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  • Dr. Roberson is an Associate Professor, East Carolina University College of Nursing in Greenville, NC. Her research focuses on determining efficacious educational interventions to reduce HIV risk for female prisoners. In addition to her research interests, Roberson is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, practicing at the ECU Student Health Center, and enjoys teaching both undergraduate and graduate nursing students.

  • Dr. Ruppar is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and Associate Director of the Meta-Analysis Research Center the University of Missouri School of Nursing. His research addresses antihypertensive medication adherence in underrepresented populations, who have disproportionately high rates of hypertension-related morbidity and mortality. Dr. Ruppar has published regarding medication adherence, behavior, and health outcomes.

  • Dr. Sadak is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing.  As a dementia patient advocate, her research focuses on promoting dementia caregiver activation, a process where caregivers manage the needs of a loved one while caring for themselves. Dr. Sadak has published regarding treatment of men with depression and dementia.

  • Teresa Sakraida, Ph.D., R.N., believes that nursing professionals can lead the way to innovation in health systems by creating a wider array of evidence-based interventions to foster self-management behavior. Dr. Sakraida of the of the Florida Atlantic University is testing the potential effectiveness of a behavioral-education and counseling intervention (SMaRT) to promote self-management in patients with kidney disease and type 2 diabetes. Read more about her studies>>

  • Dr. Schiavenato is an Associate Professor at Washington State University College of Nursing. His primary research focus is pediatric pain, particularly the application of technology to pain assessment. His research is focused on identifying behavioral and physiologic pain signs. His current project involves the design and development of an ambient orb that can detect and convey pain in premature infants.

  • Elena Siegel, Nurse Faculty Scholar 2011 Cohort

    Elena Siegel, Ph.D., R.N., has a background in business and finance and is applying this knowledge to her research in care systems management and gerontology. She hopes that her research will maximize organizational and workforce capacity to deliver high quality, cost-effective long term care for older Americans. Dr. Siegel is an Assistant Professor and founding faculty member at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

  • Sarah Szanton, Nurse Faculty Scholar 2011 Cohort

    Sarah Szanton, Ph.D., C.R.N.P., Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University, saw first-hand the psychological stress of living in resource-poor neighborhoods while working as a nurse practitioner at community health sites serving the poor and underserved in Baltimore and Washington, DC. It was there that she found her passion for research -- to discover what was known and what we could do to alter the trajectory of these adults so that they could “age in place” successfully.

  • “I hope my work will contribute to improved systems of care and patient outcomes through timely, effective, and appropriate delivery of care.” AkkeNeel Talsma, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Assistant Professor of Nursing and Research Investigator, at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor believes that micro-systems, essentially nursing care, significant improve the quality and safety of patient care. Learn more about Dr. Talsma’s research >>

  • Jacquelyn Taylor, Ph.D., R.N., P.N.P.-B.C., F.A.A.N. is working to reduce health disparities and improve quality of life among patients at risk for high blood pressure by identifying gene-environment factors and developing nursing interventions to reduce the onset, development and severity of hypertension among African Americans. Read more about the work of this Associate Professor at the Yale University School of Nursing>>

  • Dr. Taylor-Piliae is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Arizona. As an American Heart Association National Scientist Development Grant recipient, her research interest is to increase physical activity among cardiovascular disease populations by implementing innovative physical activity interventions, to reduce the negative impact of associated disabilities, improve physical functioning and quality of life.