Judith C. Hays, PhD, RN

Academic Program Affiliations
Education
  • PhD - Yale University
Research Interests
Dr. Hays' research is in the area of psychosocial and chronic disease epidemiology with primary interests in (1) living arrangements and residential moves in late life, (2) terminal illness, bereavement and widowhood, (3) depression, (4) religion and health, (5) subjective ratings of health, (6) stress and coping, and (7) racial differences in risk and outcome factors.
Awards and Honors
Representative Publications
  • 1998 -- Blazer, D. G. and Hays, J. C. An Introduction to Clinical Research in Psychiatry. 1998 .
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23294380 -- Abrams, S. E. and Hays, J. C. The importance of a peer review journal for Public Health Nursing. Public Health Nurs. 30(1); 1-2.
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22727950 -- Burton, A. M. and Sautter, J. M. and Tulsky, J. A. and Lindquist, J. H. and Hays, J. C. and Olsen, M. K. and Zimmerman, S. I. and Steinhauser, K. E. Burden and well-being among a diverse sample of cancer, congestive heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caregivers. J Pain Symptom Manage. 44(3); 410-20.
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 21838948 -- Hays, J. C. and Wood, L. and Steinhauser, K. and Olson, M. K. and Lindquist, J. H. and Tulsky, J. A. Clergy-laity support and patients' mood during serious illness: a cross-sectional epidemiologic study. Palliat Support Care. 9(3); 273-80.
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 22092421 -- Hays, J. C. The ethics of international studies. Public Health Nurs. 28(5); 387-8.
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 21535104 -- Hays, J. C. Megacities. Public Health Nurs. 28(3); 201-2.
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 21336669 -- Johnson, K. S. and Tulsky, J. A. and Hays, J. C. and Arnold, R. M. and Olsen, M. K. and Lindquist, J. H. and Steinhauser, K. E. Which domains of spirituality are associated with anxiety and depression in patients with advanced illness? J Gen Intern Med. 26(7); 751-8. PMC3138578
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 21198808 -- Hays, J. C. Public health nursing initiates publication of Cochrane nursing care field review summaries. Public Health Nurs. 28(1); 1-2.
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 21087299 -- Hays, J. C. A primer on the responsibilities and abuses of scientific authorship. Public Health Nurs. 27(6); 471-3.
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20433663 -- Hays, J. C. Eight recommendations for writing titles of scientific manuscripts. Public Health Nurs. 27(2); 101-3.
  • 2009 -- PubMed # : 19706119 -- Hays, J. C. The DNP and PHN. Public Health Nurs. 26(5); 383-4.
  • 2009 -- PubMed # : 19386055 -- Hays, J. C. Publication ethics. Public Health Nurs. 26(3); 205-6.
  • 2009 -- PubMed # : 19154187 -- Hays, J. C. The quality and influence of the journal. Public Health Nurs. 26(1); 1-2.
  • 2008 -- PubMed # : 18666933 -- Hays, J. C. Surge capacity of public health nurses. Public Health Nurs. 25(4); 293-4.
  • 2008 -- PubMed # : 18477370 -- Hays, J. C. The daunting complexity of a data point. Public Health Nurs. 25(3); 201-2.
  • 2008 -- PubMed # : 18173590 -- Hays, J. C. Drusilla Rageu Poole 1921-1981. Public Health Nurs. 25(1); 98-100.
  • 2008 -- PubMed # : 17973725 -- Hays, J. C. Lost in translation. Public Health Nurs. 24(6); 489-90.
  • 2007 -- PubMed # : 17319881 -- Hays, J. C. Invitation for simulations. Public Health Nurs. 24(2); 99-100.
  • 2006 -- PubMed # : 17148529 -- Steinhauser, K. E. and Clipp, E. C. and Hays, J. C. and Olsen, M. and Arnold, R. and Christakis, N. A. and Lindquist, J. H. and Tulsky, J. A. Identifying, recruiting, and retaining seriously-ill patients and their caregivers in longitudinal research. Palliat Med. 20(8); 745-54.
  • 2006 -- PubMed # : 16961563 -- Hays, J. C. and Davis, J. A. and Miranda, M. L. Incorporating a built environment module into an accelerated second-degree community health nursing course. Public Health Nurs. 23(5); 442-52.
  • 2006 -- PubMed # : 16684197 -- Hays, J. C. Elementary, my dear readers. Public Health Nurs. 23(3); 203-4.
