Assistant Professor in the Family Caregiving Institute

Julie T. BidwellJulie T. Bidwell is an assistant professor in the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Her work employs dyadic theory and methods to understand how patients and family caregivers manage chronic cardiovascular illness together across the adult lifespan. She teaches, conducts research, and mentors students in the area of family caregiving, dyadic methods, and patient and family engagement in heart failure management.

Her primary contributions to the field of caregiving research in chronic cardiovascular disease (primarily heart failure) involve advancing two major areas of inquiry. The first is the examination of symptom response and disease management as a dyadic and family process. The second is the study of the influence of the caregiving relationship on clinical- and person-centered outcomes for both patients and their caregivers. She has received funding from both federal and foundation sources to study family caregiving relationships across the trajectory of heart failure: from stable, to symptomatic, to advanced illness. She is the currently the principal investigator on two projects: the Symmetry-HF study, a prospective longitudinal dyadic study of heart failure symptom management and response during care transitions (NIH/NCATS KL2TR001859) and a pilot grant from the Family Caregiving Institute that examines frailty and physiological caregiving stress in a diverse sample of older adult couples managing heart failure. She also serves as a co-investigator on other studies involving family care dyads’ management of illness.

Prior to joining the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, she was a Jonas Leadership Scholar and a National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) Patricia G. Archbold Scholar at Oregon Health & Science University. She was also the recipient of an individual Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award and a postdoctoral fellowship award through the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing in 2016 from Oregon Health & Science University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University in 2018.

She is the vice chair of the American Heart Association CVSN Complex Cardiovascular Patient and Family Care Committee and was a coauthor on the recent scientific statement from the American Heart Association, “Family Caregiving for Individuals with Heart Failure,” published in Circulation. Her work has also been published in Research in Nursing & Health, Journal of the American Heart Association, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Heart & Lung, European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and others.

She is available to mentor those with aligned research interests, including doctoral students in the school’s PhD program and postdoctoral scholars through the Heather M. Young Postdoctoral Fellowship program.

Contact Information: Phone: 916-703-3706 | E-mail: jtbidwell@ucdavis.edu