Elliane Irani, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Dr. Irani’s program of research focuses on exploring dyadic partnerships and psychosocial resources that contribute to the well-being of both members of a dyad. Her goal is to develop interventions that optimize shared management behaviors among individuals with chronic illness and their care partners.

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Nursing research
  • Community health nursing

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Dyadic illness management
  • Relationship quality
  • Mental health

Research Projects

  • Irani, E. (2021-2022). Resourcefulness and Health Outcomes in Persons with Cardiovascular Disease and their Care Partners. Sigma Small Grant. Role: Principal Investigator
  • Irani, E. (2018-2020). Pilot evaluation of eSMART-HF: A dyadic intervention for heart failure management. Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and Virginia Stone Funds, American Nurses Foundation. Role: Principal Investigator
  • Irani, E. (2016-2017). Exploring nurse decision making regarding the development of and process for implementing the visit plan for home health patients. Frank Morgan Jones Fund. Role: Principal Investigator

Professional Memberships

Midwestern Nursing Research Society, 2017 - current
Gerontological Society of America, 2013 - current
Sigma Theta Tau International, 2013 - current


  • Pignatiello, G. A., Irani, E., Tahir, S., Tsivitse, E., & Hickman, R. L. (2020). A Psychometric Evaluation of the Family Decision Making Self-Efficacy Scale among Surrogate Decision Makers of the Critically Ill. Palliative & Supportive Care, 18(5), 537-543. doi: 10.1017/S1478951519000907
  • Irani, E., Hirschman, K. B., Cacchione, P. Z., & Bowles, K. H. (2020). The Role of Social, Economic, and Physical Environmental Factors in Care Planning for Home Health Care Recipients. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 13(3), 130-137. doi:10.3928/19404921-20191210-01
  • Irani, E., Niyomyart, A., & Hickman, R. L. (2020). Systematic Review of Technology-Based Interventions Targeting Chronically Ill Adults and Their Caregivers. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 42(11), 974-992. doi:10.1177/0193945919897011
  • Sowicz, T., Sefcik, J., Teng, H., Irani, E., Kelly, T. A., & Bradway, C. (2019). The Use of Closing Questions in Qualitative Research: Results of a Web-Based Survey. Nursing Research, 68(6), E8-E12. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000380
  • Irani, E., Moore, S. E., Hickman, R. L., Dolansky, M. A., Josephson, R. A., & Hughes, J. W. (2019). The Contribution of Living Arrangements, Social Support, and Self-Efficacy to Self-Management Behaviors among Individuals with Heart Failure: A Path Analysis. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 34(4), 319-326. doi: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000581
  • Irani, E. (2019). The Use of Videoconferencing for Qualitative Interviewing: Opportunities, Challenges, and Considerations. Clinical Nursing Research, 28(1), 3-8. DOI: 10.1177/1054773818803170 
  • Irani, E., Hirschman, K. B., Cacchione, P. Z., & Bowles, K. H. (2018). How Home Health Nurse Plan Their Work Schedules: A Qualitative Descriptive Study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27, 4066-4076.  DOI: 10.1111/JOCN.14548
  • Irani, E., Hirschman, K. B., Cacchione, P. Z., & Bowles, K. H. (2018). Home Health Nurse Decision-Making Regarding Visit Intensity Planning for Newly Admitted Patients: A Qualitative Descriptive Study. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 37(3), 211-231. DOI:10.1080/01621424.2018.1456997
  • Riegel, B., Dickson, V. V., Lee, C. S., Daus, M., Hill, J., Irani, E., Lee, S., Wald, J. W., Moelter, S. T., Rathman, L., Streur, M., Baah, F. O., Ruppert, L., Schwartz, D. R., & Bove, A. (2018). A Mixed Methods Study of Symptom Perception in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure. Heart & Lung - The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, 47(2), 104-114. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2017.11.002
  • Irani, E. & Richmond, T. R. (2015). Reasons for and Reservations about Research Participation in Acutely Injured Adults. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 47(2), 161-169. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12120


Doctor of Philosophy
Nursing Science
University of Pennsylvania
Master of Bioethics
University of Pennsylvania
Master of Science
University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
American University of Beirut

Residencies, Internships and Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Multiple Chronic Conditions, Interdisciplinary Nurse Scientist Training
Case Western Reserve University, 2017-2020 (NINR, T32NR015433)