  • 2006 -- PubMed # : 16731718 -- Hybels, C. F. and Blazer, D. G. and Pieper, C. F. and Burchett, B. M. and Hays, J. C. and Fillenbaum, G. G. and Kubzansky, L. D. and Berkman, L. F. Sociodemographic characteristics of the neighborhood and depressive symptoms in older adults: using multilevel modeling in geriatric psychiatry. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 14(6); 498-506.
  • 2006 -- PubMed # : 16460414 -- Hays, J. C. Teaching with an eye on the storm. Public Health Nurs. 23(1); 1.
  • 2006 -- PubMed # : 16325261 -- Jeste, N. D. and Hays, J. C. and Steffens, D. C. Clinical correlates of anxious depression among elderly patients with depression. J Affect Disord. 90(1); 37-41.
  • 2005 -- PubMed # : 16150007 -- Hays, J. C. From narrow to novice in environmental health nursing. Public Health Nurs. 22(4); 269-70.
  • 2005 -- PubMed # : 16285132 -- Kilpatrick, S. D. and Weaver, A. J. and McCullough, M. E. and Puchalski, C. and Larson, D. B. and Hays, J. C. and Farran, C. J. and Flannelly, K. J. A review of spiritual and religious measures in nursing research journals: 1995-1999. J Relig Health. 44(1); 55-66.
  • 2005 -- PubMed # : 17182466 -- Hays, J. C. and Keller, H. H. and Ostbye, T. The effects of nutrition-related factors on four-year mortality among a biracial sample of community-dwelling elders in the North Carolina piedmont. J Nutr Elder. 25(2); 41-67.
  • 2004 -- PubMed # : 15144363 -- Hays, J. C. The nurse stump. Public Health Nurs. 21(3); 199.
  • 2004 -- PubMed # : 15271137 -- Galanos, A. N. and Hays, J. C. and Moore, J. D. and Poppe, A. Where do continuing care retirement community residents die? J Am Geriatr Soc. 52(8); 1401-2.
  • 2004 -- Hays, J. C. and Burchett, B. M. and Fillenbaum, G. G. and Blazer, D. G. Is the APOE4 allele a risk to person-environment fit? Journal of Applied Gerontology. 23(3); 247-265.
  • 2004 -- PubMed # : 15612200 -- Fiori, K. L. and Hays, J. C. and Meador, K. G. Spiritual turning points and perceived control over the life course. Int J Aging Hum Dev. 59(4); 391-420.
  • 2003 -- PubMed # : 14594022 -- Blazer, D. G. and Fillenbaum, G. G. and Gold, D. T. and Burchett, B. M. and Hays, J. C. APOE epsilon4 as a predictor of subjective quality of life in a biracial older person community sample. J Aging Health. 15(4); 645-60.
  • 2003 -- PubMed # : 14533123 -- Bosworth, H. B. and Park, K. and McQuoid, D. R. and Hays, J. C. and Steffens, D. C. The impact of religious practice and religious coping on geriatric depression. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 18(10); 905-14.
  • 2003 -- PubMed # : 12716395 -- Hays, J. C. Busy/dying. Public Health Nurs. 20(3); 165-6.
  • 2003 -- PubMed # : 12496304 -- Hays, J. C. and Pieper, C. F. and Purser, J. L. Competing risk of household expansion or institutionalization in late life. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 58(1); S11-20.
  • 2002 -- PubMed # : 11860599 -- Hays, J. C. Living arrangements and health status in later life: a review of recent literature. Public Health Nurs. 19(2); 136-51.
  • 2002 -- PubMed # : 11925279 -- Steffens, D. C. and Svenson, I. and Marchuk, D. A. and Levy, R. M. and Hays, J. C. and Flint, E. P. and Krishnan, K. R. and Siegler, I. C. Allelic differences in the serotonin transporter-linked polymorphic region in geriatric depression. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 10(2); 185-91.
  • 2002 -- PubMed # : 11921152 -- Bosworth, H. B. and Hays, J. C. and George, L. K. and Steffens, D. C. Psychosocial and clinical predictors of unipolar depression outcome in older adults. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 17(3); 238-46.
  • 2002 -- PubMed # : 11827622 -- Blazer, D. G. and Hays, J. C. and Musick, M. A. Abstinence versus alcohol use among elderly rural Baptists: a test of reference group theory and health outcomes. Aging Ment Health. 6(1); 47-54.
  • 2001 -- PubMed # : 11691691 -- Hays, J. C. and Steffens, D. C. and Flint, E. P. and Bosworth, H. B. and George, L. K. Does social support buffer functional decline in elderly patients with unipolar depression? Am J Psychiatry. 158(11); 1850-5.
