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Allison A. Vorderstrasse, DNSc, APRN, CNE, FAAN

Dorothy L. Powell Term Chair of Nursing
Dorothy L. Powell Term Chair of Nursing
(919) 668-5105
2015 Pearson Building

Dr. Vorderstrasse is an Adult Nurse Practitioner whose clinical practice and scholarship focuses on chronic illness, particularly in ethnic minority populations. Dr. Vorderstrasse's doctoral dissertation research, recent publications, and national presentations illuminate the relationships of psychosocial factors with dietary intake in Black American women with Type 2 diabetes. She is a core team member of Durham Health Innovations: Partnership IMPACTS Diabetes. Dr. Vorderstrasse has also examined the validity of common dietary assessments for use in clinical practice and research. Her findings have contributed to the literature and to the debate on how best to assess dietary intake in persons with chronic illness, particularly given the extent of obesity in the U.S. and the need for dietary modification interventions at the clinical level.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • PhD in Nursing Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


  • DNSc - Yale University School of Nursing
  • MSN - Yale University School of Nursing
  • BSN - Mount Saint Mary College

Research Interests

Dr. Vorderstrasse's research interests include
behavioral research in diabetes management (particularly self-management of diabetes) and rheumatology/rheumatoid arthritis.

Awards and Honors

  • 2015 || Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • 2013 || Selected participant, 2014 Leadership Development for Researchers, Duke Leader Program
  • 1995 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau

Areas of Expertise

  • Adult Health
  • Chronic Illness
  • Genetics/Genomics

Representative Publications

  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26505161 Vorderstrasse, A. A. and Melkus, G. D. and Pan, W. and Lewinski, A. A. and Johnson, C. M. Diabetes Learning in Virtual Environments: Testing the Efficacy of Self-Management Training and Support in Virtual Environments (Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol). Nurs Res. Nov-Dec, 2015 64(6); 485-93
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25844569 Gallagher, P. and King, H. A. and Haga, S. B. and Orlando, L. A. and Joy, S. V. and Trujillo, G. M. and Scott, W. M. and Bembe, M. and Creighton, D. L. and Cho, A. H. and Ginsburg, G. S. and Vorderstrasse, A. Patient beliefs and behaviors about genomic risk for type 2 diabetes: implications for prevention. J Health Commun. October, 2015 20(6); 728-35
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26202051 Migliore, C. L. and Vorderstrasse, A. and Pan, W. and Melkus, G. D. Renal Disease Risk Factors Among Risk Groups Comprised of African American Women With Type 2 Diabetes: A Secondary Analysis. Diabetes Educ. 41(5); 569-81
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26236542 Vorderstrasse, A. and Katsanis, S. H. and Minear, M. A. and Yang, N. and Rakhra-Burris, T. and Reeves, J. W. and Cook-Deegan, R. and Ginsburg, G. S. and Simmons, L. A. Perceptions of Personalized Medicine in an Academic Health System: Educational Findings. J Contemp Med Educ. April 13, 2015 3(1); 14-19 PMC4520318
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25854543 Katsanis, S. H. and Minear, M. A. and Vorderstrasse, A. and Yang, N. and Reeves, J. W. and Rakhra-Burris, T. and Cook-Deegan, R. and Ginsburg, G. S. and Simmons, L. A. Perspectives on genetic and genomic technologies in an academic medical center: the Duke experience. J Pers Med. April, 2015 5(2); 67-82
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 24948181 Palmer, C. and Vorderstrasse, A. and Weil, A. and Colford, C. and Dolan-Soto, D. Evaluation of a depression screening and treatment program in primary care for patients with diabetes mellitus: insights and future directions. J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. March, 2015 27(3); 131-6
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25238257 Pereira, K. and Phillips, B. and Johnson, C. and Vorderstrasse, A. Internet delivered diabetes self-management education: a review. Diabetes Technol Ther. January, 2015 17(1); 55-63
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26236542 Vorderstrasse, A. and Katsanis, S. H. and Minear, M. A. and Yang, N. and Rakhra-Burris, T. and Reeves, J. W. and Cook-Deegan, R. and Ginsburg, G. S. and Simmons, L. A. Perceptions of Personalized Medicine in an Academic Health System: Educational Findings. J Contemp Med Educ. 2015 3(1); 14-19
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25699133 Johnson, C. and Feenan, K. and Setliff, G. and Pereira, K. and Hassell, N. and Beresford, H. F. and Epps, S. and Nicollerat, J. and Tatum, W. and Feinglos, M. and Vorderstrasse, A. Building a Virtual Environment for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. Int J Virtual Communities Soc Netw. 5(3); 569-81
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 23799918 Swavely, D. and Vorderstrasse, A. and Maldonado, E. and Eid, S. and Etchason, J. Implementation and evaluation of a low health literacy and culturally sensitive diabetes education program. J Healthc Qual. Nov-Dec, 2014 36(6); 16-23


Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Diabetes Self-Management & Support LIVE (Learning in Virtual Environments

    National Institutes of Health
    06/2013 to 05/2018

    Project Goal: Evaluate the efficacy of a technologically based bio-behavioral diabetes self-management training and support (DSMT/S) intervention in a virtual environment.

  • Genetic Risk Testing & Health Coaching for T2D and CHD

    Air Force Office of Scientific Research
    01/2013 to 01/2016
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Project Goal: Determine whether incorporating genetic risk information into standard CHD and T2D risk counseling or a nurse health coaching intervention (or both) will be associated with positive changes in health behaviors or metabolic outcomes in active duty military personnel at risk for CHD and/or T2D.

