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Research and Clinical Expertise of UCLA School of Nursing Faculty Who Can Direct Dissertations

Dong Sung An, PhD, MD
Research: Research: Developing hematopoietic stem cell based gene therapy strategies for treating HIV infected patients. My research team investigates efficient introduction of proftective genes against HIV into target cells and offer protection against HIV. My research aims to bring basic science findings to the clinic.
Clinical: N/A
dan@sonnet.ucla.edu

Barbara Bates-Jensen, PhD, RN, CWOCN
Research: Pressure ulcers & wound care (screening, prevention, assessment & management), quality of care, and implementation science (translating research evidence into practice) in long term care.
Clinical: Gerontology nursing, chronic care, and wound care
bbatesjensen@sonnet.ucla.edu

Lynn Doering, DNSc, RN, FAAN 
Research: Care of patients with cardiac disease and heart transplantation and care of critically ill patients, focusing on the interface of behavior and biological outcomes, particularly inflammatory biomarkers; depression and immune dysfunction after coronary artery bypass surgery; identification of depression in cardiac patients; nurse-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy for populations with or at risk for depression
loering@sonnet.ucla.edu

Jo-Ann Eastwood, PhD, RN, CCNS, CCRN 
Research: Dr. Jo-Ann Eastwood is an Associate Professor in Health Promotion Sciences and Acute Care Nursing at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing.  She is nationally certified as a clinical nurse specialist in adult critical care and as an acute care nurse practitioner.  Her program of research encompasses the study of gender differences in ischemic heart disease (IHD) and the identification of specific biologic, diagnostic and psychosocial correlates of IHD in premenopausal women. Her research activities include the development of new knowledge regarding hormonal mechanisms that contribute to early IHD as well as the early identification of "at risk" women for subclinical or early IHD. Her current projects combine clinical and m-Health approaches to risk reduction in young, minority women.  She is the recipient of an American Heart Association Clinical Research award, in which she is a combining a community-based participatory research model with mobile health technology. Her innovative approach focuses on development of self-management skills designed to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and reduce cardiovascular risk in young Black women in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Eastwood is a Fellow of the American Heart Association's Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) and the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention. In the CVSN Council, she is chair of the Prevention Committee. In the Epidemiology and Prevention Council, she serves on the Publications Committee. Dr. Eastwood is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. She is a long-standing member of the California Association on Nurse Practitioners, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the Academy of Women's Health.
Clinical: Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult Critical Care and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Cardiovascular
jeastwoo@sonnet.ucla.edu

Leah Fitzgerald, PhD, C-FNP 
Research: Assess impact of stress on responsiveness to human disease. Dr. FitzGerald's research focuses on biobehavioral relationships related to psychological and physiological stressors, as reflected in neuroendocrine, hormonal, and inflammatory markers to better understand the basis for changes in body composition, health risk factors and various health outcomes.  Dr. FitzGerald's program of research assesses stress and physiological links in the areas of exercise as a stressor and the physiological impact of oral health prevention in vulnerable and underserved populations. 
Clinical: Family Nurse Practitioner
lfitzger@sonnet.ucla.edu

Anna Gawlinski, DNSc, RN, CS-ACNP, FAAN
Research: Research is focused on testing interventions aimed at improving outcomes in acute and critically ill patients in areas such as hemodynamic monitoring, animal assisted therapy, patient communication, and the nurses' role in the recovery of medical errors. Dr. Gawlinski has implemented an infrastructure that supports research and evidence-based practice in the Department of Nursing at UCLA Medical Center.
Clinical: Cardiovascular Acute and Critical Care
agawlins@sonnet.ucla.edu

Karen Gylys, PhD, RN
Research: Understanding early changes in Alzheimer's disease brain, specifically the mechanisms by which synapses degenerate. We study postmortem Alzheimer's tissue and transgenic mouse models of this disease, and focus on the synapse region through use of a synaptosome preparation (resealed nerve terminals). Synaptic changes are detected using flow cytometry analysis of synaptosomes; we also use conventional biochemical assays including ELISA and Westerns, and we are beginning to image synaptic regions using confocal and electron microscopy. A new collaborative project in the lab is directed at correlating plasma biomarkers with volumetric imaging in subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) with the goal of finding a blood test that will identify Alzheimer's patients early in the disease.
Clinical: Cardiac and critical care nursing
kgylys@sonnet.ucla.edu

