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Dr. Adey Nyamathi - UC Irvine. Irvine, CA, US

Dr. Adey Nyamathi Dr. Adey Nyamathi

Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Nursing | UC Irvine


Dr. Nyamathi conducts studies among vulnerable groups, including homeless, drug-addicted and incarcerated persons and gay/bisexual youth.





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New UC Irvine Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing Invisible Walls: Women, Violence and Safety




Dr. Adey Nyamathi is a highly respected researcher, academician, and a distinguished professor. Dr. Nyamathi has been the principal investigator in nine NIH-funded RO1s and other NIH grants funded by NIDA, NIAAA, NICHD, NIAID, and NIMHD. During her over three decades of continuous RO1 NIH funding as a Principle Investigator, Dr. Nyamathi has conducted descriptive and randomized trials among vulnerable populations, including homeless, drug-addicted and incarcerated persons, gay/bisexual youth, men at risk for HIV/AIDS, and rural women living with AIDS in India. In her completing NIH-funded study with homeless adults diagnosed with LTBI, Dr. Nyamathi and her team have successfully ensured that 92% of homeless adults in the study have competed their prescribed 3 month treatment. Dr Nyamathi and her team are embarking now on newly funded studies related to HCV and COVID-19.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Vulnerable Populations


Role of Nursing



Education (3)

Case Western Reserve University: PhD, Nursing 1983

State University New York at Stony Brook: MSN, Nursing 1978

Hunter College- Bellevue School of Nursing: BSN, Nursing 1973

Affiliations (3)

  • Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Tau Chapter
  • California Nurses Association
  • American Academy of Nursing

Media Appearances (4)

Three questions with Adey Nyamathi

UCI News  online


Adeline “Adey” Nyamathi joined UCI on Jan. 3 as founding dean of a proposed nursing school. For 10 years, the Program in Nursing Science had built a solid academic, research and clinical reputation, and on Jan. 26, UC regents approved the creation of the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, the fourth nursing school in the UC system. A recent $40 million gift from the William & Sue Gross Family Foundation will fund construction of an expansive new building for the school, which Nyamathi hopes to dramatically expand in size and scope. From her Berk Hall office, she shared her vision.

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UCI nursing program officially becomes a school

Los Angeles Times  online


“A school level is just so much more prestigious,” said the nursing school's founding dean, Adeline “Adey” Nyamathi. “We'll be able to move ...

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Stellar UCI nursing program becomes a school

UCI News  online


“I am honored to take the helm of a school where illustrious faculty and staff have rapidly pushed the nursing program to new heights,” said founding Dean Adeline “Adey” Nyamathi, who arrived at UCI this month. “Emboldened by the mission of significantly building our research capacity with a focus on real-world solutions and training of the next generation of compassionate nurse leaders, we will embark on the development of a top-ranked school of nursing.”

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Innovative intervention program improves life for rural women in India living with HIV/AIDS

UCLA Newsroom  online


"For rural women living with AIDS in India, stigma, financial constraints and transportation challenges continue to exist, making lifesaving antiretroviral therapy difficult to obtain," said lead researcher Adey Nyamathi, distinguished professor and associate dean of international research and scholarly activities at the UCLA School of Nursing.

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Research Grants (7)

Exploration of the Impact of Homelessness on Risk for COVID-19 Infection and Substance Use Patterns among Substance-Using Homeless Adults

UCI Office of Research Craft-COVID $60,000

2020 - 2021

Development of a Community-based HCV Treatment Completion Intervention Among HCV Positive Homeless Adults

NIH-NIMHD $444,671

2019 - 2021

Asha Improving Health and Nutrition of Indian Women with AIDS and their Children

NIMH $2,934,843


Homeless Female Offenders Returning To The Community: Improving Hopeful Futures

National Institute on Drug Abuse $688,605


Summer Research

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Program $19,042

2016 Summer

Summer Research

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Program $7,020

2013 Summer

Summer Research

NIDA Program $11,232

2012 Summer

Articles (5)

Body Composition Changes Resulting from Nutrition Supplementation and Nutrition Education: Results from 2 × 2 Factorial Trial of 600 Rural Indian Women Living with HIV/AIDS

Current Developments in Nutrition

Catherine Carpenter, Kavita Kapur, Padma Ramakrishna, Kartik Yadav, Maria Ekstrand, Sanjeev Sinha, Adeline Nyamathi

2020 People living with HIV/AIDS are at increased risk of nutritional deficiencies. Loss of lean muscle mass has been associated with a more rapid decline of immune function and increased risk of mortality among individuals suffering from HIV. Our objectives were to evaluate the relative contributions of nutrition supplementation and nutrition education on body composition outcomes using a cluster randomized factorial trial among 600 women living with HIV/AIDS in rural Andhra Pradesh, India.

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Parent Educational Intervention Program for Improving Parental Knowledge, Self-efficacy and Health Related Quality of life in Children with Sickle Cell Disease Using Smartphone Technology

Research Square

NASIRI YA, Jacob E, Lee E, Nyamathi A, Brecht M, Robbins WA, Mawali AA

2020 Abstract Background Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a genetic blood disorder that increases the risk for recurrent painful episodes. Parents’ knowledge regarding SCD management is poor, leading to poor symptom management and lower Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) in children with SCD. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a parent educational intervention program ( PEIP ) on the parental knowledge, self-efficacy and perception of the HRQOL of their children with SCD.

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Associations of Partner Support and Acculturation With Physical Activity in Mexican American Women

Hispanic Health Care International

Neomie C Congello, Deborah Koniak-Griffin, Mary-Lynn Brecht, Ron D Hays, Mary-Sue V Heilemann, Adeline M Nyamathi

2019 Insufficient physical activity (PA) and obesity-related health conditions have reached epidemic proportions worldwide. Mexican American women (MAW) report low leisure time physical activity. Few studies examine activities beyond leisure time. Qualitative research suggests that partner support influence provides a cultural approach relevant to PA among MAW.

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Correlates of Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms among Formerly Incarcerated, Homeless Women

Issues in Mental Health Nursing

Benissa E Salem, Angela L Hudson, Kartik Yadav, Jaemilyn Lucas, Joy Toyama, Stephanie Chen, Mark Faucette, Maria L Ekstrand, Adeline M Nyamathi

2019 Posttraumatic stress symptoms are a pressing issue among women experiencing incarceration and homelessness. Baseline data were collected among formerly incarcerated homeless women (N = 130) who were on average 38.9 (SD = 11.36, range 19–64) years of age and recruited into a pilot randomized control trial (RCT) intervention program. A logistic regression was used to assess correlates of PTSD symptoms.

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Sustained Effect of a Community-based Behavioral and Nutrition Intervention on HIV-related Outcomes Among Women Living With HIV in Rural India: A Quasi-experimental Trial

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

2019 Women living with HIV (WLH) in rural communities face challenges to obtaining treatment and accurate disease-related information. Nutritional deficits exacerbate disease progression.

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