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Paula Meek, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor, Senior Faculty Scholar

Paula Meek

Paula Meek is a professor and senior faculty scholar as well as chair for the Adult and Gerontological Health Division. Meek's past experience includes professor and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, College of Nursing, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.  She has also served in faculty and administrative positions at Colleges of Nursing at University of Arizona and University of Utah. Meek's areas of research are pulmonary sensations/dyspnea; cognitive process and symptom self-management; and cancer treatment-induced symptoms. Her areas of teaching are advanced statistics, quantitative research design, psychometrics, outcomes research, and clinical/translational research.

Meek earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Brigham Young University, her master of science in physiological nursing from University of Washington, and her PhD with a focus on clinical nursing research from University of Arizona.

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
PhD University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona Clinical Nursing Research 1993
MS University of Washington, Seattle, WA Physiological Nursing 1985
BSN Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah Nursing 1982
Title Organization Year
Boeker Award University of Colorado College of Nursing 2013
Co-Chair Council for the Advancement of Nursing Research Special Topics Committee 2013
Fellow Western Academy of Nursing 2009
Excellence in Research Award Sigma Theta Tau Gamma Sigma Chapter 2005
Fellow American Academy of Nursing 2003
Regents Professor University of New Mexico College of Nursing 2003-06
Marilyn Hansen Award for Outstanding Abstract American Thoracic Society 2002
Excellence in Research Award Sigma Theta Tau Beta Mu Chapter 2000

1. Sood A, Petersen H, Blanchette CM, Meek P, Picchi MA, Belinsky SA, Tesfaigzi Y. Methylated Genes in Sputum Among Older Smokers With Asthma. Chest. 2012 Aug;142(2):425-31. PubMed PMID: 22345380; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3425338.

2. Corwin EJ, Meek P, Cook PF, Lowe NK, Sousa KH. Shape shifters: biobehavioral determinants and phenomena in symptom research. Nurs Outlook. 2012 Jul-Aug;60(4):191-7. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2012.04.008. PubMed PMID: 22789451.

3. Meek PM, Banzett R, Parshall MB, Gracely RH, Schwartzstein RM, Lansing R. Reliability and validity of the multidimensional dyspnea profile. Chest. 2012 Jun;141(6):1546-53. doi: 10.1378/chest.11-1087. Epub 2012 Jan 19. PubMed PMID: 22267681; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3367480.

4. Parshall MB, Meek PM, Sklar D, Alcock J, Bittner P. Test-retest reliability of multidimensional dyspnea profile recall ratings in the emergency department: a prospective, longitudinal study. BMC Emerg Med. 2012 May 24;12(1):6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22624887; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3464619.

5. Schmiege SJ, Meek P, Bryan AD, Petersen H. Latent variable mixture modeling: a flexible statistical approach for identifying and classifying heterogeneity. Nurs Res. 2012 May-Jun;61(3):204-12. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0b013e3182539f4c. PubMed PMID: 22551995.

6. Parshall MB, Schwartzstein RM, Adams L, Banzett RB, Manning HL, Bourbeau J, Calverley PM, Gift AG, Harver A, Lareau SC, Mahler DA, Meek PM, O'Donnell DE; American Thoracic Society Committee on Dyspnea. An official American Thoracic Society statement: update on the mechanisms, assessment, and management of dyspnea. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2012 Feb 15;185(4):435-52. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201111-2042ST. PubMed PMID: 22336677.

7. Effing TW, Bourbeau J, Vercoulen J, Apter AJ, Coultas D, Meek P, Valk Pv, Partridge MR, Palen Jv. Self-management programmes for COPD: moving forward. Chron Respir Dis. 2012 Feb;9(1):27-35. doi: 10.1177/1479972311433574. PubMed PMID: 22308551.

8. Cook PF, Sousa KH, Matthews EE, Meek PM, Kwong J. Patterns of change in symptom clusters with HIV disease progression. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2011 Jul;42(1):12-23. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2010.09.021. Epub 2011 Mar 23. PubMed PMID: 21429701; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3132274.

9. Badger TA, Segrin C, Meek, P. Development and validation of an instrument for rapidly assessing symptoms: the general symptom distress scale. J Pain Symptom Management. 2011 Mar; 41(3): 535-48. doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2010.06.011. Epub 2010 Dec 4. PubMed PMID: 21131168; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3062688.

10. Sood A, Petersen H, Blanchette CM, Meek P, Picchi MA, Belinsky SA, Tesfaigzi Y. Wood smoke exposure and gene promoter methylation are associated with increased risk for COPD in smokers. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010 Nov 1;182(9):1098-104. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201002-0222OC. Epub 2010 Jul 1. PubMed PMID: 20595226; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3001253.


    PI. Palmer, J. Co-I Meek Driskil Foundation Early detection of  exacerbation in COPD with heart rate Variability. $249,540. 7/2013-2014
    PI. Meek NHLBI, NIH, Measurement approach to indoor WS exposure and the associated symptoms Bethesda, MD, R15, $250,000. 8/2013-2015
    Bekelman, D, PI Meek, Co-PI. NINR, NIH, Improving Symptoms and Quality of Life in Chronic Heart Failure:  Bethesda, MD, RO1, $1,200,000
    Co-PI, Investigating the Affective Dimension of Dyspnea, National Institute of Nursing Research. April 2007-April 2010.
    PI, Cognitive Function and Symptom Self-Management in COPD, National Institute of Nursing Research. August 2004-August 2007.
    Co-PI, Telephone intervention project: women with cancer & their partners, National Institute of Nursing Research. May 2002- May 2004.