PhD, Health Practice Research, University of Rochester, 2008
MS, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, University of Rochester, 2004
MCH, Community Health, Liverpool University, 1988
BSc, Nursing, All India Institute of Medical Science, 1982
RN, Nursing, Catherine Booth Hospital, 1972
Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs
Dr. Athilingam is an ANCC certified Acute care NP who works with heart failure patients. Her research is focused on technology-based interventions to improve self-care and thus reduce readmissions. Received funding from National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps. Developed a mobile app "HeartMapp" with Funding from Florida Hi-tech Corridor.
She has received numerous awards for her nursing practice and research including the "Nurse Investigator Award" for the year 2008 from Heart Failure Society of America, Sigma Theta Tau International scholarship, and more. She was named Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) and Fellow of the Heart failure Society of America.
Dr. Athilingam’s current research is involve "Examining usability and efficacy of the mobile app "HeartMapp" in improving self-management, medication adherence, knowledge, and quality of life of patients with heart failure".
Fellow (Heart Failure Society of America - 2016)
mHealth Scholar 2015 (National Institute of Health - 2015)
Fellow of American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP - 2012)
Service for Humanity Leadership Award (Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. - 2010)
First place Paper Presentation (American Association for Heart Failure Nurses - 2008)
Nurse Investigator Award (HFSA - 2008)
Dissertation Award (Sigma Theta Tau International Epsilon xi Chapter - 2008)
Research Award (Sigma Theta Tau International Epsilon Xi chapter - 2007)
First place for Doctoral Student Poster (ENRS - 2007)
Katharine Donohoe Scholarly Practitioner Award (University of Rochester, NY - 2007)
Outstanding Adult Student Award (Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education, Rochester, NY - 2007)
Graduate Scholarship (Sigma Theta Tau International Epsilon xi Chapter - 2005)
Southern Nursing Research Society (Member, 2011 - Present)
American Association for Heart Failure Nurses (Member, 2008 - Present)
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (Member, 2008 - Present)
Heart Failure Society of America (Member, 2006 - Present)
American Heart Association (Member, 2005 - Present)
Eastern Nursing Research Society (Member, 2004 - Present)
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Member, 2003 - Present)
Athilingam P, Labrador M, A, Remo E, F, Mack L, San Juan A, B, & Elliott A, F. Features
and Usability Assessment of a Patient-centered Mobile Application (HeartMapp) for Self-management
of Heart FailureApplied Nursing Research. (32) : 156-163, 2016.
Athilingam P, Osorio R, E, Oliver D, KaplanH, Neachtai T, O, Labrador M, & Rogal P, J, . Embedding Patient Education in Mobile App for Patients with Heart Failure: Theory-based Development and Beta Testing.Computers, Informatics, Nursing,. , 2016.
Athilingam, P., Edwards, J.D., Valdes, E., Ji, M. & Guglin, M. Computerized Auditory Cognitive Training to Improve Memory, Quality of life and self-care in Persons With
Heart Failure: Report from a Pilot Study.Heart and Lung. 44(2) : 120-128, 2015.
Di Sano M, Perez A, Labrador M, A, Athilingam P, & Giovanetti F. HeartMapp: A
mobile application to improve CHF outcomes and reduce hospital readmission.
Demonstration paper.Wireless Health. 2015: 145-151, 2015.
Chen, J., Athilingam, P., Saloum, Y., & Brady, P. Enhancing Bowel Preparation for Screening Colonoscopy: An Evidence-based Literature ReviewThe Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 10: 519-525, 2015.
Athilingam, P., Visovsky, C., Elliott, A., & Rogal, P.J. Cognitive Screening in Persons with Chronic Diseases in Primary Care: Challenges and Recommendations For Practice.American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementia.. 1: 1-12, 2015.
Ellis, M., Edwards, J.D, Peterson, L., Roker, R., & Athilingam, P. Effects of Cognitive Speed of Processing Training among Older Adults with Heart Failure.Journal of Aging and Health. , 2014.
