Areas of Expertise

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Transforming Health Care

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing faculty experts can provide analysis, opinions, and comments on a wide range of health-related topics. Our faculty is comprised of internationally-recognized health care educators, researchers, and clinicians from nursing, medicine, and public health. A small sampling of their areas of expertise can be found below.

Emory's School of Nursing is home to several of the nation's top oncology nurse researchers who study cancer outcomes, symptom management, mindfulness meditation, and the effects of cancer on sleep. Our researchers collaborate with Winship Cancer Institute, the Georgia Cancer Coalition, the National Cancer Institute, and other organizations to lead important cancer research. See below to learn more about the dynamic researchers who are leading clinical discoveries in cancer.

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Caregivers provide millions of hours in care to their loved ones, which can challenging and stressful when caring for loved ones who need significant levels of ongoing support. Researchers at Emory's School of Nursing are developing innovative interventions to address the mental and physical needs of caregivers. Caregiver research at Emory's School of Nursing has been supported by the National Institutes of Nursing Research, the Georgia Cancer Coalition, and more.

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Our environmental health experts are exploring how climate change, environmental exposures, and toxins affect the health of American adults and children.

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Gerontological health research has become more important as the health care needs of the elderly population increases to unprecedented levels. Emory's School of Nursing is known for its elder health research. Nurse researchers are partnering with the Alzheimer's Association, the John A. Hartford Foundation, and other organizations to develop innovative interventions to improve health outcomes for older adults.

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Global health is at the heart of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing's research mission. With the support of the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility, the school has expanded its research to dozens of countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas. Emory nursing researchers are exploring the global context of maternal and child health, workforce information systems, HIV/AIDS, and nurse education. Researchers partner with the Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationThe Carter Center, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Health services research is focused on the organization, financing, delivery and outcomes of health care. Health Services research is on the rise at Emory's School of Nursing. Last year, the school secured more than $7.5 million in funding for health services research, which comprises approximately 45.6% of the school's total research funding.

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Researchers at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing have stayed at the forefront of HIV/AIDS research with grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionEmory's Center for AIDS Research, and other organizations. School of Nursing researchers are using music, motivational interviewing, and other innovative techniques to improve medication adherence and promote healthy behaviors in people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Our faculty experts have been advancing mental health and psychiatric research for many years. Our faculty are known for their impact in the areas of postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, intimate partner violence, and military sexual trauma among many other mental health disorders.

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Chronic sleep loss contributes to ongoing health problems such as weight gain and high blood pressure . Researchers at Emory's School of Nursing are studying the bidirectional relationships between sleep, cancer, obesity, and other chronic illnesses with support from the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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