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Alexa Stuifbergen, PhD, RN, FAAN | DEAN | Laura Lee Blanton Chair in Nursing | James R. Dougherty, Jr. centennial Professor in nursing

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Phone: 512 471-4100
Fax: 512 471-4910

Office: NUR 2.102F
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

Dr. Stuifbergen received her PhD in Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin, her MSN from the University of Texas at El Paso, and her BSN from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Dean Stuifbergen has been involved in research related to health promotion for persons with chronic and disabling conditions for more than 20 years. She has taught content related to health promotion, chronic conditions, and rehabilitation in undergraduate and graduate courses, authored numerous articles on the subject, and served on national committees for the Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation, the National MS Society and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Stuifbergen chaired the Adult Work Group for the DHHS Advisory Subcommittee to generate health promotion objectives for persons with disabilities for inclusion in Healthy People 2010 and she served as Chair (2011-2013) of the Nursing and Related Clinical Sciences Scientific Review Group for the National Institutes of Health. Her center grants and research projects studying health promotion in adults with chronic disabling conditions (multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, and fibromyalgia) have been funded for over $11.8 million by the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Office of Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Stuifbergen is also the James R. Dougherty, Jr. Centennial Professor in Nursing and holds the Laura Lee Blanton Chair in Nursing. She served as the Director of the NIH-funded Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations (2000-2011).

Principal Investigator

  • Stuifbergen, A., Becker, H (Co-Principal Investigators). & Perez, F. Multi-Site Trial of a Cognitive Rehabilitation Intervention for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis. 1R01NR014362-01A1, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health. 09/27/2013 – 06/30/2018.
  • Stuifbergen, A., Principal Investigator, Becker, H. & Perez, F. (Co-Investigators). Computer Assisted Cognitive Rehabilitation Intervention for Persons with MS. 1R21NR011076 National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health. 12/01/08 – 11/30/11.
  • Stuifbergen, A., Principal Investigator. Diversity Supplement – Health Promotion and Quality of Life in Chronic Illness. 3R01 NR003195-14S1 National Institute of Nursing Research. 9/01/08 – 5/31/11. 
  • Stuifbergen, A., Principal Investigator (Becker, H. & Harrison, T, Co-Investigators) Health Promotion and Quality of Life in Chronic Illness – Competing Continuation (Yrs 11-15). 2R01 NR003195. National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, 8/1/05 – 5/31/12.
  • Stuifbergen, A., Principal Investigator/Director. “Center for Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Research – Competing Continuation.” 2P30 NRO5051. National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, 9/1/04-8/31/10.
  • Stuifbergen, A., Principal Investigator (Becker, H., Timmerman, G., & Carter, P. – Co- Investigators). “Health Promotion for Women with Fibromyalgia– Competing Continuation.” 2 R01 HD035047. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, 7/1/03-5/31/09.
  • Stuifbergen, A. “Center for Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Research for Underserved Populations.”  Stuifbergen A., Director; Walker, L., Center Associate Director and Director of Theory and Methods Core; McDougall, G., Director, Research Development and Dissemination Core; Rew, L. Director, Underserved and Diverse Populations Core. National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, 9/1/99-8/31/04 (Sharon Brown PI from 9/1/99 to 3/1/2000). 
  • Stuifbergen, A. Principal Investigator. “Uniting Resources to Address Health Disparities- Administrative Supplement, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Underserved Populations.” 3 P30 NRO5051-03S2. National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, 6/1/01-5/31/02. 
  • Stuifbergen, A., Principal Investigator. “Partnerships for Nursing Research in Health Disparities.- Administrative Supplement, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Underserved Populations.” 3 P30 NRO5051-03S1.  National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, 6/1/01-5/31/02. 
  • Stuifbergen, A. Principal Investigator (Becker, H. & Blozis, S., Co-Investigators). “Health Promotion and Quality of Life in Chronic Illness - Competing Continuation.” 2R01 NRO3195.  National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, 1/1/99 – 7/31/05.

Co-Investigator

  • Harrison, T. (PI), Brown, S., Hendrickson, S., Stuifbergen, A., & Umberson, D. (Co-Investigators). Health Disparities Among Latinas with Disabilities. 1R01NR010360. National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health,  4/01/08 – 2/29/12.