Nalo Hamilton, PhD, APRN, BC
Research: The focus of Dr. Hamilton's research is breast cancer development. Currently, she is investing the regulatory affects of the insulin like growth factor-II (IGF-2) on gene expression in estrogen receptor negative (ER-) breast cancer cell lines and tumors.
Clinical: OB and Primary Care; Certified women's health and adult health nurse practitioner 
nhamilton@sonnet.ucla.edu

MarySue V. Heilemann, PhD, RN
Research: Dr. Heilemann's research focuses on depression among Latinas in relation to strengths (mastery, resilience, and other protective factors), motivation, and readiness to change, in the context of intergenerational cultural expectations, gender issues, trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Her expertise is qualitative methodology (Grounded Theory and Interpretive Phenomenology) but she also uses quantitative methods in research.
Clinical: Community-based health, community health nursing, and public health nursing
mheilema@ucla.edu

Felicia Schanche Hodge, DrPH
Research: Dr. Hodge's research focuses on chronic health conditions and health beliefs and behaviors among American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Indigenous populations. Dr. Hodge holds a joint faculty position in Public Health (Health Services Department), is the Director of the Center for American Indian/Indigenous Research and Education (CAIIRE), and is the Director of an NINR-funded T32 Predoctoral-Postdoctoral Vulnerable Populations Training Program.
Clinical: NA
fhodge@sonnet.ucla.edu

Angela Hudson, PhD, RN, FNP-C
Research: Dr. Hudson's research focuses on health promotion and risk reduction behaviors among at-risk youth. Her current research pertains to youth currently and formerly in foster care, homeless youth, and LGBT youth and their respective health-related issues. Another aspect of Dr. Hudson's research concerns HIV/AIDS awareness and interventions to increase HIV testing rates in all persons, irrespective of risk status. She is currently exploring primary care providers' perspectives on facilitators and barriers to HIV testing as part of standard practice in ambulatory care settings. 
Clinical: Maternity-Newborn nursing, Certified family nurse practitioner
ahudson@sonnet.ucla.edu

Boyoung Hwang, RN, PhD
Research: Care of patients with cardiac disease and their families, with emphasis on the role of family caregivers in heart failure care, the impact of caregiving on the physical and psychological health of family caregivers, and cognitive behavioral interventions for caregivers of patients with heart failure
Clinical: Cardiovascular nursing, mental health nursing
bhwang@sonnet.ucla.edu

Eufemia Jacob, PhD, RN
Research:  Dr. Jacob is interested in monitoring pain and symptom experiences, evaluating pain and symptom management strategies, and examining the effects of pain and symptoms on sleep activity patterns and on overall quality of life in children with chronic illness (cancer, sickle cell disease, persistent pain). She recently completed a study that included the use of handheld electronic devices such as smartphones as a tool for self-monitoring pain and symptoms at home, for remote monitoring of pain and symptoms by a nurse practitioner, and for facilitating communication between pediatric patients and clinicians.
Clinical: pediatric nursing, hematology/oncology nursing
ejacob@sonnet.ucla.edu

Deborah Koniak-Griffin, EdD, RN, WHCNP, FAAN 
Research: Testing of nursing interventions to reduce risk behaviors and promote the health of pregnant and parenting adolescents and their children has led to the development of three evidence-based models.  These focus on home visitation by public health nurses and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Home visitation by public health nurses was shown to decrease infant morbidity, improve maternal health outcomes and reduce repeat pregnancy rates. Young parents in two HIV preventions programs demonstrated decreased sexual risk-taking behaviors. In a recent study, overweight/obese Latino women in a lifestyle behavior intervention reported improved dietary habits and had favorable changes in waist circumference and physical activity.
Dr. Koniak-Griffin is Chair of the Health Promotion Science Section and Director of the Center for Vulnerable Populations Research.
Clinical: Maternity nursing, women's health nurse practitioner
dkoniak@sonnet.ucla.edu

Linda Searle Leach, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNL
Research: Health services and improvement science research in the quality management and patient safety domain focused on team effectiveness and interdisciplinary teams with an emphasis on nurses and physicians in acute care hospitals, primarily rapid response teams, surgical teams and nursing leadership team effectiveness. Current research involves investigating 'workarounds'-the problems RNs encounter routinely due to system defects and observation of RN workload and medication errors. Theoretical focus: Organizational behavior and leadership, systems theory, quality outcomes, human factors, safety management and error prevention. Methods include collaborative network studies, quantitative designs particularly survey research and instrument evaluation and qualitative research using grounded theory, interview, focus groups, and observation.
Research investigator UCLA Health System Patient Safety Institute.
Clinical: Nursing Administration of health care services
lleach@sonnet.ucla.edu

