Ha Do Byon (first name: Ha Do) is a nurse educator and scientist with a passion for teaching biostatistics, epidemiology, and community health nursing. In his research, Ha Do examines workplace violence in healthcare settings, specifically Type II (customer-to-worker) violence in home health care, with the goal of preventing and reducing its occurrence.

Ha Do worked as a home-visiting community health nurse for low-income elderly residents in Harlem, New York City. His experiences there, walking through East and Central Harlem, visiting public housing apartments, and caring for the frail and disabled, have deeply influenced his research and clinical practice. Witnessing the challenges faced by caregivers, including unsafe work environments, exposure to abuse, and chronic lack of resources, inspired his scholarship aimed at improving the safety and health of care providers in the community.

Ha Do earned his PhD from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. He transitioned to nursing as a second career after completing his bachelor's degree in business administration and working in human resources management.

Research Focus

Workplace violence prevention and reporting in the health care settings; occupational health and safety of vulnerable worker groups; home health nursing.

Recent Grants

  • Evaluating the statistics admission requirement for the DNP Program. Principal Investigator, Margaret G. Tyson Innovative Teaching Award (2/1/2023 - 1/31/2024)
  • Identifying documentation of workplace violence towards home healthcare nurses in clinical notes: a text mining study. Principal Investigator, Eugenie and Joseph Doyle Research Partnership Fund (9/1/2020 - 8/31/2021)
  • Federation of Virginia Food Banks Healthy Food Pantry Evaluation. Co-investigator, Federation of Virginia Food Banks (10/01/2019 - 4/30/2022)
  • Understanding infectious disease among home healthcare patients with drug abuse history. Principal Investigator, University of Virginia (Oct. 2018 - Dec. 2019)
  • Examining poor sleep quality, fatigue, and work longevity in older adult US workers: A 5-year longitudinal study from a nationally representative sample. Co-investigator, American Nurses Foundation (9/1/2018 - 8/31/2019)
  • Understanding Type II workplace violence underreporting among home healthcare nurses. Principal Investigator, Oscar and Ruth Lanford Research Award (7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019)
  • Traumatic occupational injuries in the United States: A study from a national sample. Principal Investigator, Jeanette Lancaster Endowment Fund (7/1/2017 – 6/30/2018) 
  • Exploring an association between patient violence toward direct care workers in the home setting and their family-like relationship: a latent class analysis. Principal Investigator. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, PI Chapter (8/1/2015 – 7/31/2016)

Clinical Focus

Home health nursing; community/public health nursing; occupational health nursing

Teaching Focus

Biostatistics, epidemiology, community/public health nursing, quality & safety in healthcare systems


  • Editorial Board member, Workplace Health & Safety (2021-present)
  • Editorial Board member, Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal (2020-present)
  • Member, Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association (2016-present)


Advance Online Publications

Kutcher, A. M., Byon, H., & Esquivel, J. H. (2023). Depression, anxiety, and resilience: The association of emotions with self-care in patients with heart failure. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Advance online publication.

Journal Articles

Byon, H., Harris, C., Crandall, M., Song, J., & Topaz, M. (2023). Identifying type II workplace violence from clinical notes using natural language processing. Workplace Health & Safety, 71(10), 484-490.

Dreisbach, C., Wright, M. L., Walker, R. K., Byon, H., & Keim-Malpass, J. (2022). Nursing science as a federally-recognized STEM degree: A call to action for the United States with global implications. International Journal of Nursing Studies Advances, 4, 0.

Howie-Esquivel, J., Byon, H., Lewis, C., Travis, A., & Cavanagh, C. (2022). Quality of work-life among advanced practice nurses who manage care for patients with heart failure: The effect of resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic. Heart & Lung, 55, 34-41.

Yang, G. S., Starkweather, A. R., Kelly, D. L., Meegan, T., Byon, H. D., & Lyon, D. E. (2022). Longitudinal analysis of sleep disturbance in breast cancer survivors. Nursing Research, 71(3), 177-188.

Byon, H., Ahn, S., LeBaron, V., Yan, G., Grider, R., & Crandall, M. (2022). Demonstration of an analytic process using home health care electronic health records: A case example exploring the prevalence of patients with a substance use history and a venous access device. Home Health Care Management & Practice, 34(1), 35-41.

Byon, H., Sagherian, K., Kim, Y., Lipscomb, J., Crandall, M., & Steege, L. (2022). Nurses’ experience with type II workplace violence and underreporting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Workplace Health & Safety, 70(9), 412-420.

