Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Barbara Velsor-Friedrich, PhD, RN, FAAN

Title/s: Professor and Director of PhD Program

Office #: BVM, Room 1017, LSC

Phone: 773.508.2892

E-mail: bvelsor@luc.edu

Research Interests

Intervention programs designed to:  improve asthma self-care in low-income minority children and teens; enhance asthma control and maintain healthy weight in minority teens; and  enhance resilience to stress and violence exposure in low-income urban African-American Adolescents.


Palmer Award Niehoff School of Nursing. I Can Control Asthma and Nutrition Now. Co-PI (2010-2012)

Multidisciplinary Grant Loyola University Chicago. Enhancing Resilience to Stress and Violence Exposure in Low-Income Urban American-American Young Adolescents Co-PI (2009-2012).

1RO1 NR009502-01A2 National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH). Promoting Self-Care in Urban African-American Teens with Asthma.  PI  (2007-2012).

Loyola University Faculty Scholar. The Effects of Coping Skills Training on the Psychosocial and Health Outcomes of Minority Teens with Asthma.  PI (2002-2005).

R-15 (NR04223-01 National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH). Asthma Self-Care Education with African-American School Children PI (1996-1998).

Allen & Hansbury’s Respiratory Institute Scholar. American Nurses Association.  The Effect of a School Program on the Self-Care and Health of Minority Children with Asthma. PI (1995-1996).

Professional & Community Affiliations

Editorial Board:
Journal of Pediatric Nursing

Manuscript Reviewer:
Disease Management and Health Outcomes
Journal of Asthma
International Journal of Nursing Studies
Journal of Family Nursing
Journal of Specialist in Pediatric Nursing

Board of Directors:
Asthma Mobile Van

Selected Publications

Velsor-Friedrich, B. , Militello, L., Kouba, K., Harrison, P., Manion, A. & Domit, R. (in press).
     Pediatric Obesity and Asthma Quality of Life in Low-Income African-American Students
     with Asthma. Nursing Clinics of N. America.

Kouba, J., Velsor-Friedrich, B., Militello, L., Harrison, P., Becklenberg, A., White, B.,
     Surya, S. & Ahmed, A. (2012). Efficacy of the I Can Control Asthma and Nutrition Now
     (ICAN) Pilot Program on Health Outcomes in High School Students with Asthma.
     Journal of School Nursing.

Velsor-Friedrich, B.  & Srof, B. (2012). Adolescent Asthma Management. Current Pediatric
      Reviews 8 (1) 51-57.

Velsor-Friedrich, B., Militello, L., Richards, M., Harrison, P., Gross, I., Romero, E. & Bryant F.
     (2012). Effects of Coping Skills Training in Low-Income Urban African-American Adolescents
     with Asthma. Journal of Asthma. 49 (4), 372-9.

Thomas, A., Richards, M., Romero, E., Carey, D., & Velsor-Friedrich, B. (2012). African-
     American youth and exposure to community violence: Supportive change from the inside.
     Journal of Social Action in Counseling Psychology, 4 (1), 54-68.

Srof, B., Velsor-Friedrich, B. & Penckofer, S. (2011). The effects of coping skills training
     among teens with asthma. Western Journal of Nursing Research published online
     April 21 2011. DOI: 10

Velsor-Friedrich, B. Militello, L., Zinn, K. & DeWolff, D. (2009). The switch from CFC to
     HFA inhalers: What NP’s and their patients need to know. American Journal of Nurse
      Practitioners, 13 (1), 45-50.