Kelly Wierenga, PhD, RN, FAHA

Kelly Wierenga, PhD, RN, FAHA

Science of Nursing Care
Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Email: kwiereng@iu.edu
Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kelly_Wierenga
Phone: 317-274-8091
Nursing E403, Indianapolis

Education

Post Doctoral Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University
PhD, Michigan State University
MSN, Michigan State University
BSN, Calvin College

Biography

Dr. Wierenga’s program of research focuses on improving recovery and secondary prevention for patients in outpatient cardiovascular rehabilitation following a major adverse cardiac event (ie. revascularization or myocardial infarction). Her research interests lie in how improving abilities to adaptively regulate emotions during a stressful period of recovery can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety in these individuals. These improvements in psychological symptoms paired with cardiovascular rehabilitation may increase the uptake and sustaining of a regular exercise program long-term. She has developed a treatment using mechanisms of emotion regulation to support recovery and improves weekly physical activity in the cardiovascular rehabilitation population. This treatment has demonstrated early efficacy in a small pilot sample and will continue to be refined by her team.  Dr. Wierenga has been funded as a principle investigator, co-investigator, and trainee through the National Institutes of Nursing Research, the American Nurses Foundation, Jonas Philanthropies, Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Psi Chapter, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, and the Spectrum Health Foundation.

Dr. Wierenga joined the Indiana University School of Nursing (Indianapolis) as a tenure-track assistant professor in 2018 after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Case Western Reserve University. She brings expertise in emotion regulation, self-management, physical activity, and health outcomes. Her long-term goal is to refine cardiovascular rehabilitation treatments to improve uptake and sustained self-management of exercise to support long-term health improvements and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Wierenga teaches nursing theory in the masters program and in the baccalaureate program she teaches research and medication dosing. She also currently serves as a member at large for the Midwest Nursing Research Society Board of Directors.

For a full list of publications, please see:
Google Scholar Profile
PubMed Profile

Twitter: @DrWierenga

External Funding

Sigma Theta Tau International and Jonas Philanthropies Collaborative “Emotion regulation intervention to sustain physical activity in rural-dwelling women and men after myocardial infarction” (2020-2021)

Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Chapter “Emotion regulation intervention to sustain physical activity in rural-dwelling women and men after myocardial infarction“ (2020-2021)

The Nurses Charitable Trust of Greater Miami Scholar of the American Nurses Foundation “Partnering physical and emotional fitness: Improving cardiac recovery with training in emotion regulation” (2017-2019)

P30 Pilot Investigator, NINR (P30 NR015326; 2016-2018)

T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, NINR (T32 NR015433; 2016-2018)

Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Psi, “Partnering physical and emotional fitness: Improving cardiac recovery with training in emotion regulation” (2017-2018)

F31 Predoctoral Fellow, “Emotion regulation in African American women with heart failure” NINR (F31 NR014754; 2014-2016)

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, “Emotion regulation in African American patients with heart failure” Student Award Program (2123.SAP; 2014-2015)

Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Psi, “Understanding the disparities of heart failure and the impact of these disparities on the use of healthcare services” (2013-2014)

Spectrum Health Foundation, “The impact of nurses’ emotional intelligence on quality of patient care” (2008-2011)