Dr. Reagan’s research interests in diabetes and chronic illness self-care management build upon 17 years of experience as an advanced practice registered nurse in an urban primary care practice working with persons predominantly Latino or African American, who are poor and suffer from the burdens associated with health disparities. During her PhD program, she was actively involved in the Center for Correctional Health Networks and became immersed in the correctional setting, conducting research to enhance competency of the correctional nursing workforce while at the same time developing her patient-oriented dissertation research to enhance diabetes self-care and health outcomes of incarcerated persons.
Dr. Reagan’s work with the CT Department of Corrections (CTDOC) over the past four years has shown that she is able to effectively conduct research and evaluation studies within a correctional facility. She has built strong collegial relationships with system managers and others who are interested in improving care for this vulnerable population. She is an approved researcher with the CTDOC, and was a 2016 scholarship recipient from the Academic Consortium for Criminal Justice Health in recognition of her diabetes quality improvement and research work with persons incarcerated in the CTDOC. Furthermore, in her role as a co-investigator and interventionist on the NIH-funded multisite RO1 Diabetes Learning in Virtual Environments (LIVE), she has developed and provided innovative Diabetes self-management education to diverse persons. Dr. Reagan’s experience and commitment to improving outcomes for incarcerated persons transitioning to the community make her well suited and qualified to complete the proposed research.
Principal Investigator, University of Connecticut, Office of the Vice President of Research ($2,000). The Feasibility and Acceptability of a Diabetes Survival Skills Training Intervention for Incarcerated Persons Transitioning to the Community. February 2017
Principal Investigator, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society, Mu Chapter ($750). Facilitators and Barriers to Self-Management of Diabetes Among Persons Recently Released from Prison. November 2016
Reagan, L., Pereira, K., Evans, Krieder, K., Totten, S. Jefferson, V., Johnson, C., D’Eramo Melkus, G. & Vorderstrasse, A. (2017). Diabetes Self-management training in a virtual Environment. Diabetes Educ. 2017 Jun 1:145721717715632. doi: 10.1177/0145721717715632. Epub ahead of print here: #*
Reagan, Louise; Shelton, Deborah; and Anderson, Elizabeth (2016) “Rediscovery of Self-Care for Incarcerated Persons with Diabetes,” Journal for Evidence-based Practice in Correctional Health: Vol. 1: Iss. 1, Article 5. Available here:
Reagan, L. , Walsh, S.J., Shelton, D. (2016) “Relationships of illness representation, diabetes knowledge, and self-care behaviour to glycemic control in incarcerated persons with diabetes”, International Journal of Prisoner Health, Vol. 12 Iss: 3, pp.157 – 172 Int J Prison Health. 12;12(3):157-72. doi: 10.1108/IJPH-04-2015-0010.
Diaz, D., Reagan, L, Barta, W., & Shelton, D. (2016). Development and psychometric evaluation of the Satisfaction with Simulated Clinical Learning Experience Survey-in Corrections (SSCLES-C). International Journal of Nursing Science, 3, (1), 58–62. doi:10.1016/j.ijnss.2016.02.001. #*
Reagan, L., & Shelton, D. (2016). Methodological factors conducting research with incarcerated persons with diabetes. Journal of Applied Nursing Research, 29, 163 – 167. #*
Shelton, D., Reagan, L., Weiskopf, C., Panosky, D., Nicholson, M., & Diaz, D. (2015). Indicators and Implementation Strategies in a Statewide Correctional Nurse Competencies Program: Mid-Year Report. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 46(10), 455-61. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20150918-03. *
(Book chapter) Reagan, L. (2013). Managing multiple chronic illnesses: Narratives of Puerto Rican Latinos living in the U.S. In Z. Li & S. Rieder (Eds.), Chronicity enquiries: Making sense of chronic illness (pp. 67-75). Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press. Retrieved from: . #*
(# – data-based, * – Peer reviewed)
Honors & Awards
2016 – Scholar, Academic Consortium for Criminal Health Justice (ACCJH)
2015 – Elected to BRIDGE (Behavioral Research in Diabetes Group Exchange). Invitational Interprofessional Society for scientists conducting behavioral research in diabetes.
2015 – American Diabetes Association (ADA) Focus on Fellows Program
2014 – Connecticut Nurses Association Josephine A. Dolan Award to Correctional Managed Health Care Education and Simulation Committee members and UConn School of Nursing for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Education
2008-2011 – University of Connecticut, School of Nursing Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
2005 – Hartford Hospital – The Nightingale Award
Co-chair Eastern Nursing Research Association (ENRS) Criminal Justice, Violence, & Trauma Research Interest Group
Manuscript Reviewer, Applied Nursing Research, International Journal of Nursing Studies, Elsevier, 2015-present
Abstract Reviewer, Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS)
Editorial Board, Journal of Evidence-Based Practice Corrections