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Faculty Research

Faculty Members Research
Davis-Ajami, Mary Lynn

Research Interests:

  • Health care utilization and costs, price transparency, and cost effectiveness research in adult chronic disease; expertise in large longitudinal database analysis (e.g. MEPS, H-CUP)
Dorsey, Susan

Funded Research:

  • UMB Center for Pain Studies, NINR – Awarded Total Cost: $447,922.00
  • Epigenetic Modifications of BDNF and trkB Genes Underlie Pain Plasticity, NINR, Awarded Total Cost: $652,565.00
  • Spinal Mechanisms Underlying SCI - Induced Pain: Implications for Targeted Therapy, NINR – Awarded Total Cost: $3,210,328.00
  • Center for the Genomics of Pain, NINR - Awarded Total Cost: $2,366,667.00

Research Interests:

  • Translational research aimed at elucidating the molecular, cellular and genetic mechanisms underlying chronic pain to identify new therapeutic targets
Flannery, Kelly

Research Interests:

  • Worksite health promotion; health disparities; behavioral interventions for health promotion
Geiger-Brown, Jeanne

Funded Research:

  • Pilot of Comprehensive Intervention to Improve Alertness in Nurses, Nat’l Inst. Of Occupational Safety & Health – Awarded Total Cost: $380,000.00

Research Interests:

  • Occupational sleep issues including shiftwork and extended work schedules, detection of sleep disorders in working populations, influence of sleep on chronic disease outcomes
Gilden, Robyn

Research Interests:

  • Pesticide exposure assessments and reducing/preventing exposure, early childhood learning environments, risk assessments and risk communication, sustainability
Kelemen, Arpad

Research Interests:

  • Biomedical informatics; health care database development, optimization, and evaluation; health care software and game development; game theory; human-computer interaction; intelligent patient care technologies; artificial intelligence; data mining
Klinedinst, Jennifer

Funded Research:

  • BAGNC Fagin Post-Doc Fellowship, John A. Hartford Foundation – Awarded Total Cost: $60,000.00
  • Genetic Influences of older adults behavior to reduce depressive symptoms, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Assoc. – Awarded Total Cost: $2,000.00
  • JAHF Claire M Fagin Fellowship (Mayday Fund Fellow Award), Gerontolgic Society of America – Awarded Total Cost: $5,000.00

Research Interests:

  • Behavioral interventions for reducing depressive symptoms in older adults; genetic influence on post-stroke depressive symptoms and behaviors that can reduce depressive symptoms; genetic and cellular mechanisms for post-stroke fatigue and depressive symptoms
Lessans, Sherrie

Funded Research

  • Co-morbid Pain and Depression in a model of Chemotherapy-induced Neuropathy – Awarded Total Cost: $117,322
  • Modeling Docetaxel-induced neuropathy in a mouse model, Sigma Theta Tau – Awarded Total Cost: $5,000

 Research Interests:

  • Treatment-induced pain and associated symptom management, biological mechanisms underlying treatment-induced neuropathic pain, depression and chronic pain, cognitive functioning in chemotherapy-induced neuropathy
Liang, Yulan

Research Interests:

  • Biostatistics, statistical genomics, bioinformatics; methodological research in biomedical, public health and healthcare data; risk assessments and predictions for common complex diseases and health conditions; data mining and machine learning for high dimensional big data; longitudinal mixed model, multi-level/hierarchical model, causal inference, Bayesian approaches
Lipscomb, Jane

Funded Research:

  • Designing an Age-Friendly Workplace Workshop, Nat’l Inst. Of Occupational Safety & Health - Awarded Total Cost: $4,012.00
  • Inpatient Protocol Reviews, Baltimore Mental Health System - Awarded Total Cost: $6,711.00

Research Interests:

  • Workplace violence prevention intervention research, community-based participatory research, health and safety hazards associated with providing direct care in the home
McLaine, Pat

Research Interests:

  • Association of lead exposure and educational outcomes, evaluating implementation of lead poisoning prevention interventions, evaluating asthma home/community interventions
Nahm, Eun-Shim

Funded Research:

  • Impact of Orderset Use – Awarded Total Cost: $1,500.00
  • Effects of a Theory-Based Stroke Prevention Program in Korean Americans: A Pilot Study, Sigma Theta Tau - Awarded Total Cost: $1,500.00

Research Interests:

  • Use of eHealth/mHealth interventions to promote to manage the health of adult populations; web-based research and usability testing; computer-mediated social support among older adults; hospital information systems evaluation and implementation
Newhouse, Robin

Research Interests:

  • Patient centered outcomes and implementation science
Njie-Carr, Veronica

Research Interests:

  • Socio-cultural and behavioral factors of HIV prevention intervention, women's health and HIV-related disparities, smart phone technology intervention, cross-cultural research
Ogbolu, Yolanda

Funded Research:

  • Organizational Cultural Competency and Patient Outcomes, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Awarded Total Cost: $350,000.00

Research Interests:

  • Health inequities in maternal child health outcomes; cultural competency; global health nursing & education, nurse migration, neonatal outcomes; and dissemination and implementation science research
Oswald, Lynn

Research Interests:

  • Interrelationships among neurobiological (i.e., hormonal stress responses, brain dopamine function), behavioral (i.e., risk-taking and impulsive personality traits), and environmental (i.e., stress, childhood trauma) factors that contribute to risks for substance abuse and other stress-related disorders
Renn, Cynthia

Funded Research:

  • Cell Cycle Pathway Inhibition Decreases Peripheral Neuropathic Pain, NINR – Awarded Total Cost: $421,925.00

Research Interests:

  • Physiological mechanisms of therapeutic drug-induced neuropathic pain development and persistence. e.g., antiretroviral and chemotherapy drugs, physiological mechanisms of post spinal cord injury neuropathic pain
Resnick, Barbara

Funded Research:

  • MOU with the Maryland Department of Aging, MD Dept. of Aging - Awarded Total Cost: $49,291.00
  • The University of Maryland Online Dissemination and Implementation Institute - Awarded Total Cost: $50,000.00
  • Pilot Testing Function Focused Care for Acute Care, NINR - Awarded Total Cost: $363,420.00
  • FFC-AL-2 to Optimize Aging in Place in Assisted Living Communities, The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Foundation - Awarded Total Cost: $119,413.00

Research Interests:

  • Care of older adults particularly with regard to motivation to engage in healthy behaviors with a major focus on function and physical activity; measurement; dissemination research
Rogers, Valerie

Research Interests:

  • Sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, and their effect on disease severity in children with chronic illness; the effect of sleep apnea on asthma severity; circadian rhythm dysregulation in children with cancer
Seckman, Charlotte

Research Interests:

  • Translational informatics, personalized decision support systems, electronic health record (EHR), usability of EHR's, personal health records, building community in online learning environments, informatics competencies in undergraduate and graduate nursing education
Trinkoff, Alison M.

Funded Research:

  • Nursing Home Outcomes: Contextual Factors and Regulatory Oversight of Care Providers, National Council of State Boards of Nursing – Awarded Total Cost: $123,794.00
Ward, Chris

Funded Research:

  • Mouse Running Assay and GsMTx4-D Efficacy Studies, TONUS Therapeutics – Awarded Total Cost: $47,028.00

Research Interests:

  • Determinants of neuromuscular and cardiovascular performance, the molecular basis for heart and skeletal muscle dysfunction in chronic disease
Wiegand, Debra

Funded Research:

  • Preparing Families for the Dying Process, NINR – Awarded Total Cost: $422,125.00

Research Interests:

  • Families of the critically ill, withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy, palliative and end-of-life care in the critical care setting

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