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Cheryl Westlake, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, PN

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5587
Fax: (626) 815-5414
Dr. Westlake has nearly 30 years in cardiac nursing with nearly 30 of those as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has more than 120 papers and presentations of research and clinical nursing topics at various local, state, national, and international conferences. Further, she has served as a consultant on implementation of research in the hospital setting, a member of the Guidelines Committee for HFSA, and a member of numerous professional organizations including AHA, AAHFN, CACNS, HFSA, and NACNS. Dr. Westlake has been a principal / co-investigator for interdisciplinary clinical and community-based research studies for twelve years. The focus of this program of research is symptoms (fatigue and dyspnea), depression, spirituality, sexuality, quality of life, and outcomes of patients with heart failure. She was a pre-doctoral fellow in Quality of Life and a post-doctoral fellow in Exercise and Heart Failure at UCLA. Dr. Westlake has expertise in disease management, intervention studies, and large multidisciplinary research with local, regional, national, and international researchers.


  • BSN - California State University, Los Angeles
  • MSN - University of California, Los Angeles
  • Pre Doctoral Fellowship: Quality of Life - University of California, Los Angeles
  • PhD - University of California, Los Angeles
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship: Exercise in Heart Failure - University of California, Los Angeles


  • Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cardiopulmonary, Parish Nurse


School of Nursing

  • Graduate Programs
  • Doctoral Programs

Courses Taught

  • GNRS 515 – Advanced Pathophysiology
  • GNRS 660 – Theories of Teaching and Instruction
  • GNRS 661 – Leadership and Role Development in Nursing Education
  • GNRS 706 - Methods of Inquiry
  • GNRS 707 – Quantitative Nursing Research Designs
  • GNRS 708 – Qualitative Research Designs
  • GNRS 713 – Advanced Statistical Analysis