Faculty: Newlin Lew

Kelley Newlin-Lew

Kelley Newlin Lew

Associate Professor

P: (860) 486-5537
University of Connecticut
School of Nursing
Storrs Hall, Room 214
231 Glenbrook Rd. U-4026
Storrs, CT 06269

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Diabetes self-management
Spirituality, religion, and health
Community-based participatory research
Translational research


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Sadler L, Newlin K, Spruill I, Jenkins C. Beyond the medical model: interdisciplinary  programs of community-based health research. Clinical translational science. 4(4):285-97,  2011.

Newlin K, Melkus GD, Peyrot M, Keonig HG, Chyun, D. Coping as a mediatorin the relationships of religion and spirituality to mental health in Black women with type 2  diabetes.International journal of psychiatry in medicine. 40(4): 439-459, 2011.

Newlin K, Dyess S, Allard E, Melkus GD, Chase S. A methodological reviewof faith-based health promotion literature: advancing the science to expand delivery of  diabetes education to Black Americans. Journal of religion and health. 2011.

Newlin K, Melkus GD. Religion among Black Americans: implications fordiabetes care. Practical diabetology. 29(4): 26-29, 2010.

Dyess S, Chase S, Newlin K. State of research for faith community nursing 2009. Journal of  religion and health. 49(2):188-199, 2010.

Melkus, GD., Chyun D, Vorderstrasse AA, Newlin K et al. Physiological and psychoscial outcomes of a self-management intervention for Black women with type 2 diabetes. Biological research in nursing. 12(1):7-19, 2010.

Williams CL, Tappen RM, Rosselli M, Keane F, Newlin K. Willingness to be screened and  tested for cognitive impairment: cross-cultural comparison. American journal of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.25(2):160-166, 2010.

Wick A, Newlin, K. Incretin-based therapies: therapeutic rationale and pharmacological promise for type 2 diabetes. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. 21: 623-630, 2009.

Newlin K, Melkus GD, Tappen R, Chyun D, Koenig H.The relationships of religious and  spiritual factors to glycemic control in Black American women with type 2 diabetes. Nursing research. 57(5): 331-339, 2008.

Newlin K, Melkus GD, Jefferson V, Langerman S, Womack J, Chyun D. Enrollment of Black American women with type 2 diabetes into a self-management clinical trial. Ethnicity & disease. 16(4):956-62, 2006.

Clay KS., Newlin K, Leeks KD. Pastors’ wives as partners: An appropriate model for church-based health promotion. Cancer control. (Cancer, Culture, and Literacy Supplement): 111-115, 2005.

Newlin K, Melkus GD, Chyun D, et al. The relationship of spirituality & health outcomes in Black American women with type 2 diabetes. Ethnicity & disease.13(1): 61-68, 2003.

Chyun D, Amend A, Newlin K, Langerman S, Melkus GD. Coronary heart disease prevention & lifestyle interventions: cultural influences. Journal of cardiovascular nursing. 18(4): 302-316, 2003.

Kehoe K, Melkus GD., Newlin K. Culture in the context of care: an integrative review. Ethnicity & disease. 13(3): 344-353, 2003.

Newlin K, Knafl K, Melkus GD. African-American spirituality: a concept analysis. Advances in nursing science.  25(2): 57-70, 2003.

Book Chapters

Melkus GD, Newlin K. (2009). Cultural considerations in diabetes care. In Childs B, Spollett, Cypress (Eds.), Nursing care of persons with diabetes. 2nd edition. (pp. 246-264).Alexandria, VA, American Diabetes Association.

Melkus GD, Newlin K. (2005). Cultural context of diabetes education and care. In Childs, B., Cypress, M., & Spollett, G. (Eds.), Complete nurse’s guide to diabetes  care (pp. 207-219). Alexandria, Virginia: American Diabetes Association.

Other Peer-Reviewed Publications

Newlin K, Arbuah N, Sewer O, Burgess T, Melkus, GD. Translating evidence-based diabetes prevention and self-management education into a faith-based setting. Clinical translational science. 4(2): P54, 2011.

Newlin K, Melkus GD., Mclean Y, Dekker T, Wick A, Chyun D. Nicaraguan Creole and Miskito adults with or at-risk for type 2 diabetes: exploration of quality of life,A1c, and receipt of diabetes-related education/advice. Diabetes. 59(Suppl. 1): A282-A283, 2010.