Eunice Lee, PhD, GNP
Research: Nursing Interventions to improve breast/cervical/colorectal cancer screening among immigrants; care of vulnerable and minority elder adults with dementia and their caregivers; depression; cross-cultural methodology
Research methods of interests - descriptive, experimental, qualitative, and mixed methods
Clinical: Gerontological nurse practitioner, geriatric-psychiatric nursing
eclee@sonnet.ucla.edu

Mary Ann Lewis, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Research: Health Services Research that focuses upon testing the effectiveness of Nursing Interventions to improve the quality of care for adults with developmental disabilities, the frail elderly, and children with chronic diseases; health promotion and disease prevention interventions for children with chronic diseases; community-based partnerships to improve the quality of care for adults and children with chronic diseases; and education interventions for health professionals.
Clinical: Family health
mlewis@sonnet.ucla.edu

Courtney H. Lyder, ND, ScD(Hon), FAAN (on leave 2014-2015)
Research: Care of vulnerable and minority elder adults. Particular emphasis on chronic care issues -- pressure ulcer prevention and management, perineal dermatitis, urinary incontinence, medication adherence, elder safety. Research methods of interests - descriptive, experimental and health services research.
Clinical: Gerontological nursing and wound, ostomy and continence nursing.
clyder@sonnet.ucla.edu

Paul M. Macey, PhD, Assistant Professor in Residence, Associate Dean for Information Technology and Innovations, Chief Innovation Officer
Research: I study the brain in people with sleep disordered breathing. I seek to help understand how the neural regulation of body functions such breathing and cardiovascular control, and of psychological factors such as depression and anxiety are affected in people with obstructive sleep apnea. Our group typically uses brain MRI scanning to look at brain structure and function, and we relate brain changes to performance on physiologic tests of blood pressure and breathing, as well as measurements of mood and cognitive capacity. As well as adults with obstructive sleep apnea, I am part of a team looking at similar questions in heart failure, and in the pediatric condition of congenital central hypoventilation syndrome. I also regularly collaborate with faculty outside UCLA on a variety of brain imaging projects.
pmacey@ucla.edu

Sally Maliski, PhD, RN 
Research:  Symptom experience and management among minority and high-risk populations of men with prostate cancer and their partners.  Developing and testing patient-driven intervention to minimize elevated cardiovascular risk associated with androgen deprivation therapy for treatment of prostate cancer and family focused intervention for communicating about prostate cancer to first degree relatives among Latinos.  Primarily qualitative methods (grounded theory) and mixed methods designs.
Clinical:  Oncology
smaliski@sonnet.ucla.edu

Janet Mentes, PhD, APRN, BC
Research: Improving the health of frail nursing home residents by focusing on common problems of acute confusion, dehydration and oral hygiene.  An additional research focus is on pain assessment and management in older adults.  Member of the Center for Advancement of Gerontological Nursing Research (AGNS) and Director of the Nurses Caring for Older Adults Young Scholar Program.
Clinical: Geropsychiatric advanced practice nurse
jmentes@sonnet.ucla.edu

Adey Nyamathi, PhD, ANP, FAAN
Research: Coping and adjustments to illness, health promotion and risk reduction with vulnerable homeless and drug-addicted adults and adolescents at risk for HIV/AIDS, TB, HBV and HCV. In Dr. Nyamathi's 28-year history of continuous RO1 NIH funding as a Principal Investigator, her randomized controlled trials with homeless adults and youth at risk for HIV/AIDS has resulted in significant behavioral change, namely, a decrease in drug use and unprotected sex with multiple partners, and improvement in psychosocial resources. Her Nurse Case-Managed program with homeless persons infected with TB and Hepatitis have demonstrated significantly greater completion with TB chemoprophylaxis and the HAV/HBV vaccine series as compared with Traditional approaches. Her research activities in India focused on women living with AIDS has resulted in significant improvements in behavioral and biologic indices and her work with parolees has resulted in significant reduction in ongoing drug use and reincarceration. She is the Co-Director of an NINR-funded Predoctoral-Postdoctoral Training Center on Health Disparities with Vulnerable Populations, Director of the Health Resource & Services Administration, and Co-Director of the Center for Vulnerable Populations Research.
Clinical Expertise: Community Health
anyamath@sonnet.ucla.edu