  • Im, E.O. (PI), Chee, W.,  Stuifbergen, A. & Walker, L.  (Co Investigators). Ethnic Specific Midlife Women’s Attitudes Toward Physical Activity. 1R01NR0010568. National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health. 09/01/07 – 05/31/11.
  • Becker, H. (Principal Investigator) & Stuifbergen, A. (Co-Investigator). Promoting the Health of Cancer Survivors with Pre-Existing Functional Limitations. R21CA133381. Funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, 1/22/09-12/31/11.
  • Meraviglia, M. (Principal Investigator), Stuifbergen, A. (Co-Investigator).  Promoting Healthy Behaviors Among Low Income Cancer Survivors. 1R03CA117539. National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, 7/1/07- 6/30/10.
  • Rew, L., Principal Investigator/Director;  Stuifbergen, A., Associate Director; Walker, L., Core Director;  Kahn, D., Core Director. “Southwest Center:  Partners in Health Disparity Research.” P20NRO08348. National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, 9/30/02-7/31/08.
  • Becker, H., Principal Investigator (Stuifbergen, A., Dormire, S., & Gordon, D., Co-Investigators).  HRT Decisions in women with mobility impairments. R15 NR08101. National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, 9/1/04-8/31/05.
  • McDougall, G.J., Principal Investigator (Stuifbergen, A. & Becker, H., Co-Investigators).  “Improving Memory in At Risk Elderly.” National Institute of Aging, National Institutes of Health, 3/1/01-2/28/06.
  • Walker, L., Principal Investigator (Freeland-Graves, J., Brown, S., Stuifbergen, A. & Timmerman, G., Co-Investigators). “Overweight Status After Childbirth.” R01 NRO4679-01A1. National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, 2/1/99-12/31/03. 
  • Becker, H., Stuifbergen, A., Lee, H., & Kullberg, V. (In Press). The reliability and validity of PROMIS cognitive abilities and cognitive concerns scales among people with multiple sclerosis, International Journal of MS Care.
  • Morrison, J. & Stuifbergen, A. (In Press). Outcome expectancies and physical activity in persons with longstanding MS. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.
  • Im, E.O. , Ko, Y., Hwang, H., Chee, W., Stuifbergen, A., Lee, H., & Chee, E.(In Press). Not for Asian girls: Asian American midlife women's attitudes toward physical activity. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecological, and Neonatal Nursing.
  • Im EO, Ko Y, Hwang H, Chee W, Stuifbergen A, Walker L, Brown A. (2013). Racial/ethnic differences in midlife women’s attitudes toward physical activity. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health. 58(4):440-50.
  • Meraviglia M, Stuifbergen A, Parsons D, & Morgan S. (2013). Health promotion for cancer survivors: Adaptation and implementation of an intervention. Holistic Nursing Practice May-Jun;27(3):140-7.
  • Harrison, T., Taylor, J., Fredland, N., Stuifbergen, A., Walker, J. & Choban, R. (2013). A Qualitative analysis of life course adjustment to multiple morbidity and disability. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 6(1),57-69.
  • Timmerman, G., Calfa, N. & Stuifbergen, A. (2013) Correlates of BMI in women with fibromyalgia. Orthopedic Nursing, 32(2), 113-9.
  • Im, E. O., Chang, S. J., Ko, Y., Chee, W., Stuifbergen, A., & Walker, L. (2012). A National Internet survey on ethnic differences in midlife women’s attitudes toward physical activity. Nursing Research, 61 (5), 342-352.
  • Stuifbergen, A., Becker, H., Perez, F., Morrison, J., Kullberg, V. and Todd, A. (2012) A Randomized controlled trial of a cognitive rehabilitation intervention for persons with multiple sclerosis. Clinical Rehabilitation, 26 (10), 882-93.
  • Becker, H., Stuifbergen, A. & Morrison, J. (2012). Promising new approaches to assess cognitive function in people with multiple sclerosis.  International Journal of MS Care, 14, 71-76.
