Pamela Martyn-Nemeth, PhD, RN, FAHA

  • Assistant Professor

Dr. Martyn-Nemeth’s research interests are focused on cardiovascular health promotion and risk reduction. Her current program of research targets cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in persons with type 1 diabetes. She is examining the role of psychological factors (fear of hypoglycemia, stress, coping) and their influence on  self-management behavior (e.g., eating behavior, physical activity),glycemic control and variability. Both poor glycemic control and glycemic variability have been identified as pertinent CVD risk factors. The goal is to develop interventions that can be incorporated into education and practice to improve glycemic control and variability.

Dr. Martyn-Nemeth also developed a community-based culturally focused exercise program (using dance) for Hispanic/Latino adults with diabetes. The dance program demonstrated improvement in time spent in physical activity, glycemic control, and psychological well-being among the participants. Because of these positive research findings, the program was translated into clinical practice and has been in existence for over a decade. Nursing students have been involved since its inception in an effort to promote cultural competence and knowledge in reducing cardiovascular health disparities.

Current Area of Teaching

Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Issues in Nursing Practice

Introduction to Nursing Research and Statistics in Evidence-Based Practice

Student Opportunities
  1. Analysis of data in young adults with type 1 diabetes:
    1. Glycemic control/ glucose variability with sleep
    2. Self-management behaviors (diet, eating behavior, physical activity)
    3. Qualitative focus group analysis of self-management barriers
  2. Eating behaviors among healthy adolescents
Selected Honors & Awards
  • First place, data-based poster award, Hypoglycemic Fear: Influence on Glucose Variability and Self-Management Behavior in Type 1 Diabetes (T1DM). 22nd Annual Preventive Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium (April 2016), Orlando, FA.
  • Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Predoctoral Fellowship, Loyola University Chicago
  • Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, Sigma Theta Tau
  • Fellow of the American Heart Association
Selected Publications
  • Martyn-Nemeth, P., Quinn, L., Penckofer, S., Chang, P., Hofer, V., & Burke, L., (2017). Fear of hypoglycemia: Influence on glycemic variability and self-management behavior in young adults with type 1 diabetes. Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, 31, 735-741. doi: 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2016. PMID:28143733.
  • Martyn-Nemeth, P., Quinn, L., Menon, U., Shrestha, S., Patel, C. & Shah, G. (2017). Dietary Profiles of first-generation South Asian Indian adolescents in the United States. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 17, 309-317.  [E-pub ahead of print 3-11-2016], DOI: 10.1007/s10903-016-0382-6, PMID: 26969614.
  • Martyn-Nemeth, P., Farabi, Sarah, S., Mihailescu, D., Nemeth, J. & Quinn, L. (2015). Fear of Hypoglycemia in Adults with Type 1 Diabetes: Impact of Therapeutic Advances and Strategies for Prevention - A Review. Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, DOI: 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2015.09.003.
  • Martyn-Nemeth, P., Quinn, L., Hacker, E., Park, H., & Kujath, A. (2014). Diabetes distress may adversely affect the eating styles of women with type 1 diabetes. Acta Diabetologica. 51:683-686, doi:10.1007/s00592-014-0575-1.
  • Maahs, D., Daniels, S., deFerranti, S., Dichek, H., Flynn, J., Goldstein, B., Kelly, A., Nadeau, K., Martyn-Nemeth, P., Osganian, S., Quinn, L., Shah,A. & Urbina, E. (2014). Cardiovascular disease risk factors in youth with diabetes: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation, published online August 28, 2014. doi:10.1161/CIR.0000000000000094
  • Martyn-Nemeth, P. A. & Penckofer, S. (2012). Psychological Correlates of Adiposity Among Minority Adolescents. Journal of School Nursing, 28, 291-301, doi:10.1177/1059840511430508
  • Martyn-Nemeth, P. A., Vitale, G. A., & Cowger, D. A. (2010). Culturally Focused Exercise Program in Hispanic Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: A Pilot Study. Diabetes Educator, 36, 258-267, doi:10.1177/0145721709358462.
  • Martyn-Nemeth, P., Penckofer, S., Gulanick, M., Velsor-Friedrich, B., & Bryant, F. B. (2009). The relationships among self-esteem, stress, coping, eating behavior, and depressive mood in adolescents. Research in Nursing and Health, 32, 96-109.
Current Research
  • Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Adolescents and Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes
  • Hypoglycemic Fear: Influence on Glucose Variability in Type 1 Diabetes