Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan Organized Research Center

The Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan (BBAL) Organized Research Center investigates the management of disease, the optimization of health, and the ways in which biological findings can influence disease prevalence and progression.

Recognized by the University of Maryland, Baltimore as a Center of Excellence in 2012, BBAL provides numerous activities to support its researchers in training, service, and discovery.


The Center for Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan (BBAL) promotes the conduct of interdisciplinary research related to the influence of biology and behavior on health and health outcomes across the lifespan.


The BBAL Center strives to serve as a center for shared thinking — within the School of Nursing and across the University of Maryland, Baltimore — aimed at the development of pioneering research ideas and interventions to promote and sustain health in all people, from infancy to old age. The center will provide a core for the pooling of resources and sharing of data across a wide variety of projects related to biological and behavioral outcomes. Its members will provide leadership within the School of Nursing to guide research related to biology and behavior across the lifespan.



Nicole (Jennifer) Klinedinst, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN, FAHA

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP

Faculty Members

Susan M. Antol, PhD, MS, RN

Ameera Chakravarthy, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC

Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, MS

Jenni Day, PhD, RN

Crystal DeVance-Wilson, PhD, MBA, PHCNS-BC

Kelly Doran, PhD, RN

Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN

Erika Friedmann, PhD

Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP

Arpad Kelemen, PhD

Catherine Kelleher, ScD, MPH, MS, RN

Laura Koo, MS, RN, CRNP, FNP-BC

Kim Mooney-Doyle, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC

Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN

Veronica Njie-Carr, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FWACN

Ernest Opoku-Agyemang, MA, MS, RN

Charlene C. Quinn, PhD, RN

Kristen Rawlett, PhD, FNP-BC

Cynthia Renn, PhD, RN, FAAN

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP

Rosemarie Satyshur, PhD, RN

Shijun Zhu, PhD, DrE

PhD Students

Jung Min Yoon

Anju Paudel

Hyo Jin Son

Sarah Holms

1:00 PM | Online and UMSON Room 535 Join the SYNAPSE Center for its kickoff meeting. The SYNAPSE Center's founding principle is to view medical symptoms as mental states (subjective, first-person moments of consciousness).
12:00 PM | Online Please join the UMSON's Office of Research and Scholarship as we host a research seminar on the topic of research data retention and destruction, presented by Casey Jackson and Gyasi Moscou-Jackson.
1:00 PM | Online Join CACPR and the PBO Center for their monthly research lecture on "The Experience of Pain and Emotion: Meeting of Body, Brain, and Mind" p resented by Gadi Gilam, PhD.