College of Nursing

Demetrius Abshire

Demetrius Abshire

Assistant Professor
Demetrius Abshire
Assistant Professor
(509) 324-7342
(509) 324-7341
WSU College of Nursing
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495

Demetrius Abshire completed his PhD in nursing at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing where he worked with the RICH Heart program on studies addressing cardiovascular disease risk in rural populations. His current focus is on understanding relationships among psychosocial variables, health behaviors, and cardiovascular disease risk in rural and underserved populations.


  • PhD, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • MSN, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • BSN, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY


Rural health, cardiovascular disease, obesity, health behaviors, social determinants of health


Health behavior measurement


Adult health, simulation


  • Western Institute of Nursing 2016 - present
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, 2005 - present
  • American Heart Association, 2008 - present
  • Southern Nursing Research Society, 2005-2015


  • Early Career Research Travel Award, American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, 2015
  • Graduate Nursing Activities and Council Service Award, University of Kentucky College of Nursing, 2015
  • First Decade Award, University of Kentucky College of Nursing Alumni Association, 2014
  • Excellent in Part-Time Teaching Award, University of Kentucky College of Nursing, 2014
  • Love of Learning Award, Phi Kappa Phi, 2013
  • SAHA Award for Cardiovascular Research and Education: Nursing Student with UK HealthCare Award, 2012


 "Support Systems in Accelerated Nursing Programs: Gender-Based Perspectives and Impact on Academic Outcomes." Demetrius Abshire (PI), Janessa M. Graves (Co-PI). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers In Nursing: Studying the Impact program, $3,000.

"Transitioning Into the Community after Hospitalization: Improving Physical and Psychosocial Well-Being through Self-Management of Physical Activity in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease." Demetrius Abshire (PI), Dana Dermody (Co-PI). Empire Health Foundation, $10,000.

"Regional Differences in Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors among Emerging Adults Attending College in Kentucky." Delta Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, November 2012-December 2014

The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to compare levels of cardiovascular disease risk factors between college students who were lifelong residents of urban Central Kentucky and rural Eastern Appalachian Kentucky.


Abshire, D.A., Lennie, T.A., Mudd-Martin, G.T., & Moser, D.K. (in press). Residing in economically distressed rural Appalachia is independently associated with excess body weight in college students. Rural and Remote Health.

Abshire, D. A., Moser, D, K., Clasey, J. L., Chung, M. L., Pressler, S. J., Dunbar, S. B., Heo, S., & Lennie, T. A. (2016). Body composition and bone mineral density in patients with heart failure. Western Journal of Nursing Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0193945916658885

Wu, J.R., Lee, K. S., Dekker, R.D., Welsh, J.D., Song, E.K., Abshire, D.A., Lennie, T.A., & Moser, D.K. (2017). Prehospital delay, precipitants of admission, and length of hospital stay in patients with exacerbation of heart failure. American Journal of Critical Care, 26(1), 62-69. doi: .

Abshire, D. A., Lennie, T. A., Moser, D. K., & Mudd-Martin, G. T. (2016). Perceptions related to cardiovascular disease risk in Caucasian college males. American Journal of Men’s Health, 10(6), NP136-NP144. doi: 10.1177/1557988315590836

Welsh, D., Lennie, T.A., Marcinek, R., Biddle, M.J., Abshire, D., Bentley, B., & Moser, D.K. (2013). Low-sodium diet self-management intervention in heart failure: Pilot study results. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1474515111435604

Welsh, D., Marcinek, R., Abshire, D., Biddle, M., Lennie, T., Bentley, B., & Moser, D. (2010). Theory-based low-sodium diet education for heart failure patients. Home Healthcare Nurse, 28(7), 432-443. doi:10.1097/NHH.0b013e3181e324e0

Burkhart, P., Rayens, M., Oakley, M., Abshire, D., & Zhang, M. (2007). Testing an intervention to promote children’s adherence to asthma self-management. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 39(2), 133-140. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2007.00158.x

Burkhart, P., & Abshire, D. (2005). Children’s self-reports of physical activity as a trigger for asthma episodes. International Review of Asthma, 7(1), 46-52.


Abshire, D.A., Lennie, T.A., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Burduli, E., & Moser, D.K. (2016, November). Depressive symptoms, anxiety, and perceived social support do not predict weight change in overweight and obese rural adults with low education attainment. Poster presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, New Orleans, LA.

Abshire, D.A., Lennie, T. A., Mudd-Martin, G. T., & Moser, D. K. (2016, April). Overweight or obesity risk in college students residing in distressed rural Appalachia. Podium presentation at the 2016 Western Institute of Nursing Conference, Anaheim, CA.

Abshire, D.A., Lennie, T.A., Chung, M.L., Biddle, M.J., & Moser, D.K. (2015, November). Obesity moderates the relationship between depressive symptoms and diet quality in overweight and obese adults in rural Kentucky. Poster presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Orlando, FL.

Abshire, D. A., & Lennie, T. A. (2015, December). Waist circumference is a marginally better predictor of blood pressure in college students compared to sagittal abdominal diameter and body mass index. Poster presented at the Delta Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Induction Ceremony, Spokane, WA.

Voigts, K.K., Moser, D., Abshire, D., Lennie, T., & Mudd-Martin, G. (2015, February). Parental history of hypertension increases personal risk of hypertension. Poster presented at the Southern Nursing Research Society, 29th Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.

Milam, A.P., Abshire, D., Moser, D., Lennie, T., Mudd-Martin, G. (2015, February). Tooth loss is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Poster presented at the Southern Nursing Research Society, 29th Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.


updated 1/12/17

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