Athilingam, P., D’Aoust, R.F., Zambroski, C., McMillan, S., & Sahebzamani, F. Predictive Validity and Utility of NYHA and ACC/AHA classification of Physical and Cognitive Functioning in Heart Failure.International Journal of Nursing Science. 3: 22-32, 2013.
Hudak, E., Edwards, J., Athilingam, P., & McEvoy, C. Effects of Hypertension and Antihypertensive
Medications on Cognitive Function and Everyday Cognitive PerformanceClinical Gerontologist. 36: 113-131, 2013.
Athilingam, P., D’Aoust, R.F. Miller, L., & Chen,. Cognitive Profile Varies in Persons with Systolic
and Diastolic Heart Failure.Journal of Congestive Heart failure. 19(1) : 45-50, 2013.
Alwerdt, J., Edwards, J., Athilingam, P., O’ Connor, M., & Valdes, E. Longitudinal Differences in Cognitive functioning among Older Adults with and with out Heart Failure.Journal of Aging and Health. 15: 1284-1290, 2013.
Athilingam, P., Moynihan, J., Chen, L., D’Aoust, R.F., Groer, M., & Kip, K. Elevated Levels of
Interleukin-6 and C-Reactive Protein Associated with Cognitive Impairment in Heart FailureJournal of Congestive Heart failure. 19(2) : 92-98, 2012.
Converting Enzyme in Heart Failure. Cognitive Protection by Angio-tensin
Converting Enzyme in Heart Failure.International Journal of Nursing Science. 2(3) : 14-22, 2012.
Athilingam, P., King, K. B., Burgin, W. S., Ackerman, M., Cushman, L. A., & Chen. L. Montreal
Cognitive Assessment and Mini Mental Status Examination compared as cognitive screening tools in HF.Heart and Lung. 40: 521-529, 2011.
Athilingam, P. Cognitive dysfunction in heart failure may have different or multiple etiologies: Not
cerebral hypoperfusion alone.Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing. 23(2) : 102, 2008.
Athilingam, P., Chen, L., King, K., & Ackerman, M. Montreal Cognitive Assessment may be an
Appropriate Tool to Assess Cognitive Dysfunction in Heart Failure.Journal of Cradiac Failure. 14(6) : S5-S6, 2008.
Athilingam, P & King. Heart and brain matter in heart failure: A Literature review.Journal of the New York State Nurses Association,. 38: 13-19, 2008.
Ackerman, M., Graves, B., Giuliano, K., Athilingam, P., & Yeager, C. Comparison of oxygen
saturation values between two new generation pulse oximeters in patients following cardiac surgery.American Journal of Critical Care. 13(3) : 265-266, 2004.
Ackerman, M. H., Graves, B. T., Athilingam, P., Yeager, C., & Giuliano, K. A comparison of the
Philips FAST and Masimo Set pulse oximeter following cardiac surgery.Critical Care Medicine. 31(12) : A135, 2003.
Athilingam, P.R. Selectivity--a new trend within primary health careNursing Journal of India. 81: 322, 1990.
HeartMapp: Mobile App for Heart Failure (Order Total: 50000, 3/3/2016 12:00:00 AM - 8/1/2017 12:00:00 AM)
REU Site Grant (Order Total: 652000, 1/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - 12/29/2017 12:00:00 AM)
I-CORPS: HEARTMAPP. A MOBILE APP FOR PATIENTS WITH HEART FAILURE. (Order Total: 50000, 3/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - 8/31/2017 12:00:00 AM)
A Pilot Clinical Trial to test HeartMapp (Order Total: 7500, 5/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - 5/31/2016 12:00:00 AM)
Development of a Mobile Application for patients (Order Total: 20000, 5/26/2014 12:00:00 AM - 5/29/2015 12:00:00 AM)
Mobile Phone Application (Heart Mapp) Interventio (Order Total: 20000, 5/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - 5/21/2014 12:00:00 AM)
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