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College of Nursing

Susan Weber Buchholz, PhD, RN, FAANP, FAAN

  • Associate Dean for Research
  • Director-PhD Program


PhD, Wayne State University

MSN, Indiana University

BSN, Capital University

ADN, Illinois Central College

Interest Areas:

Physical Activity Research

Health Behavior Research

Literature Reviews

Nurse Practitioner Education

Adult Primary Care


Collins, E. S., Buchholz, S. W., Cranford, J., & McCrory. (accepted for publication). A Church-based Culturally Sensitive Physical Activity Intervention in African American Women. Western Journal of Nursing Research.

Dickins, K. A., Buchholz, S. W., Ingram, D., Braun, L. T., Hamilton, R. J., Earle, M., & Karnik, N. S. (2020). Supporting Primary Care Access and Use among Homeless Persons. Social Work in Public Health, 35(6): 335-357. Doi: 10.1080/19371918.2020.18095389.

Buchholz, S. W., Wilbur, J., Halloway, S., Schoeny, M., Johnson, T., Vispute, S., & Kitsiou, S. (2019). Study protocol for a sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART) to improve physical activity in employed women. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 105921. doi:10.1016/j.cct.2019.105921.

Wilbur, J., Braun, L., Buchholz, S. W., Miller, A., Fogg, L., Halloway, S., & Schoeny, M. (2019). Randomized controlled trial of lifestyle walking for African American women: Blood pressure outcomes. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 13(5): 508-515.

Buchholz, S. W., Klein, T., Cooke, C., Cook, M., Knestrick, J., & Dickins, K. (2018). Introduction to four reviews addressing critical topics identified by the 2015 Nurse Practitioner Research Agenda Roundtable priorities for policy, workforce, education and practice. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 30(12):667-672. doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000035. (Part of a Special Issue.)


Buchholz, S. W. (PI) (2018-2022). R01NR017635. Testing Adaptive Interventions to Improve Physical Activity for Sedentary Women. [National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health, $1,900,000.] Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, IL.

Kitsiou, S. (PI), Buchholz, S. W. (Co-I). (2019-2021). R21NR0118281. An Innovative Mobile Health Intervention to Improve Self-Care in Patients with Heart Failure. [National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health, $554,735.] University of Illinois Chicago: Chicago, IL.

Nadarajah, S. (PI), Buchholz, S. W. (Mentor). (2019-2021.) Feasibility Study of Walk4Memory, a Walking Exercise Program Using Activity Monitors and Text Messaging for Older African American Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment. [Research Centers in Minority Institutions Investigator Development Core, $100,000.] Howard University: Washington, DC.

Kitsiou, S. (PI), Buchholz, S. W. (Co-I). (2018-2019). A Patient-Centered Mobile Health Intervention to Promote Self-Management and Improve Patient Outcomes in Chronic Heart Failure. [Midwest Roybal Center Pilot Grant, $40,000.] University of Illinois Chicago: Chicago, IL.

Wilbur, J. (PI), Buchholz, S.W. (Co-I) (2009-2015). Reducing Health Disparity in African American Women: Adherence to Physical Activity, R01 NR04234 grant: 7/31/09 -7/31/14. [National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH: $3,110,902]. Rush University Medical Center: Chicago, IL.

Honors & Awards:

  • 2019 - Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

  • 2019 - NONPF 2019 Outstanding Researcher Award

  • 2018 - The Power of Nursing Leadership: 2018 Pinnacle Leader

  • 2015 - Capital University Award for Distinguished Service to Nursing

  • 2014 - Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners