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Faculty - Nai-Ching (Allison) Chi

Nai-Ching Chi
PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
430 CNB
319-335-7064
Education: 

PhD in Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics, University of Washington
MS in Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies, University of Washington
MS in Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
BSN, Tzu Chi University, Taiwan  

Research Focus/Clinical Interests: 
  • Pain management and family caregiving
  • Palliative and hospice care
  • Technology-based interventions with advanced data science

Dr. Allison Chi’s program of research focuses on integrating advanced data science with technology to support symptom management, family caregiving, and healthy aging. Specifically, Dr. Chi is (1) exploring the challenges and impacts that family caregivers experience when providing pain management; (2) developing and design technology-based interventions with data science to support personalized pain management, decision-making, and family caregiving in palliative care; (3) examining innovative technologies such as virtual reality and conversational agent to support healthy aging; and, (4) using big data science to examine the impacts of multimorbidity on pain management.

Dr. Chi completed her doctoral training in nursing and informatics in the University of Washington in 2017. She was a recipient of a three-year informatics training grant from Taiwan Ministry of Education, Sigma Theta Tau International-Psi-at-Large Chapter small grant, scholarship from the Washington State King County Nurses Association, and outstanding graduate of the Class of 2017 from the University of Washington. Dr. Chi joined the University of Iowa in 2017. Currently she is funded by (1) the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence at the University of Iowa to develop a technology-based intervention to support caregivers in pain management in hospice care, and (2) the NIH administrative supplement grant (P20 NR018081) to use big data approaches to investigate the most clinically relevant multimorbidity patterns in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and to characterize their pain symptomology and health care utilization. Dr. Chi has published 25 scientific papers, as well as was awarded the 2020 Research Scholar Award by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) and 2020 New Investigator Award in Palliative Care Research by the Midwest Nursing Research Society.