Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAHA, FAAN

Dr. Cynthia Engoren-Arslanian Portrait

Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 2176 400NIB

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

Telephone: (734) 647-0182
Fax: (734) 936-5525
Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren is accepting new PhD students.


  • Decision making
  • Women's' Heart Disease: Disparities and Biases
  • Heart failure
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Self-care management

Dr. Arslanian-Engoren is a nurse scientist with decision-making expertise. She has extensively studied the decisions of emergency department nurses' who triage women for symptoms of an acute myocardial infarction (MI) and the treatment seeking decisions of women with acute MI. As part of this research, she developed and tested the Nurses' Cardiac Triage Instrument. Her research foci have recently expanded to include the study of decision regret among critical care nurses, the examination of cognitive dysfunction among older adults hospitalized for acute heart failure, high stakes decision making for seriously ill hospitalized children, and decision support for stroke surrogate decision makers. Her team is pilot testing an innovative education and cognitive training intervention to improve self-care management decisions for older adults with heart failure. Her research has been published in American Journal of Cardiology, American Journal of Critical Care, Circulation, Journal of Cardiac Failure, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Journal of Emergency Nursing, and Nursing Research.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • Development of a tailored life-sustaining decision support intervention for stroke surrogate decision makers (1-R21-NR-016332-01-A1), 2017- 2019. (Co-I).
  • The Development and Evaluation of a Computer-Based, Nurse-lead Cognitive Training and Educational Pilot Intervention to Improve Self-Care Management Behaviors in Adults in Heart Failure (NIH/NINR P20NR015331-02), 2015-2018 (PI)
  • Advanced Decision Support in Pediatric Intensive Care Units' (MCubed, University of Michigan), 2018-2020


Dr. Arslanian-Engoren is an experienced academician who has taught across the curricula.  At the undergraduate level, she has used her expertise to teach clinical decision-making and adult health nursing.  At the graduate level, she has taught nursing theory, research, and advanced practice didactic and clinical courses to the acute care graduate nursing students.  In addition, she has mentored undergraduate honors students and graduate students in the completion of their research and scholarly projects (e.g., master’s projects, doctoral preliminary examinations, dissertations, etc.).  Dr. Arslanian-Engoren often includes students as members of her research team, providing mentorship experiences and experiential knowledge of critical aspects of scientific inquiry.  

Affiliations / Service

  • Director-at-Large, Michigan Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, 2009-2019
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
  • Trustee, Midwest Nursing Research Society Foundation (2018-2020)

Notable Awards / Honors

  • University of Michigan Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize, 2015
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society, Senior Nurse Researcher Award, Decision Making Research Section, 2014
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society, Distinguished Scientist Award, Acute Care Research Section, 2012
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society, Senior Investigator Award, Women’s Health Research Section, 2012
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2012
  • Fellow, American Heart Association, 2008


  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1999
  • Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1998
  • MSN, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH, 1994
  • BSN, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1989

Publication Highlights

  • Tamis-Holland, J.E., Jneid H., Reynolds, H.R., Brilakis, E.S., Agewall, S., Brown, T.M., Lerman A., Kumbhani D.J., Arslanian-Engoren, C., Bolger, A.F., Beltrame J.F. (2019). Contemporary diagnosis and management of patients with myocardial infarction in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease (MINOCA): A Scientific Statement for Healthcare Professionals from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 139(18), e891-e908. Doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000670.

  • Wilbur, J., Braun, L.T., Arslanian-Engoren, C., Lauver, D.R., Halloway, S. (2018). Assessing and addressing cardiovascular risk in young women. Nursing Outlook, 66(3): 325-328.

  • Hayes, S.N., Kim, E.S., Saw, J., Wood, M.J., Lindsay, M.E., Adam, D., Ganesh, S.K., Tweet, M.S., Gulati, R., Naderi, S., Shah, S., Mieres, J.H., Arslanian-Engoren, C., Thaler, D.E., & Economy, K.E. (2018). Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection: Current State of the Science: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 137(19), e523-e557.

  • Arslanian-Engoren, C., Sferra, J.J., & Engoren, M. (2018).  Gender and racial differences in surgical outcomes among adult patients with acute heart failure.  Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, 47(1), 47-53.

  • Arslanian-Engoren, C., & Scott, L.D. (2017).  Delays in treatment seeking decisions among women with acute myocardial infarction.  Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 36(5), 298-303.doi:10.1097/DCC.0000000000000260.

  • Xie, B., Larson, J.L., Gonzalez, R., Pressler, S.J., Lustig, C., & Arslanian-Engoren, C. (2017). Components and Indicators of Frailty Measures: A Literature Review. Journal of Frailty & Aging, 6(2), 76-82. doi: 10.14283/jfa.2017.11.

  • Moser, DK, Arslanian-Engoren, C, Biddle, MJ, Chung, ML, Dekker, RL, Hammash, MH, Mudd-Martin, G, Alhurani, AS & Lennie, TA. (2016). Psychological aspects of heart failure. Current Cardiology Reports, 18(12), 119.

  • Arslanian-Engoren, C, Laskowski-Jones, L, Bressler, T, Kolanowski, AM, Perez, A, Popjoy LL & Caceres, B. (2016). The American Academy of Nursing on Policy: Admit to Observation Status: Policy Brief. Nursing Outlook, 64(6), 604-606.

  • Arslanian-Engoren, C, Giordani B, Algase D, Shuh A, Lee, C, & Moser DK. (2016). Recruitment and retention challenges of examining cognitive dysfunction in older adults hospitalized for acute heart failure. American Journal of Critical Care, 25(5), 418-421.

  • Eisenhauer, E & Arslanian-Engoren, C. (2016). Religious values and biobanking decisions: An integrative review. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 30(2), 104-123.

  • Arslanian-Engoren, C & Scott LD. (2016). Women’s perception of biases and barriers in their myocardial infarction triage experience. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, 45(3), 166-172.

  • Arslanian-Engoren, C., Eastwood, J-A., DeJong , M.J., & Berra, K. (2015). Participation in heart-healthy behaviors: A secondary analysis of the American Heart Association Go Red Heart Match Data. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 30(6), 479-483.

  • Arslanian-Engoren, C, Giordani, BJ, Algase, D, Schuh, A, Lee, C & Moser, DK. (2014). 'Cognitive dysfunction in older adults hospitalized for acute heart failure.' Journal of Cardiac Failure, 20(9), 669-678.

  • Xie, B, & Arslanian-Engoren, C. (2015). Self-concepts of exercise in frail older adults with heart failure: A literature review. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal, 29(2), 113-124.