Dr. Andrea Wallace is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing. She received her clinical doctorate (ND) as well as her PhD from the University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing, where she received NIH pre-doctoral funding to examine differences in health services access for children with severe asthma. Dr. Wallace then participated in an NIH and AHRQ funded post-doctoral fellowship in Health Care Costs, Quality, and Outcomes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she also delivered direct care to patients as an APRN-Clinical Nurse Specialist in the UNC Division of Internal Medicine’s Center for Excellence in Chronic Illness Care. Before pursing her career in nursing, Dr. Wallace received her BA in Psychology and Biology with honors in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Colorado Boulder. Before joining the faculty at the University of Utah in 2016, Dr. Wallace was an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, and served as Associate Director of Community Engagement with the Institute of Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Iowa.
A primary objective of Dr. Wallace’s research is to design high quality chronic health care service interventions aimed at narrowing gaps in clinical outcomes while simultaneously understanding how these interventions can be feasibly administered during routine, community-based service delivery where they can benefit a range of patient populations. She has participated in the development, conduct, and publication of research studies focusing on the quality of chronic disease care (asthma, diabetes, depression, chronic back pain) in community, primary care, and acute care settings and, with a multidisciplinary team, has developed a widely disseminated a low literacy diabetes intervention. She has successfully partnered with clinicians to develop means of feasibly and effectively incorporating a self-management intervention in community (vs academic) primary care practice settings serving vulnerable patient populations, as well as with clinicians in the VA Medical System to better understand the discharge experiences of rural veterans. Most recently, Dr. Wallace is also involved in a program of research focusing on how to best account for patients’ social support during routine discharge planning and in risk modeling. As a consequence of her methodological interest in how to best implement research into clinical settings, Dr. Wallace was one of only ten national experts appointed to the NIH workgroup on implementation methodology.
Dr. Wallace has experience teaching in both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Her courses have focused on evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and population health management, as well as advanced quantitative methodologies. She has experience mentoring student projects and presenting to a variety of education programs in nursing, public health, and medicine, and regularly serves on dissertation committees.