Crowder, J., Burnett, C., Byon, H. D., Laughon, K., Acierno, R., Yan, G., ... & Teaster, P. B. (2022). Exploration and comparison of contextual characteristics and mistreatment prevalence among older American Indian and Alaska Native Respondents: secondary analysis of the National Elder Mistreatment Study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37(3-4), 1456-1483.

Byon, H., Ahn, S., Yan G., Crandall, M., & LeBaron, V. (2021). Association of a substance use disorder with infectious diseases among adult home healthcare patients with a venous access device. Home Healthcare Now, 39(6), 320-326.

Kim, Y., Crandall, M., & Byon, H. D. (2021). Discharge communications for older patients between hospital healthcare providers and home healthcare providers: An integrative review. Home Health Care Management & Practice, 34(2), 125-132.

Sagherian, K., Byon, H. D., Zhu, S., & Rose, K. (2021). Insomnia symptoms, fatigue, and future job exit in American older adults [Letter to the editor]. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 64, 222-223.

Sagherian, K., Rose, K., Zhu, S., & Byon, H. (2021). Productive activities but not paid work relate to well-being in older adults. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 14(1), 24-32.

Sagherian, K., Byon, H., Zhu, S., & Rose, K. (2021). Insomnia symptoms, fatigue, and future job exit in American older adults. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 64(2), 127-136.

Beaird, G., Baernholdt, M., Byon, H. D., & White, K. R. (2021). Interprofessional rounding design features and associations with collaboration and team effectiveness. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 35(3), 343-351.

Lee., M., Ryoo, J., Crowder, J., Byon, H., & Williams, I. (2020). A systematic review and meta-analysis on effective interventions for health-related quality of life among caregivers of people with dementia. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 76(2), 475-489.

Byon, H, Liu, X., Crandall, M., & Lipscomb, J. (2020). Understanding reporting of type II workplace violence among home health care nurses. Workplace Health & Safety, 68(9), 415-421.

Byon, H., Lee, M., Choi, M., Sagherian, K., Crandall, M., & Lipscomb, J. (2020). Prevalence of type II workplace violence among home healthcare workers: A meta‐analysis. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 63(5), 442-455.

Newhouse, R., Byon, H. D., Storkman Wolf, E., & Johantgen, M. (2018). Multisite studies demonstrate positive relationship between practice environments and smoking cessation counseling evidence‐based practices. Worldviews on Evidence‐Based Nursing, 2018, 1-8.

Logan, J. G., Kim, S. S., Lee, M., Byon, H. D., & Yeo, S. (2018). Effects of static stretching exercise on lumbar flexibility and central arterial stiffness. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 33(4), 322-328.

Costa, L. L., & Byon, H. (2018). Post-hospital medication discrepancies at home: Risk ractor for 90-day return to emergency department. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 33(2), 180-186.

Byon, H., Storr, C. L., & Lipscomb, J. (2017). Latent classes of caregiver relationships with patients: Workplace violence implications. Geriatric Nursing, 38(4), 291-295.

Lee, M. C., Byon, H. D., Hinderer, K., & Alexander, C. (2017). Beliefs in advance care planning among Chinese Americans: Similarities and differences between the younger and older generations. Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal, 3(2), 83-90.

Byon, H., Zhu, S., Unick, G., Storr, C., & Lipscomb, J. (2017). Language barrier as a risk factor for injuries from patient violence among direct care workers in home settings: Findings from a US national sample. Violence and Victims, 32(5), 858-868.

Byon, H. D., Harrington, D., Storr, C. L., & Lipscomb, J. (2017). Exploring the factor structure of the job demands-resources measure with patient violence on direct care workers in the home setting. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 25(2), 257-274.

Byon, H., Storr, C., Edwards, L., & Lipscomb, J. (2016). Client history and violence on direct care workers in the home care setting. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 59(12), 1130-1135.

Park, C.S., Byon, H., Keeling, J.W., Beitsch, L.M., & Merrill, J.A. (2013). Preliminary findings from an interventional study using network analysis to support management in local health departments in Florida. Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research, 2(6), 1-6.

Columns, Editorials and Op-Eds

Byon, H. (2021, January 12). Crossing the threshold: Violence against home visiting nurses. STAT News.

Technical and Research Reports

Burnett, C., Denckla Cobb, T, Byon, H., Stoner, A. N., Kreuggeler T., Delzell, S., & Rizk, S. (2022). Healthy food pantry partnership screening and referral evaluation report. (None).