Cynthia Dougherty

Charles and Gerda Spence Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics
University of Washington

Dr. Cynthia Dougherty is the Charles and Gerda Spence Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics at the University of Washington School of Nursing, and a Nurse Practitioner in Cardiology at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA.  Dr. Dougherty is a doctorally prepared advanced practice nurse with expertise in cardiovascular disease, sudden cardiac death, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD)s, exercise in cardiovascular populations, and heart failure.  Dr. Dougherty has extensive past research funding in five clinical trials in testing interventions for persons with an ICD.  Dr. Dougherty is a pioneer, and remains one of a handful of nurse scientist experts in promoting health for patients and families in the context of implantable cardioverter defibrillators.  As an advanced practice leader, she has created an innovative inter-professional clinic model that optimizes the best of tele-health modalities. Dr. Dougherty has achieved expert status that is recognized across multiple disciplines as seen in the impressive interdisciplinary research team she leads, the scope of research dissemination in journals and presentations, and the translation of findings to clinical practice. She has made outstanding contributions to the science of improving patient care for individuals who have received implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), and her findings are among the Top 10 Scientific and Clinical Advancements in Cardiovascular Nursing in the past 40 years. Dr. Dougherty received a BSN from the University of Nebraska, a MA from the University of Iowa, and a PhD from the University of Washington.  She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American Heart Association.