Yea-Jyh Chen: PhD, RN, MSN, Associate Professor

Yea-Jyh ChenDr. Yea-Jyh Chen began her nursing career as a registered nurse in the medical-surgical intensive care unit. She earned her BSN and served as a clinical instructor in the Tzu-Chi Junior College of Nursing, Taiwan. To pursue her graduate education, she earned her MSN in critical care nursing in 2002 and PhD in Nursing in 2005 both from Case Western Reserve University (CASE). During the years at CASE, her focus on critical nursing had evolved and expanded from acute nursing care to chronicity and community health. She was appointed research assistant professor at West Virginia University in 2008 and continued her academic rank at Kent State University in 2012. In 2020, she came to UNCW to continue and advance her nursing career as an associate professor.  

Dr. Chen’s research experiences were strengthened throughout her various research-related positions, roles, and contributions. Her research explores strategies to enhance self-care capacity for patients and their family caregivers, including cancer symptom management for chronically ill patients staying at home, to improve well-being and other healthcare-associated outcomes. She examines effective interventions for family caregivers to improve integrative cancer care and outcomes for patients transitioning from healthcare facilities, allowing them to stay in their homes and communities. Currently, she has extended her research interests by examining teaching effectiveness in relation to improvement of online teaching and learning outcomes. Her research has been funded by NIH/NCI R15, Sigma Theta Tau Delta Omega chapter and International, and the National League for Nursing.


  • 2005, PhD in Nursing, Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2001, MSN, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1995, BSN, Chung Shan Medical-Dental College, Taiwan
  • 1989, ADN, Foo-Yin Junior College of Nursing and Medical Technology, Taiwan 

Research Interest(s)

  • Risk factors related to rehospitalization, survival and prognostic outcomes
  • Personalized self-care for chronic disease management
  • Oncology in-home symptom management
  • Complementary and alternative health care
  • Patient and family caregiver’s outcome measures
  • Online teaching effectiveness in higher education