Scholars

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  • Susan Breiteinsten, PhD, RN is interested in developing innovative ways to deliver evidence based programs targeting young children and families experiencing economic and social hardships. For her research project, Dr. Breitenstein plans to develop and test digital delivery of a parent –training program for low-income, minority parents of young children.

  • Dr. J. Margo Brooks Carthon is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is working to examine how nursing interventions such as discharge planning and coordination of care influence repeat hospitalizations among older minority patients. Dr. Brooks Carthon has published regarding nurse staffing and post-surgical mortality and the impact of nurse staffing on patient safety.

  • Dr. Allison Burfield is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte School of Nursing.  She strives to improve the care of the elderly. Her current research is focused on improving how medications are used in the older adult to reduce polypharmacy and medication costs, while improving care outcomes and quality of life. Dr. Burfield has published regarding the concomitance of pain and cognition in elderly long-term populations.

  • Dr. Candace Burton is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing.  A former domestic violence advocate, she decided to become a nurse to increase understanding of the impact of relationship-based abuse on women’s health, and her project is focused on the elucidation of biologic and behavioral impacts of the experience of teen dating violence on the health of young women.  Dr. Burton has published regarding adolescent dating abuse and teen dating violence.

  • Dr. Casida is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His research goal is to develop foundational knowledge for the care trajectory of people living with life-sustaining technological devices such as mechanical hearts, and establish a scientific basis for developing interventions to improving healthcare utilization and quality of life outcomes.

  • Dr. Coffman is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has extensive experience working in the Latino community and is fluent in Spanish. Formerly, she received the American Nurses Foundation Presidential Scholar award. Her current study uses a health literacy instructional framework to improve diabetes self-management in Latina women with type 2 diabetes.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Cohn’s research project focuses on increasing the representation of minorities in genetic, epigenetic and genomic research through community engagement. In addition to teaching at the Columbia University School of Nursing, Dr. Cohn is Associate Chair of Research for the Hip Hop Public Education Center, and has a federally funded academic-community partnership with the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem.

  • Alison Colbert, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., B.C.

    As a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public/Community Health, Alison M. Colbert, Assistant Professor at Duquesne University, aims to improve the health of recently-incarcerated women. Her RWJF-sponsored research will focus on developing a case management intervention targeting this population.

  • Maja Djukic, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor at New York University College of Nursing. Her research interests focus on exploring personal and organizational factors associated with the implementation of evidence-based nurse work environment improvement strategies. As an RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar, Djukic hopes to make important contributions to the inter-professional field of implementation science.  

  • Jennifer Doering, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and master’s and doctorate from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Dr. Doering studies how sleep deprivation affects depression in socioeconomically disadvantaged women after childbirth.