After receiving her initial nursing degree, Dr. Chapa practiced in medical-surgical nursing and critical care. She then completed a master’s degree in nursing and became certified as an acute care nurse practitioner. As an acute care nurse practitioner, she worked as a pulmonary/critical care nurse practitioner, solid organ transplant nurse practitioner and currently as an inpatient palliative care nurse practitioner.


After receiving her doctoral degree, Dr. Chapa taught at the University of Maryland, Baltimore school of nursing in the critical care nurse practitioner program.  Then moving to Florida, she taught at Florida Gulf Coast University and helped to develop an acute care nurse practitioner program serving as the first director of the program.  Dr. Chapa then became a faculty member of the George Washington University where she was Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and received tenure as an associate professor.


In August of 2016, Dr. Chapa joined the faculty at Christine E. Lynn, College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. In this role, she is working on teaching, research and service.


Dr. Chapa has been recognized nationally by being inducted as a fellow into the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the National Academies of Practice. She is active in Sigma Theta Tau International and is currently serving on two international committees for the organization. She is on the Research Advisory Council and the Renewable Gifts committee. She is also a member of the American Nurses Association, the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association and the Florida Action Coalition.


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Recent Publications

Windey, M., Lawrence, C.,Guthrie, K.,Weeks, D., Sullo, E. & Chapa D. (2015) A systemic review on interventions supporting preceptor development. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development. (In Press).


Davis, S. Chapa, D.W. (2015) Social determinants of health: knowledge to effective action for change. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 11(2015) 424-429.


Chapa, D.W., Akintade, B., Friedmann, E.  & Thomas, S.A. (2015) Gender differences and health outcomes for patients with atrial fibrillation: a systematic review. Heart & Lung. MayJune; 44(3) 189-198.  


Akintade, B. F., Chapa, D., Friedmann, E., & Thomas, S. A. (2015). The influence of depression and anxiety symptoms on health-related quality of life in patients with atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 30(1), 66-73.


Sheingold, B., Chapa, D.W., Ekmekci, O., &Emard, E. (2015) Patient centered medical home: creating a blueprint for quality healthcare through illustrative simulation. Contemporary Issues in Education Research. 8, (1) 55-62.


Chapa, D. W., Akintade, B., Schron, E., Friedmann, E., & Thomas, S. A. (2014). Is healthrelated quality of life a predictor of hospitalization or mortality among women or men with atrial fibrillation? Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 29 (6), 555-564.


Hunt D., Chapa, D.W., Hess, B., Swanick, K., & Hovanec, A. (2014). The importance of resistance training in the treatment of sarcopenia.  Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 5(3), 39.


Chapa, D. W., Akintade, B., Son, H., Woltz, P., Hunt, D., Friedmann, E., & Thomas, S. A. (2014). Pathophysiological relationships between heart failure and depression and anxiety. Critical care nurse, 34(2), 14-25.


Friedmann, E., Thomas, S. A., Son, H., Chapa, D., & McCune, S. (2013). Pet's presence and owner's blood pressures during the daily lives of pet owners with pre-to mild hypertension. Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People & Animals, 26(4), 535-550.


Chapa, D., Hartung, M., Mayberry, L., Pintz, C. (2013) Using pre-appraised evidence sources to guide practice decisions. (2013)  Journal of American Association of Nurse Practitioners.25 (5); 234-243.


Friedmann, E., Son, H., Thomas, S. A., Chapa, D. W., Lee, H. J., & Sudden Cardiac Death in Heart Failure Trial (SCD-HeFT) Investigators. (2014). Poor social support is associated with increases in depression but not anxiety over 2 years in heart failure outpatients. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 29(1), 20-28.


Woltz, P. Chapa, D., Friedmann, E., Akintade, B., Son, H., Thomas S. (2012) Intervention effects on depression in heart failure: A systematic review.  Heart & Lung, Sep-Oct; 41(5):46983.


Thomas, S.A., Friedmann, E., Gottlieb, S.S., Liu, F., Morton, P.G., Chapa, D.W., Lee, H-J., & Nahm, E-S. on behalf of the Sudden Cardiac Death Heart Failure Trial (SCD-HeFT) Investigators. (2009) Changes in psychosocial distress in heart failure (HF) outpatients with prophylactic implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Heart & Lung, 38 (2), 109-119.


Lee, H., Chapa, D.W., Kao, C., Jones, D., Kapustin, J., Thomas, S., Friedmann, E., Krichten, K.,& Donner, T., (2009) Relationship of Depression, quality of life and glycemic control in Type 2 Diabetic outpatients after controlling for demographics and diabetic complications. Journal of American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Apr; 21 (4) 214-24.


Chapa, D.W., Lee, H., Kao, C., Friedmann, E., Thomas, S., Anderson, J., & Bardy, G. (2008) Reducing mortality with device therapy in heart failure patients without ventricular arrhythmias: A comparison of 3 clinical trials. American Journal of Critical Care, Sep; 17(5), 443-452.


Thomas, S.A., Chapa, D., Friedmann, E., Durdin, C., Ross, A., Won, M.C., & Lee, H.J. (2008) Depression in heart failure patients: prevalence, pathophysiological mechanisms and treatment. Critical Care Nurse. Apr; 28(2) 40-55.


Friedmann, E., Thomas, S.A., Liu, F., Morton, P.G., Chapa, D., & Gottlieb, S. (2006) Relationship of depression, anxiety, and low social support to chronic heart failure on outpatient mortality. American Heart Journal 152 (5) 940-48.



  • BSN University of South Florida, Tampa
  • MSN University of South Florida, Tampa
  • PhD in Nursing from University of Maryland, Baltimore