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Researchers Directory

  • Ashley Curtis Ashley Curtis
    Research expertise: cognition, aging, sleep, sex differences, cognitive training interventions, web-based interventions, heart rate variability, neuroimaging, Alzheimer’s and related dementias, randomized clinical trials, meta-analysis
  • Carmen Rodriguez Carmen Rodriguez
    Clinical expertise: oncology, homeless population. Research expertise: head and neck cancer, breast cancer, technology-enhanced communication interventions, sudden speechlessness, cancer-related symptom management.
  • Cecile Lengacher Cecile Lengacher
    Research expertise: Biobehavioral integrative therapies, intervention development & testing in RCTs’ for self-regulation of symptoms, (pain, fatigue, sleep, emotions, cognitive, bio-behavioral stress hormones, cytokines, genetics), cancer survivors, caregivers, model, theory development, costs of care.
  • Cheedy Jaja Cheedy Jaja
    Clinical expertise: Sickle Cell Disease; Psych and mental health. Research expertise: Pharmacogenetics, health systems strengthening; health equity, Nurse Champion model, implementation and dissemination science, pain management, and precision medicine.
  • McCrae-Christina Christina McCrae
    Research expertise: sleep and related bio- behavioral and neurocognitive mechanisms (e.g., arousal, cognition, pain, brain structure & function, stress, inflammation, neuro degeneration) in comorbid chronic insomnia in a variety of common co-occurring conditions (e.g., autism, chronic pain, cancer, obesity) and populations (e.g., autism caregivers, dementia caregivers); behavioral sleep medicine; RCTs; treatment delivery across multiple platforms (in-person, telehealth, digital); community-based translation, dis semination, and implementation
  • Constance Visovsky, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN Constance Visovsky
    Clinical expertise: oncology, diabetes. Research expertise: chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, breast cancer, physical activity/exercise, gait/balance, muscle strength assessment, RCT design, implementation & data management.
  • Deanne Turner DeAnne Turner
    Research expertise: mixed-methods, qualitative, HIV, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), sexual health, access to care, LGBTQ+ health, thematic analysis, integration of data, social-behavioral health, implementation science, community-engaged research
  • Jen Kue Jennifer Kue
    Research expertise: community-engaged research, CBPR, cancer screening (BC, CC, CRC), cancer survivorship, health literacy, social determinants of health, health disparities, refugee and immigrant health, program evaluation, global health, qualitative and mixed-methods
  • Baumgartel Kelley Baumgartel
    Clinical expertise: NICU, labor/delivery. Research Expertise: Genomics, lactation, preterm infants, mothers with hospitalized infants, donor milk, perinatal sleep.
  • Theresa Beckie, PhD Theresa Beckie
    Research expertise: Psychometrics, quantitative research design (including RCTs), statistical methods, women’s health, cardiovascular disease, mobile health, behavior change interventions, anxiety/depression, quality of life
  • Kaitlyn Rechenberg Kaitlyn Rechenberg
    Clinical expertise: pediatrics, behavioral health, diabetes, adolescent medicine. Research expertise: diabetes, anxiety/depressive symptoms, behavioral health interventions, self-management of chronic medical conditions, qualitative and mixed methods.
  • Pon Athilingam Ponrathi Athilingam
    Clinical Expertise: Acute Care Cardiology Nurse Practitioner and heart failure. Research Expertise: Technology-based intervention for heart failure, COPD, AI and machine learning, and cognitive intervention.
  • Stephanie Marhefka Stephanie Marhefka
    Research expertise: social and behavioral factors affecting health and disease; health psychology; HIV care, treatment, medication adherence, care retention, and prevention; health equity; telehealth and digital health solutions; smoking cessation; social and behavioral interventions; sexual health; adolescent health; breastfeeding behavior and related social and policy matters; disease disclosure; dissemination and implementation science; randomized controlled trials; mixed methods approach
  • Stephanie Prescott Stephanie Prescott
    Clinical expertise: Neonatal nurse practitioner. Research expertise: microbiome, biobehavioral mechanisms, immunology, systems biology, murine models.
  • Ukamaka Oruche Ukamaka Oruche
    Research expertise: Child and adolescent mental health, behavioral health, family caregiver and health provider interaction/communication, health disparities or social determinants of health, treatment engagement, global health, community-engaged intervention or program development and evaluation.
  • uma nair Uma Nair
    Research expertise: Health equity, behavioral interventions, nicotine and tobacco dependence intervention, women’s health, sexual and gender minority health promotion
  • Usha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN Usha Menon
    Dr. Menon’s research focus is testing interventions to improve health outcomes specifically related to cancer screening, diabetes self-management, and access to primary care for underserved populations, and studying the processes and impact of implementing successful interventions in practice settings.
  • Victoria Marshall Victoria Marshall
    Clinical expertise: nephrology, gerontology. Research expertise: oncology behavioral health, self-management of medication and symptoms, medication beliefs, qualitative research, conceptual design.
  • Melanie Stearns Melanie Stearns
    Research expertise: pediatric and adult sleep, behavioral interventions (i.e., sleep, CBT, parent management training), RCTs, parenting behaviors, subjective and physiological stress/arousal, pediatric and parental psychopathology (i.e., Oppositional Defiant Disorder, anxiety, depression), specialized caregiver and child populations (i.e., grandparents raising grandchildren, kincare), parent-child gender dyad differences, and parent-child interactions.
  • Tometich Danielle headshot Danielle Tometich
    Research expertise: cancer-related cognitive impairment, health behavior change for symptom management, and patient-reported outcomes of novel cancer treatments.
  • Ryan Pace Ryan Pace
    Research expertise: Microbiome, Maternal and Child Health, Human Milk and Lactation, Immunology