Kelly Lynn Wierenga

Kelly Lynn Wierenga
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis | IUPUI · Science of Nursing Care

PhD, RN

About

24
Publications
1,362
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
159
Citations
Introduction
I am interested in determining how emotion regulation impacts health behaviors and outcomes of patients with chronic illness. Current projects are focused on improving self-management to diet and exercise through emotion regulation interventions.
Additional affiliations
August 2018 - present
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
June 2016 - June 2018
Case Western Reserve University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
September 2011 - May 2016
Michigan State University
Position
  • Graduate Research Assistant & Interview Coordinator

Publications

Publications (24)
Article
Background The objective of this 3-arm randomized controlled trial was to evaluate the efficacy of computerized cognitive training (CCT) in improving primary outcomes of delayed-recall memory and serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels; and the secondary outcomes were working memory, instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) and...
Article
Background: For the 720 000 Americans expected to experience a new acute cardiac event this year, cardiac rehabilitation is an important part of recovery. Symptoms of depression and anxiety undermine recovery efforts, leaving recovering patients at risk for diminished functional capacity and heightened risk of mortality. Poor emotion regulation ca...
Article
Background Associations among illness perceptions of viruses, anxiety and depression symptoms, and self-management decisions, such as mask-wearing, are critical to informing public health practices to mitigate the short- and long-term consequences of the SARS-CoV-2 viral pandemic. Purpose Guided by the common-sense model of self-regulation, this o...
Article
Deaths from COVID-19 continue to rise, and this virus has asymmetric impacts on marginalized communities though specific impacts on sexual and gender minority communities are not well understood. From March 23 to June 20, 2020, in an online cross-sectional survey among 1380 US adults, we assessed physical symptoms, psychological symptoms, ruminatio...
Article
Full-text available
The purpose of this two-arm randomized controlled pilot study was to assess initial efficacy of the theoretically-based RENEwS intervention, designed to improve emotion regulation and thereby decrease depression and anxiety and increase moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) following a cardiac event. Participants (n=30, 83% men) recruited f...
Article
Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is an important part of overcoming an acute cardiac event, but can be undermined by debilitating levels of depression and anxiety, which can leave cardiac patients at risk for diminished functional capacity. The purpose of this randomized control trial was to evaluate the development and early efficacy testing of a theor...
Article
Introduction: Cognitive dysfunction is common in heart failure (HF), but relationships are unclear among cognitive dysfunction, performance-based instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), and health-related quality life (HRQL). Objectives: Guided by HRQL and IADL theories, hypotheses were: 1) worse cognitive function in global cognition, memo...
Article
Introduction The World Health Organization recommends moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) for 150 minutes per week to reduce the risk of primary or secondary cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Adherence to these recommendations is only around 30% in the US. Identifying reliable barriers or facilitators of time spent in MVPA is a critical comp...
Article
Cardiac rehabilitation is important to improve physical activity and reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors among people who have experienced a major cardiac event. However, poor emotion regulation can make it difficult to change cardiovascular risk factors. The purpose of this article was to assess the feasibility of the Regulating Emotions to...
Article
Full-text available
Stress and symptomatology have been shown to have strong relationships to health outcomes in older adults. More specifically, perceived social stressors (PSS), whether related to disease, disability or demographics, is a contributor to health. Recently it was reported that intra-individual symptom variability (ISV) may predict poor health outcomes...
Article
Purpose: This study aims to determine (1) if depressive symptoms in the year following completion of cardiac rehabilitation impact physical functional capacity and (2) if exercise, perceived benefits and barriers, self-efficacy, and social support moderate this relationship. Design: This longitudinal correlational secondary data analysis include...
Article
As the nursing faculty shortage persists, there is an urgent need to develop emerging nurse scholars into research leaders capable of advocating for the profession and expanding on the mission to improve health. To address this need, the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) commissioned a student task force that led to the development of the Eme...
Article
Background The rising number of patients with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) require care management to successfully transition home after implantation. These patients and their families need to manage their heart failure, and the complexities of an LVAD and the associated lifestyle modifications. Translating knowledge of transitional care...
Article
Background: The 30-day readmission rate for patients with a left ventricular assist device implantation at a large, urban, Midwest hospital system (from October 2013 to September 2014) was estimated at 32.1%. Problem statement: Readmission rates were a concern at this facility. Review of the readmissions, change in practice, and home expectation...
Article
Background and purpose: Emotion regulation, the experiencing, processing, and modulating of emotional response, is necessary to manage the emotional stressors common in patients with chronic illness. Overwhelming emotional demands deplete the resources needed for everyday self-care management of chronic disease, contributing to poor health outcome...
Article
Background: African American women with heart failure (HF) have stressors that negatively impact HF self-management adherence and heighten the occurrence of negative cardiac health events. Perceptions of illness coherence and controllability and emotion regulation are known to facilitate self-management in the face of stressors. Objective: The a...
Article
Health care disparities associated with African American race may influence event-free survival in patients with heart failure (HF). A secondary data analysis included 863 outpatients enrolled in a multicenter HF registry. Cox regression was used to determine whether African American race was associated with shorter HF event-free survival after con...
Article
Introduction: Health outcomes such as event-free survival (cumulative end-point in time to first health event) in heart failure (HF) patients is worse in African American than Caucasians. While the direct impact of traditional risk factors on outcomes are recognized, it is unknown how sociodemographic and psychosocial variables, disease, and treatm...
Article
Emotional intelligence, a predictor of productivity and success, may impact behaviors responsible for quality of care. This study examined if emotional intelligence of units' bedside nurses is related to the quality of care delivered to the patients. In this study, emotional intelligence was found to be correlated to the number of Clostridium diffi...
Conference Paper
Background: Nursing professionals must to be able to communicate effectively to counsel patients during challenging circumstances. Such skills require cognizance and sensitivity to both personal and interpersonal dynamics. Emotional intelligence and emotional regulation (ER) is defined as the ability to recognize and respond to personal emotions an...

Network

Cited By

Projects

Projects (3)
Project
The goal of this project is to describe associations between perceptions and risk reduction responses in US adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, we intend to conduct follow-up studies to better understand the influences that COVID-19 perceptions, physical and emotional symptoms, social support, and resourcefulness have on risk reduction behaviors among US adults over time.
Project
This project seeks to collect publications that address the goals of the MNRS Emerging Scholars Network. https://mnrs.org/members-center/emerging-scholars-network/
Project
Development of a new intervention for patients recovering from a first cardiac event. This intervention is based on improving skills with emotion regulation techniques.