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Zorica Kauric-Klein, PhD, RN

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Associate Professor 
2033 Human Health Building 
Phone: (519) 990-0063
[email protected]

Dr. Kauric-Klein has been a faculty member since Fall 2017.  Her program of research focuses on improving blood pressure control in the hypertensive hemodialysis population.   Her research has focused on prevention of cardiovascular risk and interventions to improve adherence to self-care behaviors related to blood pressure control in this population. She was the Principal Investigator for her dissertation research which focused on improving blood pressure control in patients on  through a self-regulation intervention which included patients from six hemodialysis units across metropolitan Detroit. Dr. Kauric-Klein is currently researching the effect of sodium knowledge on blood pressure control.  She plans to investigate the effects of an education self-regulation intervention to decrease sodium consumption in a chronic hemodialysis population and further investigate the effect on blood pressure control. In addition, she is collaborating with Dr. Judi Fouladbakhsh to examine the effect of yoga therapy on hypertension in a chronic kidney disease population with uncontrolled hypertension.  


  • PhD in Nursing – Wayne State University
  • MSN – Adult Primary Care– Wayne State University
  • BSN – University of Windsor

Research Area Interests

  • Hypertension
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hemodialysis
  • Interventions to Promote Adherence with Self-Care Behaviors
  • Health Promotion Behaviors to Decrease Cardiovascular Risk


  • Grants
    • March 2008 - June 2010: Principal Investigator – American Nephrology Nurse’s Association (ANNA) Evidenced Based Practice Grant for dissertation research – Improving BP Control in End-Stage Renal Disease, Award Amount: $5000.
    • September 2005 – September 2006: Principal Investigator - Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan Student Award Program Pilot Project - Improving Blood Pressure Control in End–Stage Renal Disease, Award Amount - $2500.
  • Publications
  • Kauric-Klein, Z. (2018). Effect of yoga on physical and psychological outcomes in patients on chronic hemodialysis. Complementary therapies in clinical practice.
  • Kauric-Klein. Z. (2017). Depression and Medication Adherence in Patients on Hemodialysis. Current hypertension reviews.
  • Kauric-Klein, Z. (2017). Renal Consult: Bariatric surgery for chronic kidney disease. Clinician Reviews, 27(7), 12.
  • Kauric-Klein, Z. (2017). Pulmonary Hypertension. In S. M. Bodin (Ed.), Contemporary Nephrology Nursing (3rd ed., pp. 527-535). Pitman, NJ: American Nephrology Nurses Association.
  • Kauric-Klein, Z., Peters, R. M. & Yarandi, H. N. (2016). Self-efficacy and blood pressure self-care behavior in patients on chronic hemodialysis. Western Journal of Nursing, 1-20. doi: 10.1177/019394591.
  • Kauric-Klein, Z. (2015). Understanding Hypertension in Patients on Hemodialysis. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 42(1), 69.
  • Kauric-Klein, Z. (2013). Predictors of nonadherence with blood pressure regimens in hemodialysis. Patient preference and adherence, 7, 973.
  • Kauric-Klein, Z. (2013). Factors affecting blood pressure control in hemodialysis. Journal of Hypertension, 2(2), 1-4.
  • Kauric-Klein, Z. (2012). Blood pressure knowledge in hypertensive hemodialysis patients. Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists Journal, 22(4), 18-22.
  • Kauric-Klein, Z. (2012). Calciphylaxis: A case study. Nephrology Nursing Journal: Journal of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association, 39(5), 406-408.
  • Kauric-Klein, Z. (2012). Improving Blood Pressure Control Through a Supportive Educative Nursing Intervention. Nephrology Nursing Journal: Journal of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association, 39(3), 217-228.
  • Kauric-Klein, Z., & Artinian, N. T. (2007). Improving blood pressure control in hypertensive hemodialysis patients. Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists Journal, 17(4), 24-29.

Professional Affiliations

  • National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
  • College of Nurses of Ontario
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 364-8733

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