Carol Pavlish, PhD, RN
Research: Gender-based violence in post-conflict settings; refugee and immigrant women's health; risk of HIV infection in post-conflict settings; transcultural nursing care; social justice and social advocacy; health and human rights; narrative and community-based collaborative action research.  Additional areas of research include palliative care and end-of-life care.
Clinical: Community health nursing and acute oncology nursing care
cpavlish@sonnet.ucla.edu

Linda Phillips, PhD, RN, FAAN
Research: Family caregiving for frail elders; Care of frail elder in institutions including assisted living facilities; Strategies for improving transitional care of elders from emergency department and hospital to home; Nursing interventions to promoted functional behavior among elders with dementia; Elder abuse in homes and in institutions; Late-life domestic violence; Cross-cultural research on aging and caregiving;  Community-based research; End-of-life caregiving.
Clinical: Gerontology, long term care, community health nursing
lrphillips@sonnet.ucla.edu

Huibrie C. Pieters, PhD, D.Phil, RN
Research:  Healthcare decision-making among women is the focus of my research program and my international and domestic experiences in nursing and clinical psychology inform this work. Within this area of expertise, I am most interested in the effects of age, culture and being underserved in the process of treatment decision-making. Specifically, my past research investigated psychological factors that influence therapy decisions made by older women affected with loco-regional breast cancer. Within this domain of psycho-gero-oncology, I have published on the women's perceptions of the concept of 'cancer survivorship', accessing healthcare across the early cancer trajectory, and the multifaceted process of decision-making about treatments options.
Clinical: Psychiatric/Mental health nursing; gero-oncology
hpieters@ucla.edu

Nancy A. Pike PhD, RN, FNP-C, CPNP-AC
Research: Dr. Pike's research focus is on biobehavioral and health outcomes in children with complex congenital heart disease across the life span.  Her work specifically investigating the biological interface between clinical symptoms (cognitive impairment, depression, anxiety, and memory) and brain structure injury as it relates to quality of life and the ability for self-care with transitioning to adulthood.  
Clinical: Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiothoracic Surgery
npike@sonnet.ucla.edu

Christian K. Roberts, PhD, FACSM, CSCS
The Exercise and Metabolic Disease Research Laboratory (EMDR) investigates the efficacy and mechanisms by which exercise training and diet interventions prevent metabolic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. Our long-term goals are to investigate: 1)The efficacy and mechanisms by which novel exercise and diet interventions ameliorate disease risk; 2)The individual responses to these exercise and diet interventions; and 3) The impact of metabolic health improvement independent of obesity reversal. We have the following grants at present:1) A Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) New Investigator Award to investigate the effects of resistance training on cardiovascular risk and insulin sensitivity in smokers; 2) An NIH grant from NHLBI to investigate cardiovascular risk in Mexican Americans and the effects of lifestyle modification in this same population; and an NIH grant from NIDDK to investigate the efficacy and mechanisms by which a low-glycemic load diet and/or resistance training affects endothelial function, inflammation and glycemic variations. We recently completed a Beginning Grant-in-Aid from the American Heart Association (AHA), Western States Affiliate to investigate the effects of resistance training on cardiovascular risk. These studies incorporate the use of randomized-controlled trial study design and measurement techniques such as DXA for body composition, MRI and spectroscopy to determine visceral and organ fat, human monocyte and endothelial progenitor cell isolation and characterization, oral and intravenous glucose tolerance testing, continuous glucose monitoring, tissue biopsy analyses, ultrasound to estimate brachial artery flow-mediated dilation and echocardiography, and applanation tonometry to estimate arterial stiffness. Our laboratory website can be found at http:uclaemdr.com/
croberts@ucla.edu

Wendie Robbins, PhD, RN, FAAN
Research: Biomarkers; male reproductive toxicology; gene-gene and gene-environment interaction in complex medical conditions, for example schizophrenia, infertility; occupational, environmental, reproductive epidemiology, occupational and environmental health.
Clinical: Occupational and environmental health nursing
wrobbins@sonnet.ucla.edu

