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Deborah A. Chyun,

Executive Associate Dean
Dr. John W. Rowe Professor in Successful Aging
433 First Ave Room 614
New York, NY 10010
Areas of Specialization 

Prevention and management of CVD in older adults with type 2 diabetes, Cardiac autonomic neuropathy, Physical activity in older adults, Psychosocial aspects of CVD, Epidemiologic study designs

PhD, 1998, Yale University School of Medicine
MSN, 1982, Yale University School of Nursing
BSN, 1978, Boston College
Diploma, 1975, New England Deaconess Hospital
Professional Overview 
Dr. Chyun's expertise on cardiac-related outcomes, psychosocial and behavioral factors, quality of life in older adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus, and cardiovascular nursing and chronic disease epidemiology has provided a unique opportunity to expand the understanding of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in older adults through multiple studies. Findings have made a significant contribution to knowledge of cardiac autonomic neuropathy and asymptomatic heart disease, and have been incorporated into American Diabetes Association clinical practice recommendations. She has lectured and consulted nationally and internationally on topics related to type 2 diabetes and CVD. As an active member of the American Heart Association, Dr. Chyun has represented nursing on interdisciplinary committees focusing on prevention, epidemiology, diabetes, and older adults.
Honors and Awards 
2014, International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award, Sigma Theta Tau International
2013, Foundation of New York State Nurses, Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award
2008, American Academy of Nursing, Fellow
2006, Dorothy Sexton Mentorship Award. Delta Mu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
2002, American Heart Association and the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, Fellow
2002, Distinguished Alumna Award, Yale University School of Nursing
1999, American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, Finalist, Martha N. Hill New Investigator Award
1998, Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Geriatric Nursing Research. The John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing, Division of Nursing, School of Education, New York University
RN, Connecticut
RN, New York
Professional Membership 
American Heart Association
American Nurses Association
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Gerontological Society of America
Member of the Board of Directors of Greater
New York Geriatric Cardiology Consortium
Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Mu Chapter
Allen, N.A., Melkus, G.D., & Chyun D.A. (2011). Physiological and behavioral factors related to physical activity in black women with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 22, 376-385. 10.1177/1043659611414143.
Newlin, K., Melkus, G.D., Peyrot, M., Koenig, H.G., Allard, E., & Chyun, D. (2010). Coping as a mediator in the relationships of spiritual well-being to mental health in black women with type 2 diabetes. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 40, 439-459. 10.2190/PM.40.4.g.
Melkus G.D., Chyun D., Vorderstrasse A., Newlin, K., Jefferson V., & Langerman S. (2010). The effect of a diabetes education, coping skills training, and care intervention on physiological and psychosocial outcomes in black women with type 2 diabetes. Biological Research in Nursing, 12, 7-19. 10.1177/1099800410369825.
Wackers, F.J.Th., Chyun, D.A., Young, L.H., Heller, G.V., Iskandrian, A.E., Davey, J.A., Barrett, E.J., Taillefer, R., Wittlin, S.D., Filipchuk, N., Ratner, R.E., & Inzucchi, S.E. (2009). Cardiac outcomes after screening for coronary artery disease in asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes: The DIAD Study: A randomized control trial . Journal of the American Medical Association, 301, 1547-1555. 10.1001/jama.2009.476 , PMCID: PMC2895332.
