Scholars

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  • Dr. Elizabeth Cohn, PhD, RN is director of the Center for Health Innovation at Adelphi University, and an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Nursing. She is deeply committed to advancing health equity for underserved, low-income urban communities. Her work focuses on increasing representation of minorities in genetic and genomic research. Dr. Cohn is also Associate Chair of Research for the Hip Hop Public Education Center, and has a federally funded academic-community partnership with the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem.

  • Alison Colbert, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., B.C.

    As a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public/Community Health, Alison M. Colbert, Associate Professor at Duquesne University, aims to improve the health of recently-incarcerated women. Her RWJF-sponsored research will focus on developing a case management intervention targeting this population.

  • Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, Ph.D., R.N., N.N.P.-B.C., F.A.A.N., assistant professor at Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, has dedicated her career to infant health, specifically high-risk infants' developmental outcomes. Dr. Darcy-Mahoney’s current research focuses on the developmental consequences of prematurity and aims to reduce health and educational disparities for groups disproportionately affected by preterm births.

  • Maja Djukic, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor at New York University College of Nursing. Her research interests focus on exploring personal and organizational factors associated with the implementation of evidence-based nurse work environment improvement strategies. As an RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar, Djukic hopes to make important contributions to the inter-professional field of implementation science.  

  • Jennifer Doering, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and master’s and doctorate from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Dr. Doering studies how sleep deprivation affects depression in socioeconomically disadvantaged women after childbirth.

  • Alexa Doig, Nurse Faculty Scholar 2011 Cohort

    Alexa Doig, Ph.D., R.N., hopes to develop a human factors training intervention for nurses to acquire the cognitive skills necessary for managing work interruptions. Dr. Doig currently teaches courses in anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology at the University of Utah College of Nursing.

  • Dr. Eldeirawi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing and an affiliate professor at the School of Public Health. His interdisciplinary research focuses on individual and neighborhood factors associated with asthma and respiratory conditions in vulnerable populations.  Dr. Eldeirawi has published regarding asthma and diabetes in multi-ethnic populations.

  • Jill Esquivel, Nurse Faculty Scholar 2011 Cohort

    Jill H. Esquivel, Ph.D., R.N., N.P., is working to develop a culturally appropriate intervention to improve self-care and knowledge of Heart Failure in Hispanic patients. She believes this intervention, created specifically for Hispanics, will reduce the risk of re-hospitalization in Heart Failure patients.

  • While working as a Nurse Practitioner caring for individuals with dementia, LuAnn Etcher, PhD, GNP observed the negative impact that temporally patterned behaviors can have on the quality of life of those with dementia and their caregivers. As a result of this experience, Dr. Etcher became interested in finding ways to specifically detect and manage circadian based systems associated with Dementia. Dr. Etcher teaches graduate and doctoral level students an Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Nursing.

  • Jason Farley, PhD, MPH, CRNP is an Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. His research focuses on HIV and epidemiology, prevention and management of associated drug resistant co-infections such as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and multi-drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. For his research project, Dr. Farley will conduct a randomized controlled trial of persons living with HIV who are colonized with MRSA bacteria. His ultimate goal is to inform practice among patients living with HIV.