Esquivel Research Lab – Focused on Physical Activity for Individuals with Chronic Health Conditions

We are a group of nurses, nurse practitioners, nursing students, volunteers, faculty, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists, yoga instructors, and many more...devoted to the mission of improving the lives of individuals with chronic conditions.

Jill Esquivel, UVA School of Nursing

Principal Investigator

Jill Howie Esquivel, RN, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAAN

Associate Professor of Nursing
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Coordinator

Jill Howie Esquivel, PhD, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, is an associate professor and coordinator of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program. With dual-certification as a board-certified family and acute care nurse practitioner, she brings extensive professional nursing experience with a particular interest in patients with and at risk for serious cardiac conditions.

Dr. Esquivel’s research focuses on improving symptoms in patients with heart failure through patient engagement and self-care/compassion, with an emphasis on vulnerable populations. Her program of research has included the development of interventions that improve patient heart failure knowledge to improve self-care and symptoms. She has investigated methods for patient education, physical activity and practical strategies for daily self-care to improve symptom burden and the trajectory for long-term outcomes.


Maureen Metzger PhD, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Maureeen Metzger is an Assistant Professor in the Acute and Specialty Care Department who studies patient and family member experiences with life-limiting illnesses. She is interested in communication and decision-making and is a Co-Investigator on the Pall-Kidney Study, an intervention study that is testing the feasibility of a physical activity intervention in patients who are treated with dialysis.