Holli DeVon

Dr. Holli DeVon, associate dean for research and the Audrienne H. Moseley Endowed Chair in Community Research at the UCLA School of Nursing, has been named a recipient of the 2023 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing. 

“It is such an honor to be selected for this award,” DeVon said. “My time at UIC greatly influenced the trajectory of my career and helped lead me to UCLA. I will always be grateful for the university, its faculty,  staff, and students.” 

DeVon completed both her master’s degree (’82) and doctoral degree (’02) at the UIC College of Nursing. She was one of the first researchers to begin exploring the differences in heart disease symptoms between men and women. Over the next 20+ years, she would go on to become a renowned expert on cardiovascular disease and use her work to develop symptom management interventions. DeVon’s research led to a better understanding of symptom differences between men and women, called out disparities across race, particularly for African Americans, and explored why womens’ outcomes differ after being discharged from the hospital.

She has received both the Research and Clinical Article of the Year Award from Wiley-Blackwell/American Heart Association, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Rwanda in 2018 to study cardiovascular disease in patients with HIV, and was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2020. DeVon joined the faculty and administration at UCLA Nursing in 2019. 

To read more about this award and DeVon’s impact on Nursing, visit the UIC website