Dr. Lorraine S. Evangelista completed her baccalaureate training at the University of the Philippines College of Nursing (cum laude) in 1985. She received her master's and a doctoral degree from the UCLA School of Nursing in 1993 and 2000, respectively.
Areas of Research, Teaching, And Clinical Expertise and Scholarship
Dr. Evangelista is a skilled clinician, researcher, and educator. She has worked in the critical care setting in several nursing roles for over 15 years. As a researcher, she is recognized nationally and internationally for her investigation into the care of patients with heart disease and the effects of this disease on the patients and family members. Dr. Evangelista has been conducting high profile federally-funded research among adults suffering from chronic heart failure (HF) for over two decades. Her research trajectory is distinguished as her work focuses on designing and testing age- and culturally-appropriate innovations to promote self-care (e.g., educational and motivational interventions) and refine existing tools to validate self-care behaviors. Dr. Evangelista's distinguished research covers the biobehavioral, psychosocial and biological aspects that impact psychological well-being, functional health, quality of life and clinical outcomes in adults diagnosed with chronic HF, a population which represents the highest number of hospital admissions among Medicare beneficiaries.
Dr. Evangelista has taught both basic and advanced nursing research courses both in the undergraduate and graduate levels including introduction to research, critical appraisal and evaluation of research, and dissemination of research through publications. She has also taught leadership and case management, nursing ethics, professionalism and nursing roles, and critical care.
Dr. Evangelista's scholarship includes over 100 peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters, monographs or commentaries, and two policies/position statements. Highlights of her work include the first paper to demonstrate the effects of exercise training in reducing hospital readmissions and improving quality of life in patients with HF. Second, she was also the first to document the time that elapsed from the onset of HF symptoms and presentation to the emergency room in a large cohort of patients. This information changed the way we teach patients to manage their symptoms and has decreased the incidence of hospital readmission. Third, she was the first to test the reliability and validity of pedometers in measuring exercise activity in this population, which has allowed other investigators to use them as a test of internal validity in exercise studies. Fourth, her unique findings of the differences among and between various under-represented minorities have shed important light on the problems they experience with adherence and emotional responses to HF.