  • Beal, CC, Stuifbergen, A, Volker, D (2012). A narrative study of women's early symptom experience of ischemic stroke. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 27 (3): 240-252.
  • Todd, A & Stuifbergen, A. (2012). Breast cancer screening barriers and disability. Rehabilitation Nursing, 37(2), 74-9.
  • Im EO, Ko Y, Hwang H, Yoo KH, Chee W, Stuifbergen A, Walker L, Brown A, McPeek C, Chee E. (2012). “Physical activity as luxury”: African-American women’s attitudes towards physical activity.  Western Journal of Nursing Research, 34(3), 317-39.
  • Becker, H., Kang, S.J. & Stuifbergen, A. (2012). Predictors of quality of life for long-term cancer survivors with preexisting disabling conditions. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39 (2),122-131.
  • Stuifbergen, A. Becker, H., Morgan, S., Morrison, J. & Perez, F. (2011). Home-based computer-assisted cognitive training: Feasibility and perceptions of people with multiple sclerosis.  International Journal of MS Care, 13(4), 189-98.
  • DiIorio, C., Hinkle, J., Stuifbergen, A., Algase, D., Stewart-Amidei, C., Austin, J., Buelow, J., Fraser, C., Gulick, E., Habermann, B & Smeltzer, S. (2011). Updated research priorities for neuroscience nursing. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 43 (3), 149-155.
  • Meraviglia, M. & Stuifbergen A. (2011). Health-promoting behaviors of low-income cancer survivors. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 25, 118-124.
  • Im, E. O., Lee, B. I., Chee, W., Stuifbergen, A., & the eMAPA Research Team. (2011). Attitudes toward physical activity of white midlife women. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecological, and Neonatal Nursing, 40(3), 312-321.
  • Harrison, T., Stuifbergen A., Walker, J., Scott, T., and Choban, R. (2011). The meaning of gender while aging with paralytic polio. Journal of Gerontological Social Work 54 (2), 138-58.
  • Todd, A. & Stuifbergen, A. (2011) Barriers and facilitators to breast cancer screening: A qualitative study of women with multiple sclerosis. International Journal of MS Care 13 (2), 49-56.
  • Im, E. O., Lee, B. I., Hwang, H., Yoo, K., Chee, W., Stuifbergen, A., Walker, L., Brown, A., McPeek, C., Miro, M., & Chee, E. (2010). “A Waste of time”: Hispanic women’s attitudes toward physical activity. Women and Health, 50, 563-579.
  • Stuifbergen, A., Phillips, L., Carter P., Morrison, J. & Todd, A. (2010). Subjective and objective sleep difficulties in women with fibromyalgia syndrome. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 22 (10), 548-556.
  • Stuifbergen, A., Morris, M., Jung, J., Pierini, D., & Morgan, S. (2010). Benefits of wellness interventions for persons with chronic and disabling conditions: A review of the evidence. Disability and Health Journal, 3(3), 133-145.
  • Guy, S., Stuifbergen, A., & Chen, H. (2010). Benefits of group discussion about intimacy and sexuality for women with multiple sclerosis. International Journal of MS Care, 12 (S1), 7.
  • Phillips, L., & Stuifbergen, A. (2010). The relevance of depressive symptoms and social support to disability in women with multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 33(2), 142-150.
  • Pierini, D. & Stuifbergen A. (2010). Psychologic resilience and depressive symptoms in older adults diagnosed with post polio syndrome.  Rehabilitation Nursing, 34(4), 167-175.
  • Stuifbergen, A.K., Blozis, S., Becker, H., Phillips, L., Timmerman, G., Kullberg, V., Taxis, C. & Morrison, J. (2010). A randomized controlled trial of a wellness intervention for women with fibromyalgia syndrome. Clinical Rehabilitation, 24(4) 305-318.
  • Stuifbergen, A. (2010). Contribution of cognitive difficulties to disability in persons with multiple sclerosis. Disability and Health Journal, 3(2), e2-e3.
  • Im., E.O., Stuifbergen, A. & Walker, L. (2010). A situation specific theory of midlife women’s attitudes toward physical activity. Nursing Outlook, 58, 52-58.
