Our team

Our team

Kyungeh An, Ph.D., RN

Associate Professor
Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems

KyungehAn

1100 East Leigh Street, Room 3089
PO Box 980567
Richmond, VA 23298-0567

Phone: (804) 828-8917
Email: kan@vcu.edu

TEACHING:

Dr. An teaches content on evidence based practice for undergraduate and graduate students. She has provided invited lectures for biobehavioral research using non-invasive biomarkers and cardiovascular reactivity under acute and chronic stress. She serves as a doctoral student advisor and as a dissertation chair. 

RESEARCH:

Dr. An’s research focuses on the biobehavioral impact of stress on cardiovascular health. She has conducted observational research addressing the chronic impact of hurricanes on psychological stress and salivary biomarkers among hurricane survivors. Dr. An’s lab is currently conducting a series of studies investigating the impact of chronic health conditions such as chronic liver disease and cancer on cardiovascular pathogenesis and cardiac mortality.

SERVICE:

Dr. An served on the institutional review board (IRB) for many years. Currently, Dr. An  serves on several University committees and councils, editorial boards of domestic and international journals and reviews abstracts for the Southern Nursing Research Society, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. She also serves as a grant reviewer for numerous funding agencies.

Education

  • BSN Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
    Nursing
  • MSN Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
    Adult Health
  • PhD Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
    Adult Health and Illness
  • Post-doc Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
    Physiological Nursing

AWARDS/HONORS

  • Southern Nursing Research Society, D. Jeanne Wood Nursing Scholarship Award, 2016
  • Outstanding Research Award, 13th International Congress of Oriental Medicine 2005
  • Graduate Student Alumni Research Award, The Ohio State University 1999
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Chapter 1999
  • Nellco Puritan Bennet-AACN Mentorship Grant Award 1998
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses

RESEARCH FUNDING

  • 2016-2017 Principal Investigator. Cardiovascular risk in cancer survivors. JPB Research Award, Daisy Foundation $5,000
  • 2015 PI Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Asian Americans Awareness of Heart Disease. Mentor Support, $500
  • 2014-2015 Principal Investigator (Co-PI with Richard Sterling, MD), CCTR Endowment Research Award, $27,760
  • 2010-2011 Principal Investigator, Caroline Brown Class of 1938 Research Award, $1000
  • 2009-2010 Principal Investigator, Effects of Acupuncture on Nicotinic Addiction among Hispanic smokers. Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Gamma Chapter Research Award. $500

