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  • Katie Adamson, Ph.D., R.N., Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma, aims to help to identify the most effective and efficient ways to prepare the next generation of health care professionals for practice. Dr. Adamson’s experience as a nurse in the U.S. Navy helped shape her passion for and interest in investigating the most effective teaching strategies. Her research builds upon her previous work to compare learning outcomes and costs associated with two high-technology, experiential learning activities. 

  •  “Unless a man undertakes more than he can possibly do, he will never be able to do all he can.” That Haile Sellasie quote motivates Angela Amar, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. as she conducts research that explores the individual, interpersonal, institutional and community-level factors that affect whether college-age women will report and/or seek help after experiencing intimate partner violence. Read more about Dr. Amar’s work and her commitment to scholarship, teaching and service at Emory University.

  • Cindy Anderson, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. is conducting research to identify the nutritional determinants and vascular mechanisms underlying the development of preeclampsia, a cardiovascular condition which affects more than 300,000 women in the United States each year.  Read more about Dr. Anderson and her role as a nurse-physiologist, researcher, and educator at Ohio State University.

  • While working as a school nurse in Camden, New Jersey, Bob Atkins, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. was struck by the number of children and adolescents who had nothing constructive to do after school. That led Dr. Atkins to found the STARR Program, a non-profit youth development agency, and to conduct nursing research designed to improve the life chances of children and youth living in high-poverty, urban neighborhoods. Learn more about Dr. Atkins’ work at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey>>


  • Adejoke Ayoola, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing at Calvin College. The goal of her RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar research project is to find effective ways to educate low-income women at risk of unplanned pregnancy about reproductive changes related to their menstrual cycle.

  • Taura Barr, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor in the West Virginia University School of Nursing and Prevention Research Center. Her program of research is centered on the use of genomic methodologies to identify biomarkers of cardiovascular disease, understand their relationship with post-stroke inflammation and immunity, and define the contributing environmental factors related to health disparity in underserved populations.  
  • Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, Ph.D., R.N.-B.C., F.N.P.-B.C., F.A.A.N. is an Assistant Professor at Duke University School of Nursing and a Geriatric Nurse/ Family Nurse Practitioner. Motivated by her passion for gerontological nursing, Dr. Batchelor-Murphy’s research addresses mealtime difficulties for persons with dementia in nursing homes. She aims to develop a dementia feeding skills training program for nursing home staff with a goal of ultimately improving patients’ nutritional outcomes.

  • Anna Beeber, Nurse Faculty Scholar 2011 Cohort

    Anna Beeber, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Her research focuses on improving the quality of care for older adults residing in long-term care settings. Dr. Beeber currently teaches clinical care of older adults to MSN students.

  • Assistant Professor

    How state and local public health systems can be most effective in eliminating health disparities is of keen interest to Betty Bekemeier, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N. of the University of Washington. Dr. Bekemeier is also actively engaged in translational reserach with the national system of Public Health Practice-based Research Networks.

  • Jennifer Bellot, Nurse Faculty Scholar 2011 Cohort

    Jennifer Bellot, Ph.D., R.N., M.H.S.A., is an Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Bellot’s passion for policy and health equity helped shape her RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars research project, which focuses on the integration of Medicare and Nurse Managed Centers.