Holli A. DeVon, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

  • Professor
  • Department Head

My area of interest is ischemic heart disease. The primary focus of my program of research has been the influence of gender 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 in heart disease by studying genetic, 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.

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 am privileged to have mentored many pre and post-doctoral scholars in cardiovascular disease in such areas as coronary heart disease, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, and cardiovascular risk factors. Many of these scholars have received NRSA, K01, K23, and R21 awards from NIH. I welcome new collaborative opportunities.

Currently, I am working with research partners in the areas of acupuncture for stable angina, atrial fibrillation, stroke symptoms, and cardiac rehabilitation. I serve as chair-elect of the Leadership Council for the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) and chair of the CANS Science Committee. Within the College of Nursing I serve as faculty chairperson, mentoring program facilitator, and director of the cardiopulmonary research interest group.

Current Area of Teaching
  • NURS 570-Philosophy of Science (PhD)
  • NURS 516-Evidence-Based Practice 2 (DNP)
Student Opportunities
  1. Co-author data-based papers on heart disease, biomarkers, and/or genetics
  2. Co-author abstracts and work on professional presentations
  3. Grant writing experience on acute coronary syndrome symptom phenotypes and acupuncture interventions for women with angina
  4. Mentoring to serve in leadership positions for professional organizations
Selected Honors & Awards

Distinguished Scientist Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Acute and Critical    Care Across the Lifespan Research Section. Milwaukee, WI. March.


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.


Fellow, Institute of Medicine Chicago


Fellow, American Academy of Nursing


Fellow, American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular & Stroke Nursing


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


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


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


Sage/Midwest Nursing Research Society Best Paper Award, 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


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


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

Selected Publications

*denotes data-based  (Past 4 Years)

DeVon, H. A., Vuckovic, K., Ryan, C. J., Barnason, S., Zerwic, J. J., Pozehl, B., Schulz, P.,  Seo, Y., & Zimmerman, L. (2016). Systematic review of symptom clusters in cardiovascular disease. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Mar 31. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 27034451.

DeVon, H. A., Pettey, C. M., Vuckovic, K., Beasley, B., Koenig, M. D., & McSweeney, J. C. (2016). A review of the literature on cardiac symptoms in older and younger women. J of Obstetric, Gynelcologic & Neonatal Nursing. Mar 8. Doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2016.02.002 [Epub ahead of print] PMID:26968243.

*Sanders, S. F., DeVon, H. A. (2016). Accuracy in ED triage for symptoms of acute myocardial infarction. J Emerg Nurs. Mar 4. pii: S0099-1767(16)00043-X. doi:10.1016/j.jen. 2015. 12.011. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:26953510.

Mehta, L., Beckie, T., DeVon, H. A., Grines, C. L., Johnson, M. J., Krumholz, H. M., Lindley, K. J., Vaccarino, V., Wang, T. Y., Watson, K. E., & Wenger, N. K. (2016). Acute Myocardial Infarction in Women: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. Jan. 26. [Epub ahead of print].

*Haugland, T., Wahl, A. K., Dag Hofoss, D., DeVon, H. A. General self-efficacy, social support, cancer-related stress and health-related quality of life: A path model study in patients with neuroendocrine tumors. J of Health and Qulaity of Life Outcomes. 2016 Jan 18. [Epub ahead of print].

*McCabe, P. J., Rhudy, L. M., Chamberlain, A. M., & DeVon, H. A. Fatigue, dyspnea, and intermittent symptoms are associated with treatment-seeking delay for symptoms of atrial fibrillation before diagnosis. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Aug 25. [Epub ahead of print]. DOI: 10.1177/1474515115603901.

*Rosenfeld, A, G., Knight, E. P., Steffen, A., Burke, L., Daya, M. & DeVon, H.A. Symptom clusters in patients presenting to the emergency department with possible acute coronary syndrome differ by sex, age, and discharge diagnosis. Heart & Lung. 2015 Jun 25 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 26118542.

Madden, L. K., Blozis, S. A. & DeVon, H. A. Systematic review of the effects of body temperature on outcome following adult traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. 2015 Aug; 47(4): 190-203. PMID: 25951311.

*McCabe, P. J., Chamberlain, A. M., Rhudy, L. M., & DeVon, H. A. Symptom representation and treatment-seeking prior to diagnosis of atrial fibrillation. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 2015 Feb 17.  [Epub ahead of print] PMID:25694177.

*Doumit R, Afifi RA, & DeVon H. A. Serenity in political uncertainty. Holistic Nursing Practice. 2015 March/April;29(2):78-86. PMID:25658930.

McCabe, P. J. & DeVon, H. A. Home-based management of patients with atrial fibrillation. Commentary. The Lancet. 2014 Nov 17. pii: S0140-6736(14)62013-4. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62013-4. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 25467561.

*McCabe, P. J., Rhudy, L. M., & DeVon, H. A. Patients’ experiences from symptom onset through initial treatment for atrial fibrillation. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2014 Nov 25. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12708. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 25421608.

*Vuckovic, K. M., DeVon, H. A., & Piano, M. R. The measurement of dyspnea in African American patients with preserved and reduced ejection fraction heart failure. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2014 Nov 21. [Epub ahead of print].

Safdar, B., Nagurney, J.T., Anise, A., DeVon, H. A., D’Onofrio, G., Hess, E. P., Hollander, J. E., Legato, M., McGregor, A.J., Scott, J., Tewelde, S., & Diercks, D.B. Gender-specific research for emergency management of coronary artery disease: Proceedings from the 2014 Academic Emergency Medicine consensus conference cardiovascular research workgroup. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2014 Dec; 21(12): 1350-60. doi: 10.1111/acem.12527. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:25413468.

