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Martha Abshire Saylor, PhD, MS, RN

Assistant Professor
Martha Abshire Saylor
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Cardiovascular
  • Community
  • End of Life
  • Family
  • Palliative Care
  • Quantitative Research
  • Self Care
  • Transition of Care
  • Women's Health


Martha Abshire Saylor is an assistant professor on the research/education track at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Her clinical experience in cardiac and critical care has been the foundation of her teaching, and she earned the 2020 Teaching Excellence Award from the Johns Hopkins Nursing Alumni Association. Her research interests include an emphasis on psychosocial sequelae of advanced illness, advanced heart failure management, biomarkers of stress, and patient-reported outcomes. Dr. Martha Abshire Saylor has current funding to develop interventions that use a strengths-based approach to support caregivers through goal-setting, instrumental and social support. Dr. Martha Abshire Saylor has methodological expertise in using mixed quantitative and qualitative methods to understand complex phenomena. In addition, Dr. Martha Abshire Saylor is a collaborator on several studies with faculty at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health that examine palliative care and end of life decision making.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Nelson, K; Abshire Saylor, M; Anderson, A; Buck, H; Davidson, PM; DeGroot, L; Fisher, M; Gilotra, NA; Pavlovic, N; Szanton, SL. (2022)  "We're all we got is each other": Mixed-methods analysis of patient-caregiver dyads' management of heart failure. Heart & Lung. (in press)

    McIltrot, Busch, VaGraafeiland, Stashinko, Abshire Saylor, Daniels, Pandian, Panchalingam, Himmelfarb. (2022) Establishing the Doctor of Nursing Practice Project ethical review process to improve standardization, efficiency, and timeliness. Nursing Outlook. (in press)

    Cruz-Oliver, DM, Abshire Saylor M, Nelson KE, Milner GE, Blinka M, Durkin N, Budhathoki C, Parker-Oliver D, Smith TS. (2022) Hospice Family Caregiver Perceptions of Benefits and Challenges of a Telenovela Educational Intervention. Journal of Palliative Medicine. (in press)

    Pavlovic, N, Gilotra, N, Lee, CS, Ndumele, C, Mammos, D, Himmelfarb, CDR, Abshire Saylor, M. (2021). Fatigue in Persons with Heart Failure: A Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Synthesis Using the Biopsychosocial Model of Health. Journal of Cardiac Failure

    LaFave, S.E., Wallace II, D.J., Grover, R., Clark, R., Marks, S., Lacanienta, C., Evans, C., Kalil, G.Z., Ouyang, P., Himmelfarb, C.R., & Abshire, M. (2021). Building a pipeline of community-engaged researchers: How interdisciplinary translational research training programs can collaborate with their Community Research Advisory Councils. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science

    Abshire, MA, Bidwell, JT, Pavlovic, N, DeGroot, L, Mammos, D, Larsen, L, Bautista, S, Davidson, PM (2021). A picture is worth a thousand words:  Exploring the roles of caregivers and the home environment of Ventricular Assist Device patients. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

    Abshire, M. A., Nolan, M. T., Dy, S. M., & Gallo, J. J. (2020). What matters when doctors die: A qualitative study of family perspectives. PloS ONE, 15(6), e0235138.

  • Awards/Honors

    2021   Martha N. Hill Early Career Investigator Award, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, AHA

    2020   Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award

    2019   Isabel Hampton Robb Faculty Fellowship

    2017   Maryland Higher Education Commission, New Nurse Faculty Fellowship, $20,000

    2016   Nursing Research Award, 2nd place, and Travel Award, HFSA

    2015-2016   Margaret Tyson Scholarship, Nurses Educational Funds

    2014-2015   President, Doctoral Student Organization, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing