T32 Nurse Scientist Training Grant

T32 Training Grant

Improve Health Outcomes

This National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) funded training program prepares pre-doctoral and post-doctoral nurse scientists to develop and test interventions to improve health outcomes of persons with or at risk for chronic conditions such as cardiovascular and neurological diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus, HIV-AIDS, and asthma/COPD.

Research Training: Improving Outcomes in Chronic Conditions T32 (2T32NR012715-06)

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing invites applications for full time study in the PhD in Nursing program, and applicants for postdoctoral traineeship funded by the T32 program. T32 pre-and postdoctoral trainees will participate in a special research training program which prepares nurse scientists to improve biobehavioral outcomes for persons with or at risk for chronic conditions. As the number of persons with chronic conditions continues to grow, there is a critical need to develop nurse scientists who can create approaches to reduce symptoms, improve self-care and improve outcomes for persons with chronic conditions and their family carepartners. Through a unique integration of intervention, omic-based and big data science, the next generation of nurse scientists will be well prepared to lead and contribute to interdisciplinary research that will ultimately reduce the burden of chronic conditions. Two to three of successful applicants to the PhD in Nursing Program, and a postdoctoral trainee will be selected each year for this fellowship and interdisciplinary research training. The program is funded by a training grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research.


The Training Program

Predoctoral training is embedded in the PhD in Nursing program.

Both pre and postdoctoral training include:

  1. T32 training courses on –omics, big data science, and intervention research development and testing as well as tailored electives. Postdoctoral trainees select courses based on prior preparation and individual research goals.
  1. Hands on research experiences with expert nursing and interdisciplinary mentors.
  2. Participation in bi-weekly research roundtables, “blue bag” method and ethics seminars.
  3. Opportunity to participate in multiple departmental and university seminars as well as through the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI).
  4. Training in the responsible conduct of research.

The program builds on the Emory advantage for research training: 

  • Accomplished faculty mentors in the School of Nursing and across the academic health center with research expertise in symptoms, self-care, health problems, and outcomes in patients and their families with chronic health problems including cardiovascular, cancer, neurological, diabetes mellitus, HIV-AIDS, Asthma/COPD, obesity, and renal
  • Access to Emory University core research facilities and over 300 clinical partners, including Emory Healthcare, and the SON’s Center for Excellence in Palliative Care, Center for Data Science, and newly INR funded P30 focused on Symptoms, Metabolomics and Multimorbidity.
  • Access to outstanding research resources of the greater Atlanta area such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other research
Pre and postdoctoral trainees receive a monthly stipend, tuition waiver, benefit assistance, and partial support for professional travel and research related expenses

T32 training grant faculty


Primary core faculty

(School of Nursing)

Collaborating Core

(Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Arts and Sciences)

Contributing Core

(School of Nursing)

Neal Dickert, MD, PhD (SOM, Cardiology)
Arshed Quyyumi, MD (SOM, Cardiology)
Tene Lewis (SPH, Epidemiology)
Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD (SPH, Epidemiology)
Peter Wilson, MD (SOM, Cardiology)
Laura Plantinga, PhD (SOM, Nephrology)
Allan Levey, MD, PhD (SOM, Neurology)
Donald Bliwise, PhD (SOM, Neurology, Psychiatry, Sleep)
Basel El-Rayes, MD (SOM, Hematology, Oncology)
Anne Fitzpatrick, RN, PhD (SOM, Pediatrics)
Andrew Miller, MD (SOM, Psychiatry)
KM Venkat Narayan, MD, MSC, MVVA (SPH, Diabetes)
Steven Culler, PhD (SPH, Health Policy and Management)
David Howard (PhD (SPH, Health Policy and Management)
Dean Jones, PhD, (SOM, Pulmonary)
Shuzhao Li MD (SOM, Medicine)
Alicia Smith, PhD (SOM, Psychiatry)
Thomas Ziegler. MD (SOM, Endocrinology)
Vaidy Sunderam, PhD (ECAS, Computer Science)
Li Xiong, PhD (ECAS, Mathematics and Computer Science)
Gari Clifford, PhD (SOM, Biomedical Engineering and Bioinformatics)
Michelle Kegler, DrPH/ MPH (SPH, Behavioral Sciences & Health)
Greg Martin, MD MSc (SOM, Pulmonary)


Erin Ferranti, PhD, MPH, RN, FAHA
Nicole Carlson, RN, PhD, CNM
Irene Yang, PhD, MSN, RN






Supporting Core
Mark Risjord, PhD (Philosophy)
Melinda Higgins, PhD (Biostatistician)
Sudeshna Paul, PhD

T32 Pre-doctoral Trainee   

Erica Davis, RN, BSN:  Research interests centered on assisting persons with heart failure with their sympsom management and eliminating barriers to care, possibly through emotional health interventions and addressing defecits in patient education. (BSN, Howard University, 2010) 

T32 Pre-doctoral Trainee   

Mary Claire Montilus, RN, BSN:  Research interests include interventions for chronic conditions related to self-care, treatment adherence and quality of life with a focus on mental health wellbeing and behavior adaptability. (BSN, Emory University, 2018)

T32 Postdoctoral Fellow 

Monique Balthazar, DNP, PhD, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC: Research interests include HIV/AIDS, improving outcomes in chronic disease management, sleep, and self-care for persons with HIV/AIDS. (DNP/PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 2014)

Predoctoral Applications: due by January 2, 2019

Doctoral applicants must meet the admission criteria for the Emory University Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (BSN-PhD or MSN-PhD Track) and have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing and a professional nursing license. All applicants to the T32 predoctoral program must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States Pre-doctoral applicants should also submit GRE scores taken within the last 5 years, references and a brief essay indicating their prior research experience and their research interests related to interventions for persons with or at risk for a specific chronic condition. Pre-doctoral applicants interested in the T32 should also send a notification of their interest to the T32 program administrator, Jean Harrell (aharrel@emory.edu)

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Postdoctoral Applications: priority deadline February 3, 2020

All applicants to the T32 postdoctoral program must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States and must submit official transcripts from previous and/or current institutions and 3 reference letters. Applications to the post-doctoral program should be either enrolled in or graduated from a research-focused doctoral program at the time of application.

Postdoctoral applicants must submit their curriculum vitae and a brief description of their research goals including the next logical step in their research and research training, goals for research development including alignment with the goals of the T32, and interest in a faculty mentor; three letters of reference; and transcripts from their doctoral degree program. Select applicants will be invited to complete an interview with training faculty.

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For more information, please contact:

Sandra B. Dunbar,
T32 Co-Director and Senior Associate Dean
Charles Howard Candler Professor
(404) 727-6939

Mi-Kyung Song, PhD, RN, FAAN
T32 Co-Director
Professor and Edith F. Honeycutt Endowed Chair
(404) 727-3134

Rebecca Gary,
T32 Assistant Program Director
Associate Professor
(404) 727-8360