PhD Student Profiles

2021 Cohort

Abby
Britt
MSN, CNM, MA

Research interests include perinatal health disparities, respectful maternity care, trauma/PTSD, epigenetic/physiologic impacts of stress/trauma on perinatal outcomes, trauma informed care (MSN, Emory University, 2013) Advisor, Dr. Nicole Carlson.

Carin
Molchan
MS, BSN-RN, CCRP

Research interests include the consent process, health literacy, and community-based participatory research in marginalized populations with outcomes of interest such as infection markers related to vaccine-preventable or environmental disease factors. (BSN, Johns Hopkins University, 2012)Advisor, Dean Linda McCauley.

Naziya
Noorani
MSN, RN-BC

Research interests include palliative care for patients with chronic conditions, specifically those with renal disease. (MSN, Duke University, 2019)  Advisor, Dr. Mi-Kyung Song.

Hina
Raheel
RN, BScN, MSc

Research Interests include maternal and child health in underserved populations especially those from underdeveloped countries and migrant populations. (MSc, Aga Khan University, Pakistan, 2009)  Advisor, Dr. Lisa Thompson.

Mayra
Sainz
MPH

Interests include working with community partners to conduct research that explores, addresses, and evaluates programs that reduce health disparities in BIPOC communities, specifically within the field of geriatrics and mental health. (MPH, Emory University, 2021)  Co-Advisors: Dr. Kenneth Hepburn and Dr. Fayron Epps.

Octavia
Vogel
MPH, BSN

Research interests include, reducing breast cancer disparities among African American women. (BSN, Emory University, 2021, MPH, Georgia State University, 2009, BS, Xavier University of Louisiana, 2006)  Advisor, Dr. Jill Hamilton.

2020 Cohort

Karah
Alexander
MPH, BA

Research interests include improving health literacy in African American informal caregivers of persons living with dementia. Other research interests: improving African-American participation and building trust in clinical & social research, disparities in the dementia diagnosis. (MPH, Georgia State University, 2019)  Co-Advisors: Dr. Kenneth Hepburn and Dr. Fayron Epps.

Laurie
Dimisko
BSN, BS, RN

Research and practice interests’ center around neuro critical care nursing as it pertains to improving stroke outcomes. (BSN, Emory University 2018) Advisor, Dr. Vicki Hertzberg.

Ruiqi
Jin
RN, MSN, MSN

Research interests include oncology nursing, cancer survivorship, and women's health(BSN, Wuhan University (China), 2016; MSN, Sun-Yatsen University (China), 2019), Advisor, Dr. Eun-Ok Im.

Gayeong
Kim
RN, MSN

Research interests include the healthcare transition from childhood to adulthood in emerging adults with chronic diseases, particularly childhood cancer survivors. (MSN, Yonsei University, 2017) Advisor, Dr. Eun-Ok Im.

Megan Elizabeth
Mayfield
MS, RN, CNE

Research interests include heart failure in the acute care and palliative care settings. Other interests include caregiver burden, increasing access to care, and out patient symptom management for patients diagnosed with heart failure.(MS, Clemson University, 2018) Advisor, Dr. Rebecca Gary.

Rebecca Shasanmi
Ellis
MPH, BSN, RN

Research interests focus on issues related to human resources for health in low- and middle-income countries. Other interests include mental health, patient safety, maternal and child health, and reducing disparities & health inequities. (BSN, George Washington University, 2013) Advisor, Dr. Jeannie Cimiotti.

Paula
Tucker
DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP

Research Interest: Understanding emergency provider practices surrounding mild traumatic brain injury. (MSN, Emory University, 2010), Co-Advisors: Dr. Ann Rogers and Dr. Sharon Pappas.

Stephanie
Lee
BS, BSN, RN, OCN

Research interests focus on health literacy and symptom management in adult oncology patients from underserved, rural areas. Other interests include financial toxicity and reducing barriers to cancer care in rural populations.  (BSN, Emory University, 2017)   Advisor, Dr. Kate Yeager.

2019 Cohort

Roseline Jean
Louis
RN, BSN

I'm interested in the roles that racism, and respectful maternity care impact maternal health outcomes in the United States.My doctoral dissertation work aims to measure the effects of racial discrimination and maternal disrespect on adverse maternal outcomes during the prenatal, intra-partum, and post-partum period-among African American women in Atlanta,Georgia. National Birth Equity Collaborative Fellow. (BSN Emory University,2018) Advisor, Dr. Lisa M. Thompson.

Emily
Wissel
BS

Research interests include understanding how changes in the gut and vaginal microbiome during pregnancy impact health outcomes, gut-brain axis and mental health, the role of antimicrobial therapies in influencing microbial communities. Co-Advisors: Dr. Vicki Hertzberg and Dr. Timothy Read.

Avi
Wofsy
RN MSN PMHNP-BC

Research interests include public psychiatry and policies addressing barriers to care. (MSN, University of California San Francisco, 2017). Advisor, Dr. Kylie Smith.

Amy
Kolwaite
CPNP-AC/PC, MS, MPH

Research interests include health systems strengthening in low-resource settings, reducing disparities & health inequities and increasing access to care. (MS, Arizona State University, 2006). Advisor, Dr. Lisa M. Thompson.