  • 2001 -- PubMed # : 11682593 -- Idler, E. L. and Kasl, S. V. and Hays, J. C. Patterns of religious practice and belief in the last year of life. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 56(6); S326-34.
  • 2001 -- PubMed # : 11347779 -- Blazer, D. G. and Landerman, L. R. and Hays, J. C. and Grady, T. A. and Havlik, R. and Corti, M. C. Blood pressure and mortality risk in older people: comparison between African Americans and whites. J Am Geriatr Soc. 49(4); 375-81.
  • 2001 -- PubMed # : 11327490 -- Hays, J. C. and Meador, K. G. and Branch, P. S. and George, L. K. The Spiritual History Scale in four dimensions (SHS-4): validity and reliability. Gerontologist. 41(2); 239-49.
  • 2001 -- PubMed # : 11220809 -- Hays, J. C. and Galanos, A. N. and Palmer, T. A. and McQuoid, D. R. and Flint, E. P. Preference for place of death in a continuing care retirement community. Gerontologist. 41(1); 123-8.
  • 2001 -- Goins, R. T. and Hays, J. C. and Landerman, L. R. and Hobbs, G. Access to health care and self-rated among community-dwelling older adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology. 2001 20 307-321.
  • 2001 -- Harrison, M. O. and Koenig, H. G. and Hays, J. C. and Eme-Akwari, A. G. and Pargament, K. I. The epidemiology of religious coping: A review of recent literature. International Review of Psychiatry. 2001 13(2); 86-93.
  • 2000 -- PubMed # : 11037016 -- Huang, B. Y. and Cornoni-Huntley, J. and Hays, J. C. and Huntley, R. R. and Galanos, A. N. and Blazer, D. G. Impact of depressive symptoms on hospitalization risk in community-dwelling older persons. J Am Geriatr Soc. 48(10); 1279-84.
  • 2000 -- PubMed # : 10898257 -- Helm, H. M. and Hays, J. C. and Flint, E. P. and Koenig, H. G. and Blazer, D. G. Does private religious activity prolong survival? A six-year follow-up study of 3,851 older adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 55(7); M400-5.
  • 2000 -- Musick, M. A. and, Blazer, D. G. and Hays, J. C. Religious activity, alcohol use, and depression in a sample of elderly Baptists. Research on Aging. 22 91-116.
  • 1999 -- PubMed # : 10616226 -- Schwartz, S. and McDowell Anderson, W. and Cole, S. R. and Cornoni-Huntley, J. and Hays, J. C. and Blazer, D. Insomnia and heart disease: a review of epidemiologic studies. J Psychosom Res. 47(4); 313-33.
  • 1999 -- PubMed # : 10462170 -- Koenig, H. G. and Hays, J. C. and Larson, D. B. and George, L. K. and Cohen, H. J. and McCullough, M. E. and Meador, K. G. and Blazer, D. G. Does religious attendance prolong survival? A six-year follow-up study of 3,968 older adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 54(7); M370-6.
  • 1999 -- PubMed # : 10394610 -- Foley, D. J. and Monjan, A. A. and Izmirlian, G. and Hays, J. C. and Blazer, D. G. Incidence and remission of insomnia among elderly adults in a biracial cohort. Sleep. 22 Suppl 2 S373-8.
  • 1999 -- Thakur, M. and Hays, J. C. and Krishnan, K. R. R. Clinical, demographic, and social characteristics of psychotic depression. Psychiatry Research. 1999 86 99-106.
  • 1999 -- PubMed # : 9919318 -- Steffens, D. C. and Hays, J. C. and Krishnan, K. R. Disability in geriatric depression. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 7(1); 34-40.
  • 1999 -- PubMed # : 10587810 -- Koenig, H. G. and Idler, E. and Kasl, S. and Hays, J. C. and George, L. K. and Musick, M. and Larson, D. B. and Collins, T. R. and Benson, H. Religion, spirituality, and medicine: a rebuttal to skeptics. Int J Psychiatry Med. 29(2); 123-31.
  • 1998 -- PubMed # : 10346695 -- Hays, J. C. and Landerman, L. R. and Blazer, D. G. and Koenig, H. G. and Carroll, J. W. and Musick, M. A. Aging, health, and the "electronic church". J Aging Health. 10(4); 458-82.
  • 1998 -- PubMed # : 9854272 -- Blazer, D. G. and Landerman, L. R. and Hays, J. C. and Simonsick, E. M. and Saunders, W. B. Symptoms of depression among community-dwelling elderly African-American and white older adults. Psychol Med. 28(6); 1311-20.
