Pallav Deka

Pallav Deka

Assistant Professor


SF SEC 111

Phone: (605) 357-1547



Dr. Deka is a native of India and came to the US in 2007 to pursue a MS degree in Exercise Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. While in India, Dr Deka professionally played badminton and had won many state, regional and national level tournaments. After completion of his masters, he joined the BSN program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and graduated in 2012. Dr. Deka pursed a dual degree program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and graduated with his PhD and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification in 2016. His dissertation was funded by the MNRS/CANS dissertation grant in 2016. Dr. Deka also worked as a cardiac nurse at Nebraska Medicine for 4 years.

Teaching Interests:

Dr. Deka currently teaches graduate courses in the School of Health Sciences PhD program and undergraduate courses in the Department of Nursing. The nursing courses he teaches includes Research and Evidence Based Practice and courses that integrate physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, health assessment, diagnosis, nursing intervention and management. He is actively involved with teaching the simulation and seminar courses and has taught both in-class and online courses.

Research Interests:

My research interest lies with investigating the physiological effects of sports and exercise. I have significant interest in investigating models, specifically with the use of technology, in their effectiveness in bringing about behavioral changes. My research looks at using technology to deliver social support to improve adherence to exercise in the cardiac population. I am also interested in developing and investigating inter-professional collaborative efforts to deliver health promoting behaviors throughout the lifespan.


  • Ph D, Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2016
  • BS, Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2012
  • MS, Exercise Science, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2010
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management, Human Resource Management, All India Management Association-Center for Management Education, 2005
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Management, Gauhati University, 2001

Licensures and Certifications:

  • Adult Gerentology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Basic Life Support, American Heart Association
  • Registerred Nurse, South Dakota Board of Nursing
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support, American Heart Association


  • Use of the internet to deliver a synchronized face-to-face video yoga breathing intervention in adolescents with asthma: A pilot study. Grant Role: Principal. (2018 - 2019)
  • Move-HF: An internet-based pilot study to improve adherence to exercise in heart failure, Midwest Nursing Research Society/Center for Advancement of Nursing Science. (2016 - 2017)
  • Pyhsiological responses of recreational badminton match play, University Committee on Research and Creative Activity, University of Nebraska at Omaha. (2009 - 2010)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Deka, P., Pozehl, B., Norman, J., and Khazanchi, D. Feasibility of using the Fitbit Charge HR in validating self-reported exercise diaries in a community setting in patients with heart failure. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing , 2018. (DOI:
  • Pozehl, B., McGuire, R., Hertzog, M., Deka, P., Norman, J., Nancy, A., Saval, M., and Keteyian, S. Accelerometer-Measured Daily Activity Levels in Patients with Heart Failure.. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing , 2018. (DOI:
  • Deka, P., and Samra, H. A.. Estimates for Response Time (Chute Time) For South Dakota Emergency Medical Services.. South Dakota Emergency Medical Services, 2018.
  • Deka, Pallav. Grief, Stress, Burnout in Nursing and Teachings of the Buddha., 26-28. Vol. 16, Iss. 1. Dakota Nurse Connection, official magazine of the South Dakota and North Dakota Board of Nursing.{"issue_id":470047,"page":26}, 2018.
  • Deka, P., Berg, K., Harder, J., Batelaan, H., and McGrath, M. Oxygen cost and physiological responses of recreational badminton match play, 760-765. Vol. 57, Iss. 6. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 2017. (DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.16.06319-2)
  • Bhuyan, S., Shiyanbola, O., Kedia, S., Chandak, K., Wang, Y., Ishehunwa, O., Annunobi, N., Ebuneyi, I., Deka, P., Ahn, S., and Chang, C. Does Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence among Patients with a Cardiovascular Disease Depend on Gender? Evidence from a Nationally Representative Sample, 108-115. Vol. 27, Iss. 1. Women's Health Issues, 2017. (DOI:
  • Deka, P., Pozehl, B., Williams, M., and Yates, B. Adherence to recommended exercise guidelines in patients with heart failure., 41-53. Vol. 22, Iss. 1. Heart Failure Reviews, 2017. (DOI: 10.1007/s10741-016-9584-1)
  • Yates, B., Pozehl, B., Kupzyk, K., Epstein, C., and Deka, P. Are Heart Failure and Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Patients Meeting Physical Activity Guidelines?, 119-124. Vol. 42, Iss. 3. Rehabilitation Nursing, 2015. (DOI: 10.1002/rnj.257)
  • Hanson, N., Berg, K., Deka, P., and Ryan, C. Oxygen Cost of Running Barefoot versus Running Shod, 401-406. Vol. 32, Iss. 6. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 2011. (DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1265203)
  • Radovic, M., Chen, S. J., Hanson, N., and Deka, P.. Validation of an Instrumented Handrail, S420. Vol. 41, Iss. S1. Journal of Biomechanics, 2008.

Awards and Honors:

  • 2018 USD Nursing Excellece in Teaching Nomination, 2018
  • 2018 Belbas Larson Excellece in Teaching Award Nomination, University of South Dakota, 2018
  • 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society Health Promoting Behavior Across the Lifespan Research Interest Group, 2017
  • 2017 Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for best manuscript of the year, Women's Health Issues Journal Editorial Board, Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, George Washington University., 2017
  • 2017 Outstanding Research Poster, Sanford Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice Conference, 2017
  • 2017 USD Nursing Excellece in Teaching Nomination, 2017