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Shannon Halloway is an Associate Professor and the Heung Soo and Mi Ja Kim Endowed Faculty Scholar at University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing. Previously, she served as an Associate Professor at Rush University College of Nursing.

Dr. Halloway’s scholarship focuses on promoting the benefits of lifestyle physical activity for cardiovascular and brain health through research and policy. She is nationally-recognized for her expertise and has led numerous NIH and other interdisciplinary-funded studies centered on realistic and tailored health behavior strategies to prevent cognitive impairment in older adults who experience disparities in risk/treatment. Dr. Halloway was among the first to show positive effects of physical activity on brain gray matter. She now leads an NIH-funded trial to test synergistic/combined effects of two behavioral interventions (physical activity and cognitive training) on brain health in women with cardiovascular disease.

To ensure broad interdisciplinary dissemination of findings, Dr. Halloway presents her work in both traditional venues (publications/presentations/policy briefs) and media outlets (the Hill, HuffPost, AARP, podcasts). This two-pronged approach has vastly expanded the reach of her research findings beyond the scientific community, reaching an estimated 200 million readers/listeners.

Dr. Halloway received her BSN from Pacific Lutheran University, and her PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship from Rush University College of Nursing.


Shannon Halloway


Associate Professor & Heung Soo and Mi Ja Kim Endowed Faculty Scholar

University of Illinios Chicago


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