  • Renal Disease Risk in African American Women with Type 2 Diabetes

    American Nephrology Nurses Association
    04/2013 to 08/2015
  • Visualization of Multidimensional Data Obtained From a Virtual Environment Intervention

    Renaissance Computing Institute
    07/2012 to 06/2013
    Role: co-PI

    PIs have developed a virtual environment (VE) designed to help patients with Type 2 diabetes understand and control their disease, and have gathered pilot data on a group of adults with Type 2 diabetes, tracking their interactions, how they used resources and educational materials, and the connections made with other users. Preliminary results show VEs have potential to help patients manage their diabetes. RENCI will the PIs to create visualizations across space and time that track oral and text conversations and the movement of avatars as they explore the environment, make choices, and form groups and social networks. By visualizing this data, the researchers hope to understand the social structures that developed in the VE and their impact on patients’ abilities to manage their disease.

  • Genomic Risk Testing for Type 2 Diabetes in Primary Care

    Duke Endowment
    TDE 369-0224
    03/2012 to 09/2012
    Role: Co-Investigator

    Project Goal: Determine the feasibility and effects of providing risk counseling for type 2 diabetes, with or without genomic risk information on diet and exercise behaviors.

  • Integrative Health Coaching and Genetic Risk Testing in Primary Care: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Personalized Medicine targeting CHD Risk

    Duke Center for Personalized Medicine
    04/2011 to 04/2012
    Role: Co-PI

    Project Goal: Determine the feasibility and logistics of incorporating genetic risk information (9p21 testing) into standard CHD risk counseling or a nurse health coaching intervention (or both) in primary care.

  • eHealth: Second Life Impacts Diabetes Education & Self-Management (SLIDES)

    05/2010 to 05/2012
    Role: Co-investigator

    Project Goal: Determine the feasibility and utility of providing diabetes self-management education and support for patients in a virtual environment.

  • 2010-11 Nursing Fellows: Best Practices on Teaching Online Classes

    Duke University Center for Instructional Technology
    07/2010 to 07/2011
    Role: CIT 2010-2011 Nursing Fellow

    Project goal: Define and develop “Best Practices” in both technology and pedagogy to be used for teaching online students and mentoring faculty about online education. Fellows will compile findings and publish an online teaching orientation guide.

  • Social-ecologic Perspective of Support and Resources in Black Women Living with Type 2 Diabetes

    Duke University School of Nursing ORA Small Grant Funding Award
    07/2009 to 07/2010
    Role: PI

    The specific aims of this mixed methods study are: 1) Explore perceptions of support and resources identified by Black women living with T2DM. 2) Explore perceptions of support or resources described by Black women with T2DM related to socio-demographic variables. 3) Compare qualitative perceptions of support and resources identified by Black women living with T2DM and the quantitative measurement of social-ecologic resources used in self-management.

  • Psychosocial Factors Associated with Dietary Intake in Black Women with Type 2 Diabetes

    NIH/NINR F31 NR008835-01
    09/2003 to 09/2006
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: Determine factors related to dietary intake in order to develop strategies for dietary modification.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Katherine Pereira, Kathryn Evans Kreider and Allison Vorderstrasse published an article entitled "Diabetes Self-management Training in Virtual Environment" in the June issue of the Diabetes Educator. Co-authors include Constance Johnson and experts from the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing, Yale School of Nursing and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It is my pleasure to announce the following promotions which have been approved by the Board of Trustees:

Friday, April 28, 2017

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of two term chairs in the School of Nursing which have recently received Board of Trustees approval. Previously Dr. Gilliss, as chair of the Distinguished Professors Committee, sent out two emails and then presented yesterday in FGA regarding the process used to select the individuals. Their terms are July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020 and are not renewable. In Fall of 2019, the DP committee will again recommend to me, and I to the Provost, two more individuals to be appointed as holders of the Term Chairs.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) and Duke University Health System Clinical Education & Professional Development will host the 2017 Harriet Cook Carter Lecture on Monday, February 13, 2017, from 3 to 5:45 p.m. at the Mary Trent Semans Center – Great Hall.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

DNP alumna Haesun Seol published an article entitled "Diabetes Self-management Quality Improvement Initiative for Medically Underserved Patients" in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality. Co-authors include Mark Thompson, Kathryn Evans Kreider, and Allison Vorderstrasse.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sharron Docherty, Debra Brandon, Allison Vorderstrasse, and Constance Johnson published an article entitled "Visualization of Multidimensional Data in Nursing Science" in the Western Journal of Nursing Research.

Docherty was also invited as a Conway Research Scholar to present at multidisciplinary workshops on mixed-methods and case study methodologies for the Children's National Medical Center.

Friday, September 16, 2016

From the Center for Nursing Research...

Great News! Richesson and Jang Receive Awards

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Center for Nursing Research recently released a white paper entitled "Research Areas of Excellence" prepared by Marilyn Hockenberry, Constance Johnson, Isaac Lipkus, Wei Pan, and Allison Vorderstrasse.

In the 14 page document, the team covers everything from guiding principles, research areas of excellence, clinical innovation, population health and chronic illness, methods and analytics and more.

Click here to learn more.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The National Institute of Nursing Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, recently awarded Ryan Shaw, PhD, RN, assistant professor for Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), almost $480,000 for his study titled “From Episodic to Real-Time Care in Diabetes Self-Management.” The study will run for a three-year period.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Allison Vorderstrasse and Constance Johnson recently presented on "An Immersive Technology for Self-Management of Type 2 Diabetes" at the Duke University Health System Endocrine Grand Rounds.