University of Portland

Chloe Littzen

School of Nursing & Health Innovations, Assistant Professor

Chloe Littzen



Buckley Center 301

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Dr. Chloé Littzen-Brown, PhD, RN, AE-C, (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor at the University of Portland, School of Nursing and Health Innovations. She completed her PhD in nursing at the University of Arizona where her dissertation work focused on the work-related well-being of young adult nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her research interests include well-being, nursing theory, nursing philosophy, integrative health, social justice, and mixed methods. Chloé’s clinical background is in pediatrics, primarily pediatric intensive care. Outside of her work, Chloé is a yoga practitioner and teacher, and she enjoys spending time with her husband and three dogs in nature.


  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing, The University of Arizona
    • Major: Systems
    • Minor: Integrative Health
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Grand Canyon University
    • Emphasis in Public Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Grand Canyon University
  • Associates of Applied Science in Nursing, Yavapai College



Title of Project: Reducing Time to Doctoral Degree in Nursing Through Mentorship During Coursework and Candidacy
PI: Dr. Lois J. Loescher
Team Members: Dr. Helena W. Morrison, Dr. Jessica G. Rainbow, and Jennifer T. May.
Role on Project: Graduate Research Assistant III
Grant Funding: Seed Grant, The University of Arizona Graduate College
University of Arizona, 07/01/18-06/30/19

Title of Project: Young Adult Nurse Work-Related Well-Being, Contemporary Practice Worldview, Resilience, and Co-Worker Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic
PI: Chloé Littzen
Committee: Dr. Pamela Reed, Dr. Cindy Rishel, and Dr. Jessica G. Rainbow
Grant Funding: Sigma Theta Tau Beta Mu Chapter, Student Research Grant
University of Arizona, 2020 – 2021

In Progress

Title of Project: Working in Healthcare During the COVID-19 Pandemic
PI: Dr. Jessica G. Rainbow
Team Members: Dr. Claire Bethel, Dr. Hanne Dolan, and Angie Norton
Role on Project: Research Analyst
Grant Funding: Departmental Funds, The University of Arizona
University of Arizona, 2020 – Present

Professional Affiliations

  • International Philosophy of Nursing Society, Executive Committee Member
  • Mixed Methods International Research Association, Member
  • Washington Center for Nursing, Member
  • King International Nursing Group, Member
  •, Management Team, Co-Webmaster
  • Nursology Theory Collective, Co-Founder and Member
  • Western Institute of Nursing, Membership Committee & Member
  • Arizona Foundation for the Future of Nursing, Secretary
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Member
  • Arizona Nurses Association, Member
  • American Nurses Association, Member

Awards and Honors

  • 2021 - Alumni Award, The University of Arizona College of Nursing
  • 2017-2021 - HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Program Recipient
  • 2016 - Good Catch Award, Banner Children's at Desert

Recent Publications

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters:

Littzen-Brown, C. Dillard-Wright, J., Gazaway, S., & McMurray, P. (2022, Under Review). Authentically restructuring the workplace to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion: Building capacity for a more just healthcare future. In J. Davidson, Workplace wellness: A primer for leaders in healthcare, supporting clinicians from resilience to suicide prevention. Springer.

Peer Reviewed Articles: 

Brown, B. B., Dillard-Wright, J., Hopkins-Walsh, J., Littzen, C. O. R., & Vo, T. (2021). Patterns of knowing and being in the COVIDIcene: An epistemological and ontological recknoning for posthumans. Advances in Nursing Science. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000387

Littzen, C., Langley, C., & Grant, C. (2020). The prismatic mid-paradigm of nursing. Nursing Science Quarterly, 33(1), 41-45. doi: 10.1177/0894318419881806

May, J., Littzen, C., Morrison, H., & Loescher, L. J. (2020). Experiences of dual PhD-DNP nursing students during online doctoral education. Journal of Professional Nursing. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2020.02.004

Littzen, C. (2018). What does a nurse scientist do anyway? The road to research. Arizona Nurse, 71(2).