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Shin, C-N, Keller, C., Sim, J., An, K. (2017). Cardiovascular Disease in Korean Americans: A systematic
    review. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. (In press)
  • Shin, C-N., An, K., & Sim, J. Facilitators of and Barriers to an Emergency Medical Service Utilization by
    Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients: A Retrospective survey (2017). International Journal of Nursing
    Sciences. (In press).
  • Shin, CN, Todd M, Kim S, An, K. (2017) Unidimensional and Bidimensional Approaches to Measuring
    Acculturation Journal of Nursing Measurement. Journal of Nursing Measurement (In print).
  • Ghadban R, Haddad L, An K., Thacker LR & Salyer J (2016). Smoking Behavior in Arab Americans: A Systematic
    Review, Journal of Community Medicine and Health Education, 6 (4), 462-
  • Shin, C.H., Sin, M.K., Lee, E., Lee, J., An, K., and Sim, J. (2016). Anxiety and Depression One Month after Stroke. Asian Pacific Island Nursing Journal, 1 (3), 82-90. (published 9/23/16)
  • An, K., Kim, C. T., Salyer, J. Bruffy, S, Sterling, R. (2016). Cardiovascular risk and mortality increase with progression of chronic liver disease. Circulation. 133:AP 324.  
  • Shin, CN, An, K., & Sim,J (2016). Stroke Knowledge and Prehospital Delay in Elderly Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients (Abstract accepted for online publication, first). Stroke Journal Online Feb 2016.
  • An, K. Shin, C.N., & Sim,J (2016). EMS Use after Acute Ischemic Stroke In Korean Population: Familyism May Not Help (Abstract accepted for online publication, first). Stroke Journal Online Feb 2016. 
  • Lee, H.J., Park, H.J., Starkweather, A., An, K., and Shim, I. (2016). Decreased Interleukin-4 Release from the Neurons of the Locus Coeruleus in Response to Immobilization Stress. Mediators of inflammation. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/3501905. Epub 2016 Jan 19.
  • An, K., Salyer, J., Brown, R. E., Kao, H. S., Starkweather, A., & Shim, I. (2016). Salivary Biomarkers of Chronic Psychosocial Stress and CVD Risks: A Systematic Review. Biological Research for Nursing, 18(3), 241-63. doi: 10.1177/1099800415604437. Epub 2015 Sep 7.
  • Sim J, Shin CN, An K, Todd M. Factors Associated With the Hospital Arrival Time in Patients With Ischemic Stroke in Korea. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2015 Dec 7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26646598.
  • Shin, C., Shin, J., An, K., Todd, M. (2015). Pre-hospital delay in ischemic stroke patients living in urban and rural areas in Korea. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. (In press) 
  • Shim, I. S., An, K., Starkweather, A. (2015). IL-14 inhibits IL-1β-induced depressive behavioral and central neurotransmitter alterations. Psychopharmacology (In press). 
  • Park, H.J., Shim, H. S., Starkweather, A. An, K., Kim, K. S. and Shim, I. Protective effect of IL-4 on IL-1β-induced behavioral, biochemical and immunological alterations (in press)   
  • An, K., Starkweather, A., Menzies, V., Robins, J., Jallo, N., & Kinser, P. (2015). Integrative review of co-occurring symptoms across etiologies of chronic liver disease and implications for symptom management research and practice. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. (in Press)