  • Beal, C.C., Stuifbergen, A., Volker, D. & and Becker, H. (2009). Women’s experiences as members of attention control and experimental intervention groups in a randomized controlled trial. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 41 (4), 16-31.
  • Becker, H., Stuifbergen, A., Taxis, C., Beal, C. & Pierini, D. (2009) The use of goal attainment scaling to facilitate and assess individualized change in a wellness intervention for women with fibromyalgia syndrome. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 27 (4), 232-40.
  • Becker, H., Stuifbergen, A., & Dormire, S. (2009). The effects of hormone therapy decision support for women with mobility impairments. Health Care for Women International, 30 (9), 845-54.
  • Becker, H. & Stuifbergen, A. (2009) Perceptions of health and relationships to disability measures among people with multiple sclerosis. International Journal of MS Care. 11, 57-65.
  • Beal, C., Stuifbergen, A., & Brown, A. (2009). Predictors of health promoting behaviors in women with fibromyalgia. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 14 (3), 343-353.
  • Stuifbergen, A., Brown, A. & Phillips, L. (2009). Predictors and moderators of the disablement process in persons with multiple sclerosis. NeuroRehabilitation, 24(2), 119-29.
  • Phillips, L. & Stuifbergen, A. (2009). Structural equation modeling of disability in women with fibromyalgia or multiple sclerosis. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 31, 89-109.
  • Harrison, T., Blozis, S., & Stuifbergen, A. (2008). Longitudinal predictors of attitudes toward aging among women with multiple sclerosis. Psychology & Aging, 23(4), 823-32.
  • Stuifbergen, A. & Brown, A. (2008). Cognitive concerns as predictors of later functioning in persons with multiple sclerosis. International Journal of MS Care, 9(2), 46.
  • Phillips, L. & Stuifbergen, A. (2008). The influence of positive experiences on depression and quality of life in persons with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 26 (1), 41-48.
  • Stuifbergen, A., Becker, H., Blozis, S., Beal, C. & Park, I. (2008). Conceptualization and development of the acceptance of chronic health conditions scale. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 29, 101-114.
  • Beal, C., Stuifbergen, A., & Brown, A. (2007). Depression in multiple sclerosis: A Longitudinal analysis. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 21(4), 181-191.
  • Beal, C. & Stuifbergen, A. (2007). Loneliness in women with multiple sclerosis. Rehabilitation Nursing, 32(4), 165-71.
  • Stuifbergen, A., Brown, A., & Phillips, L. (2007). Moderators of disablement in persons with multiple sclerosis. International Journal of MS Care 9(2), 46.
  • Yang, K. , Laffrey, S.C., Stuifbergen, A., Im, E.O., May, K. & Kouzekanani, K. (2007). Leisure time physical activity among midlife Korean immigrant women in the US. Journal of Immigration and Minority Health, 9(4), 291-8.
  • Buchanan, R.J., Stuifbergen, A., Chakravorty, B., Wang, S., Zhu, L., & Kim, M. (2006). Urban/rural differences in access and barriers to health care for people with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Health & Human Services Administration, 29(3), 360-375.
  • Phillips, L. & Stuifbergen, A. (2006). The influence of metamemory on quality of life in multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 38(6), 428-434.
  • Buchanan, R.J., Wang, S., Stuifbergen A., Chakravorty, B., Zhu, L., & Kim, M. (2006). Urban/rural differences in the use of physician services by people with multiple sclerosis. NeuroRehabilitation, 21 (3), 177-187.
  • Stuifbergen, A.K., Phillips, L., Voelmeck, W., & Browder, R. (2006). Illness perceptions and related outcomes among women with fibromyalgia syndrome. Women’s Health Issues, 16 (6), 353-360.
  • Buchanan, R.J., Schiffer, R., Stuifbergen, A., Zhu, L , Wang, S., Chakravorty, B., & Kim, M. (2006). Demographic and disease characteristics of people with multiple sclerosis living in urban and rural areas. International Journal of MS Care, 8, 89-98.
  • Stuifbergen, A., Blozis, S., Harrison, T. & Becker, H. (2006). Exercise, functional limitations and quality of life: A Longitudinal study of persons with multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 87, 935-943.
