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(859) 323–8024

(859) 323–1057




PhD, University of Kentucky, 2001
MSN, Ewha Womans University, 1990
BSN, Ewha Womans University, 1986


Family caregivers’ psychological distress and burden


Misook Lee  Chung, PhD, RN, FAHA

Associate Professor

Misook Lee Chung earned her master's degree from the College of Nursing, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, and her PhD from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing.

Dr. Chung currently is an associate professor for the UK College of Nursing, where she is a co-director and research scientist with the RICH Heart Program. She has an independent research program as well. She has conducted a number of observational/interventional research studies as a project director in the RICH Heart Program.

Dr. Chung has been studying patients with heart failure and family caregivers since 2002. Her research emphasis is on the dynamic interdependent relationship between patients with chronic cardiovascular disease and family caregivers and the behavioral, physiological, and psychological outcomes of both participating members, and on developing effective family based interventions to improve outcomes in both patients and caregivers. Her program of research covers a broad range of factors affecting outcomes in the adult heart failure population, such as adherence behaviors (e.g., low sodium diet and medication), patients’ psychological distress (e.g., depression and anxiety), perceived social support, and family caregivers’ burden and emotional distress.

Dr. Chung was a finalist in the Heart Failure Society of America Nursing Research Award in 2004 and won first place in the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses Oral Research Competition in 2006. The American Heart Association on Cardiovascular Nursing awarded her the Research Article of the Year in 2010.


Strömberg, A. , Fluur, C. , Miller, J. L., Chung, M. L., Moser, D. K., Thylén, I.  (2014). ICD Recipients' Understanding of ethical issues, ICD Function, and Practical Consequences of withdrawing the ICD in the end-of-life. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, PACE, 37 (7), 834-842.

Dekker, R. L., Lennie, T. A., Doering, L. V., Chung, M. L., Wu, J. R., Moser, D. K. (2014). Coexisting anxiety and depressive symptoms in patients with heart failure. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 13 (2), 168-76.

Mudd-Martin, G. T., Biddle, M. J., Chung, M. L., Lennie, T. A., Bailey, A. L., Casey, B. R., Novak, M. J., Moser, D. K. (2014). Rural appalachian perspectives on heart health: social ecological contexts. American Journal of Health Behavior, 38 (1), 134–143.



Dekker, R.L., Ashford, K.B., Lennie, T.A., Chung, M.L., Biddle, M.J., Mudd-Martin, G.T., Bailey, A.L., Moser, D.K. (2014, October).  Elevated cardiovascular risk factors among Appalachian women with a history of pregnancy complications. 2014 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Chicago, IL.

Lennie, T.A., Chung, M.L., Biddle, M.J., Mudd-Martin, G.T., Bailey, A.L., Westneat, S., Novak, M.J., Moser, D.K. (2014, April).  Financial status is related to following a heart healthy diet in rural adults with multiple cardiovascular risk factors. EuroHeartCare 2014 Congress, Stavanger, Norway.

Chung, M.L., Moser, D.K., Biddle, M.J., Mudd-Martin, G.T., Bailey, A.L., Bailey, A., Novak, M.J., Lennie, T.A. (2014, April).  Rural residents with heart failure had poor heart healthy diet. EuroHeartCare 2014 Congress, Stavanger, Norway.

Adams, K.L., Dekker, R.L., Lennie, T.A., Chung, M.L., Dracup, K., Moser, D.K. (2013, November).  African American race is independently associated with poorer outcomes in patients with heart failure even in the presence of multiple risk factors for poor outcomes. 2013 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, American Heart Association, Dallas, TX.

Moser, D.K., Dekker, R.L., Mudd-Martin, G.T., Chung, M.L., Biddle, M.J., Bailey, A.L., Casey, B.R., Westneat, S., Rayens, M.K., Novak, M.J., Lennie, T.A. (2013, November).  Improving depressive symptoms among rural patients at high risk for cardiovascular disease in the most mentally distressed area in the country. 2013 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, American Heart Association, Dallas, TX.

Biddle, M.J., Lennie, T.A., Mudd-Martin, G.T., Bailey, A.L., Novak, M.J., Casey, B.R., Chung, M.L., Moser, D.K. (2013, November).  A dietary intervention rich in antioxidents reduces inflammation and oxidative stress. 2013 Scientific Session of the American Heart Association, American Heart Association, Dallas, TX.

Chung, M.L., Lennie, T.A., Moser, D.K. (2013, November).  A gradual taste adaptation strategy improved adherence to the low sodium diet among patients with heart failure. 2013 Scientific Session of the American Heart Association, American Heart Association, , TX.

Park, L.G., Howie-Esquivel, J., Chung, M.L., Dracup, K. (2013, November).  A text messaging intervention improves medication adherence for patients for patients with coronary heart disease: a randomized controlled trial. 2013 Scientific Session of the American Heart Association, American Heart Association, Dallas, TX.

Moser, D.K., Biddle, M.J., Mudd-Martin, G.T., Bailey, A.L., Casey, B.R., Novak, M.J., Lennie, T.A., Chung, M.L. (2013, November).  Cardiovascular risk reduction in socioeconomically austere rural environments: A randomized controlled efficacy trial of a self-care intervention followed by an effectiveness study. 2013 Scientific Session of the American Heart Association, American Heart Association, Dallas, TX.



Reducing Health Disparities in Appalachians with Multiple Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
Project Period: May/ 1/ 2013 - April/ 30/ 2016
Total Award: $2092473.00
Sponsor: Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute


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