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Ponrathi Athilingam, PhD, ACNP, MCH, FAANP

PonrathiAthilingam
  • Assistant Professor, College Of Nursing
  • College Of Nursing
  • Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of South Florida
  • Concentration Director, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, University of South Florida College of Nursing

Education

  • 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

  • Cardiovascular

Research Interests

  • 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 QOL. Developed a mobile app "HeartMapp" with Funding from Florida Hi-tech Corridor.
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  • 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, research and dissertation awards and the Service for Humanity Leadership Award from the Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. She recently was named Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP).
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  • Dr. Athilingam’s current research is a single-blind randomized control trial to “Explore Computerized Auditory Cognitive Intervention for Heart Failure Patients", & "Examine usability and efficacy of the mobile app "HeartMapp" in improving self-care and knowledge of patients with heart failure".

Awards/Honors

  • Fellow of American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP - 2012)
  • Service for Humanity Leadership Award (Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. - 2010)
  • Nurse Investigator Award (HFSA - 2008)
  • Dissertation Award (Sigma Theta Tau International Epsilon xi Chapter - 2008)
  • First place Paper Presentation (American Association for Heart Failure Nurses - 2008)
  • Research Award (Sigma Theta Tau International Epsilon Xi chapter - 2007)
  • First place for Doctoral Student Poster (ENRS - 2007)
  • Outstanding Adult Student Award (Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education, Rochester, NY - 2007)
  • Katharine Donohoe Scholarly Practitioner Award (University of Rochester, NY - 2007)
  • Graduate Scholarship (Sigma Theta Tau International Epsilon xi Chapter - 2005)

Memberships

  • 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)

Selected Publications

  • 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.
  • Chen, J., Athilingam, P., Saloum, Y., & Brady, P. Enhancing Bowel Preparation for Screening Colonoscopy: An Evidence-based Literature Review The 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 Performance Clinical 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 Failure Journal 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 & King Heart and brain matter in heart failure: A Literature review. Journal of the New York State Nurses Association,. 38: 13-19, 2008.
  • 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.
  • 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 care Nursing Journal of India. 81: 322, 1990.

Grants

  • 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)