Newlin K, Melkus GD., Mclean Y, Dekker T, Wick A, Chyun D. Mixed-methods results to inform church-based diabetes education in Nicaragua. Diabetes. 59(Suppl.1): A282, 2010.

Newlin K, Melkus GD. Exploration of diabetes-related factors in Nicaraguan adults with or at-risk for diabetes. Clinical and translational science. 3(2)1:S48, 2010.

Newlin K, Mclean Y, Melkus, G. Developing a church-based diabetes program for black Nicaraguans: exploration of faith values and health beliefs related to diabetes care. Diabetes. 57(Suppl. 1):844, 2008.

Newlin K, Melkus GD, Chyun D. The relationship of spirituality to blood glucose control in black American women with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes. 56(Suppl.1): 498, 2007.

Parker ME, Noell D, Newlin K, Pandya A, Hsu S. Assuring nursing’s voice in the electronic health record. In IEEE international conference on natural language and knowledge development engineering, Beijing, China. Pproceedings. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, NLP-KE 107, 2007.

Chyun DA, Melkus GD, Amend AM, Langerman S, Galasso PE, Jefferson V, Newlin K, Spollett G, Grey M, Willoughby C. CHD risk profile & dietary intake in black women with T2DM. Diabetes. 53 (Suppl.1): 222, 2004.

Melkus GD, Amend A, Langerman S, Newlin K, Womack J, Galasso P, Jefferson V, Spollett G, Chyun DA. (2004). Self-management of type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease risk factors in black women. Circulation. 109(20): 290, 2004.

Newlin K, Melkus GD, Knafl G, Laing N, Jefferson V. The relationship of quality of life to spiritual, emotional, and physiologic factors in Black American women with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes and metabolism. 59(Suppl. 29): 2809, 2003.

Kehoe K, Melkus GD, Newlin K. For the patient. Equal health care begins  with sensitivity to the cultural background of the patient. Ethnicity & disease. 13(3): 404. 2003.

Melkus G, Chyun D, Amend A, Spollett G, Langerman S, Jefferson V, Newlin K. Diabetes-related emotional distress, anxiety, and quality of life in Black-women with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes. 52(Suppl.1): 491-492, 2003.

Melkus GD, Newlin K, Chyun D, Jefferson V, Laing N. Spiritual well-being in Black women with type 2 DM. Diabetes. 50(Suppl.1): 1648, 2001.

Melkus G, Jefferson V, Spollett GD, Langerman S, Chyun D, D’Eugenio D, Newlin K. Culturally sensitive intervention of care and education improves glycemic control for Black women with type 2 DM. Diabetes. 50(Suppl.1): 811, 2001.


Eastern Nursing Research Society, Rising Star Nurse Scientist Award, 2012

Attendee Consultation, Peer Support Programmes in Diabetes, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 2007

FAU College of Nursing, Distinguished Alumna Award, 2006

Yale University, Yale Alumni Scholarship Award, 2000

American Legion, American Legion Scholarship, 2000

FAU College of Nursing, Clinical Excellence Award, 1997

FAU College of Nursing, University Scholar Award, 1996

Research Funding

Newlin (PI), Chyun, Deborah (co-PI) 2012 New York University Research Challenge Fund. Myocardial and Stroke Prevention in Nicaragua. Total Award: $11,000

Newlin (PI) 2011-2012. Fan Fox and Leslie Samuels Foundation Healthy Aging Award. An Innovative Model of  Diabetes Self-Management Education. Training to Improve Access, Availability, & Quality of Diabetes Care for Older Adults. Total Award: $130,787 (2011-2014)

Newlin (PI) 2010-2011. NIH Clinical Translational Science KL2 Award, UL1RR029893. Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program and Diabetes. Self-Management Education into a Black American Faith-Based Setting. Total Award: $268,250.

Newlin (PI) 2010-1011. New York University Global Health Challenge Grant. Phase 3: Church-Based Diabetes Education in Nicaragua. Total Award: $15,000

Newlin (PI) 2006-2009. NIH/NINR Individual Postdoctoral National Research Service Award, F32 NR010043. Faith Communities and Black American Women with Type 2 Diabetes.Phases 1 and 2: Church-Based Diabetes Education in Nicaragua. Total Award:  $160,287

Newlin (PI) 2002-2006 . NIH/NINR Individual Predoctoral National Research Service Award, F31 NR008190. Spirituality and Health Factors in Women with Diabetes. Total Award: $123,433.