Misook Lee Chung PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

Misook Lee Chung earned her master's degree from the College of Nursing, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, and her PhD from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. Dr. Chung currently is a professor for the UK College of Nursing, where she is a co-director and research scientist with the RICH Heart Program. She has an independent research program as well. She has conducted a number of observational/interventional research studies as a project director in the RICH Heart Program. Dr. Chung has been studying patients with heart failure and family caregivers since 2002. Her research emphasis is on the dynamic interdependent relationship between patients with chronic cardiovascular disease and family caregivers and the behavioral, physiological, and psychological outcomes of both participating members, and on developing effective family based interventions to improve outcomes in both patients and caregivers. Her program of research covers a broad range of factors affecting outcomes in the adult heart failure population, such as adherence behaviors (e.g., low sodium diet and medication), patients’ psychological distress (e.g., depression and anxiety), perceived social support, and family caregivers’ burden and emotional distress. Dr. Chung was a finalist in the Heart Failure Society of America Nursing Research Award in 2004 and won first place in the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses Oral Research Competition in 2006. The American Heart Association on Cardiovascular Nursing awarded her the Research Article of the Year in 2010.

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PhD, University of Kentucky, 2001
MSN, Ewha Womans University, 1990
BSN, Ewha Womans University, 1986


Family caregivers’ psychological distress and burden


Dr. Misook Chung's CV


Effects of Family Sodium Watchers Program on Outcomes in Heart Failure Patient-Family Caregiver Dyads
Project Period: Friday, September 26, 2014
Total Award: $2,404,267
Sponsor: National Institute of Nursing Research
Rural Intervention for Caregivers’ Heart Health (RICHH)
Project Period: Monday, September 26, 2016
Total Award: $2,628,684
Sponsor: National Institute of Nursing Research