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Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing
Associate Dean for Research
Women Children and Family Nursing
College of Nursing
600 S. Paulina St.
Armour Academic Center
Ste. 1062A
Chicago, IL 60612

(312) 942-8947
(312) 942-3038
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

MSN, University of Illinois at Chicago

BSN, Marquette University

Behavioral Disciplines and Activities

Research Interests

Wilbur has a long research career in the area of women's health with a focus on midlife women's symptoms, cardiovascular health, and physical activity behavior. As a nursing scientist, she is recognized for advancing the science and practice regarding women's physical activity. Early in her career, she was able to build on physical activity measures originally developed for men and extend capability for reliable and valid measures of women's activity. She expanded that work in pursuit of exercise as a natural alternative to hormone replacement therapy to manage menopausal symptoms. She currently has a line of research examining adherence to a home-base walking program in moderate to low-income African American women. She expanded this work to consideration of environmental factors, including the 'built' environment, on women's adoption and maintenance of physical activity. Her work has been funded from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Wood Johnson Active Living Research and NIH, National Institute of Nursing Research. She is currently funded by NIH, National Institute of Nursing Research to test the efficacy of a walking program both with and without tailored telephone contacts between group visits for enhancing sedetary, midlife AA women's adherence to lifestyle PA and improving health outcomes.

Wilbur joined the College of Nursing at Rush University as professor and Endowed Independence Chair in Nursing in September 2007 and assumed the position of associate dean for research in June 2008.

Research Awards

  • 1997 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, 1997 Achievement in Research Award. Awarded at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioners, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • 2003 Marquette University, College of Nursing, 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 2005 Association of Community Health Nursing Educators Research Award
  • 2005-2008 University of Illinois at Chicago University Scholar

Recent Publications: 2009-2010

Choi, J., Miller, A.,Wilbur, J. (2009). Acculturation and depressive symptoms in immigrant Korean women. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health,11(1):13-9.

Dancy, B., Wilbur, J.E. Talashek, M., Smith, E. (2009). Research capacity building in underserved communities. American Journal of Nursing,106(12),77-9.

Finnegan, L., Campbell, R., Ferrans, C., Wilbur, J., Wilkie, D., Shaver, J. (2009). Symptom clusters and quality of life in young adult survivors of childhood cancers: A latent class analysis. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 38(2),258-269.

Robbins, E., Sikorskii, A. Hamel, L., Tsu-Yin, W., Wilbur, J. (2009).Gender comparisons of perceived benefits of and barriers to physical activity in middle school youth. RINA. 32(2),163-176.

Shaver, J., Wilbur, J. et al. (2009) Self-reported medication and herbs/supplements Use by women with and without Fibromyalgia. Journal of Women's Health, 18(5),709-716.

Wilbur, J., Zenk, S., Wang, E. Block, R., McDevitt, J., Oh, A., McNeil, S., Ju, S., Dirks, L. (2009). Neighborhood characteristics, adherence to walking and depression in midlife African American women. Journal of Women's Health, 18(8),1201-1210.

Zenk SN, Wilbur J, Wang E, McDevitt J, Block R, McNeil S, Oh A, Savar N. (2009). Neighborhood environment and adherence to a walking intervention in African-American women. Health Education and Behavior, 36(1), 167-181.

Hamel, L., Robbins, L., Wilbur, J. (2010). Computer - and web-based interventions to increase preadolescent and adolescent physical activity: a systematic review. Journal of Advances in Nursing. 67(2),251-268.

Oh, A., Zenk, S., Wilbur, J., Block, R., Wang, E., McDevitt, J., McNeil, S., Sriraj, P.S. (2010). Neighborhood crime and adherence to a walking intervention among midlife African American women. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 7(4), 432-441.

Robbins LB, Talley HC, Wu TY, Wilbur J. (2010). Sixth-grade boys' perceived benefits of and barriers to physical activity and suggestions for increasing physical activity. Journal of School Nursing, 26(1), 65-77.

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