  • 1998 -- PubMed # : 9823746 -- Koenig, H. G. and George, L. K. and Cohen, H. J. and Hays, J. C. and Larson, D. B. and Blazer, D. G. The relationship between religious activities and cigarette smoking in older adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 53(6); M426-34.
  • 1998 -- PubMed # : 9708874 -- Schwartz, S. W. and Cornoni-Huntley, J. and Cole, S. R. and Hays, J. C. and Blazer, D. G. and Schocken, D. D. Are sleep complaints an independent risk factor for myocardial infarction? Ann Epidemiol. 8(6); 384-92.
  • 1998 -- PubMed # : 9679523 -- Musick, M. A. and Koenig, H. G. and Hays, J. C. and Cohen, H. J. Religious activity and depression among community-dwelling elderly persons with cancer: the moderating effect of race. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 53(4); S218-27.
  • 1998 -- PubMed # : 9469169 -- Hays, J. C. and Landerman, L. R. and George, L. K. and Flint, E. P. and Koenig, H. G. and Land, K. C. and Blazer, D. G. Social correlates of the dimensions of depression in the elderly. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 53(1); P31-9.
  • 1998 -- Koenig, H. G. and Larson, D. B. and Hays, J. C. and McCullough, M. E. and George, L. K. and Branch, P. S. and Meador, K. G. and Kuchibhatla, M. (1998). Religion and the Survival of 1010 Hospitalized Veterans. Journal of Religion and Health. 37 15-29.
  • 1998 -- Flint, E. P. and Hays, J. C. and Krishnan, K. R. R. and Meador, K. G. and Blazer, D. G. Suicidal behaviors in depressed men with a family history of suicide: effects of psychosocial factors and age. Aging and Mental Health. 2 286-299.
  • 1998 -- PubMed # : 9614596 -- Hays, J. C. and Krishnan, K. R. and George, L. K. and Blazer, D. G. Age of first onset of bipolar disorder: demographic, family history, and psychosocial correlates. Depress Anxiety. 7(2); 76-82.
  • 1998 -- PubMed # : 9871815 -- Krishnan, K. R. and Hays, J. C. and George, L. K. and Blazer, D. G. Six-month outcomes for MRI-related vascular depression. Depress Anxiety. 8(4); 142-6.
  • 1998 -- PubMed # : 9724889 -- Koenig, H. G. and George, L. K. and Hays, J. C. and Larson, D. B. and Cohen, H. J. and Blazer, D. G. The relationship between religious activities and blood pressure in older adults. Int J Psychiatry Med. 28(2); 189-213.
  • 1997 -- PubMed # : 9406904 -- Hays, J. C. and Krishnan, K. R. and George, L. K. and Pieper, C. F. and Flint, E. P. and Blazer, D. G. Psychosocial and physical correlates of chronic depression. Psychiatry Res. 72(3); 149-59.
  • 1997 -- PubMed # : 10182402 -- Blazer, D. G. and Hays, J. C. and Fillenbaum, G. G. and Gold, D. T. Memory complaint as a predictor of cognitive decline: a comparison of African American and White elders. J Aging Health. 9(2); 171-84.
  • 1997 -- PubMed # : 9090336 -- Krishnan, K. R. and Hays, J. C. and Blazer, D. G. MRI-defined vascular depression. Am J Psychiatry. 154(4); 497-501.
  • 1997 -- Hays, J. C. and Gold, D. T. and Pieper, C. F. Sibling bereavement in late life. Omega. 1997 35(1); 25-42.
  • 1997 -- Hays, J. C. and Saunders, W. B. and Flint, E. P. and Kaplan, B.H. and Blazer, D. G. Social support and depression as risk factors for loss of physical function in late life. Aging and Mental health. 1(3); 209-220.
  • 1997 -- PubMed # : 9565726 -- Koenig, H. G. and Cohen, H. J. and George, L. K. and Hays, J. C. and Larson, D. B. and Blazer, D. G. Attendance at religious services, interleukin-6, and other biological parameters of immune function in older adults. Int J Psychiatry Med. 27(3); 233-50.
  • 1997 -- PubMed # : 9394871 -- Slotkin, T. A. and Hays, J. C. and Nemeroff, C. B. and Carroll, B. J. Dexamethasone suppression test identifies a subset of elderly depressed patients with reduced platelet serotonin transport and resistance to imipramine inhibition of transport. Depress Anxiety. 6(1); 19-25.
