Maureen M. Covelli, PhD, RN

Dr. Covelli’s research interests focus on physiological and behavioral risk factors for cardiovascular and metaboli disease, intervention programs in cardiovascular health to decrease hypertension risk in adolescents; the influence of maternal health and birth weight on fetal physiological adaptation and plasticity, and the development of adult disease within African American populations. Dr. Covelli’s studies have included physiological measurements (e.g., salivary cortisol and ambulatory blood pressure).


Funded Research

  • A Pilot Study: to explore the feasibility of Measuring Birth weight and Biological markers of Hypertension in Young Adult African Americans, College of Nursing Research Development grant

  • UCF Healthy Start Coalition Brevard Project LiftOff, Brevard Healthy Start

  • The Relationship of Blood Pressure and Cortisol Levels to Family History, History of Hypertension and Low Birth Weight Of African American Adolescents, University of Central Florida, In-House Grant

Selected Publications

  • Weinstein, P.K., Amirkhosravi A., Angelopoulos T.J., Bushy A., Covelli M.M., Dennis K.E.J. (2014). Reducing Cardiovascular Risk in Women With Lupus: Perception of Risk and Predictors of Risk Reducing Behaviors. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 29(2), 130-9.

  • Covelli, M. (2012). A review of long termeffects of low sodium diet versus high sodium diet on blood pressure, renin, aldosterone, catecholamines, cholesterol, and triglyceride. Evidence Based Nursing, 15(3), 70-71.

  • Covelli, M.M., Wood, C.E., & Yarandi, H.N. (2012). Biologic measures as epidemiological indicators of risk for the development of hypertension in an African American adolescent population. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 27(6), 476-484.

  • Covelli, M.M. (2008). Efficacy of a school-based intervention program for cardiovascular risk factors African American adolescents. Applied Nursing Research, 21(4),173-180.

  • Covelli, M.M., Wood, C.E., & Yarandi, H.N. (2007). The association of low birth weight and physiological risk factors of hypertension in African American adolescents. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 22(6), 440-447.

  • Covelli, M.M. (2007). The Prevalence of behavioral and physiological risk factors of hypertension in African American adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 33(4), 323-332.

  • Covelli, M.M. (2006). The Relationship of low birth weight to blood pressure, cortisol levels and     reactivity in African American adolescents: A pilot study. Issues of Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing 29(3):173-187.

  • Covelli, M.M. (2006). The relationship of blood pressure and cortisol levels to family history of hypertension of African American adolescents. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 21(5), 347-53.

Professional Organizations

  • Sigma Theta Tau: Theta Epsilon Chapter President
  • Southern Nursing Research Society
  • International Society of Nurses in Genetics
  • International Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Society
  • National League of Nursing
  • Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease – International Society

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Dr. Maureen Covelli


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  • Chair, Department of Nursing Practice
  • Associate Professor