Marwick, T.H., Hordern, M., Miller, T., Chyun, D.A., Bertoni, A.G., Blumenthal, R.S., Philippides, G., & Rocchini, A. (2009). Exercise training for type 2 diabetes mellitus: Impact on cardiovascular health: A scientific statement for the American Heart Association . Circulation, 119, 3244-3262. 10.1161/​CIRCULATIONAHA.109.192521.
McGann E.F., Sexton, D., & Chyun, D.A. (2008). Denial and compliance in adults with asthma. Clinical Nursing Research, 17, 151-170. 10.1177/1054773808320273.
Balukonis, J., Melkus, G.D., & Chyun, D. (2008). Grandparenthood status and health outcomes in mid-life African American women with type 2 diabetes. Ethnicity and Disease, 18, 141-146.
Pierucci, P., Murphy, J., Henderson, K.J., Chyun, D.A., & White Jr., R.I. (2008). New defintion and natural history of patients with diffuse pulmonary arteriovenous malformations: Twenty-seven-year experience. Chest, 133, 653-661. 10.1378/chest.07-1949.
Newlin, K., Melkus, G.D., Tappen, R., Chyun, D., & Koenig, H.G. (2008). Relationships of religion and spirituality to glycemic control in Black women with type 2 diabetes. Nursing Research, 57, 331-339. 10.1097/01.NNR.0000313497.10154.66.
Chen, C. C.-H., Chyun, D.A., & McCorkle, R. (2007). A single item approach to screen dentate elders who are in need of further oral health assessment or referrals. Nursing Research, 56, 332-338. 10.1097/01.NNR.0000289504.30037.d8.
Wackers, F.J.Th., Chyun, D.A., Young, L.H., Heller, G.V., Iskandrian, A.E., Davey, J.A., Barrett, E.J., Taillefer, R., Wittlin, S.D., Filipchuk, N., Ratner, R.E., & Inzucchi, S.E. (2007). Resolution of asymptomatic myocardial ischemia in patients with type 2 diabetes in the detection of ischemia in asymptomatic diabetics (DIAD) study. Diabetes Care, 30, 2892-2898. 10.2337/dc07-1250.
Amend, A.M., Melkus, G.D., Chyun, D., Galasso, P., & Wylie-Rosett, J. (2007). Validation of dietary intake data in black women with type 2 diabetes. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 107, 112-117. 10.1016/j.jada.2006.10.004.
Newlin, K., Melkus, G.D., Jefferson, V., Langerman, S., Womack, J., & Chyun, D.A. (2006). Recruitment of black women with type 2 diabetes into a self-management intervention trial. Ethnicity & Disease, 16, 956-962 .
Holm, K., Chyun, D., & Lanuza, D.M. (2006). Self-rated competency and education/programming needs for the care of the older adult with cardiovascular disease. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 21, 363-366.
Chyun, D.A., Melkus, G.D., Katten, D.M., Price, W.J., Davey, J.A., Grey, N., Heller, G., & Wackers, F.J. (2006). The association of psychological factors, physical activity, neuropathy, and quality of life in type 2 diabetes. Biological Research for Nursing, 7, 279-288. doi:10.1177/1099800405285748.
Melkus, G.D., Spollett, G., Jefferson, V., Chyun, D., Tuohy, E., Robinson, T. & Kaisen, A. (2004). A culturally competent intervention of education and care for black women with type 2 diabetes. Applied Nursing Research, 17, 10-20. 10.1016/j.apnr.2003.10.009.
Wackers, F.J.Th., Young, L.H., Inzucchi, S.E., Chyun, D.A., Davey, J.A., Barrett, E.J., Taillefer, R., Wittlin, S.D., Heller, G.V., Filipchuk, N., Engel, S., Ratner, R.E., & Isakndrian, A.E. (2004). Detection of silent myocardial ischemia in asymptomatic diabetic subjects: The DIAD Study. Diabetes Care, 27, 1954-1961. 10.2337/dc07-1250.
Chyun, D.A., Vaccarino, V., Murillo, J., Young, L.H., & Krumholz, H.M. (2002). Acute myocardial infarction mortality in the elderly with diabetes. Heart and Lung, 31, 327-339. 10.1067/mhl.2002.126049.
Chyun, D., Vaccarino, V., Murillo, J., Young, L.H., & Krumholz, H.M. (2002). Mortality, heart failure and recurrent myocardial infarction in the elderly with diabetes. American Journal of Critical Care, 11, 504-519.