Crista
Irwin
RN, BSN

Researchinterests include exercise adherence, cognition, and chronic stress andinflammation in PLWH (people living with HIV). (BSN Emory, 2018N)  Advisor, Dr. Rebecca Gary.

2018 Cohort

Erica
Davis
RN, BSN

Interested in the heart failure population, specifically, how to assist patients with symptom management and eliminating barriers to care. Additional research interests: emotional health interventions for patients with chronic conditions and addressing deficits in patient education. (BSN, HowardUniversity, 2010)  Advisor, Dr. Sandra B. Dunbar.

Carolina
Gustafson
MSN, ACNP-BC

Research interests include end-of-life and palliative care interventions for young adult patients and their families, particularly those undergoing solid organ.  (MSN, Yale University,2018)  Advisor, Dr. Mi-Kyung Song.

Haerim
Lee
MSN, BSN, RN

Research interests focus on the management of cancer- and treatment-related symptom, such as pain, nausea, and sexual functioning, particularly for gynecologic cancer patients. Other interests include health disparities.  (MSN, Seoul National University, 2017)  Advisor, Dr. Kate A. Yeager.

Mary Claire
Montilus
RN, BSN

Research interests include interventions for chronic conditions related to self-care, treatment adherence and quality of life. Other interests include mental health well-being and behavior adaptability to long-term conditions inpatients. (BSN, Emory University, 2018) Advisor, Dr. Drenna Waldrop.

Daniel
Smith
MS, BSN, RN

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar. His research attempts to better understanding how climate change impacts the health of disenfranchised populations, specifically immigrants and refugees. Other interests include incorporating data science methodologies with community based participatory research to provide multiple analytical approaches to his work.  (MS, Emory University 2020; BSN, Emory University 2018) Advisor, Dr. Vicki Hertzberg.

2017 Cohort

Elizabeth
Bilsborough
RN, BSN, BA

Research interests include conversations in end-of-life care, particularly for patients with advanced chronic illness who have been admitted to the intensive care unit. Other interests include early palliative care, advance care planning, and facilitating a "good death" (BSN, Emory University, 2017). Advisor, Dr. Kenneth Hepburn.

Sarah
Febres-Cordero
RN, BSN

Research interests include injury prevention and harm reduction in communities where opioid use and overdose is common. (BSN, Emory University, 2017). Advisor, Dr. Kylie Smith.

Amy
Greenblatt
MPH, BNS, RN

Research interests include the promotion of mental health and prevention of risk behaviors in adolescent and young adult populations. (MPH, 2015, Emory University; BS N, 2016, Emory University). Advisor, Dr. Kristy Martyn.

Carrie
Henry
MSN, CNM

Research interests include prenatal palliative care and care for families experiencing perinatal loss. (MSN, Medical University of South Carolina, 2005). Advisor, Dr. Mi-Kyung Song.

Rosemary
Kinuthia
DNP, MPH, FNP-C

Research interests focus on issues related to human resources for health in developing countries. Other interests include reducing disparities & health inequities, increasing access to care, & improving health outcomes among people living with HIV. (DNP, Emory University, 2017). Dr. Martha Rogers.

2016 Cohort

Julianne
Todd
BSN, RN

Research interests include the risk factors of postpartum depression and gene by environment interactions that may predispose women to mood disorders in the perinatal period. (BSN, Emory University, 2016). Advisor, Dr. Sharon Close.

Alyssa
Monda
RN, BSN

Research interests include investigating the relationship between exercise, the microbiome, and chronic inflammation associated with cardiovascular disease and HIV. (BSN, Johns Hopkins University, 2016). Advisor, Dr. Jeannie Cimiotti.

Rachel
Wolf
RN, BSN, MPH

Research interests include health education interventions for chronic disease self-management and implementation research methodologies to address health disparities in chronic disease self-management. Current research focuses on the clinical interventions to facilitate patient-centered diabetes self-management. (BSN, Kennesaw State University, 2013)  Advisor, Dr. Laura Kimble.

2015 Cohort

Jade
McBroom
RN

Research interests include health disparities in African American women living with HIV with a focus on reproductive and mental health.  (BSN, University of Florida, 2015). Advisor Dr. Marcia Holstad.

2014 Cohort

Sheila
Jordan
RN, BSN, MPH

Research interests include chronic disease manifestations of pregnancy related hypertensive disorders, biological markers for preeclampsia and health promotion. Other interests include preconception health and reproductive justice. (BSN, Emory University, 2010). Advisor, Dr. Carolyn Reilly.

2013 Cohort

Tommy
Flynn
RN, CPN

Research and practice interests center around pediatric palliative nursing care as it pertains to quality of life in the context of chronic disease. (BSN, 2010, Emory University). Advisor, Dr. Kate A. Yeager.

2012 Cohort

Kent W.
Haythorn
MS, RN

Research interests include leadership, governance structures and models of care, specifically the role power plays in the nurse/patient/physician relationship and possible changes in outcomes for patients and families. Other interests include the developing role of the nurse in the era of the Affordable Care Act and exploring the concept of professional nurses as active partners in health care delivery. (MS, 2003, Nazareth College). Advisor, Dr. Melinda Higgins.