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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, FAAN

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.


Mudd-Martin, G. T., Rayens, M. K., Lennie, T. A., Chung, M. L., Gokun, Y. , Wiggins, A. T., Biddle, M. J., Bailey, A. L., Novak, M. J., Casey, B. R., Moser, D. K. (2014). Fatalism Moderates the Relationship Between Family History of Cardiovascular Disease and Engagement in Health-Promoting Behaviors Among At-Risk Rural Kentuckians.. The Journal of rural health : official journal of the American Rural Health Association and the National Rural Health Care Association.



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.

Chung, M.L., Lennie, T.A., Moser, D.K. (2014, September).  Association between depressive symptoms and emotional well-being was moderated by gender, no caregiving status, in heart failure patient-caregiver dyads. 18th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America, Heart Failure Society of America, Las Vegas, NV.

Chung, M.L., Lennie, T.A., Moser, D.K. (2014, September).  The feasibility of the family cognitive education intervention to improve depressive symptoms and quality of life in patients with heart failure and their family caregivers. 18th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America, Heart Failure Society of America, Las Vegas, NV.

Lennie, T.A., Kang, J., Chung, M.L., Song, E.Y., Heo, S., Dunbar, S.B., Westneat, S., Moser, D.K. (2014, September).  The healthy eating index is not a predictor of event-free survival in patients with heart failure. 18th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America, Heart Failure Society of America, Las Vegas, NV.

Moser, D.K., Mudd-Martin, G.T., Biddle, M.J., Chung, M.L., Rayens, M.K., Bailey, A., Lennie, T.A. (2014, September).  The hearthealth trial: Improving depressive symptoms and cardiovascular disease risk in the most physically and mentally unhealthy area in the United States on behalf of HeartHealth. European Society of Cardiology Congress, Barcelona, Spain.

Stromberg, A., Arestedt, K., Chung, M.L. (2014, April).  The relationship between depression, perceived control, and health in patients with heart failure and their spouses through exploring the Actor-Partner Interdependence model. EuroHeart Care 2014, European Society of Cardiology, Stavanger, Norway.

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.



Effects of Family Sodium Watchers Program on Outcomes in Heart Failure Patient-Family Caregiver Dyads
Project Period: September/ 26/ 2014 - July/ 31/ 2019
Total Award: $2404267.00
Sponsor: National Institute of Nursing Research

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