Ruth Taylor-Piliae, PhD, RN

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Associate Professor, UA College of Nursing
(520) 626-4881

Ruth Taylor-Piliae, PhD, RN, is an associate professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Arizona. The goal of her research is to increase physical activity among cardiovascular disease populations through the implementation of innovative physical activity interventions such as Tai Chi, to reduce the negative impact of associated disabilities, improve physical functioning and health-related quality of life. Dr. Taylor-Piliae received her BSN from California State University Fresno, her MN from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and her PhD from the University of California San Francisco.  She also completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology and prevention at Stanford University. Dr. Taylor-Piliae has received funding as a principal investigator from the American Heart Association, Hospital Authority of Hong Kong, National Institute of Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is currently examining the effects of Tai Chi exercise among stroke survivors. She reviews for professional journals and is highly cited for her work in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease (over 885 citations, h-index=17, i10-index=25). She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association (Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; and Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Councils), Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association.

Research Articles

  • Effects of Tai Chi and Western exercise on physical and cognitive functioning in healthy community-dwelling older adults.
  • Methods to Optimize Recruitment and Retention to an Exercise Study in Chinese Immigrants
  • Call to Action: Cardiovascular Disease in Asian Americans. A Science Advisory From the American Heart Association
  • Clinical Utility of the Stanford Brief Activity Survey in Men and Women with Early-Onset Coronary Artery Disease
  • Tai Chi Exercise and Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Validation of the Stanford Brief Activity Survey: examining psychological factors and physical activity levels in older adults.

In the News Mentions

  • Dr. Ruth Taylor-Piliae's abstract featured in the official American Stroke Association news materials
  • NFS Ruth Taylor-Piliae inducted as a Fellow into the American Heart Association's Cardiovascular Nursing Council.