Eileen Collins

Dean of the UIC College of Nursing and professor of biobehavioral nursing science


Eileen Collins is the dean of the UIC College of Nursing and professor of biobehavioral nursing science. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her research into cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation interventions to improve quality-of-life for people with chronic illnesses.

Collins and her colleagues developed a first-of-its-kind controlled study to determine whether patients with COPD could exercise longer if they were engaged in ventilation feedback; ventilation feedback along with a regular exercise program; or exercise alone.

Throughout her distinguished career, Collins has amassed more than $41 million in research funding. Her work has been published in such prestigious journals as the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Intensive Care Medicine, among others.

In 2016, Collins was one of 19 nurse researchers throughout the world to be inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. She has also been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Subject areas:

  • Rehabilitation science
  • Quality of life
  • Chronic diseases
  • Nursing education


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