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Cynthia Dougherty ARNP, PhD, FAHA, FAAN

Vice Chair Research
Adjunct Professor, UW School of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Nurse Practitioner, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Department of Cardiology

Dr. Dougherty’s sustained program of research has focused on the development of knowledge related to human responses to sudden cardiac arrest and cardiac arrhythmias, both for survivors and their family members. This research led to the development and testing of nursing interventions to improve health outcomes after sudden cardiac arrest and advanced heart disease. The results of this research are to enhance physical and psychosocial health and to reduce health care costs in patients and patients’ families. Within the program of research are four foci: intervention models to enhance adjustment, exercise interventions to improve function, cardiovascular disease management interventions, and interventions in end stage or advanced heart disease.



  • BSN, University of Nebraska
  • MS, University of Iowa
  • Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Post-Doc, University of Washington
  • ARNP, University of Washington

Awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)
  • Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA)
  • Fellow in the Washington State Academy of Sciences
  • Chair Elect of the American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing
  • Elected Board of Directors in Washington State Academy of Sciences
  • International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, STTI
  • Katherine A. Lembright Award for the American Heart Association in 2018


Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Symptom Science

Research Centers

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