  • 1997 -- PubMed # : 9106377 -- Koenig, H. G. and Hays, J. C. and George, L. K. and Blazer, D. G. and Larson, D. B. and Landerman, L. R. Modeling the cross-sectional relationships between religion, physical health, social support, and depressive symptoms. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 5(2); 131-44.
  • 1996 -- PubMed # : 8780604 -- Hays, J. C. and Schoenfeld, D. and Blazer, D. G. and Gold, D. T. Global self-ratings of health and mortality: hazard in the North Carolina Piedmont. J Clin Epidemiol. 49(9); 969-79.
  • 1996 -- PubMed # : 8827418 -- Steffens, D. C. and Hays, J. C. and George, L. K. and Krishnan, K. R. and Blazer, D. G. Sociodemographic and clinical correlates of number of previous depressive episodes in the depressed elderly. J Affect Disord. 39(2); 99-106.
  • 1996 -- PubMed # : 8642162 -- Hays, J. C. and Blazer, D. G. and Foley, D. J. Risk of napping: excessive daytime sleepiness and mortality in an older community population. J Am Geriatr Soc. 44(6); 693-8.
  • 1996 -- PubMed # : 8932412 -- Blazer, D. G. and Hays, J. C. and Salive, M. E. Factors associated with paranoid symptoms in a community sample of older adults. Gerontologist. 36(1); 70-5.
  • 1996 -- Hays, J. C. and Schoenfeld, D. and Blazer, D. G. Determinants of poor self-rated health in late life. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 1996 4 188-196.
  • 1995 -- PubMed # : 7656081 -- Hays, J. C. and Fillenbaum, G. G. and Gold, D. T. and Shanley, M. C. and Blazer, D. G. Black-white and urban-rural differences in stability of household composition among elderly persons. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 50(5); S301-11.
  • 1995 -- PubMed # : 7671031 -- Blazer, D. G. and Hays, J. C. and Foley, D. J. Sleep complaints in older adults: a racial comparison. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 50(5); M280-4.
  • 1995 -- PubMed # : 7726320 -- Krishnan, K. R. and Hays, J. C. and Tupler, L. A. and George, L. K. and Blazer, D. G. Clinical and phenomenological comparisons of late-onset and early-onset depression. Am J Psychiatry. 152(5); 785-8.
  • 1994 -- PubMed # : 7892360 -- Hays, J. C. and Kasl, S. V. and Jacobs, S. C. The course of psychological distress following threatened and actual conjugal bereavement. Psychol Med. 24(4); 917-27.
  • 1994 -- PubMed # : 8014344 -- Hays, J. C. and Kasl, S. and Jacobs, S. Past personal history of dysphoria, social support, and psychological distress following conjugal bereavement. J Am Geriatr Soc. 42(7); 712-8.
  • 1993 -- PubMed # : 8440864 -- Hays, J. C. and Blazer, D. G. and Gold, D. T. CES-D: cutpoint or change score? J Am Geriatr Soc. 41(3); 344-5.
  • 1989 -- PubMed # : 2682589 -- Hays, J. C. Florence Nightingale and the India sanitary reforms. Public Health Nurs. 6(3); 152-4.
  • 1989 -- PubMed # : 2725997 -- Hays, J. C. Beyond the windshield: scavenging community data. Nurse Educ. 14(3); 12-6.
  • 1989 -- PubMed # : 2807326 -- Hays, J. C. Voices in the record. Image J Nurs Sch. 21(4); 200-4.
  • 1988 -- PubMed # : 3368394 -- Hays, J. C. High-technology and hospice home care. Strange bedfellows. Nurs Clin North Am. 23(2); 329-40.
  • 1986 -- PubMed # : 3643058 -- Hays, J. C. Patient symptoms and family coping. Predictors of hospice utilization patterns. Cancer Nurs. 9(6); 317-25.
  • 1986 -- PubMed # : 3639067 -- Hays, J. C. Hospice policy and patterns of care. Image J Nurs Sch. 18(3); 92-7.
  • 1982 -- Wallace, K. G. and Hays, J. C. Nursing management of chronic pain. Journal of Neurosurgical Nursing. 1982 14 185-191.
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 24579706 -- Abrams, S. E. and Hays, J. C. On the shoulders of younger giants public health nursing moves forward. Public Health Nurs. November/December, 2013 30(6); 475-6.
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 24000909 -- Hays, J. C. Contribution of the Cochrane Collaboration to our evidence for practice. Public Health Nurs. September/October, 2013 30(5); 385-6.
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