Ruth E Taylor-Piliae

Ruth E Taylor-Piliae , PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

Interim Director, PhD Program


Ruth Taylor-Piliae, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN is a Professor and the PhD Program Director (interim) in the College of Nursing at the University of Arizona. She is recognized internationally as a nurse scientist and mind-body exercise interventionist, with training in cardiovascular epidemiology and clinical trials. Her research is focused on promoting physical activity and improving patient-centered outcomes among older adults with heart disease and stroke through the implementation of innovative non-pharmacologic interventions such as Tai Chi. Her passion to improve the lives of those with cardiovascular disease and stroke also translates to real world impact, as evident by widespread and continued media interest in her research. In a recent Bibliometric Evaluation of Global Tai Chi Research from 1980–2020 (International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2021), Dr. Taylor-Piliae was ranked 6th among the top 10 authors during this time period. Dr. Taylor-Piliae received her B.S.N. from California State University Fresno, her M.N. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and her Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco. She completed a 2-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/American Stroke Association, Hospital Authority of Hong Kong, National Institute of Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She reviews for professional journals and has had over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts published in top-tiered journals both within nursing and inter-professional journals. She is highly cited for her work (citations>4900, h-index=36, i10-index=60). Dr. Taylor-Piliae is a long-standing member in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, European Society of Cardiology, Sigma Theta Tau’s International Honor Society of Nursing, and the American College of Sports Medicine. She has received several teaching, research and service awards including the Suzanne Van Ort Peer Award for Graduate Teaching, the Extraordinary Faculty Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Mathy Mezey Excellence in Aging Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Council, and the Award of Distinction for Excellence in Research from Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Mu Chapter.