Linda Sarna, PhD, RN, FAAN
Research: Her current work involves testing distance learning methods directed at nurses to expand capacity to treat tobacco dependence. She has current projects focused on nurses and tobacco control in the Czech Republic and Poland, on behalf of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, and in the U.S. (Kentucky and Louisiana). She is the lead author on a monograph that was published by the World Health Organization on the nurses' role in reducing non-communicable diseases (cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and respiratory diseases). She also has conducted secondary analysis of smoking among healthcare providers using the Current Population Surveys. Prior work has focused on symptom recovery after lung cancer surgery and quality of life, and the impact of tobacco use on patients with cancer. She is part of work groups at the National Cancer Institute and the Joint Commission regarding documentation of clinical interventions for tobacco dependence. In 2012-2013, she was the Chair of the Academic Senate at UCLA.
Clinical: Oncology
lsarna@sonnet.ucla.edu

Mary Ann Shinnick, PhD, MN, ACNP-BC 
Research: Investigates the efficacy of human patient simulation in areas of nursing education both in the academic and hospital settings as related to patient safety. Variables studied have included knowledge gains, critical thinking, learning style, retention of skills and clinical impact. Current research is specifically focused on the clinical effect of using simulation in nurse training, including the use of eye-tracking in understanding clinical inference and decision making.
Clinical: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist; Cardiac Surgery ICU and Heart Failure Clinic

mshinnic@sonnet.ucla.edu

Sophie Sokolow, PhD, MPharm
Research: Molecular pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease with a special emphasis on calcium signaling pathways. Other research projects focus on the identification of new biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease and the role of pharmacogenomics in Alzheimer's disease progression and response to pharmacotherapy.
Clinical: Pharmacist, pharmacovigilance and pharmacosurveillance.
Sokolow lab website: http://ssokolow.bol.ucla.edu/ | email: ssokolow@sonnet.ucla.edu

Elizabeth Thomas, RN, PhD, ANP-BC, COHN-S, CNL
Research: Dr. Thomas's research focuses on type 2 diabetes in older working adults. She has conducted grounded-theory qualitative studies on diabetes self-management at work and quantitative work on type 2 diabetes, hearing loss and work-related exposures (noise and chemicals) in older Mexican Americans as well as a pilot workplace-based musculoskeletal injury prevention program. Current studies include an extension of grounded-theory qualitative studies on diabetes self-management at work, a quantitative study of self-efficacy for diabetes self-management, self-management behaviors, and work productivity in older adults and a larger cohort of the workplace-based musculoskeletal injury prevention program. Dr. Thomas has 20+ years of experience as an Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner working in high technology industries meeting the health, safety, and ergonomic needs of employees. She has designed, implemented, and managed numerous occupational health programs, including award winning workers' compensation and ergonomics programs. She has extensive experience as a team member and team leader in Total Quality Management initiatives.
ethomas@sonnet.ucla.edu

Dorothy J. Wiley, PhD, RN
Research:  Research interests relate to HPV infection across the lifespan: in children (juvenile laryngeal papillomatosis), adolescents and young adults (HPV infections, genital warts) and middle- to older-adults (cancers and dysplasias).  These topics include sexual health, sexuality and sexually transmitted infections.  Vaccine prevention strategies and uptake of vaccine campaigns in the community are key interests.  Research also characterizes the intersection of HPV and HIV infections, including high-risk and population surveillance for cervical, oropharyngeal and anal cancer and screening activities.  The Wiley group evaluates risk factors for HPV-disease progression; especially related to HIV in human populations Dr. Wiley uses epidemiological methods to identify health- and disease- patterns in human populations. 
Clinical: Community-based and public health practice; adolescent females and adult women, adult men, older adults and high-risk populations; prevention strategies to decrease morbidity and mortality in diverse communities.
dwiley@ucla.edu

Ann B. Williams, RNC, EdD, FAAN 
Research: For over 3 decades, Williams has worked as a nurse practitioner caring for persons with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and abroad. Her program of research is a direct outgrowth of that clinical work. She designed and conducted some of the earliest studies of AIDS among drug users. Her work tested interventions to decrease HIV transmission, improve gynecologic care of women living with HIV, and increase patient adherence to antiretroviral medication. The work has been funded by sources such as NIH, AMFAR and World AIDS Foundation.  Her work in China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Poland supports the international effort to limit the spread of HIV and improve the care of those already infected. Currently, she leads a collaborative study of HIV/AIDS medication adherence in China. Knowledge gained from Ai Sheng Nuo will contribute to successful treatment of HIV disease around the world through increased understanding of factors associated with antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence, interventions to improve adherence, and factors associated with resistance to ART. 
awilliams@sonnet.ucla.edu

