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Faculty - Nai-Ching (Allison) Chi

Nai-Ching Chi
Assistant Professor
430 CNB

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

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

Dr. Chi completed her doctoral training in nursing and informatics at the University of Washington in 2017. She was a recipient of a 3-year informatics training grant from Taiwan Ministry of Education, a small grant award from Sigma Theta Tau International-Psi-at-Large Chapter, scholarship from the Washington State King County Nurses Association, and she was one of the outstanding graduate students of the Class of 2017. Dr. Chi joined the University of Iowa, College of Nursing in 2017. Currently she is funded by the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence, the University of Iowa to develop a technology-based intervention to support family caregivers in pain management. Dr. Chi has published 25 scientific, peer-reviewed papers and was awarded the 2020 New Investigator Award in Palliative Care Research by the Midwest Nursing Research Society.