  • Kao, H. S., Lynn, M. R., & An, K. (2015). Hispanic Elders with Type-2 Diabetes and Caregiver Medication Practices. Hispanic Health Care International (in press)
  • Menzies, V., Jallo, N., Kinser, P., An, K., Robins, J., Driscoll, C., Starkweather, A., Bajaj, J., Lyon, D. (2014). Shared symptoms and putative biological mechanisms in chronic liver disease: Implications for biobehavioral research. Biological Research for Nursing, July 2014 doi: 10.1177/1099800414541541 --Refereed
  • An, K., Salyer, J., Brown, R. E., Kao, H. S., Starkweather, A., & Shim, I. (2015). Salivary Biomarkers of Chronic Psychosocial Stress and CVD Risks: A Systematic Review. Biological Research for Nursing, accepted 3/21/2015 (In press). --Refereed
  • Starkweather, A., An., K., Menzies, V., Kinser, P., Robins, J., & Jalo, N.(2015). Integrative review of co-occurring symptoms across etiologies of chronic liver disease and implications for symptom management research and practice. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Accepted May 01 2015. In press. -- Refereed
  • Reifsnider, E., Bishop, S.L., An, K., Mendias, E., Welkerhood, K., Moramarco, M. W. & Davila, Y. (2014). We stop for no storm: coping with an environmental disaster and public health research. Public Health Nursing, 31(6), 500-507. -- Refereed
  • Starkweather, A., Coyne, P., Lyon, D. E., Elswick, R.K., An, K., Sturgill, J. (2015). Decreased low back pain intensity and differential gene expression following Calmare®: result from a double-blinded randomized sham-controlled study. Res Nurs Health 8 (38):29-38. – Refereed & Databased
  • An, K., Starkweather, A., Sturgill, J. L., Kao, H.S., Salyer, J. (2014). State of the Science of Salivary Biomarker Utilization for Stress Research. Perspectives in Nursing Science, 11(2), 87-93(Invited)*. --Invited
  • Menzies, V., Jallo, N., Kinser, P., An, K., Robins, J., Driscoll, C., Starkweather, A., Bajaj, J., Lyon, D. (2014). Shared symptoms and putative biological mechanisms in chronic liver disease: Implications for biobehavioral research. Biological Research for Nursing, July 2014 doi: 10.1177/1099800414541541 --Refereed
  • An, K., Kao, H. S., Salyer, J. (2014). Psychological strains, salivary biomarkers and risks for coronary heart disease among hurricane survivors. Biological Research for Nursing, (accepted for publication).
  • Menzies, V., Jallo, N., Kinser, P., An, K., Robins, J., Driscoll, C., Starkweather, A., Bajaj, J., Lyon, D. (2014). Shared symptoms and putative biological mechanisms in chronic liver disease: Implications for biobehavioral research. Biological Research for Nursing (accepted for publication)
  • Shim, I. S., An, K., Starkweather, A.(2014). IL-14 inhibits IL-1β-induced depressive behavioral and central neurotransmitter alterations. Psychopharmacology (Under review).
  • Kao, H. S., Lynn, M. R., & An, K. (2013). Hispanic elders with type-2 diabetes and caregiver medication practices. Hispanic Health Care International (under review)
  • Kao, H. S., Lynn, M. R., & An, K. (2012). Development of the Mexican American family loyalty toward elderly relatives scale. The Journal of Theory Construction and Testing, 16(2), 38-44.
  • Kao, H. S. & An, K. (2012). Effect of acculturation and mutuality on family loyalty among Mexican American caregivers of elders. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44(2), 111-119.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS 

