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Carina Katigbak, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAHA

Carina Katigbak, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAHA

Associate Professor | Department of Research | Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston

Carina Katigbak, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAHA, is an Associate Professor who holds a PhD and MS as an Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner from New York University. Her clinical work in caring for cardiovascular patients informs her current research aimed at improving modifiable cardiovascular risk factors among at-risk immigrant groups, specifically Asian Americans. She has previously examined community health workers' roles in promoting heart healthy behaviors among Filipino American immigrants with hypertension and has most recently partnered with various organizations to employ community engaged research approaches with older Chinese Americans on studies focused on tobacco use, and physical activity interventions using technology. Her work has been funded intramurally, and externally by the Sigma Theta Tau International Doris Bloch Research Award, and a National Institute on Aging P30 pilot grant with the Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions. Dr. Katigbak plans to extend upon her body of work to develop technologically enhanced interventions to support healthy aging and improve physical activity among older adults in Houston. Dr. Katigbak has served on the Executive Board (Secretary) of the Eastern Nursing Research Society, and currently co-chairs the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) Development Committee at the American Heart Association.

Education & Training


New York University, Rory Myers College of Nursing

New York University, Rory Myers College of Nursing
M.S. – Adult Primary Nurse Practitioner

Ryerson University School of Nursing, Toronto, Canada

Clinical/Research Focus

Cardiovascular health promotion amongst vulnerable populations, immigrant health, caregiver support.