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Community Systems and Mental Health Nursing
College of Nursing
Armour Academic Center
600 S. Paulina St.
Ste. 1080
Chicago, IL 60612

(312) 563-4731
(312) 942-6226
PhD, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., 1987

MS, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill., 1975

BSN, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill., 1971

Arlene Michaels Miller, PhD, RN, FAAN, joined the College of Nursing at Rush University in October 2009 as professor and chair of the Department of Community, Systems, and Mental Health Nursing. In September 2014 she became a part-time faculty member in the Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship. Her teaching and research interests include cross-cultural methods for psychosocial and biobehavioral health research, and health promotion and psychological well-being in midlife and older women/families. Dr. Miller's research examines individual, family and community factors that contribute to health in immigrant and other minority women. Her NIH-funded studies examined the longitudinal effect of health behaviors that mediate the impact of acculturation on social alienation, depressed mood, and cardiovascular risk factors in immigrants from the former Soviet Union and their husbands, and neighborhood influences on health and alienation. She is presently working with an interprofessional team at Rush to develop a comprehensive care coordination model focusing on social determinants of health for middle-aged and older adults with multiple chronic conditions in primary care and community settings.
Before coming to Rush, Dr. Miller taught for over 20 years at the College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received several teaching awards. She received the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators (ACHNE) Award for Research Contributions to Public Health Nursing, an Award for Research and Scholarship from Sigma Theta Tau (Honor Society of Nursing), Alpha Lambda Chapter, and the 2009 Established Scientist Award from the Ethnicity and Health research section of the Midwest Nursing Research Society. She received the Power of Nursing Leadership SAGE Mentoring Award in 2012 and the Rush University Faculty Excellence Award for Mentorship in 2013. She served as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB) Study Section and has over 60 publications in peer reviewed journals.
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