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Denise Charron-Prochownik, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN

Professor and Department Chair
Health Promotion and Development

    School of Nursing
440 Victoria Building
3500 Victoria St
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Phone: 412-624-6953
Fax: 412-624-8521


My research emphasis is theory-based intervention studies to enhance cognitive/psychosocial factors that impact health behavior and outcomes in children and adolescents with diabetes. I have conducted several funded projects in the area of instrumentation, program development and evaluation, and survey designs. Most recently, I have been conducting online education-counseling intervention studies regarding reproductive health and preconception counseling in adolescent and young adult women with diabetes.


I teach NUR 3049: Doctoral Research Seminar and NUR 3052: Doctoral Manuscript Seminar. I’m chair or a member for several doctoral dissertation committees. I’ve mentored several students, post-docs and faculty in my research areas.


I’m a pediatric nurse practitioner, and was a pediatric diabetes clinical nurse specialist. I’ve been involved in national diabetes activities, such as associate editor of Diabetes Care and Diabetes Spectrum, editorial board member of Pediatric Diabetes; and selected as a member of American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Medical & Scientific Program Oversight Committee, Health Care and Education Advisory Group of ADA’s Executive Committee, ADA’s Scientific Session Meeting Committee, ADA’s Publication Policy Committee, and Chair the ADA’s Women and Diabetes Subcommittee. I served as Chairperson of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Research Committee and a member of ADA’s Research & Grant Review Committee. I Co-Chair the Scholarship Committee for the Pennsylvania Nightingale Nursing Awards. I am on the National Advising Board for the “Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes” Program and for the CDC/NIH “National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP). I have served as a reviewer on a study section for NIH NARCH.


I’ve provided over 25 years of service in diabetes. I was a Pediatric Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist and I’m certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.


BSNRhode Island College, Providence, RI
MSNBoston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Maternal Child Health
PhDUniversity of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
Health Behavior/Health Education
Post Doc FellowUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and WPIC, Pittsburgh, PA
Childhood Psychology

Professional Experience

1984Adjunct Instructor, Clinical Preceptor, Boston College, School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, MA
1994-2003 Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, SON, GSPH
2010-PresentChair, University of Pittsburgh, Health Promotion & Development, School of Nursing
2009-PresentProfessor, University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing (SON): Health Promotion and Development/and Graduate School of Public Health(GSPH): Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Pittsburgh, PA
2003-2009Tenured Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, SON, GSPH
1994-2003Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, SON, GSPH
1992-1994Senior Research Fellow, Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA
1990-1992Project Director: Adolescent Program, University of Michigan, Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center, Ann Arbor, MI
1989-1992Project Coordinator/Research Associate:Diabetes/Pregnancy Study, University of Michigan, Parent-Child Nursing, Ann Arbor, MI
1984-1992Instructor to Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, School of Nursing, Ann Arbor, MI
1984Adjunct Instructor, Clinical Preceptor, Boston College, School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, MA
1982-1984Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist/PNP, Children’s Hospital, Boston


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