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Jacob Kigo Kariuki

Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Health & Community Systems


Dr. Kariuki is an early career investigator with a program of research focusing on the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. His doctoral research focused on making cardiovascular risk assessment more accessible in underserved communities by validating and demonstrating the cost-effectiveness of a resource-efficient screening algorithm. Currently, his research is focused on developing and assessing the feasibility of a web-based intervention designed to help inactive individuals who reside in underserved and less walkable neighborhoods increase their physical activity.

Dr. Kariuki is currently the primary instructor for the didactic section of NUR1054: Nursing Care of the Older Adult, and the clinical instructor for the class during the Summer. He is also a guest lecturer in various undergraduate and graduate courses, including NUR 2010: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for DNP students and NUR 3289: Intervention Development for PhD students. During his faculty practice hours, he works as a nurse practitioner volunteer in medicine at the FOCUS Pittsburgh free primary care clinic. His service contributions include pro tem member of the University Senate Community Relations Committee, member of the Martha Hill Awards Subcommittee of the American Heart Association CVSN, and a manuscript reviewer for various journals, including the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA). He is member of the American Heart Association, the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Theta Alpha Chapter Honor Society, the Eastern Nursing Research Society, and the Global Cardiovascular Nursing Leadership Forum (GCNLF). At the School of Nursing, he is a member of the BSN and Diversity Councils.