Mary Woo, DNSc, RN, FAAN, FAHA
Research: Brain-heart interactions and their impact on sudden death and cognition, with an emphasis on heart failure and sleep apnea. Research methods include brain magnetic resonance imaging, sleep studies (overnight polysomnography), heart rate variability, autonomic testing, and cognitive evaluation.
Clinical: Critical Care
mwoo@sonnet.ucla.edu

Emeriti Faculty

Nancy Anderson, PhD, RN, C-ANP, FAAN
Research: Adolescent health beliefs and decision-making, adolescent perceptions of risk including HIV, substance abuse and violence, qualitative methods. Dr. Anderson has identified perceptions of risk among teens in juvenile detention. Current work as Director of the Social Policy and Dissemination Core for the Center for Vulnerable Populations Research centers on employing participatory research and ethnographic methods in community based research.
nanderso@sonnet.ucla.edu

Betty Chang, DNSc, RN, C-FNP, FAAN
Research: Functional status and self-care in the elderly, and their caregivers, health services research on outcomes of nursing care, telehealth and distance learning in integrative east-west medicine. Dr. Chang studies intervention to reduce the burden of family members who care for persons with chronic illnesses in the home. Growth in the older population makes this issue critical in maintaining the health of our middle-aged adult "children" and their parents in the comfort of their homes. She is also looking at the role of self-care (non-physician prescribed), and the use of technology in the improvement of health in adults in their middle and older years.
Clinical: Gerontological nursing, integrative East-West medicine
bchang@sonnet.ucla.edu

Jacquelyn Flaskerud, C-FNP, RN, FAAN
Research: AIDS prevention in vulnerable populations; Culture, ethnicity and mental illness. Dr. Flaskerud's research emphasizes the influence of cultural beliefs and practices on the prevention and treatment of AIDS and mental illness as well as the utilization of health services by ethnic and vulnerable populations.
Clinical: Neuropsychiatric nursing; community mental health nursing.

Donna McNeese-Smith, EdD, RN
Research: Organizational factors affecting quality of care processes and outcomes. Specifically, Dr. McNeese-Smith is studying the effect of managed care on substance abuse treatment processes, including methods, intensity, and duration; and patient outcomes such as substance use and employment, and organizational outcomes including costs of care. Another area of research is nurse and manager factors (i.e., leadership, power motivation, development and career stage) that influence staff job satisfaction, productivity, organizational commitment, and patient satisfaction.
Clinical: Administration of health care services
dmcneese@sonnet.ucla.edu

Joyce Newman Giger, EdD, APRN, BC, FAAN
Research: Dr. Giger's research focuses on genetic indices and other physiological predictors of coronary heart disease among pre-menopausal African-American women (18-45) as they relate to designing culturally competent interventions to stop the phenotypical expression of risk indices for the development of coronary heart disease among this vulnerable population.  Dr. Giger's research specifically takes into account gene-environmental interactions, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, the metabolic syndrome in relations to the development of coronary heart disease in this vulnerable population.
Clinical: Transcultural nursing
jgiger@sonnet.ucla.edu

Donna Ver Steeg, PhD, MSN, MA, RN, FAAN
Research: Health work force planning, delegation of decision-making, behaviors of professions in organizations, past, present, and future.
dverstee@sonnet.ucla.edu

Research and Clinical Expertise of Other Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

Mary-Lynn Brecht, PhD
Research: Current projects focus on patterns and correlates of methamphetamine (meth) use; treatment outcomes and HIV risk behaviors for meth users; and the application of longitudinal statistical methods to substance abuse and health research. Past projects have included needs assessment (for substance abuse treatment, for training among service providers related to problem gambling), evaluation of treatment for drug abuse, substance use prevalence estimation, community indicators of drug abuse problems.
Statistical expertise: multivariate statistical methods, especially for longitudinal studies 
lbrecht@mednet.ucla.edu

Mary Cadogan, DrPH, RN, C-GNP
Research: Improving quality of care across settings for older adults.
Clinical: Gerontology nursing; Community based health promotion and disease prevention for diverse populations
mcadogan@sonnet.ucla.edu

