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

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5587
Fax: (626) 815-5414
Dr. Westlake was a Fulbright Scholar where she conducted a study of cardiovascular risk factors, health literacy, healthy heart behaviors (HHB) knowledge, and barriers to/use of HHB and community resources in community dwelling adults with stage A/B HF, taught in the School of Medicine and Public Health and continues to lead student research groups.
For ~20 years, Dr. Westlake has been a principal/co-principal investigator for interdisciplinary research studies on determinants (health literacy, self-care, spirituality) of HF patient outcomes (quality-of-life, unplanned health-care utilization, mortality). She has > 120 papers/presentations at local/state/national/international conferences and serves as an AHA, HFSA, American Association of HF Nurses, California Association of CNS, and National Association of CNS member and the HFSA Guidelines Committee member. Currently, she is serving as the only nurse on the American College of Cardiology/ AHA/HFSA HF guidelines writing committee.
Currently, she serves as a PhD program professor teaching research methods, statistics, and dissertation seminars.


  • 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