Agatha M. Gallo, PhD, RN, APN/CPNP, FAAN

  • Professor Emerita

Dr. Agatha Gallo has focused her research on family response to childhood chronic illness. and more recently, families who have a child with a genetic condition. She is conducting two randomized  trials of an educational program with people who have sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait to help support their informed reproductive health decisions.

Selected Honors & Awards

Senior Investigator Award, Qualitative Research Section, Midwest Nursing Research Society, March 2013.

Pinnacle Leadership Award, 10th Annual Power of Nursing Leadership conference, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing, October 2007

Distinguished Contribution to Family Nursing Research Award, Journal of Family Nursing, June 2007

Founder’s Award for Research & Scholarship, International Society of Nurses for Genetics (ISONG), May 2007

Senior Scientist Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS), April 2006

Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, November 2004

Irving Brooks Harris Faculty Scholar, August 2002-August 2004

Excellence in Research Award, Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (AFPNP), April 2002

Honor a Researcher Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS), August 1994

Pediatric Section Research Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society, April 1994

UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing 1993

Honor Society of Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International 1975

Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner 1972

Funded Training Grants

Project Director, A Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Challenge Grant. The Harris Foundation Award, Chicago, IL, July 1996-2012, $100,000.

Content Expert, Family as Context for Clinical Genetics Project (R25 HG02259), National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Institute, Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Research Program, September 2001-August 2004, $835,307/3 years.

Faculty, Clinical Genetics for Health Professionals: Using the World Wide Web, Genentech Foundation, June 1, 1998-August 30, 2001, $80,000.

Project Director, A Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty for Chicago. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Public Health Service, Division of Nursing, July 1996-June 2000, $580,500/4 years.

Project Director, Service-Education Partnerships to Expand Primary Care Advance Practice Nursing, Washington Square Health Foundation Award, April 1996-July 1998, $30,000.

Faculty, Training in Primary Health Care Research, Institutional training grant, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research, 1994-1999, $850,000/5 years.

Principal Presenter, Grant for paper presentation at the Fourth Federal Gesundheitstag, West Germany, May 1987.UIC Chicago, Campus Research Board and College of Nursing, $600.00.

Selected Publications

Refereed Journals

Gallo, A.M., Wilkie, D.J., Wang, E., Labotka, R. J., Molokie, R.E., Stahl, C., Hershberger, P., Zhao, Z., Suarez, M.L., Johnson, B., Pullum, C., Angulo, R., & Thompson, A. (in press; ePub April 8, 2013). Evaluation of the SCKnowIQ Tool and Reproductive CHOICES Intervention among young adults with sickle cell disease or sickle cell trait. Clinical Nursing Research.

Wilkie, D. J., Gallo, A.M.,  Yao, Y., Molokie, R.E., Stahl, C. Hershberger, P. E., Zhao, Z., Suarez, M.L., Labotka, R J., Johnson, B., Angulo, R., Angulo, V., Carrasco, J., Shuey, D., Pelligra, S., Wang, E., Rogers, D. T., & Thompson, A. (2013). Reproductive health CHOICES for young adults with sickle cell disease or trait: Randomized controlled trial: Immediate posttest effects, Nursing Research, 62(5), 352-361. doi:10.1097/NNR.0b013e3182a0316b

Knafl, K.A, Deatrick, J.A., Knafl, G.J., Gallo, A.M., Grey, M., J., & Dixon, J. K. (2013). Patterns of family management of childhood chronic conditions and their relationship to child and family functioning. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 28(6), 523-35.doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2013.03.006.

Ryan, D.J., Choi, H., Vincent, C.V., Hacker, E.D., Zerwic, J.J., Norr, K., Park, H., Tastan, S., Keenan, G.M., Finnegan, L., Zhao, Z., Gallo, A.M., & Wilkie, D.J. (2013). Challenges and solutions for using informatics in research. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 35(6), 722-741.

Boonpleng, W., Park, C., Gallo, A.M., Corte, C., McCreary, L., & Bergren, M. (2013). Ecological influences of early childhood obesity: A multilevel analysis, Western Journal of Nursing Research, 35(6), 742-759.

Driessnack, M. & Gallo, A.M. (2013). Children's draw-and-tell conversations. Pediatric Nursing, 39(4), 173-179.

Hopkins, A. F., & Gallo, A.M. (2012). Mothers’ perceptions of family-school life when their children have a chronic condition. International Journal of Clinical Pediatrics, 1(4-5), 97-102.

Hershberger, P. E., Gallo, A.M., Kavanaugh, K., Olshansky, E., Schwartz, A., & Tur-Kaspa, I. (2012). The decision-making process of genetically at-risk couples considering preimplantation genetic diagnosis: Initial findings from a grounded theory study. Social Science in Medicine, 74(10), 1536-1543. PMC3328546

Boonpleng, W., Park, C., & Gallo, A.M. (2012).Timing of adiposity rebound: A step toward preventing obesity. Pediatric Nursing, 38(1), 37-42.

Sawin, K. J., Lewin, L. C., Niederhauser, V.P., Brady, M. A., Jones, D., Butz, A., Gallo, A.M., Schindler, C. A., & Trent, C.A. (2012). A survey of NAPNAP members’ clinical and professional research priorities. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 26(1), 5-15.

Chapters in Books

Driessnack, M. & Gallo, A.M. (2011). Stop, Look & Listen: Revisiting the involvement of children and adolescents in genomic research. Annual review of nursing research, 29, 133-149.

Van Riper, M., & Gallo, A. (2006). Families, health and genomics (pp. 195-218). In D.R. Crane & E. S. Mitchell (Eds.) Handbook of families and health: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

Current Research
  • CHOICES: Tailored Education for Informed Reproductive Decisions by People with Sickle Cell Disease and Sickle Cell Trait
  • Sickle Cell Reproductive CHOICES: Efficacy of a Primary Prevention Intervention