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 elucidate 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 as well as patient and family engagement in heart failure management.

Bidwell’s primary contributions to the field of caregiving research in chronic illness 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 patients and caregivers together. To support this work, she has received substantial funding at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels, from both federal and foundation sources, and has conducted primary and secondary analyses of dyadic data across the trajectory of heart failure: from stable, to symptomatic, to advanced illness. She was a Jonas Leadership Scholar and a National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) Patricia G. Archbold Scholar. She was also the recipient of two predoctoral fellowship awards (T32NR007061, F31NR014760) and a postdoctoral fellowship (T32NR012715) through the National Institute of Health and National Institute of Nursing Research. In conjunction with her research activities at the Family Caregiving Institute, she is currently a co-investigator on a mixed methods dyadic study of heart failure patients undergoing left ventricular assist device therapy and their family caregivers, funded by The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing in 2016 from Oregon Health & Science University. Bidwell completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University in 2018 prior to joining the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

Her work has 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.

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