  • Harrison, T. & Stuifbergen A. (2006). Life purpose: Effect on functional decline and quality of life in polio survivors. Rehabilitation Nursing, 31(4), 149-154.
  • Buchanan, R.J., Schiffer, R., Wang, S., Stuifbergen, A, Chakravorty, B., Zhu, L., Kim, M., & James, W. (2006). Satisfaction with mental health care among people with multiple sclerosis in urban and rural areas. Psychiatric Services, 57 (8), 1206-1208.
  • Phillips, L. & Stuifbergen, A. (2006). Predicting continued employment in persons with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Rehabilitation, 72 (1), 35-43.
  • Clark, A., Stuifbergen, A., Gottlieb, N., Voelmeck, W., Darby, D., Delville, C. (2006). Health promotion in heart failure—A paradigm shift? Holistic Nursing Practice, 20(2), 73-79.
  • Stuifbergen, A. (2006). Building health promotion interventions for persons with chronic and disabling conditions. Family & Community Health, 29 (S1), 28-34.
  • Harrison, T. & Stuifbergen, A. (2005). A hermeneutic phenomenological analysis of aging with a childhood onset disability. Health Care for Women International, 26 (8), 731-47.
  • Stuifbergen, A. (2005). Secondary conditions and life satisfaction among polio survivors. Rehabilitation Nursing 30 (5), 173-179.
  • Stuifbergen, A., Seraphine, A., Harrison, T., & Adachi, E. (2005) An explanatory model of health promotion and quality of life for persons with post-polio syndrome. Social Science & Medicine, 60, 383-393.
  • Kao, H.F. & Stuifbergen, A.K. Love and load: The lived experience of the mother-child relationship among traumatic brain injury young adult survivors (2004). Journal of Neuroscience Nursing,36(2), 73-81.
  • Harrison, T., Stuifbergen, A., Adachi, E., & Becker, H. (2004). Marriage, impairment, and acceptance in persons with multiple sclerosis. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 26(3), 266-285.
  • Harrison, T., Stuifbergen, A., Adachi, E., & Becker, H. (2004). Authors’ Response – Marriage, impairment, and acceptance in persons with multiple sclerosis. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 26(3), 291-292.
  • Stuifbergen, A., Harrison, T., Becker, H., & Carter, P.(2004). Adaptation of a wellness intervention for women with chronic disabling conditions. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 22 (1), 12-31.
  • Becker, H. & Stuifbergen, A.(2004). What makes it so hard? Barriers to health promotion experienced by people with multiple sclerosis and polio. Family and Community Health, 27 (1), 75-85.
  • Stuifbergen, A.K., & Harrison, T. (2003). Complementary and alternative therapy use in persons with multiple sclerosis. Rehabilitation Nursing, 28(5), 141-147.
  • Stuifbergen AK, Becker H, Blozis, S., Timmerman G, Kullberg V. (2003). A Randomized clinical trial of a wellness intervention for women with multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 84, 467-476.
  • Stuifbergen, A., Becker, H., Timmerman, G. & Kullberg, V. (2003). Goal setting and health behavior change among women with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 35(2), 94-99.
  • Becker, H., Stuifbergen, A., & Gordon, D. (2002)Ê Menopausal experiences and hormone replacement therapy use among women with physical impairment. Women's Health Issues, 12(4), 212-219.
  • Harrison, T. & Stuifbergen A.K.Ê (2002). Disability, social support, and concern for children: Depression in mothers with multiple sclerosis: Journal of OB GYN Nursing, 31(4), 444-453.
  • Becker, H. Stuifbergen, A., Gordon, D. (2002).Ê The decision to take hormone replacement therapy among women with disabilities. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 24 (3), 264-281.
  • Stuifbergen, A., & Becker, H. (2001). Ethnic differences in the effects of a wellness intervention for women with MS. International Journal of MS Care, 3(2), 47.
  • Harrison, T., & Stuifbergen, A. (2001). Barriers that further disablement: A study of polio survivors. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 33(3), 160-66.
  • Stuifbergen, AK & Becker, H. (2001). Health promotion practices in women with multiple sclerosis: Increasing quality and years of healthy life. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, 12(1), 9-22.