Saban, K. L., Mathews, H., DeVon, H. A., & Witek-Janusek, L. Epigenetics and Social Context: Implications for Disparity in Cardiovascular Disease. Aging & Disease. 2014 Oct 1;5(5):346-55. PMID: 25276493.

DeVon, H. A., & Noureddine, S. (2014). 20 things you didn’t know about women and heart disease.  Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Sep-Oct;29(5):384-5. PMID: 25118035.

*DeVon, H. A., Burke, L., Nelson, H., & Zerwic, J.J., Riley, B. (2014). Disparities in patients presenting to the emergency department with symptoms suggestive of acute coronary syndrome: It matters if you are Black or White. Heart & Lung. Jul-Aug; 43(4):270-7. PMID: 24992880.

*DeVon, H. A., Rosenfeld, A. G., Steffen, A., & Daya, M. (2014). Sensitivity, specificity, and sex differences in symptoms reported on the 13-Item acute coronary syndrome checklist. Journal of the American Heart Association. Apr 2; 3(2): e000586. PMID: 24695650.

*Eckhardt, A., DeVon, H. A., Piano, M., Ryan, C., & Zerwic, J. J. (2014). Fatigue in the presence of coronary heart disease. Nursing Research. Mar/Apr; 63(2): 83-93. PMID: 24589645.

*DeVon, H.A., Rosenfeld, A. G., Piano, M. R., Hoppensteadt, D. (2014). The association of inflammatory biomarkers with pain: A review of the literature. Nursing Research.Jan-Feb;63(1):51-62.  PMID: 24335913

DeVon, H. A., & Noureddine, S. (2014). Twenty things you didn’t know about women and heart disease. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

DeVon HA, Rosenfeld A, Daya M. (2013). Cardiac symptoms in women and men. JAMA Intern Med. Nov 11;173(20):1927-8. PMID: 24217380

*Saban, K. L., Hoppensteadt-Moorman, D., Bryant, F. B., & DeVon, H. A. (2013). Social determinants and heat shock protein 70 among African American and non-Hispanic white women with atherosclerosis: A Pilot Study. BiologicalResearch for Nursing. Jun 7 epub ahead of print. PMID: 23749050

*DeVillers, M. J., & DeVon, H.A. (2012). Moral distress and avoidance behavior in nurses working in critical care and non-critical care units. Nursing Ethics. Nov 27. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 23186938

*DeVon, H. A., Patmon, F., Francis, D., Fennessy, M. M., & Rosenfeld, A. G. (2013). Implementing clinical research in the high acuity setting of the emergency department. Journal of Emergency Nursing. 2013; 39(1): 6-12. PMID: 23099018.

Current Research


UIC Internal Research Support Program
Feasibility Testing of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Acupuncture to Improve Symptoms for Women with Stable Angina (AIMS-A). H. DeVon & J. Schlaeger, co-PIs)
Aims are to: 1) determine the feasibility of study processes (recruitment, retention, completion, acceptability) to inform the design and execution of a large trial and 2) estimate effect sizes for pre & post intervention scores on pain/symptoms, functional status, and quality of life between the acupuncture and wait list control groups.


K23NR014253 (Co-sponsor & Mentor)
Testing the Feasibility of the Alert for Atrial Fibrillation Program
The purpose is to determine the psychometric properties of the KABAFS and to generate critical knowledge about the feasibility of conducting a randomized trial to test the effect of the Alert for Atrial Fibrillation program on treatment-seeking for symptoms of atrial fibrillation


Submitted Grants

National Institute for Nursing Research
Improving Atrial Fibrillation Awareness in Older Adults: The Alert for AFib
Trial P. McCabe, PI.; H. DeVon, D. Darbar, & K. Douglas-Vickers, Co-Investigators (submitted 2/1/16).
Aims are: 1) to test the efficacy of the Alert for AFib intervention on patients’ knowledge and beliefs about AF self-monitoring in a multiethnic sample of older adults at risk for development of AF and 2) to identify the association between knowledge and beliefs about AF self-monitoring and adherence to pulse palpation.


Completed Research

Genentech Corp. (Co-PI)
Symptoms and Time to Treatment during Stroke P. Zrelak, co-PI
Aims are to examine symptoms and patients’ knowledge of symptoms during stroke.


3R01NR012012-05W1 Administrative Supplement (PI)
Supplement to the Influence of Gender on Symptom Characteristics during Acute Coronary Syndromes-Gene Cytokine Polymorphisms in a Spanish-Speaking Cohort.
Aims are to describe cytokine gene polymorphisms in Mexican Americans.


K01NR013478 (Co-sponsor)
NIH/ NINR K. Saban, PI
Social Context and Inflammatory Risk for Stroke in African American Women
Aims are to study the relationship of social determinants, inflammatory cytokines, and epigenetic response in African American women at risk for stroke.


1F31NR013813-01 (Sponsor & Faculty Mentor)
Impact of temperature profile on neurologic outcome prediction after moderate and severe traumatic brain injury, L. Madden, PI.
Aims are to describe hypo/normo/and hyperthermia following traumatic brain injury.


MNRS Seed Grant (Sponsor)
Midwest Nursing Research Society Treatment Seeking Behavior for Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation
P. McCabe, PI
Aims were to examine symptoms and response in patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.


5R01NR012012 (PI)
The Influence of Gender on Symptom Characteristics during Acute Coronary Syndromes A. Rosenfeld, M. Daya, D. Hoppensteadt, and M. Cichon. Co-Is.
Aims are to examine gender differences/similarities, clusters, trajectories, biomarkers, and outcomes in patients presenting to the ED with symptoms suggestive of ACS.