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Huong Q. Nguyen, PhD, RN

Interim Director

Division of Health Services Research & Implementation Science




Dr. Huong Nguyen is a biobehavioral researcher whose work focuses on chronically ill adults and older adults. She is currently serving as interim director of the Division of Health Services Research & Implementation for the Department of Research & Evaluation. Her fields of study include physical activity epidemiology, applied informatics, health services research, and implementation science. She conducts ongoing partnered research with operational and clinical leaders in Kaiser Permanente Southern California.

Dr. Nguyen is a professor in the Department of Health Systems Science of the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. She is also an affiliate associate professor with the University of Washington.  

She uses observational and experimental methods to improve care processes and outcomes for older adults with multiple chronic conditions across the illness trajectory and care continuum. Her implementation and evaluation 


efforts are focused on physical activity promotion, care transitions, palliative care, and longterm supportive services. Dr. Nguyen is currently leading a large pragmatic trial funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The trial compares 2 models of home-based palliative care for patients living with serious illness and their family caregivers.

Areas of Focus

  • Chronic disease self-management
  • Care transitions
  • Palliative care
  • Implementation science


PhD, Nursing Research
University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing
San Francisco, California
MS, Epidemiology
University of Washington, School of Public Health
Seattle, Washington
BSN, Nursing
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, California

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Thoracic Society
  • Kaiser Permanente iFund, Passionate Pursuit of Innovation