Catherine Carpenter, PhD, MPH
Research:  My current research areas include: diet and exercise intervention studies for breast cancer prevention; the effect of protein on recovery from malnutrition and HIV; the influence of candidate genes associated with appetite and food craving in development of obesity; and lung cancer prevention through dietary consumption of cruciferous vegetables.  Future research directions include studies of protein intake in relationship to infectious disease, and development of epidemiologic methods to account for dietary compensation in nutritional trials.
Clinical Research:  Design and analysis of randomized nutritional intervention trials. 
ccarpenter@mednet.ucla.edu

Pamela L. Davidson, MSHS, PhD
Research: Dr. Pamela Davidson is the CTSI-Evaluation program area leader, director of the UCLA Health System Patient Safety Institute, and associate professor in the Schools of Nursing and Public Health. Her expertise is in evaluation design and methods, strategic planning, systems and organizational change, and health services research. Over the past two decades Dr. Davidson has directed large-scale multisite research and evaluation studies and taught Health Services Evaluation, Organization and Management Processes, and Health Systems and Organizations. Dr. Davidson participated on the leadership team that developed and launched the UCLA CTSI. As the Program Area Leader for CTSI-Evaluation, she is leading the team on several major initiatives in 2013: (1) CTSI Executive Dashboard of performance measures that align with the national CTSA Consortium and our regional CTSA network, the UC BRAID; (2) Partnership with the F5LA Dental/Medical Home Project to improve oral health care for Los Angeles children (0-5 years) and to build a sustainable infrastructure for conducting research in a provider/community network (Crall, PI); (3) Strategic alliance with the UCLA Health System Patient Safety Institute (PSI)to build an infrastructure and interface for conducting multisite research for accelerating patient safety innovation, and (4) Co-PI on the Josiah Macy Foundation-funded project, Innovative Tools for Evaluating Interprofessional Competencies. Prior to the CTSI-Evaluation Program, Dr. Davidson helped launch the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) and consulted with the organization for a decade as a lead evaluator and research advisor. Dr. Davidson is a member of the National CTSA Consortium Evaluation KFC and the American Evaluation Association.  CTSI web site: http://www.ctsi.ucla.edu/
PDavidson@sonnet.ucla.edu

Anna Gawlinski, DNSc, RN, CS-ACNP, FAAN
Research: Research is focused on testing interventions aimed at improving outcomes in acute and critically ill patients in areas such as hemodynamic monitoring, animal assisted therapy, patient communication, and the nurses' role in the recovery of medical errors. Dr. Gawlinski has implemented an infrastructure that supports research and evidence-based practice in the Department of Nursing at UCLA Health System.
Clinical: Cardiovascular Acute and Critical Care
agawlins@sonnet.ucla.edu

Colleen Keenan, PhD, RN
Research: Reduction of high-risk behaviors and strategies to promote physical and mental health adpated for use in homeless adolescents and adult women.
Clinical: Primary Care, Women's Health, Family Planning, Homeless Health Care
ckeenan@sonnet.ucla.edu

Mary Marfisee, MD, MPH
mmarfisee@sonnet.ucla.edu

Maria Elena Ruiz, PhD, RN
Research: Racial/ethnic minority health and aging, with an intergenerational family focus.  Particular emphasis on immigrant and Latino health, health disparities, social epidemiology, and the intersection of place, culture, and language.  Special focus on mixed qualitative and quantitative designs, particularly community based participatory.  Research experience includes studies on homelessness, chronic illness among Latinos, as well as the state of nursing in America. 
Clinical focus: Family Health, Advanced Practice, and Public Health
Leadership: Recognized national nurse leader and community advocate for underrepresented nurses and underserved communities.  Faculty Affiliate with the Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA (Associate Director, 2020-2012).
Global Health: Coordinator for the Latin America Project (developing international health experiences for nursing students in Cuba, Mexico, and other Latin American countries).
mruiz@sonnet.ucla.edu

Lecturers

Jody Adams-Renteria, RN, FNP
Clinical: Family NP
jadams@sonnet.ucla.edu

Kay Baker
kbaker@sonnet.ucla.edu

Theresa Brown
tbrown@sonnet.ucla.edu

Nancy Jo Bush, MN, MA, RN, AOCN, ONP
Clinical: Oncology; psychiatric mental health; depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress in the oncology population, compassion fatigue and nurse grief; oncology family caregiving.
njbush@sonnet.ucla.edu

