Barbara Riegel Named AHA 2015 Distinguished Scientist

Barbara Riegel Named AHA 2015 Distinguished Scientist

Third National Nursing Research Honor She's Received This Year

Penn Nursing School Professor and LDI Senior Fellow Barbara Riegel has received a 2015 Distinguished Scientist award from the American Heart Association.

The decade-old award honors researchers for "significant, original and sustained scientific contributions that have advanced the mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke."


Barbara Riegel, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

Third national honor in 2015
It was the third national honor Riegel received this year. Earlier she was inducted into the International Honor Society of Nursing's Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, and selected to present the AHA Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing's Kathleen A. Dracup Distinguished Lecture in Exemplary Early-Career Mentoring

Riegel, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, is Chair of Gerontology and Director of the Biobehavioral Research Center at the Penn Nursing School.

Self care among older adults
Her research has focused on the self care of older adults with cardiovascular disease, including medication adherence and decision-making in response to symptoms. Her findings have demonstrated that poor medication adherence is a primary contributor to hospitalization in heart failure, identified intentional and unintentional factors associated with poor medication adherence, and developed an approach to improving medication adherence in these patients.