Amanda Blok, Ph.D., MSN, PHCNS-BC

Amanda Blok

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 1174, 400 NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (617) 678-8338
Fax: (734) 647-2416


  • Mobile health
  • Implementation programs
  • Patient and family-centered design
  • Health behavior change
  • Mixed methods research

Dr. Amanda Blok, Ph.D., MSN is a Research Health Scientist with the VA Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR) at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and a Research Assistant Professor in the Systems, Populations and Leadership Department at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.  As a nurse and implementation scientist, she has extensive experience in both clinical practice and health behavior change research. She leads and co-investigates projects within multiple interdisciplinary research teams to develop, trial, and evaluate health behavior interventions and their implementation. Her research has focused on patient and family engagement with nurse-implemented innovations in the clinical setting. Her use of nurses to facilitate health-promoting technology is novel.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • SFT (Small Award Initiative for Impact) 21-102 Blok (PI)10/01/2020-09/30/2021 VA HSR&D: Preventing Psychological Harm for Family Members in the Critical Care Environment: Family Members and VA Clinical Care Team Member Interviews Goal: To assess family member and clinical team perceptions related to family engagement in the critical care environment and determine the acceptability of strategies for engagement. Role: PI
  • IIR 15-101-2 Hogan (PI) 10/01/16-06/01/2021 VA HSR&D: Technology-Assisted Care Transition Intervention for Chronic Heart Failure or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Goal: To implement and evaluate a virtual nurse intervention to provide automated, tailored, and timely support to Veterans transitioning from hospital to home. Role: Co-I
  • Application #29815 Iwashyna (PI) 01/31/2020 - 01/30/2021 University of Michigan Office of Research Health Enhanced by Adjusting and Recovering Together (HEART) – Pilot The HEART pilot will develop a protocol to measure empathic accuracy and physiological attunement among caregivers and care receivers in support of a future R01 to the NIA or NHLBI. Long term goals are to support informal caregivers of post ICU patients. Role: Co-I

Affiliations / Service

  • Co-Chair, Health Behavior Change Support Systems; Information Technology in Healthcare, Hawaiian International Conference for Social Systems, 2019-present
  • Member, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2013-present (Health Policy Committee member, 2015-present)
  • Reviewer, Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2020-present
  • Reviewer, Games for Health, 2019-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Fellow, Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, 2012
  • Arlyne Barnett Doctoral Scholarship, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing’s Theta Tau Chapter, 2013
  • Beacon Graduate Student Leadership Award, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2014
  • Margaret Anderson Award for Outstanding Student Performance, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 2014


  • Postdoctoral fellowship, VA Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, Bedford/Boston, MA 2019
  • Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA 2017
  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA 2015
  • MSN, Boston College, Boston, MA 2011
  • Oakland University, Rochester Hills, MI 2007

Publication Highlights

  • Blok, A.C., Anderson, E., Swamy, L. Mohr, D. (In Press). Nurse manager and leader perceptions on nurse staff engagement and its impact on process improvement; a mixed methods study. Journal of Nursing Management. 

  • Blok, A.C., Valley, T., Abbott, P. (In Press). Gamification for family engagement in lifestyle interventions; a systematic review. Prevention Science.

  • Blok AC, Amante DJ, Hogan TP, Sadasivam RS, Shimada SL, Woods S, Nazi KM, Houston TK. (2021). Impact of Patient Access to Online VA Notes on Healthcare Utilization and Clinician Documentation: a Retrospective Cohort Study. J Gen Intern Med. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-06304-0. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33443693.

  • Faro JM, Nagawa CS, Orvek EA, Smith BM, Blok AC, Houston TK, Kamberi A, Allison JJ, Person SD, Sadasivam RS. (2021) Comparing recruitment strategies for a digital smoking cessation intervention: Technology-assisted peer recruitment, social media, ResearchMatch, and Contemp Clin Trials. 103:106314. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2021.106314. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33571687.

