Faculty Research

Active NIH Grants

Principal Investigator Grant Number Project Title NIH Mechanism Awarded Total Cost
Dernetz, Valerie H NR014759 Neurophysiological and Psychological Correlates of Vulvodynia F31

$31,828

Dorsey, Susan G NR011396 UMB Center for Pain Studies P30 $3,604,887
Dorsey, Susan G NR012686 Epigenetic Modifications of BDNF and trkB Genes Underlie Pain Plasticity R01 $3,251,761
Dorsey, Susan G NR013601 Spinal Mechanisms Underlying SCI-Induced Pain: Implications for Targeted Therapy R01 $3,210,328
Dorsey, Susan G NR014129 Center for the Genomics of Pain P30 $2,366,667
Galik, Elizabeth AG046217 Function and Behavior Focused Care for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia R01 $1,573,375
Nahm, Eun-Shim NR011296 Dissemination of a Theory-Based Bone Health Program in Online Communities R01 $1,836,143
Oswald, Lyn M DA022433 Imaging Research on Impulsivity, Stress and Drug Abuse R01 $2,941,929
Regan, Mary Jess NR014826 Influence of Modifiable Factors on the Vaginal Microbiome and Preterm Birth R01 $2,593,558
Renn, Cynthia L NR014053 Cell Cycle Pathway Inhibition Decreases Peripheral Neuropathic Pain R21 $420,206
Resnick, Barbara M NR013736 Pilot Testing Function Focused Care for Acute Care R21 $361,602
Ward, Chris AR062554 Stretch Dependent Signaling in Dystrophic Skeletal Muscle R01 $674,640
Wickersham, Karen E NR014753 Genetic, Clinical, and Biological Correlates of EGFR Inhibitor-related Rash F32 $161,512
Wiegand, Debra NR013721 Preparing Families for the Dying Process R21 $412,148

Funded Research & Research Interests

Faculty Members Research
Akintade, Bimbola

Research Interests:

  • Psychosocial and physiological predictors of cardiovascular health, psychosocial and physiological predictors of quality of life in patients with atrial fibrillation/flutter, depression and heart failure patients
Braid, Susan

Funded Research:

  • Gender differences in DNA methylation associated with prenatal exposures, Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH), K12

Research Interests:

  • Perinatal and epigenetic epidemiology; role of sex-specific epigenetic changes in infant and child growth; epigenetic mechanisms underlying preterm birth; placental epigenetics and its role in fetal development and infant health outcomes
Brotemarkle, Rebecca

Research Interests:

  • HIV infection in older adults, pain and symptom management in HIV patients and older adults, palliative care, mobility in hospitalized older adults, effects of exercise in HIV patients and older adults, adherence to medications and care
Costa, Linda

Funded Research:

  • Implementing Discharge Readiness Assessment as a Standard Nursing Practice, American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet)

Research Interests:

  • Care transitions in adults with chronic diseases, medication reconciliation

Davis-Ajami, Mary Lynn

Funded Research:

  • The Healthy Schools Dashboard Project, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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, P30
  • Epigenetic Modifications of BDNF and trkB Genes Underlie Pain Plasticity, NINR, R01
  • Spinal Mechanisms Underlying SCI - Induced Pain: Implications for Targeted Therapy, NINR, R01
  • Center for the Genomics of Pain, NINR, P30

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
Friedmann, Erika

Funded Research:

  • Influence of Modifiable Factors on the Vaginal Microbiota and Preterm Birth, NINR, R01

Research Interests:

  • Integration of biological social and psychological factors into health and health related behaviors; stress and alleviation of stress; animal companions/pets and human health; Rrsearch methods and multivariate approaches to analyses of health-related data

Galik, Elizabeth

Funded Research:

  • Function and Behavior Focused Care for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia, NIA, R01

Research Interests:

  • Care of older adults with dementia, specifically optimizing function and physical activity and utilizing non-pharmacological approaches to managing behavioral symptoms
Geiger-Brown, Jeanne

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
Griffith, Kathleen

Funded Research:

  • ACS Institutional Research Grant, American Cancer Society (National Office)

Research Interests:

  • Mechanisms of weight gain during breast cancer chemotherapy, predictors of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy onset and severity, measurement of pain, health disparities in cancer outcomes, functional changes after cancer treatment
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
  • JAHF Claire M Fagin Fellowship (Mayday Fund Fellow Award), Gerontolgic Society of America

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
Lee, Mei Ching

Research Interests:

  • Palliative care, Chinese Americans, community
Lessans, Sherrie

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

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:

  • Dissemination of a Theory-Based Bone Health Program in Online Communities, NINR, R01

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

Funded Research:

  • PATient-centered Involvement in Evaluating the effectiveNess of TreatmentS (PATIENTS) Program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Improving Heart Failure Outcomes in Rural Hospitals

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

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

Funded Research:

  • Imaging Research on Impulsivity, Stress and Drug Abuse, NIDA, R01

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
Regan, Mary

Funded Research:

  • Influence of Modifiable Factors on the Vaginal Microbiota and Preterm Birth, NINR, R01
  • A Study of the Factors influencing Women’s Decisions about Childbirth, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, R21
  • Simulating Perinatal Nursing, Minnesota State Colleges and University IT Funding Initiative
  • Development of Theory Based High Fidelity Simulation to Teach Senior Nursing Students the Application of Family Centered Care, Minnesota State Colleges and University
  • Cognitive Framing and Obstetrical Nursing Practice, York University, Junior Faculty Seed Funding

Research Interests:

  • Translational research aimed at building understanding about the complex care process and physiologic systems that influence maternal and neonatal childbirth outcomes
Renn, Cynthia

Funded Research:

  • Cell Cycle Pathway Inhibition Decreases Peripheral Neuropathic Pain, NINR, R21

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:

  • The University of Maryland Online Dissemination and Implementation Institute
  • Pilot Testing Function Focused Care for Acute Care, NINR, R21

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
Rowe, Gina

Research Interests:

  • Social determinants of health, place-based health disparities, social capital, health promotion, primary care
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

Research Interests:

  • Nursing work schedule, working conditions, and impact on care outcomes; injuries to health care workers; patient care outcomes- acute and long term care; substance use problems, obesity 
Ward, Chris

Funded Research:

  • Stretch Dependent Signaling in Dystrophic Skeletal Muscle, NIAMS, R01
  • A Novel Xenograft Mouse Model of Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy, Hugo W. Moser Research Institute at Kennedy Kreiger, Inc.

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, R21

Research Interests:

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