The ORI faculty and staff functions cooperatively and have expertise in statistics, methods, measures and all facets of pre- and post-award grants management. The ORI provides a comprehensive range of services and resources for faculty and trainees.

Our research and scholarly activities are supported by several mechanisms including the extensive resources of UCLA, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI); and the department of Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. The majority of our nurse scientists are engaged in interdisciplinary research; collaborating with other scientists in anesthesiology, cardiology, oncology, psychology, anthropology and engineering.

Meet our Faculty and Staff




Holli DeVon, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

Associate Dean for Research

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Nancy Pike

Director of Research Mentoring; Professor

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Mary Lynn Brecht
Mary-Lynn Brecht, PhD

Principal Statistician; Adjunct Professor

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Angela Cortes
Angela Cortes

Fund Manager Supervisor

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Rio Borja Cruz

Senior Fund Manager

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Omar Torres

Fund Manager

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Kristine Langabeer

Senior Editor

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Umma "Nipa" Warda


The ORI offers a comprehensive suite of services designed to support faculty and students throughout the life-cycle of a grant. The ONR provides statistics support, conducts mock reviews, leads Café Brainstorm, offers guidance with regulatory compliance, promotes collaboration between faculty and students of all levels and encourages innovative, translational research.

The UCLA School of Nursing’s robust research portfolio boasts a wide range of funding mechanisms from NIH and private foundations. Research at the School of Nursing is conducted through school-supported and grant-funded opportunities. Faculty research is supported through a pilot grant program, major research awards, and the University’s significant resources.

Dedicated to continually expanding and strengthening the School of Nursing’s community knowledge base, the ORI offers Faculty Innovation Forums and Lunch and Learn seminars spotlighting research topics of interest to better inform investigators across all levels of expertise. Additionally, the ORI connects the School of Nursing’s investigators with a broad network of multidisciplinary research colleagues so they can capitalize on overlapping areas of exploration with partners throughout the UCLA community. The ORI acts as a central liaison to the National Clinician Scholar’s Program (link) providing outstanding interdisciplinary post-doctoral fellowships.

Innovations in research today include new technologies, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and genomics and nursing has a wonderful history of ideas that positively impact human health. Who better represents innovation in healthcare than nurses with leading edge ideas to advance health? The evolution of nursing as a profession of highly educated clinicians and scientists presents nursing with an excellent opportunity to be innovative in their research, implementation, and evidence to support best practices.