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Faculty - Der-Fa Lu

Der-Fa Lu
Assistant Professor
432 CNB

Postdoc in Nursing Informatics, University of Iowa
PhD in Gerontological Nursing, University of Iowa
MA in Gerontological nursing, University of Iowa
BSN, Taipei College of Medicine
AND, Taipei College of Nursing

Research/Clinical Interests: 
  • Nursing and health informatics
  • Knowledge representation
  • Knowledge discovery
  • Gerontological nursing
  • Chinese American elders

Der-Fa Lu, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. She teaches courses in Health and Nursing Informatics. She is developing a program of research in nursing informatics with focus on two areas: knowledge representation and knowledge discover. She and others developed a methodology for cross-mapping validation between standardized nursing languages and SNOMED CT. She is conducting research to discover clinical nursing knowledge from patient care datasets for elderly population. She wants to use her training in both informatics and genontolgoical nursing to advance nursing science.

Dr. Lu has completed two pilot studies testing the clinical effect of Healing Touch in the older adults with different health challenges. She is currently conducting a pilot study testing the effect of Healing Touch and relaxation therapy to facilitate the recovery from stem cell transplant.

IOWA RESEARCH ONLINE: http://works.bepress.com/der-fa_lu