Meet Our Nurse Researchers

The University of Maryland School of Nursing 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

Exploring COVID-19 Pandemics Impact on Pregnancy and Postpartum Care
Rachel Blankstein Breman, PhD ’18, MPH, RN
With the COVID-19 pandemic comes a new set of challenges for health care providers, birthing populations, and to the families that are being created.

Implementing Evidence-Based Palliative Care
Joan Carpenter, PhD, CRNP, ACHPN, FPCN
Research explores improving quality of life and the care experience for people with serious illnesses in post-acute and long-term care.

On the Virtual Road to Pain Relief
Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, MS
“Finding low-risk, noninvasive, nonpharmacological interventions that can effectively reduce the use of pain medication is of the utmost importance."

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."

Worksite Wellness: Setting and Sticking to a Plan
Kelly Doran, PhD, RN 
Creating effective worksite wellness programs for long-term care staff who experience health disparities, with the goal of improving cardiovascular health outcomes.

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. 

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."

Exploring Gestational Pesticide Exposure Impact on Child Respiratory Health
Robyn Gilden, PhD ’10, MS ’01, RN
Finding ways to assess and reduce exposure to pesticides in children and pregnant women.

The Meaning of Meaningful Activity Research
Sarah Holmes, PhD, MSW
Exploring best care practices aimed at optimizing what is known as “meaningful activity,” activities tailored to the interests and preferences of people with dementia — particularly those who are residents in long-term care settings — that decrease behavioral symptoms of distress and improve their quality of life.

Examining the Role of Exercise in Treating Chemotherapy-Related Side Effects in Cancer Patients
Ian Kleckner, PhD, MPH
Determining whether specific exercises may improve chemotherapy-induced peripheral neurotoxicity, a common, difficult to treat, and poorly misunderstood side effect of chemotherapy.

Living with HIV: Why Advanced Planning Matters 
Mei Ching W. Lee, PhD, MSRN, CHPN
As people live and age with HIV, there is a new need for advance care planning education – for both providers and patients.

How an Epidemic Spreads: A Social Stability Perspective on HIV Prevention
Marik Moen, PhD ’19, MPH, RN
Understanding the social determinants of health that lead to the transmission of HIV may be key to long-term prevention.

Great Expectations: How to Support Families of Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses
Kim Mooney-Doyle, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC
Understanding parental expectations of support from health care providers as they navigate their child’s illness and end of life.

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."

Empowering Older Cancer Survivors Through Digital Technology
Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD '03, RN, FAAN
As the number of cancer survivors grows, digital technologies are needed to support them.

Raising the Gambian Research Bar
Veronica Njie-Carr, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FWACN
“Gambian health professionals and academics will undoubtedly benefit from the Fogarty award as the country strengthens its research enterprise and capacity development efforts.”

Social Inclusion: The Antidote to Social Isolation 
Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, NNP, FNAP, FAAN 
Addressing health inequities in local and global communities, specifically related to newborns and families residing in marginalized communities.

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.”

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The Hunt for Chronic Pain Genes
Cynthia L. Renn, PhD, MS ’97, RN, FAAN
“We’re trying to identify gene signatures that differentiate those who are likely to develop chronic pain from those who recover from their injuries and have no pain after the fact.”

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Getting Physical as We Age
Barbara Resnick, PhD ’96, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP
Researcher recognizes older adults in assisted-living settings and nursing homes are particularly at risk for decreased function and physical health, as are older adults with Alzheimer’s.

Improving the Care of Pregnant Women Living with Maternal Opioid Use Disorder
Doris Titus-Glover, PhD, RN
Sharing evidence-based integrated strategies to give women the support and resources they need to get treatment and help their children grow.

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."

Seeking Equal Measures for Elderly Care
Alison M. Trinkoff, ScD, MPH, BSN, RN, FAAN
UMSON nurse researcher finds assisted-living facility regulations vary widely when compared with traditional nursing homes.

Applying Cutting-Edge Statistical Methods in Nursing Research 
Shijun Zhu, PhD, DrE
Advancing novel statistical analysis methods and their application through collaborations with UMSON’s faculty, PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows.

Following Commands: UMSON Studies Military Veterans with PTSD as they Train Service Dogs
Erika Friedmann, PhD
"A large number of veterans suffer from PTSD. It’s important to develop ways to help them that are complementary to other treatments."
This nurse researcher is a professor emerita at UMSON; she conducted the featured research during her time at the School.

Research Shows Stress May Cause an Increase in Addiction Vulnerability
Carla Storr, ScD, MPH
Not everybody reacts the same way to the same experience, and the same person may respond differently to different types of stressors.
This nurse researcher is a professor emerita at UMSON; she conducted the featured research during her time at the School.