Eleanor Rivera, PhD, RN


Postdoctoral Fellow, NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health, School of Nursing

Eleanor Rivera, PhD, RN, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. The fellowship program sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research [T32NR009365] prepares emerging nurse scholars with in-depth knowledge of transitions in health and health care experienced by chronically ill older adults and their family caregivers.

Dr. Rivera’s program of research focuses on the relationship between a person's understanding of their chronic disease and their health outcomes. Her dissertation study examined the disease perceptions of patients living with heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and chronic kidney disease, and the association with self-care activation and health care utilization. In recognition of her scholarship and commitment to advance the science of nursing care during her doctoral study, she received several scholarship and awards including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s CastleBranch-Graduate Nursing Students Academy Scholarship and the National Hispanic Health Foundation’s Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship. Dr. Rivera also was selected by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare as a 2016 Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar.

She received her Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Chicago and Masters degree in Nursing at DePaul University. Dr. Rivera completed her doctorate in Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago.