Meet Our Nurse Researchers

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The University of Maryland School of Maryland is home to faculty with diverse interests and collaborations in bench, clinical, translational, and community research. 

Explore how our nurse researchers are producing insights, discoveries, and practices that improve the quality of patients' lives and the efficacy and humanity of our nation's health care system.

Meet Our Nurse Researchers

Post-Birth Warning Signs to Help You Save a Mother's Life
Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN
"If [nurses] aren't aware that there's been a rise in maternal mortality, then it makes it less urgent to explain to women what the warning signs are."

5 Ways to Enhance Your Approach to Individuals with Substance Use Disorders
Charon Burda, DNP ’16, MS ’03, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, assistant professor
Katherine Fornili, DNP ’16, MPH, RN, CARN, FIAAN, assistant professor
Burda and Fornili recommend using these guiding principles to enhance your ability to respond to individuals with substance use disorders.

The Science of Using Your Expectations to Relieve Pain
Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, MS
“I wanted to know more and more about the mechanisms underlying placebo effects and particularly in the field of pain, an endemic burden.”

Taking Care of Long-Term Care Workers
Kelly Doran, PhD, RN
This workforce faces two major threats: “employees leaving because of health reasons, and voluntary turnover due to job-related stress."

Getting Big Data to Get Along
Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN
When data sharing and analysis cannot take place across research sites, "the impact of our science is weakened," Dorsey explains. 

Ahead of the Pack
Erika Friedmann, PhD
"Our idea is to look at trajectories of changes and compare pet owners with non-pet owners."

Keeping Children Out of Harm's Way
Robyn Gilden, PhD, RN
"What my research is really best for is supporting the science-based data to change policy."

Unearthing the Roots of Chemotherapy Weight Gain
Sherrie Lessans, PhD, RN
"We’re trying to get a handle on the underlying mechanisms and factors contributing to this weight gain."

Managing Chronic Conditions with E-Learning
Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN
"Everyone gets older, and we want to enjoy our health and life. Technology can help."

Managing HIV Care in Real Time
Veronica Njie-Carr, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FWACN
“I care about eliminating health disparities by working with women of African heritage who are aging with HIV."

Eliminating Errors of Omitted Care
Ronald J. Piscotty, Jr., PhD, RN-BC
“I’m trying to develop something more efficient, focused, and intelligent.”

Unraveling the Links Between Diet and Preterm Birth
Mary Regan, PhD, RN
“By providing a means for the women to see what their diet looks like, it likely promotes changes in the eating and behavior that lower their risk of preterm labor and birth.”

Restoring Child Cancer Survivors' Natural Rhythms
Valerie E. Rogers, PhD, RN, CPNP
“Nurses aren’t looking for the cure, but we are looking for ways to make that cancer livable and improve a patient’s quality of life.”

7 Tips to Reduce Fatigue at Work
Alison M. Trinkoff, ScD, MPH, BSN, RN, FAAN
"Much of the problem of nurse fatigue is a result of the long hours worked and shift rotation, which affects the amount and quality of sleep."

End of Life in the ICU
Debra Wiegand, PhD, RN, CCRN, CHPN, FAHA, FPCN, FAAN
"I’m interested in how families make the decision to stop treatments, whether they’re prepared adequately, and what that decision-making process is like for them."