Polly Ryan, PhD, RN, CNS-BC
Cunningham Hall 453
Dr. Ryan’s research focuses on designing and testing patient-centered interventions to enhancing self-management leading to health behavior change. She is currently funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) as the primary investigator on a multi-disciplinary, multi-site study on the “Efficacy of a m-Health Self-management Intervention.” This study focuses on osteoporosis prevention for middle aged women and the intervention is being delivered via a cell phone app. She developed the “Integrated Theory of Health Behavior Change” which was later incorporated as the process component into the “Individual and Family Self-Management Theory;” the theory that provides the foundation for the Self-Management Science Center at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM).
Her research has been presented at the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, NINR, National Council on Aging, and at the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference. She is also known for her work on developing and testing tailored interventions. She completed a NIH funded two year Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Madison, obtained her PhD from UWM, is an adjunct Associate Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and continues to support clinical nursing research as a Research Scientist with Froedtert Healthcare in Milwaukee.