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Deborah Chyun, Ph.D. - University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT, US

Deborah Chyun, Ph.D.

Professor and Dean Emeritus | University of Connecticut


Professor Chyun is an expert in the field of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.


Deborah Ann Chyun, Ph.D., RN, FAHA, FAAN, brings a distinguished educational pedigree, a richly varied career as a clinician and educator, and a substantial contribution to nursing research in cardiac disease management. She served as the UConn School of Nursing's 10th Dean.

Professor Chyun's interdisciplinary and interprofessional education has uniquely prepared her for the complexities of today’s nursing research, clinical practice, and education. Her experiences as a clinician and educator have been varied, from large urban hospitals to midsize local hospitals, from community college adjunct faculty member to tenured faculty member at an Ivy League university. In Boston, she practiced at New England Deaconess Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital; later, she was a staff nurse and a head nurse at Bristol Hospital in Connecticut. Prior to her appointment at UConn, she was the John W. Rowe Professor in Successful Aging, professor of Global Public Health, and executive associate dean at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing of New York University, where she was a leader and researcher for almost a decade.

Areas of Expertise (3)


Cardiovascular Disease


Education (3)

Yale University School of Medicine: Ph.D., Epidemiology and Public Health 1998

Yale University School of Nursing: M.S.N., Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse 1982

Boston College: B.S.N., Nursing





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April 2019 Traditional Undergraduate Information Session Talk


Media Appearances (1)

Bisexual Men Have Higher Risk for Heart Disease

NYU  online


In addition to Caceres, study authors include Abraham Brody and Caroline Dorsen of NYU Meyers, Deborah Chyun of the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, and Perry Halkitis of Rutgers School of Public Health. The research was supported by funding to Caceres through a predoctoral institutional training grant (TL1TR001147) from the New York University–Health + Hospitals Corporation Clinical and Translational Science Institute and a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Nursing Research (T32NR014205) in Comparative and Cost-Effectiveness Research Training for Nurse Scientists...

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Articles (5)

A systematic review of cardiovascular disease in sexual minority men and women.

American Journal of Public Health

2017 Mental health and HIV disparities are well documented among sexual minorities, but there is a dearth of research on other chronic conditions. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide. Although sexual minorities have high rates of several modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease (including stress, tobacco use, and alcohol consumption), there is a paucity of research in this area.

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Physical inactivity and cardiac events: An analysis of the Detection of Ischemia in Asymptomatic Diabetics

Journal of Clinical and Translational Endocrinology

2017 Diabetes affects 29 million adults, and the majority have type 2 diabetes (T2D). Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death, and physical inactivity is an important risk factor. The aims of this study were to examine the contribution of physical inactivity to CAD events, and to identify the independent predictors of CAD events in a sample of older adults with T2D.

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An Exercise Counseling Intervention in Minority Adults With Heart Failure

Rehabilitation Nursing

2017 The primary aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of an exercise counseling intervention for adults of diverse race/ethnicity with heart failure (HF) and to assess its potential for improving overall physical activity, functional capacity, and HF self-care.

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Barriers and facilitators to referral for asymptomatic hypertension in the emergency department: A multidisciplinary survey of ED providers in the US

Journal of Hypertension and Management

2016 Hypertension is prevalent in the emergency department (ED) and more common in the ED than at visits to primary care providers. As a result of this, the American College of Emergency Physicians recommends all adult patients who have a repeated BP ≥ 140/90 mmHg be referred for evaluation.

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Knowledge gaps in older adult populations: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association Writing Committee


2016 The incidence and prevalence of most cardiovascular disorders increase with age, and cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and major disability in adults ≥75 years of age; however, despite the large impact of cardiovascular disease on quality of life, morbidity, and mortality in older adults, patients aged ≥75 years have been markedly underrepresented in most major cardiovascular trials, and virtually all trials have excluded older patients with complex comorbidities, significant physical or cognitive disabilities, frailty, or residence in a nursing home or assisted living facility.

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