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  • Dr. Johnson-Mallard is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of South Florida. Her primary research interest is in the development of web-based interventions that enhance knowledge and decrease risky sexual behavior among young adults. Her research goal is to serve as a model for other researchers and health care providers to teach safer-sex strategies acceptable among culturally diverse young adults.

  • Motivated by a vision of reducing cardiometabolic disparities in American Indian women, their families and communities, Emily J. Jones, Ph.D., R.N.C.-O.B., Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston, is focusing on diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention in regionally diverse American Indian communities by culturally tailoring lifestyle interventions for childbearing women with previous gestational diabetes. 

  • Dr. Randy Jones is an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. His research interests include prostate cancer, health disparities, and treatment decision making. He aims to conduct cancer research that helps provide the oncology community with innovative and effective ways to increase prostate cancer awareness and informed decision making.

  • Tsui Sui Kao, Nurse Faculty Scholar 2011 Cohort

    Dr Tsui Sui Kao of the University of Toledo aspires to translate her research with adolescents and their parents to develop strategies to promote positive parent-child interactions, thus bridging the health disparities gap created by socioeconomic inequality and inadequate understanding of diverse adolescents’ behaviors. Read more about Dr. Kao’s research on the family collective efficacy and her role as an academic nursing by clicking here.

  • Maria Katapodi, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. came to United States as a Fulbright Scholar to pursue graduate studies in nursing.  Her research integrates oncology genomics, decision-making, and family communication.  She aspires to use her program of research and her expertise in meta-analysis, to facilitate the translation of genomics into evidence-based nursing practice.





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    Robin Knobel, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN is an Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor at University of South Carolina College of Nursing. After completing her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Nevada, she practiced as a neonatal nurse for 13 years and then completed an MSN from East Carolina University as a neonatal nurse practitioner. 

  • Mary Dawn Koenig, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.M. is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Koenig’s program of research focuses on the iron regulatory hormone hepcidin and maternal absorption and transfer of iron across the placenta in pregnancy; she is specifically investigating the biological mechanisms that link maternal obesity to lower infant iron status. 

  • Dr. Kostas-Polston's research goals include developing tools for the detection of persistent Human Papillomavirus infection of the oropharynx as well as identifying strategies which may be used to inhibit the oncogenic activity of high-risk HPV genotypes.

  • Dr. Kuntz is an Associate Professor at Montana State University College of Nursing. She is a community/public health clinical nurse specialist with a research focus in environmental health, health disparities, and community-based participatory approaches in rural and Native American communities and is particularly interested in recruiting Native American men and women to nursing education and research.

  • Timothy Landers, PhD, RN, CNP, FAAN is an Associate Professor in the Ohio State University College of Nursing. His research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of antibiotic-resistant infections. For his RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar research project, Dr. Landers is investigating the five most common bacteria causing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) to see if improving hand hygiene reduces these bacteria.