Mary Canobbio, MN, RN, FAAN
Research: Adult congenital heart disease (ACHD); reproductive issues in women w/ ACHD, and acquired heart disease; Ms. Canobbio is the coordinator of a National Registry following pregnancy outcomes of females with complex congenital heart disease.
Clinical: Acute Care; Cardiovascular  nursing; Adult congenital heart disease including transitional care for adolescents with congenital heart disease; pregnancy and contraceptive counseling.
mcanobbi@sonnet.ucla.edu

Barbara Demman, RN, MSN, ACNP, CNS
Clinical: Acute care nurse practitioner, emergency medicine residency at LA County Hospital Clinical Nurse Specialist, acute care
bdemman@sonnet.ucla.edu

Dina Elias
delias@sonnet.ucla.edu

Jan Fredrickson, RN, MN, C-PNP
Clinical: Pediatric ambulatory care, pediatric emergency care, pediatric critical care and child maltreatment
jfrederic@sonnet.ucla.edu

Catherine M. Gabster MSN, RN, ACNP-C, CNS
Lecturer, Clinical Faculty, CNIII, ICU SM-UCLA Fundamentals Lab, Medical-Surgical/Critical Care Lecture, Simulation Learning
cgabster@sonnet.ucla.edu

Stacey D. Green, MSN, GNP-BC, AOCNP
Nurse Practitioner,
UCLA Neuro-Oncology Program
Phone: 310.825.5321
Fax:     310.825.0644
Page:   310.825.6301 # 26278
sdgreen@mednet.ucla.edu

Charles Griffis
Research: Neuroimmune physiology; effect of acute pain on immune inflammatory responses with implications to patient populations with pain syndromes. Just completed post-doctoral study, analyzing data, preparing to publish. Currently involved in investigation as Co-Investigator with Dr. Peggy Compton (PI) : "Pain, Opioids and Inflammatory Responses".
Clinical: Nurse anesthesia
cgriffis55@gmail.com

M. Jill Jordan, RNC, MSN,(Ed), CNL
Skills Lab Manager, Lecturer, Simulation learning, and Fundamentals Lab Contributor, Clinical Faculty
Clinical: Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatrics including newborns
mjjordan@sonnet.ucla.edu

Kellie T. Kell, MSN, RN, C-FNP
Lecturer: women's health, family practice
Clinical: FNP program
kkell@sonnet.ucla.edu

Amy S. Lohmann, MSN, RN, CPNP, CNS
Lecturer: Pediatric Primary Care
Clinical: Pediatric Primary Care
alohmann@sonnet.ucla.edu

Laurie Love, MSN, RN, FNP
Clinical: Family Practice and Neuro-psych subspecialty
llove@sonnet.ucla.edu

Youngkee Markham, MN, RN, GNP-C
Clinical: Gerontology
ymarkham@sonnet.ucla.edu

Nancy McGrath, MN, RN, C-PNP, CEN
Research: Pediatric injury prevention
Clinical: Pediatric ambulatory and pediatric emergency care
nmcgrath@sonnet.ucla.edu

Deborah Rice, MN, RN, C-FNP, CCRN
Clinical: Family health and emergency medicine
drice@sonnet.ucla.edu

Joan Schleper, MS, RN, GNP
Clinical: Oncology
jschleper@sonnet.ucla.edu

Jane Tokunow
Lecturer: System Based Healthcare
Clinical: Prelicensure
jtokunow@sonnet.ucla.edu

Inese Verzemnieks, PhD, RN
Lecturer: Pediatric and Community Health (BS and MECN); Advanced Practice: Growth and Development (PNP, CNS) and Patient education.
Research interests: Adolescent mothers, child discipline, parenting; community-based participatory research with vulnerable populations.
iverzemn@sonnet.ucla.edu

Marjorie Wells, PhD, RN
Research: Use of Web-based survey methods with Internet questionnaires for research and evaluation. Project Director for Dr. Linda Sarna on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant to investigate best ways to train nurses to implement current smoking cessation guidelines into clinical practice. Prior work focused on creation of a multimedia CD-ROMf for nursing educators to teach End-of-Life care to nursing students.
Clinical: Community/Public Health
mjwells@sonnet.ucla.edu

 

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