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Emily Jones, PhD, RNC-OB of the University of Massachusetts Boston Named One of Just 12 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars for 2014

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September 30, 2014                                                                      202/371-1999



Emily Jones of the University of Massachusetts Boston Named One of Just 12

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars for 2014


Researcher Studying Cardiometabolic Health Promotion in American Indian Women with Prior Gestational Diabetes Selected for Competitive Program Designed to

Advance the Careers of Talented Junior Nurse Faculty


Emily Jones, PhD, RNC-OB, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, is one of just 12 nursing educators from across the country to win a prestigious grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholars program this year. The Nurse Faculty Scholar award is given to junior nurse faculty who show strong promise as future leaders in academic nursing. In conjunction with the selection, Jones will receive a three-year, $350,000 award to promote her academic career and support her research.

“This award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides a remarkable opportunity for me to build on previous work and move toward developing a cardiometabolic risk-reducing lifestyle intervention generalizable to American Indian women with prior gestational diabetes,” Jones said. “It is an incredible honor to be part of the final cohort of Nurse Faculty Scholars as the RWJF shifts focus toward building a culture of health for all Americans, including the most marginalized and underserved.” As a Nurse Faculty Scholar, Jones will be mentored by Margaret Moss, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN, of Yale University and Rosanna DeMarco, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, APHN-BC, FAAN, and Richard Fleming, PhD, of the University of Massachusetts Boston.

“Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease can be prevented or modified through lifestyle behavioral change,” Jones added. “Yet American Indians continue to suffer disproportionately from these diseases. With type 2 diabetes rates on the rise in young American Indians, early intervention in childbearing women with prior gestational diabetes is essential. This trend could be reversed with effective community translation of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention programs, but there are many challenges to implementing these programs. Enhanced strategies are needed among American Indian women who report low self-efficacy or family support.”

For her research project, Jones will partner with two regionally diverse tribal communities to examine individual, interpersonal and sociocultural influences on American Indian women’s lifestyle behaviors following gestational diabetes to inform the development of a postpartum lifestyle intervention, tailored for local culture and recent motherhood. In this study, she and her interdisciplinary team will test the intervention’s feasibility and acceptability to understand the best approach to reduce cardiometabolic risk in American Indian women with previous gestational diabetes.

“Translating diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention to these primary stewards of family health is critical to efforts to eliminate cardiometabolic disparities in American Indian families and communities across the nation,” Jones added. “Ultimately, I hope this research empowers women to pursue choices that lead to healthy lives for themselves, their families, and communities.”

The RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars program strengthens the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by developing the next generation of leaders in academic nursing. Jones is part of the program’s seventh and final cohort. Supporting junior nurse faculty will help curb a shortage of nurse educators that could undermine the health and health care of all Americans. The Affordable Care Act is vastly increasing the number of people with health coverage in the United States. As the number of patients grows, the demand for skilled nurses is rising as is the need for nurse faculty to educate them. 


Right now, many schools of nursing are turning away qualified applicants because they do not have the faculty to teach them. The RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars program is helping more junior faculty succeed in, and commit to, academic careers. The program also enhances the stature of the scholars’ academic institutions, which will benefit fellow nurse educators seeking professional development opportunities.


To receive the award, scholars must be registered nurses who have completed a research doctorate in nursing or a related discipline and who have held a tenure-eligible faculty position at an accredited nursing school for at least two years and no more than five years.


The 2014 cohort of RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars includes:


  • Katie Adamson, PhD, RN, University of Washington Tacoma. Her research compares learning outcomes and costs associated with two high-technology, experiential student learning activities: Manikin-based simulation and Virtual simulation.


  • Melissa Batchelor-Aselage, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC, Duke University. She is currently developing a dementia feeding skills training program based on adaptive algorithms to teach nursing home staff how to best respond to feeding behaviors when assisting persons with dementia during mealtimes so as to improve nutritional outcomes.


  • Felesia Bowen, PhD, RN, Rutgers University. Her research will determine if bringing comprehensive, team based, asthma specialty care to school based clinics improves the health outcomes of urban children with higher asthma morbidity and high health care utilization due to uncontrolled asthma.


  • Abraham A. Brody, PhD, RN, New York University. His research project explores how to improve the care and health of older adults with dementia and their family caregivers through an interprofessional evidence based practice intervention delivered by home healthcare teams.


  • Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, PhD, RN, Emory University. She explores the advantages of bilingualism and its promotion of neuroplasticity in preterm infants by explicating the relationships between biological characteristics and the response to early environmental factors in high risk newborns in an effort to reduce health and educational disparities for groups disproportionately affected by preterm births.


  • C. Ann Gakumo, PhD, RN, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research evaluates MOBILE (Managing Health Outcomes by Interventions in Literacy and Effectiveness), a peer support and text/graphic messaging intervention to promote HIV and comorbid medication adherence in low-literate, older African Americans with HIV.


  • Mary Dawn Koenig, PhD, RN, CNM, University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research examines maternal and fetal iron bioavailability in obese and lean mother-infant pairs through an innovative approach using two naturally occurring iron isotopes.


  • Sheila M. Gephart, PhD, RN, The University of Arizona. Her research goal is to fit computerized clinical decision support to clinician workflow to support consistent delivery of a multifaceted intervention called “NEC-Zero” to prevent and improve early recognition of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants. 


  • Ronald L. Hickman, Jr., PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, Case Western Reserve University. His research examines a dual process model for surrogate decision making in the intensive care unit. 


  • Karen E. Johnson, PhD, RN, The University of Texas at Austin. She seeks to assess health-risk behaviors and protective factors among alternative high school (AHS) students and school health policies in AHSs by modifying and administering two surveys in order to establish a statewide public health surveillance system for AHSs, and to develop strengths-based health promotion interventions for this high-risk, diverse, and underserved population at-risk for school dropout.


  • Emily J. Jones, PhD, RNC-OB, University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research program is designed to contribute to and advance the science focused on reducing cardiometabolic disparities in American Indian women, their families, and communities.


  • Jennifer Mallow, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, West Virginia University, School of Nursing. Her research evaluates the feasibility, acceptability, and patient outcomes of an empirically developed, HIPPA compliant, web based, system of mHealth sensors and mobile devices.


The Nurse Faculty Scholars also support the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, which is engaging nurses and nurse champions in a nationwide effort to improve health care by implementing recommendations from the groundbreaking Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The Campaign for Action is backed by RWJF and AARP, and has Action Coalitions working in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Nurse Faculty Scholars program is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered through the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. It is directed by Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, who is the Anna D. Wolf chair and professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

To learn more about the program, visit


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