  • Swamy, L., Mohr, D.C., Blok, A.C., Anderson, E., Charns, M.P., Wiener, R., Rinne, S. (2020). Impact of workplace climate on burnout among critical care nurses working in the Veterans Health Administration. Am J Crit Care. 29(5):380-389. doi: 10.4037/ajcc2020831. PubMed PMID: 32869073.

  • Nagawa, C., Emidio, O.M., Lapane, K.L., Houston, T.K., Burton, B.A., Faro, J.M., Blok, A.C., Orvek, E.A., Cutrona, S.L., Smith, B.M., Allison, J.J., Sadasivam, R.S. (2020). Teamwork for smoking cessation: Which smoker was willing to engage their partner? Results from a cross-sectional study. BMC Res Notes. 13 (1):344. doi: 10.1186/s13104-020-05183-2. PubMed PMID: 32690076; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC737276

  • Amante DJ, Blok AC, Nagawa CS, Wijesundara JG, Allison JJ, Person SD, Morley J, Conigliaro J, Mattocks KM, Garber L, Houston TK, Sadasivam RS. (2020) The 'Take a Break' game: Randomized trial protocol for a technology-assisted brief abstinence experience designed to engage lower-motivated smokers. Contemp Clin Trials. 93:106002. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2020.106002. Epub 2020 Apr 23. PubMed PMID: 32335288; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7298726.

  • Rinne, S. T., Mohr, D. C., Swamy, L., Blok, A. C., Wong, E. S., & Charns, M. P. (2020). National Burnout Trends Among Physicians Working in the Department of Veterans Affairs. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 May;35(5):1382-1388. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05582-7. Epub. PubMed PMID: 32096080; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7210363.

  • Blok, A. C., Sadasivam, R. S., Hogan, T. P., Patterson, A., Day, N., & Houston, T. K. (2019). Nurse-Driven mHealth Implementation Using the Technology Inpatient Program for Smokers (TIPS): Mixed Methods Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 7(10), e14331. doi: 10.2196/14331. PubMed PMID: 31588908; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6818438.

  • Blok, A.C., Sadasivam, R., Amante, D.J., Kamberi, A., Flahive, J., Morley, J., Conigliaro, J., Houston, T. (2019). Gamification to Motivate the Unmotivated Smoker: The “Take a Break” Digital Health Intervention. Games for Health Journal, 8(4), 275-284. doi: 10.1089/g4h.2018.0076. Epub 2019 Jun 20. PubMed PMID: 31219347; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6686688.

  • Blok, A.C., Blonquist, T.M., Nayak, M., Somayaji, D., Crouter, S.E., Hayman, L.L., Colson, C., Bueno, R., Cooley, M.E. (2018). Feasibility and acceptability of “healthy directions” a lifestyle intervention for adults with lung cancer. Psycho‐oncology, 27(1), 250-257. doi: 10.1002/pon.4443. Epub 2017 May 31. PubMed PMID: 28426922; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6706267.

  • Blok, A.C. (2017). A Middle-Range Explanatory Theory of Self-Management Behavior for Collaborative Research and Practice. Nursing Forum, 52(2):138-146. doi: 10.1111/nuf.12169 Epub 2016 Jul 20. Review. PubMed PMID: 27438773.

  • Blok, A.C., May, C., Sadasivam, R., Houston, T. (2017). Virtual patient technology: engaging primary care in quality improvement innovations. JMIR Med Educ., 3(1), e3. doi:10.2196/mededu.7042. PubMed PMID: 28202429; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5332834

  • Blok, A.C., Sadasivam, R., Houston, T. (2016). Formative Evaluation to Determine Facilitators and Barriers to Nurse-driven Implementation: Designing an Inpatient mHealth Intervention to Support Smoking Cessation. Proceedings of the Fiftieth Annual Hawaiian International Conference for Social Systems (CD-ROM), Computer Society Press. ISBN: 978-0-9981331-0-2

  • Green, A.C.*, Hayman, L., Cooley, M. (2015). Multiple health behavior change in adults with or at risk for cancer: a systematic review. American journal of health behavior, 39(3), 380-394. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.39.3.11. Review. PubMed PMID: 25741683.

    *last name changed from Green to Blok in 2016