248625.

*Mirzaei, S., Burke, L. A., Rosenfeld, A. G., Dunn, S., Dungan, J., Maki, K. DeVon, H. A. (2019). Cytokine gene polymorphisms, protein cytokines, and symptoms of potential acute coronary syndrome. Biological Research in Nursing.doi.org/10 .1177%2F1099800419857819.

DeVon H. A., Vuckovic K.M. (2019). Symptom clusters: Is the sum greater than the parts? West J Nurs Res. Jul;41(7):951-953. doi: 10.1177/0193945919840719. No abstract available. PMID: 31195924.

Fahrenwald N. L., DeVon H. A., James, R. (2019). Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. Nurs Outlook. May - Jun;67(3):283-285. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2019.04.001. No abstract available. PMID: 31182195.

Mirzaei S., DeVon H. A. (2019). The Authors Respond: Adverse clinical outcomes following coronary artery bypass grafting and perioperative blood transfusions. Crit Care Nurse. Jun;39(3):16-17. doi: 10.4037/ccn2019543. No abstract available. PMID: 31154327.

*Rivera, E., Corte, C., Steffen, A., DeVon, H. A., Collins, E. G., McCabe, P. (2018). Illness representation and self-care ability in older adults with chronic disease. Geriatrics. (Basel). Jul 31;3(3). pii: E45. doi: 10.3390/geriatrics3030045. PMID: 31011083.

Wood, K., Magwood, G. & DeVon H. A. (2019). Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Council Science in Review. Journal of the American Heart Association. 8:e012522. DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.119.012522.

DeVon H. A. (2019). Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science News. Nurs Outlook. Jan 30. pii: S0029-6554(19)30073-9. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2019.01.004. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. PMID:30824266

Tracy, M.F., Granger, B.B., Rice, M., DeVon H. A. (2019). Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science News. Nurs Outlook.Jan - Feb;67(1):122-124. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook. 2018.12.011. No abstract available. PMID:30765067

*Mirzaei M., Steffen, A., Vuckovic, K., Ryan, C. J., Bronas, U., Zegre-Hemsey, J., & DeVon, H. A. (2019). The quality of symptoms in women and men presenting to the emergency department with suspected acute coronary syndrome. J Emerg Nurs. Pii:S0099-1767(18)30610-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jan.2019.01.001. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30738603

Mirzaei, S., Herschberger, P., & DeVon, H. A. (2019). The association between adverse clinical outcomes following coronary artery bypass graft surgery and perioperative blood transfusions: A systematic review of the literature. Crit Care Nurse. Feb;39(1): 26-35.doi:10.4037/ccn2019589

*Ryan, C. J., Vuckovic, K. M., Finnegan, L., Park, C., Zimmerman, L, Pozehl, B., Schulz, P.,  Barnason, S., & DeVon, H. A. (2019). Acute coronary syndrome symptom clusters: Illustration of results using multiple statistical methods. West J Nurs Res. Jan 22:193945918822323. doi: 10.1177/0193945918822323. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:30667327

*Dunn, S. L., DeVon, H. A., Vander Berg, L., & Tintle, N. (2019). Ethnic minority members may be at risk for state hopelessness following hospitalization for ischemic heart disease. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. 2019 Feb;33(1):51-56. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2018.10.002. PMID:30663625

Lewinski, A. A., Alonso, W., Hetland, B. D., Rice, M., DeVon, H. A. (2018). Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science News. Nurs Outlook. Nov;66(6):594-597. doi:10.1016/j. outlook.2018.10.003. Epub 2018 Oct 16. No abstract available. PMID: 30509406

Lockwood, M. B., Chung, S., Puzantian, H., Bronas, U. G., Ryan, C. J., Park, C., & DeVon, H. A. (2018). Symptom Cluster Science in Chronic Kidney Disease: A Literature Review. Western J Nurs Res. 2018 Oct 31:193945918808766. doi:10.1177/0193945918808766. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:30378466

DeVon H. A, Underwood P. (2018). Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science Sept/Oct.Nurs Outlook. Aug 29. pii: S0029-6554(18)30439-1. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook. 2018.08.002. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. PMID:30262231

*DeVon, H. A., Vuckovic, K., Burke, L. A., Mirzaei, S., Breen, K., Robinson, N., & Zegre-Hemsey, J. (2018). What’s the Risk? Older Women Report Fewer Symptoms for Suspected Acute Coronary Syndrome than Younger Women. Bioresearch Open Access. Sep 18:7(10): 131-138. Doi: 10.89/biores.2018.0020. eCollection 2018. PMID: 30237934

*Zegre-Hemsey, J. K., Burke, L. A., & DeVon, H. A. (2018). Patient-reported symptoms improve prediction of acute coronary syndrome in the emergency department. Research in Nursing & Health. 2018 Oct;41(5):459-468. doi: 10.1002/nur.21902. Epub 2018 Aug 31.PMID:30168588

Conn, V.S., McCarthy, A.M., Cohen, M.Z., Anderson, C.M., Killion, C., DeVon, H.A., Topp, R., Fahrenwald, N.L., Herrick, L. M., Benefield, L.E., Smith, C.E., Jefferson, U.T., Anderson, E.A. (2018). Pearls and pitfalls of team science. West J Nurs Res. Aug 9:193945918793097. doi: 10.1177/0193945918793097. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 30089443.

