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Cheryl R. Dennison, Ph.D.

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Deputy Director, Research Participant and Community Partnership Core, Institute for Clinical Translational Research

Joint Appointment in Health Sciences Informatics

Background

Dr. Cheryl Dennison-Himmelfarb is an associate professor of health sciences informatics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as a clinician, researcher and nurse educator at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Her research focuses on patient safety and cardiovascular care.

She serves as the deputy director of the Research Participant and Community Partnership Core of the Institute for Clinical Translational Research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Dennison-Himmelfarb’s current research bridges scientific research and clinical practice, and develops and tests interdisciplinary and health information technology-based approaches. Her work focuses on reducing system and provider barriers to the implementation of cardiovascular guidelines in acute, primary care and community settings.

She received her B.S. from Texas Woman’s University. She earned her M.S. from Johns Hopkins and received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Dr. Dennison-Himmelfarb is a member of the faculty at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Academy. She is the current president of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association as well as a member of the American Heart Association, the American Society of Hypertension and the American Nurses Association. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Her work has been recognized with several awards, including the Health Education & Behavior Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award and the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Teaching Innovation Award.

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Titles

  • Deputy Director, Research Participant and Community Partnership Core, Institute for Clinical Translational Research
  • Joint Appointment in Health Sciences Informatics

Departments / Divisions

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Dennison-Himmelfarb’s research seeks to improve cardiovascular care for high-risk, underserved populations. Her current research—which bridges scientific research and clinical practice and develops and tests interdisciplinary and health information technology-based approaches—focuses on reducing system and provider barriers to the implementation of cardiovascular guidelines in acute, primary care and community settings. She has been the principal investigator/co-investigator of many NIH- and foundation-funded trials testing interdisciplinary models of care and other strategies to reduce cardiovascular health disparities among high-risk urban populations and black South Africans.

Selected Publications

Cheng A, Braunstein JB, Dennison C, Nass C, Blumenthal RS. "Reducing global risk for cardiovascular disease: using lifestyle changes and pharmacotherapy." Clin Cardiol. 2002; 25(5):205-12.

Dennison CR. "The role of patient-reported outcomes in evaluating the quality of oncology care."
Am J Manag Care. 2002; 8(18 Suppl):S580-6.

Kim MT, Dennison CR, Hill MN, Bone LR, Levine DM. "Relationship of alcohol and illicit drug use with high blood pressure care and control among urban hypertensive black men." Ethn Dis. 2000; 10(2):175-83.

Rose LE, Kim MT, Dennison CR, Hill MN. "The contexts of adherence for African Americans with high blood pressure." J Adv Nurs. 2000; 32(3):587-94.

Hill MN, Bone LR, Kim MT, Miller DJ, Dennison CR, Levine DM. "Barriers to hypertension care and control in young urban black men." Am J Hypertens. 1999;12(10 Pt 1):951-8.

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Health Education & Behavior Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award (with Laura Samuel and Yvonne Commodore-Mensah), 2015
  • Shining Star Award Finalist, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, 2014
  • Teaching Innovation Award, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, 2014
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2010
  • Fellow, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, 2010
  • Nurses Clinical Innovation Award, American Association of Heart Failure, 2010
  • Fellow, John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin, 2008 - 2010
  • Fellow, American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, 2007
  • Shirley Sohmer Award for Evidence-Based Practice Research, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2007
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Nu Beta Chapter, International Honor Society of Nursing, 1996

Memberships

  • American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, 2005
  • Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing, European Society of Cardiology, 2005
  • Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, 2004
  • American Nurses Association, 2001
  • American Society of Hypertension, 1998
  • International Society on Hypertension in Blacks, 1998
  • Maryland Nurses Association, 1996
  • American Heart Association, 1996

Professional Activities

  • President, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, 2015
  • Hypertension Guideline Writing Committee, American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology, 2014
  • Advisory Panel Member, Johns Hopkins Medicine Policy for Contacting Patients about Research, 2014
  • Editorial board member, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 2008
  • Advisory board member, Johns Hopkins Nursing Advanced Studies in Nursing, 2007
  • Co-editor, Progress in Prevention Column, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 2007
  • Co-Editor, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association News, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 2006 - 2008

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • 2014 Hypertension Guidelines: Discourse on Controversy and Path Forward
    invited podium , Baltimore, MD (01/01/2014)
    Johns Hopkins Welch Center for Prevention Grand Rounds
  • How Business And Medicine Come Together in Addressing Patient Safety
    invited oral , Leadership in Patient Safety and Quality Certificate Program , Baltimore, MD (01/01/2013)
    Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute and Carey Business School
  • Using Implementation Science to Accelerate Improvement
    invited oral , Leadership in Patient Safety and Quality Certificate Program , Baltimore, MD (01/01/2013)
    Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute and Carey Business School
  • What Patient-Centered Care Really Means
    invited oral , Leadership in Patient Safety and Quality Certificate Program , Baltimore, MD (01/01/2013)
    Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute and Carey Business School
  • Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management in an Urban HIV Practice: Room for Improvement
    invited podium , Baltimore, MD (01/01/2013)
    Johns Hopkins Moore Clinic Grand Rounds
  • Research Participant Retention Strategies: What Works and What Doesn’t Work
    invited podium , Meeting Your Goals: Strategies for Participant Recruitment and Retention , Baltimore, MD (01/01/2009)
    Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Office of Recruitment and Retention
  • Decision Support to Improve Heart Failure Care and Outcomes
    invited podium , Alliance for Progress: Annual Partners Forum , Baltimore, MD (01/01/2009)
    Johns Hopkins Medicine International
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