Andrea Wallace, PhD, Rn

Contact Information

Office: 324  CNB
Phone: 319-335-7115
Faculty Profile

Brief description of current research:

Dr. Wallace is an assistant professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Her research interest is in finding means of improving outcomes for those living with chronic illness, particularly for vulnerable patient populations. Her work has included an intervention to improve self-management support for those with diabetes, a state-level survey examining chronic back pain, and a clinical survey study examining the association between literacy, perceived health care quality, and diabetes outcomes. Her current focus is on engaging communities of health care providers and patients to examine how interventions aiming to improve diabetes self-management support can be feasibly implemented during routine primary care service delivery.


3 most influential diabetes/obesity/metabolism publications: 

  • Wallace, A.S., Seligman, H.K., Davis, T.C., Schillinger, D., Arnold, C., Bryant-Shilliday, B., Freburger, J.K., DeWalt, D.A. (2009).Improving diabetes self-management using low-literacy educational materials and brief counseling. Patient Education and Counseling, 75(3):328-33.
  • Wallace, A.S., Carlson, J.R., Malone, R.M., DeWalt, D.A. (2010). The influence of literacy on patient-reported experiences of diabetes self-management support. Nursing Research, 59(5):356-63.
  • Wallace, A.S., Perkhounkova, Y., Tseng, H., Schillinger, D. (2013). The Influence of Patient Characteristics on Assessment of Diabetes Self-Management Support During a Three-Arm Trial. Nursing Research, 62(2): 106-14. 



A primary objective for my research is to not only design high quality chronic health care service interventions aimed at narrowing the gaps in clinical outcomes, but to understand how these interventions can be feasibly administered during routine, community-based service delivery where they can benefit more patients. A clear impact of my work would be that more patients receive high quality, literacy-appropriate self-management support for their diabetes. However, another effect involves devising means of applying research into practice settings, which requires me to forge new interdisciplinary, interdepartmental, interuniversity, and interagency relationships. I hope that new productive partnerships—partnerships that can undertake and sustain health system changes—will also be a legacy of my work.