*Saban, K. L., Mathews, H. L., Bryant, F., Tell, D., Joyce, C., DeVon, H. A., Witek-Janusek, L.(2018). Perceived discrimination is associated with the inflammatory response to acute laboratory stressor in women at risk for cardiovascular disease. Brain Behav Immun. Jul 16. pii: S0889-1591(18)30331-3. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2018.07.010. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 30012518.

DeVon, H. A., Asiimwe-Kateera, B. Gishoma, D. & White, R. (2018). The significance of HIV and non-communicable diseases in Africa. Rwandan Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences. Vol. 2018. Vol. 1(1).

*Haugland, T. & DeVon, H. A. Symptoms, psychosocial factors, and health-related quality of life. (2018). Cancer Nursing. May 25. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000614. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:29846192.

DeVon, H. A., Asiimwe-Kateera, B., White, R., Gishoma D. (2018). The Significance of HIV and non-Communicable Diseases in Africa. Rwanda J of Med and Health Sciences. April, Vol 1 (1), 43-45.

Piano M.R., Artinian N.T., DeVon H.A., Pressler S.T., Hickey K.T., Chyun D.A. (2018).

Cardiovascular Nursing Science Priorities: A Statement from the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing. J Cardiovasc Nurs. Apr 26. doi: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000489. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:29727377.

Maki, K. A. & DeVon, H. A. (2018). A new model for genetic and epigenetic research: Fusing innate theory with the theory of self-transcendence. Nursing Inquiry. Apr 1:e12238. doi: 10.1111/nin.12238. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 29607615.

Eckhart, P., Culley, J., Corwin, E., Richmond, T., Dougherty, C., Pickler, R., Krause-Parello, C., Roye, C., Dykstra, J., & DeVon, H. A. (2017). National nursing science priorities: Creating a shared vison. Nursing Outlook. 2017 Nov-Dec; 65(6):726-736. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2017.06.002. [Epub 2017 Jun 12. PMID: 28711216].

*McCabe, P.J., Barton, D.L. and DeVon, H.A., (2017). Older Adults at Risk for Atrial Fibrillation Lack Knowledge and Confidence to Seek Treatment for Signs and Symptoms. SAGE Open Nursing3, p.1-9. [Epub 2017 Aug 29] 92377960817720324.

*Dunn, S. L., Sit, M., DeVon, H. A., Makidon, D., & Tintle, N. ­­­(2017). Dog ownership and dog walking: The relationship with exercise, depression and hopelessness in patients with ischemic heart disease. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. May 9. doi: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000418. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 28489725.

 *Rosenberg, N., Daviglus, M., DeVon, H. A., Park, C., & Eldeirawi, K. (2017). Viral exposure among young Mexican American women: Nativity-related differences. Ethnicity & Disease. Apr 20;27(2): 133-142. doi: 10.18865/ed.27.2.133. eCollection 2017 Spring. PMID: 28439184.

*Rosenberg N, Daviglus ML, DeVon HA, Park CG, Eldeirawi K. (2017). The Association between parity and inflammation among Mexican-American women of reproductive age varies by acculturation level: Results of the National Health Examination and Nutrition Survey (1999-2006). Womens Health Issues. 2017 Jul-Aug; 27(4):485-492. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2017.03.002. [Epub 2017 Apr 11]. PMID: 28410971.

*Burke, L. A., Rosenfeld, A. G., Daya, M., Vuckovic, K., Zegre-Hemsey, J., Diaz, M. F., Daiube Santos, J. T., Mirzaei, S., & DeVon, H. A. (2017). Impact of comorbidities by age on symptom presentation for suspected acute coronary syndromes in the emergency department. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Aug; 16(6):511-521. doi: 10.1177/1474515117693891. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28198635

*Eckhardt, A. L. & DeVon, H. A. (2017). The MIXED Framework: A novel approach to evaluating mixed methods rigor. Nursing Inquiry. Feb 9. doi: 10.1111/nin.12189. [Epub Feb 15]. PMID: 28181365.


Research Interests & Expertise
Women, Heart disease, Heart attack symptoms, Acupuncture, Biomarkers, Inflammation