Catherine Chesla, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor & Interim Chair


Honors and Awards

100th Anniversary Alumni Excellence Award, UCSF Alumni Association, 2015
President (elected), International Family Nursing Association, 2013-2015
Helen Nahm Research Lecture, University of California, San Francisco, 2013
Excellence in Teaching-- Research Mentorship, UCSF School of Nursing, 2011
Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair in Ethics and Spirituality, UCSF, 2008
Distinguished Contributions to Family Nursing Research, International Family Nursing Conference, 2007
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2003


Gender differences in factors related to diabetes management in Chinese American immigrants. West J Nurs Res. 2014 Oct; 36(9):1074-90.
Assessing the cultural in culturally sensitive printed patient-education materials for Chinese Americans with type 2 diabetes. Health Commun. 2015; 30(1):39-49.
Psychological pain and reduced resting-state heart rate variability in adults with a history of depression. Psychophysiology. 2014 Mar; 51(3):247-56.
Parental advocacy styles for special education students during the transition to adulthood. Qual Health Res. 2013 Oct; 23(10):1377-87.
Testing the efficacy of culturally adapted coping skills training for Chinese American immigrants with type 2 diabetes using community-based participatory research. Res Nurs Health. 2013 Aug; 36(4):359-72.
Health and psychosocial outcomes in U.S. adult patients with diabetes from diverse ethnicities. Curr Diab Rep. 2012 Dec; 12(6):729-38.
Coming out for a third time: transmen, sexual orientation, and identity. Arch Sex Behav. 2013 Apr; 42(3):449-61.
Effect of culturally tailored diabetes education in ethnic minorities with type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2012 Nov-Dec; 27(6):505-18.
Embodied meanings of early childbearing among American Indian women: a turning point. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2012 Sep-Oct; 57(5):502-8.
Parent and youth priorities during the transition to adulthood for youth with special health care needs and developmental disability. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2012 Jul-Sep; 35(3):E57-72.
Transmen: the HIV risk of gay identity. AIDS Educ Prev. 2011 Dec; 23(6):508-20.
Health communication with Chinese Americans about type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2012 Jan-Feb; 38(1):67-76.
Working with culture: culturally appropriate mental health care for Asian Americans. J Adv Nurs. 2011 Nov; 67(11):2373-82.
Barriers to diabetes management: patient and provider factors. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2011 Jul; 93(1):1-9.
"So We Adapt Step by Step": Acculturation experiences affecting diabetes management and perceived health for Chinese American immigrants. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Jan; 72(2):256-64.
Do family interventions improve health? J Fam Nurs. 2010 Nov; 16(4):355-77.
Learning formative skills of nursing practice in an accelerated program. Qual Health Res. 2011 Jan; 21(1):51-61.
Factors associated with psychological insulin resistance in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2010 Aug; 33(8):1747-9.
Barriers and facilitators: parolees' perceptions of community health care. J Correct Health Care. 2010 Jan; 16(1):17-26.
Challenges and struggles: lived experiences of individuals with co-occurring disorders. Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2010 Apr; 24(2):76-88.
Cultural and family challenges to managing type 2 diabetes in immigrant Chinese Americans. Diabetes Care. 2009 Oct; 32(10):1812-6.
Prison experiences and the reintegration of male parolees. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2009 Apr-Jun; 32(2):E17-29.
Conducting a qualitative culture study of pediatric palliative care. Qual Health Res. 2009 Jan; 19(1):5-16.
Translational research: essential contributions from interpretive nursing science. Res Nurs Health. 2008 Aug; 31(4):381-90.
Living with chronic illness: a phenomenological study of the health effects of the patient-provider relationship. J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2008 Mar; 20(3):109-17.
Revisiting Confucianism as a conceptual framework for Asian family study. J Fam Nurs. 2007 Aug; 13(3):293-311.
Relational patterns of couples living with chronic pelvic pain from endometriosis. Qual Health Res. 2007 May; 17(5):571-85.
Interventions for the family with diabetes. Nurs Clin North Am. 2006 Dec; 41(4):625-39, vii.
Building a new world: habits and practices of healing following the death of a child. J Fam Nurs. 2006 May; 12(2):143-64.
Family nursing: challenges and opportunities: the hand that feeds us: strings and restrictions on funding for family nursing research. J Fam Nurs. 2005 Nov; 11(4):340-3.
Nursing science and chronic illness: articulating suffering and possibility in family life. J Fam Nurs. 2005 Nov; 11(4):371-87.
Accommodating type 2 diabetes in the Chinese American family. Qual Health Res. 2005 Feb; 15(2):240-55.
Family and disease management in African-American patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2004 Dec; 27(12):2850-5.
Disease management advice provided to African-American and Chinese-American patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2004 Sep; 27(9):2249-50.
Patient-appraised couple emotion management and disease management among Chinese American patients with type 2 diabetes. J Fam Psychol. 2004 Jun; 18(2):302-10.
Parents' perspectives of asthma crisis hospital management in infants and toddlers: an interpretive view through the lens of attachment theory. J Pediatr Nurs. 2003 Aug; 18(4):233-43.
Family predictors of disease management over one year in Latino and European American patients with type 2 diabetes. Fam Process. 2003; 42(3):375-90.
Depression and anxiety among partners of European-American and Latino patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2002 Sep; 25(9):1564-70.
Psychological morbidity of Thai families of a person with schizophrenia. Int J Nurs Stud. 2002 Jan; 39(1):35-50.
Contributors to depression in Latino and European-American patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2001 Oct; 24(10):1751-7.
Smooth a heart with water: Thai mothers care for a child with schizophrenia. Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2001 Jun; 15(3):120-7.
Differences in personal models among Latinos and European Americans: implications for clinical care. Diabetes Care. 2000 Dec; 23(12):1780-5.
The family and disease management in Hispanic and European-American patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2000 Mar; 23(3):267-72.
Resolving disease management problems in European-American and Latino couples with type 2 diabetes: the effects of ethnicity and patient gender. Fam Process. 2000; 39(4):403-16.
Disease management status: a typology of Latino and Euro-American patients with type 2 diabetes. Behav Med. 2000; 26(2):53-66.
The family and type 2 diabetes: a framework for intervention. Diabetes Educ. 1998 Sep-Oct; 24(5):599-607.
Growing up with congenital heart disease: the dilemmas of adolescents and young adults [see comment]. Cardiol Young. 1998 Jul; 8(3):303-9.
The dilemmas of parents of adolescents and young adults with congenital heart disease. Heart Lung. 1997 May-Jun; 26(3):187-95.
Breakdown in the nursing care of families in the ICU. Am J Crit Care. 1997 Jan; 6(1):64-71.
Reconciling technologic and family care in critical-care nursing. Image J Nurs Sch. 1996; 28(3):199-203.
Caregiving demands of patients with Alzheimer's disease. J Community Health Nurs. 1993; 10(4):225-32.
The phenomenology of knowing the patient. Image J Nurs Sch. 1993; 25(4):273-80.
When qualitative and quantitative findings do not converge. West J Nurs Res. 1992 Oct; 14(5):681-5.
From beginner to expert: gaining a differentiated clinical world in critical care nursing. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 1992 Mar; 14(3):13-28.
Parents' illness models of schizophrenia. Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 1989 Aug; 3(4):218-25.
Catherine Chesla
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