  • An. K. (2017). Utilization of salivary biomarkers to enhance biobehavioral research. Southern Nursing Research
    Society Annual Conference, Pre-conference workshop, Understanding the bio in biobehavioral research.
    Dallas TX, February 22-25.
  • An, K. & Sterling, R.K. (2017). Lessons learned from strict eligibility criteria. Southern Nursing Research Society
    Annual Conference, Symposium, Lemons into Lemonade, Dallas TX, February 22-25 ().
  • An., K., Wetzel, P. Sterling, RK (2017). Assessment of Autonomic Nervous System Function in Patients with
    Chronic Health Conditions. Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference, Dallas TX, February
    22-25 (podium presentation).
  • An K., Sturgill J, Carl, D, Salyer J, Thacker LR, Sterling RK. (2017). The Impact of Autonomic Dysfunction on
    Liver-Related Symptoms in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Their Relationship to Systemic
    Inflammation and Insulin Resistance. International Congress of Nursing. Barcelona, Spain, May 27-June
    1(podium presentation).
  • Harper, L., An, K., Belgrave, F., (2016). Exploring sexual orientation and cardiovascular disease risk in women.
    American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2016, New Orleans LA. November 12-16 (poster
    presentation).
  • Salyer, J., An, K., Siddiqui, S. (2017). Cardiometabolic risk in liver transplant survivors. American Heart
    Association, EPI-life style conference Hilton, Portland OR, March 6-10 (poster presentation).
  • An, K., Shin, C., Lee, M., Oh, K. (2017). Break the myth and revisit non-obese Asian American’s cardiometabolic
    risk. American Heart Association, EPI-life style conference Hilton, Portland OR, March 6-10 (poster
    presentation).
  • An, K., Sterling, RK, Wetzel, P. (2016). The Impact of Autonomic Dysfunction on Liver-Related Symptoms in
    Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Their Relationship to Systemic Inflammation and Insulin
    Resistance. Digestive Disease Week 2017, May 6-9, Chicago, IL. (poster)
  • An, K. & Sterling, RK (2016). Subclinical Biomarkers and Health Behavior as Determinants of Cardiovascular Health in Asymptomatic Chronic Liver Disease. In a symposium titled Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in High Risk Individuals across the Lifespan. Congress of State of Science. Washington DC, September 18-20. (Accepted for a symposium) 
  • An, K., Kim, C.T., Salyer, J., Bruffy, S., Sterling, R. (2016). Cardiovascular Risk and Mortality Increase with Progression of Chronic Liver Disease. American Heart Association. EPI/Lifestyle 2016. Phoenix, AZ, March 1-4 (poster presentation).  
  • An, K. (2016). Narrowing the gap in awareness, symptoms recognition, and response time to stroke among non-English speaking minority population. International Stroke Conference 2016, Los Angeles, California Feb 16-1. (Invited Symposium)
  • Shin, C. N., An, K., & Sim,J (2016). Stroke Knowledge and Prehospital Delay in Elderly Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients. International Stroke Conference 2016, Los Angeles, California Feb 16-19 (poster presentation).  
  • An, K. Shin, C.N., & Sim,J (2016). EMS Use after Acute Ischemic Stroke In Korean Population: Familyism May Not Help. International Stroke Conference 2016, Los Angeles, California Feb 16-19 (poster presentation). 
  • An, K. & Sturgill, J. (2016). Noninvasive salivary biomarker analysis of cardiovascular and metabolic risks in natural disaster survivors with and without posttraumatic stress disorder. Southern Nursing Research Society 30th Annual Conference, Williamsburg VA, Feb 24-27 (symposium). 
  • An, K., Sterling, R., Bruffy, S. and Kim, C.T. (2015). Framingham Risk Scores by Body Mass Index vs. lipid panel in chronic liver disease patients. Advancing Science, Improving Lives, the National Institute of Nursing Research’s (NINR) 30th Anniversary Scientific Symposium and Poster Session.  Bethesda, Maryland. October 13, 2015 
  • An, K., Salyer, J., Starkweather, A., Brown, R. (2015). State of Science: Using salivary biomarkers in biobehavioral research addressing psychosocial stress and cardiovascular disease. Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Gamma Chapter Annual Poster Presentations, Richmond VA, April 18, 2015. 
  • An, K., Bruffy, S. and Sterling, R. (2015). Can Body Mass Index substitute cholesterol level for CVD risk estimation of in field studies? Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Gamma Chapter Annual Poster Presentations, Richmond VA, April 18, 2015. 
  • An, K., & Sterling, R. Autonomic dysfunction and cardiometabolic risks among nonalcoholic fatty liver disease patients: addressing multiple-chronicity. State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Washington DC, September 18-20, 2014.
  • An, K., & Sayler, J. Use of salivary biomarkers in biobehavioral research addressing psychosocial stress and cardiovascular disease. State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Washington DC, September 18-20, 2014.
  • An, K. Does acupuncture attenuate hemodynamic and pro-inflammatory cytokines responses to acute stress?State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Washington DC, September 18-20, 2014.
  • An, K., & Salyer, J. Healing the Heart, Healing the Community, Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International 24th International Nursing Research Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, July 22-26, 2013.
  • An, K., Salyer, J., Robins, J. Risks of coronary heart disease and inflammatory biomarkers among hurricane survivors. SNRS Annual Conference, Little Lock, AK. February 27-March 2, 2013. (Top scored late breakers discussion session)
  • An, K., Jallo, N., & Menzies, V. The Effect of Biofeedback Relaxation on Blood Pressure and Skin Surface Temperature in Hurricane Survivors. 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Washington DC, September 13-15, 2012.
  • An, K., Cupit, T., Sam, A.V., Averez, T. Risks of CHD and Psychological Strains among Hurricane Survivors: Where to Start? SNRS Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. February 23-25, 2012.
  • An, K., Haddad, L., Sam, V.A., Cupit, T., Feng, J. Can auricular acupuncture be an alternative?:Effects of auricular acupuncture on craving for cigarette smoking and psychological stress. VYTP Annual Conference. The Feature of Tobacco Control: Implications for the Prevention of Youth Tobacco use in Virginia. Richmond, VA. April 3-4, 2012
  • Haddad, L., An, K. Trends in Water Pipe Use among Arab Americans in Richmond Metropolitan area. VYTP Annual Conference. The Feature of Tobacco Control: Implications for the Prevention of Youth Tobacco use in Virginia. Richmond, VA, April 3-4, 2012
  • Huson, C., Haddad, L., An, K. Culturally-Tailored Smoking Cessation for Arab American Men: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.VYTP Annual Conference. The Feature of Tobacco Control: Implications for the Prevention of Youth Tobacco use in Virginia. Richmond, VA, April 3-4, 2012
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