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Lichun (Rebecca) Chia, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
Nursing

Fisher Hall 524
Phone: 412.396.4102

Education:

Post-doctoral Scholar Fellow, Center for Research on Health Care, Division of General Internal Medicine University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
B.S.N., Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH
Bio

Dr. Chia obtained her PhD in Nursing in 2007 from the University of Pittsburgh, and served as a postdoctoral fellow under Dean, Dunbar-Jacob at the School of Nursing for one year. Dr. Chia was a postdoctoral scholar in the RAND-University of Pittsburgh Scholars Program (Director: Dr. Kevin Kraemer), an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRO)-sponsored T32 program focused on health services and policy research.

Through her PhD and postdoctoral training, she has worked on NIH-funded randomized clinical trials in the area of adherence, behavioral intervention, diabetes self-management, healthcare disparities, and health information technology.
As a fellow, Dr. Chia pursued research on variety of topics relevant to elderly patients with chronic diseases. With faculty from the School of Nursing, she participated in different aspects of research implementation, data collection and analysis, including the construction of sophisticated structural equation models related to quality of life and comorbidity among people with diabetes.

Under Dr. Howard Degenholtz in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Dr. Chia conducted an analysis of quality of life scores of elderly residents in long-term care facilities and analyzed data from the national Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) to examine racial disparities in general and preventive care and diabetes care measures among elderly diabetics. She conducted an analysis of quality of life scores of elderly residents in long-term care facilities and analyzed data from the national Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) to examine racial disparities in general and preventive care and diabetes care measures among elderly diabetics.

Dr. Chia also worked as a Co-PI on an AHRQ- sponsored R18 project that compares active and passive patient-directed electronic communication systems for delivering results and reminders about preventive care and other "best practices".

Research

Funded Research

Principal Investigator
Chia, L., Degenholtz, H. (2009 - 2012). Cost, Use and Outcomes of Medicare Benefits with Chronic Disease and Disability. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, T32 program - research training.

Co-Investigator
Roberts, M., Hess. R., Fischer, G., Clark, S., Shevchik, G., Zickmund, S., Chia, L. (2010 - 2013). Self-Management & Reminders with Technology: SMART Appraisal of an Integrated PHR. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 1R18HS018167-01, ($1,300,000).

Scholarship

Selected Presentations (Regionally, Nationally, Internationally)

Chia, L., Degenholtz, H. Racial disparities in diabetes related care and outcomes among elderly Medicare Beneficiaries with Diabetes and other Chronic Conditions. Oral Presentation at17th National Research Service Award (NRSA) (Affiliated with AcademyHealth), Seattle, WA. June, 2011

Chia, L., Hess, R., Fischer, G., Clark, S., Parisi, L., & Roberts, M. Integrated personal health records in patients with diabetes: Methods and study sample. Poster Presentation at the 17th National Research Service Award (NRSA) (Affiliated with AcademyHealth), Seattle, WA. June, 2011

Chia, L., Degenholtz, H. Disparities in health outcomes among Medicare Beneficiaries with Diabetes and other Chronic Conditions. Poster Presentation at the Annual Research Meeting, AcademyHealth & National Research Service Award (NRSA), Seattle, WA. June, 2011

Chia, L., Degenholtz, H. Disparities in Diabetes related care and outcomes in older adults with diabetes and multiple chronic conditions. Poster Presentation at the Fifth Annual Research Poster Day, Institute on Aging, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. April, 2011

Chia, L., Degenholtz. Health disparities among elderly Medicare Beneficiaries with Multiple comorbid conditions. Poster Presentation at the Schools of Health Science Health Disparities Research Poster Competition, Schools of Health Science, University of Pittsburgh, PA, April, 2011

Degenholtz, H., Bulger, N., Resnick, A., Chia, L. Improving quality of life of nursing home residents using structured resident interview (QOL.SRI) and care planning. Oral Presentation and Briefing, National Stakeholders Briefing, Washington D.C., August, 2010

Chia, L., Degenholtz, H. Health disparities among elderly Medicare Beneficiaries with Multiple comorbid conditions. Oral Presentation at the Annual AcademyHealth & National Research Service Award (NRSA), Boston, MA. June, 2010

Degenholtz, H., Resnick, A., Bulger, N., Chia, L. Improving quality of life in nursing homes: an innovative assessment and care planning approach. Late Breaker Poster Presentation at the Annual Gerontological Association of America Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November, 2009

Degenholtz, H., Bulger, N., Resnick, A., Chia, L., Rosen, J., Laves, J. Improving Quality of life through Structured Resident Interviews: The QOL.SRI and Care Planning (CP) System. Symposium at the National Pioneer Network Conference, Little Rock, AR, August, 2009

Chia, L., Degenholtz, H. Racial disparities in health care service among older adults with type-2 diabetes and other comorbid conditions. Poster Presentation at the AcademyHealth & National Research Service Award (NRSA), Chicago, IL. June, 2009

Chia, L., Dunbar-Jacob, J., Sereika, S., Rodriguez, E., Engberg, S. Characteristics associated with health related quality of life in patients with type2 diabetes. Poster Presentation at the Annual Society of Behavioral Medicine Meeting and Scientific Sessions, San Diego, CA, April, 2008

Publications (*data based)

Chia, L., Schlenk, E., Dunbar-Jacob, J. (2006). Leading Article: Effect of Personal and Cultural Beliefs on Medication Adherence in the Elderly. Drugs and Aging, 23 (6), 191-202.

*Dunbar-Jacob, J., Sereika, S., Foley, S., Chia, L. Health Related Quality of Life and Adherence in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Quality of Life Research. In Press

Zieth, C., Chia, L., Hess, R. Utilization of PHR in patient directed clinical decision support. Journal of Health Informatics. In Press

*Degenholtz, H., Resnick, A., Boulder, N., Chia, L. Improving Quality of life in Nursing Homes: The Structured Resident Interview Approach. Gerontological Nursing. Under Review

*Chia, L., Engberg, S., Dunbar-Jacob, J., Sereika, S., Rodriguez, E. Characteristics associated with health related quality of life in patients with type-2: a Structure Equation Modeling. Submitting to Quality of Life Research

*Chia, L., Degenholtz, H. Health Disparities in Elderly Medical Beneficiaries with diabetes and multiple comorbid conditions. Submitting to Gerontology Nursing

Honors/Awards
  • 2011 Health Science Health Disparities Poster Competition, Postdoctoral Category - 1st place, Schools of Health Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2011 Celebrating Research on Aging: Building Collaborations for the Future, Poster Competition, Postdoctoral Category - Highest honor, Institute on Aging, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2010 Course in Scientific Management Leadership, Office of Academic Career Development, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2005 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing; Eta Chapters
  • 2005 Szeming Sze Student Award Scholarship, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh