Kelly Wierenga PhD, RN

Kelly Wierenga



Phone: 368.4422

Educational Background

  • PhD in Nursing, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2016
  • MSN, Nursing Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2011
  • BSN, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, 2002 

Research Interests

  • Emotion Regulation
  • Self-Management
  • Health Behavior Change
  • Health Disparities
  • Older Adults

Education Interests

  • Nursing Care of Older Adults
  • Self-Management of Physical and Mental Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Clinical Nurse Leadership

Recent Publications

  • Wierenga, K. L., (In Press). Emotion regulation and perceptions of illness coherence and controllability on regimen adherence and negative cardiac health events in African American women with heart failure. 
  • Wierenga, K. L.(In Press). Emotion regulation in chronic disease populations: An integrative review. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice
  • Wierenga, K. L.Dekker, R. L., Lennie, T. A., Chung, M. L., & Dracup, K. (In Press). African American race is associated with poorer outcomes in heart failure patients. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 2016 July 27. pii: 0193945916661277. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Wierenga, K. L.(2016) Emotion regulation and illness perceptions in African American women with heart failure (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from Proquest Database. (Accession No. 1791485088)
  • Adams, K. L., Iseler, J. (April 2014) The Relationship of Bedside Nurses Emotional Intelligence with Quality of Care, Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 29(2), 174-181. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000039.

Accredidations and Awards

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, T32 Multiple Chronic Conditions, Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (2016-2018)
  • NINR Predoctoral Training Grant, F31 (1F31NR014754-01A1), Emotion regulation in African American women with heart failure (2014-2016)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, Student Award (2014)
  • American Heart Association Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Travel Award (2013)
  • Jonas Nurse Scholar Fellowship (2012)

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