Scholars

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  • Jodi Ford, Ph.D., R.N. is an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Her research focuses on population health, specifically the mechanisms through which contextual disadvantage contributes to health and health disparities among adolescents and young adults in the U.S. and globally. Dr. Ford teaches courses on the social determinants of health and quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

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    Terrah L. Foster Akard, Ph.D., R.N. would like to decrease suffering and enhance life for children undergoing palliative care. Her current research involves developing a legacy-making intervention which will be used to test the effects on suffering in children with cancer who have a poor prognosis and their parent caregivers.

  • Motivated by a desire to become a nurse leader in developing peer-support, health literacy-based interventions that address health disparities in older adults living with HIV, Ann Gakumo, Ph.D., R.N., Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, is conducting research on the acceptability and feasibility of an intervention entitled, Managing Health Outcomes by Interventions in Literacy Effectiveness (MOBILE). 

  • Dr. Galik is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Her research interest is in developing and testing interventions to improve functional performance, physical activity, and quality of life among older adults with dementia. She also teaches in the adult and geriatric nurse practitioner program, and maintains a clinical practice focused on dementia symptom management.

  • Dr. Matthew Gallek’s research focuses on cerebral vasospasm, which is a devastating complication following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, a type of stroke caused when a cerebral aneurysm ruptures and causes bleeding in and around the brain. He is interested in functional outcomes following subarachnoid hemorrhage and ischemic stroke. Dr. Gallek’s long term goal is to identify patients at high risk for developing cerebral vasospasm, in order to facilitate more aggressive treatment.

  • Dr. Gates is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at San Diego State University. His research interests include the nursing workforce, workplace diversity, and the utilization of technology in nursing education. He is particularly interested in the link between the supplemental nursing workforce and outcomes of care. He has current work underway that examines nurse labor market behaviors, nurse migration, and nursing employment trends.

  • Sheila Gephart, Ph.D., R.N., Assistant Professor at University of Arizona College of Nursing and longtime neonatal nurse, is passionate about preventing and improving early detection of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) among premature infants using implementation and informatics science. Dr. Gephart’s current research is testing computerized clinical decision support to optimize NEC prevention and early recognition in neonatal intensive care. 

  • Gordon Gillespie, PhD, RN, FAEN is an Associate Professor in the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing where he studies the stressors and stress response of emergency department workers. He plans on using the information from his research project to develop an intervention that promotes the resilience and psychological health of victimized workers. Click here to read more about Dr. Gillespie’s research in workplace violence.

  • Cheryl Giscombé, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Her research focuses on how the social and cultural context of African American women’s lives influences stress-related obesity and diabetes risk. Dr. Giscombé previously developed a conceptual framework called Superwoman Schema (SWS), which suggests that obligations to present an image of strength, to suppress emotions, and to prioritize caregiving over self-care may influence health disparities in African American women.

  • Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, Nurse Faculty Scholar 2011 Cohort

    Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, Ph.D., R.N., M.P.H., C.P.H., is developing a culturally specific Teen Dating Violence prevention intervention, which consists of strategies directed towards the student, their parents and the school. Ultimately, she hopes that this project will be implemented in high schools throughout the world. Click here for more information on Dr. Gonzalez Guarda’s research on violence prevention.