Maichou Lor, PhD, RN

Position title: Assistant Professor


Phone: 608-265-4248

4117 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Nursing, 2017
MS, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Nursing, 2012
BS, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Nursing, 2011

Dr. Lor’s overall research program aims to reduce health disparities by improving symptom management and quality of life for patients with communication challenges, particularly those with limited English proficiency (LEP). Her research focuses on (1) exploring the influence of cultural, language, and historical factors on communication as well as other conditions that might influence patients’ ability to communicate and (2) designing and testing culturally and linguistically innovative health assessment approaches for LEP patients using applied informatics.

Research focus areas

Health Equity

  • Language and interpreting access
  • Health literacy
  • Improvement data collection for research in underrepresented communities
  • Development of culturally and linguistically appropriate health interventions
  • Hmong health

Symptom Science and Palliative Care

  • Doctor-patient pain communication
  • Pain
  • Pain assessment
  • Biological, psychological, and social factors that impact pain reporting

Aging and Care for Older Adults

  • Health interventions involving family caregivers to support older adults
  • Hearing loss among minority older adults

Aging and Care for Older Adults      Health Equity      Health Systems and Public Health      Symptom Science and Palliative Care