Corjena K. Cheung, PhD, RN, FGSA

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Corjena K. Cheung

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-5198

Fax 612-625-7180

Office Address:
6-135 Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address:
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, University of Minnesota (Gerontological Nursing and Complementary Therapies and Healing Practices)

Masters Degree, University of Minnesota (Nursing Administration)

Bachelors Degree, St. Catherine University (Nursing/Psychology)

Post-Doctoral Study, University of Minnesota (Geriatric Nursing)


Corjena Cheung, PhD, RN, FGSA is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. A nurse educator and researcher, she is passionate about discovering new knowledge. She conducts research about complementary/integrative therapies to manage symptoms, promote physical activity and quality of life, and prevent disability in community dwelling older adults with chronic health conditions such as osteoarthritis and Parkinson's. Through her scholarly activity, she has been building a strong foundation for research and scholarship in her area of interest.

Professional Associations


Research Summary/Interests

Effects of yoga on osteoarthritis-related outcomes in older adults
Effects of yoga on oxidative stress, motor functions and psychosocial well-being in individuals with Parkinson's disease
Knowledge, skills and attitudes of complementary and alternative therapies among geriatric nurse practitioners

Research Funding Grants

Research Support:

Midwest Nursing Research Society Seed Grant 1/1/2016 -12/31/2016
Effects of yoga on oxidative stress in individuals with Parkinson's disease
Role: PI

Sigma Theta Tau International Society Research Seed Grant 6/1/02-5/30/03
Pilot testing a survey instrument for examining the use of complementary and alternative therapies in community-dwelling older adults
Role: PI

Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Grant 7/1/03-6/30/05
The Use of complementary and alternative therapes use in community dwelling older adults
Role: PI

NIH EARDA Pilot Grant: G11 HD039786 06/01/07-05/30/08
The experience of using complementary and alternative therapies in community dwelling older women for managing arthritis
Role: PI

School of Health Action Research Grant 06/1/08 – 05/30/09
The use of complementary and alternative therapies in community-dwelling older women with arthritis in urban, suburban, and rural areas
Role: PI

Midwest Nursing Research Society Joann Stevenson Seed Grant 07/1/10 - 06/30/12
Pilot test the feasibility and impact of Hatha yoga in community-dwelling older women with knee osteoarthritis
Role: PI

Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Grant 2/1/12 - 06/30/12
The attitudes, beliefs, knowledge and use of complementary and alternative therapies among geriatric nurse practitioners
Role: PI

John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence Pilot Grant, University of Iowa (2013)
Yoga versus Aerobic and Strengthening Exercises for Managing Osteoarthritis (funded)
Role: PI

CTSI - Driven to Discover State Fair research grant, UMN (2014)
Fitness after 55 (partially funded)
Role: Co-PI

System-Wide Engagement Grant, UMN (2014)
Evaluating the Impact of Enhanced 3&7 day Care Coordination Follow-up for Discharged COPD and Pneumonia patients (funded)
Role: CI

Powell Center Mature Women Grant, UMN (2014)
Short and Long Term Effects of Hatha yoga on Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial (funded)
Role: PI

Grand-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship Program, UMN (2015)
Effects of Yoga on Motor and Non-Motor Functions in Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease (funded)
Role: PI

CTSI – Driven to Discover State Fair research grant, UMN (2015)
Wise and Well (Funded)
Role: Co-PI


Selected Publications:

  • Geisler, C., Cheung, C., Brueggemann, A., & Steinhagen, S. (2015). Gerontological Nurse Practitioners’ Perceptions, Referral, Use, and Clinical Dialogue about Complementary/Integrative Therapies. Geriatric Nursing. (In review)
  • Cheung, C., Wyman, J., & Savik, K. (2016). Adherence to a yoga program in older women with knee osteoarthritis. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 24(2), 181-188.
  • Cheung, C., Park, J., & Wyman, J. (2015). Effects of yoga on symptoms, physical function, and psychosocial outcomes in adults with osteoarthritis: A focused review. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. (In press)
  • Cheung, C., Justice, C., & Peden-McAlpine, C. (2015). Yoga adherence in older women six months post–osteoarthritis intervention. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 4 (3). Retrieved at:
  • Geisler, C. & Cheung, C. (2014). Complementary/alternative therapies use in older women with arthritis: information sources and factors influencing dialogue with health care providers. Geriatric Nursing. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2014.08.013.
  • Cheung, C., Park, J., & Wyman, J. (2014). Yoga for older adults: A critical review of literature. Clinical Gerontologist.
  • Geisler, C., Cheung, C., & Steinhagen, S., Neubeck, P., & Brueggemann, A. (2014). Nurse practitioner knowledge, use, and referral of complementary/alternative therapies. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12190.
  • Cheung, C., Wyman, J., Resnick, B., & Savik, K. (2014). Yoga for managing knee osteoarthritis in older women: a feasibility study. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.14:160. doi:10.1186/1472-6882-14-160.
  • Park, J., McCaffrey, R., Newman, D., Cheung, C. & Hagen, D. (2014). The effect of sit ‘N’ fit chair yoga among community-dwelling older adults with osteoarthritis. Holistic Nursing Practice. 28 (4): 247-57.
  • Halcón, L., Schein, C. & Cheung, C. (2014). Integrative nursing: Senior living across the continuum. In Kreitzer, M. & Koithan, M. (Eds.).Integrative Nursing. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Cheung, C. (2013). Magnet therapy. In Snyder, M. & Lindquist, R. (Ed.), Complementary and alternative therapies in nursing. (7th ed.). New York: Springer Publishing.
  • Cheung, C., Geisler, C., & Sunneberg, J. (2013).Complementary and alternative therapies use for arthritis by older women of urban-rural settings. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12063.


Academic Interests and Focus

Nursing research, complementary/alternative therapies, nursing process