October 17, 2021

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8 New School Members Be part of the University of Nursing

This slide, the UConn Faculty of Nursing is welcoming four new tenure-keep track of and 4 new medical faculty associates. They join the University at a time when making ready its pupils to treatment for the nearby and international communities is much more essential than ever.

Meet up with the latest members of the University of Nursing school:

Katherine Bernier Carney 

Katherine Bernier Carney ’18 MS, ’19 Ph.D. (Submitted photograph).

Bernier Carney ’18 MS, ’19 Ph.D. is just one of the Faculty of Nursing’s latest assistant professors.  

A pediatric nurse, Bernier Carney completed her doctorate as a Robert Wooden Johnson Potential of Nursing Scholar, examining the function of psychological worry in the growth of persistent discomfort. She then trained as a T32 Postdoctoral Fellow at the College of Utah College or university of Nursing, concentrating on cancer, caregiving, and conclude-of-life care investigate. Just before pursuing her baccalaureate degree in nursing, she received a bachelor’s in public health sciences from the University of Massachusetts. Her nursing history is in pediatric acute treatment and hematology/oncology. 

The major goal of Bernier Carney’s research is to make improvements to the symptom care of little ones and adolescents getting therapy for cancer. Her work is positioned at the intersection of symptom science, pediatric oncology, and family members-centered care. She suggests she is particularly intrigued in utilizing patient-centered medical facts to understand symptom treatment styles and produce interventions to prepare family customers in offering large excellent supportive treatment for their little ones across the most cancers cure trajectory.  

“As an educator, my over-all objective is to support students to converse much more correctly, advance significant imagining competencies, and produce an ethical recognition of how their choices impression affected person care and public wellbeing,” she claims. “I get pleasure from mentoring undergraduate and graduate pupils in research projects and serve as a peer reviewer for numerous scientific journals.”

Sharon G. Casavant 

A portrait of assistant professor Sharon Casavant.
Sharon Casavant ’15 (NURS), ’18 MS, ’19 Ph.D. (Submitted image).

Funded by the Countrywide Institutes of Wellness, Casavant’s research focuses on epigenetic alterations, such as gene expression and telomere size, in preterm infants that end result from repeated distressing methods and may perhaps negatively affect neurodevelopment. She is presently broadening her research aim, investigating heritability of racial anxiety involving mother and father and preterm infants through telomere size. As such, her long-time period investigate passions entail the growth of a detailed knowledge of the interactions between genes and surroundings in Black mother-preterm infant dyads. 

“My enthusiasm for nursing science is grounded not only upon scientific study but also in teaching and mentoring,” Casavant ’15 (NURS), ’18 MS, ’19 Ph.D. claims. “I hope to impart that our knowledge of the dwelling environment is not a static checklist of details to memorize but is made up of incredibly essential and intricate aspects that retain us practical. As a trainer, I stimulate long run nurse experts, wellbeing treatment companies, and policymakers to be excited, engaged, and inspired to master far more.” 

Fully commited to serving the nursing neighborhood the two nationally and internationally, she serves as a research committee member for the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and the Worldwide Modern society of Nurses in Genetics. Casavant is an abstract reviewer for the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and Jap Nursing Research Culture. She is also a peer reviewer for the next scholarly journals: Acta Paediatrica, Journal of Neonatal Nursing, Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, Biological Study in Nursing, Psychoneuroendocrinology, and British Health-related Journal, Pediatrics. 

Jean Sheerin Coffey

A portrait of clinical professor Jean Sheerin Coffey.
Jean Sheerin Coffey ’16 Ph.D. (Submitted image).

Coffey ’16 Ph.D., a scientific professor, has focused her 44-12 months occupation to doing work with youngsters and families. Her clinical get the job done, management roles, educating, and investigation have targeted on young children with long-term well being care needs and their people. She was a member of a staff funded by the Katie Beckett grant that designed the to start with pediatric high-tech household treatment program in Vermont. Her publication, “Parenting a Baby with Persistent Disease A Meta synthesis,” carries on to be cited by researchers across the globe. She co-authored the initial possible analyze analyzing emergencies in pediatric key care offices, posted in Pediatrics in 2000. As element of a countrywide Small children in Nature advisory board, she contributed to the development of one particular of the primary character prescriptions and went on to study the use of the prescription by principal care vendors.

Michelle Cole

A portrait of associate clinical professor Michelle Cole.
Michelle Cole (Submitted image).

Cole is an award-profitable, innovative schooling leader, a former software director and former chair of tutorial specifications and worldwide systems. With above a 10 years of instructing encounter in greater training and a lot more than 20 decades of direct care encounter, she joins the University as an affiliate scientific professor. She is adept at analyzing, encouraging and motivating faculty and college students and mentoring the next era of nurses. Her scholarship focuses on nursing education and learning, simulation, pediatric nursing, and youngster overall health care requirements. She gained her DNP at the University of Massachusetts, her Learn of Science in nursing from the College of Hartford, and her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from St. Joseph College (now University). Beforehand, she was the neighborhood outreach liaison for the University of Nursing, coordinating COVID-19 vaccination attempts.

Eileen Condon

A portrait of assistant professor Eileen Condon.
Eileen Condon (Submitted photograph).

After learning and finishing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Faculty of Nursing, Condon is signing up for UConn as an assistant professor. Her research focuses on comprehension intergenerational transmission of childhood adversity and protecting variables between socioeconomically marginalized households.  

“Inspired by my background as a family members nurse practitioner performing with underserved communities, the purpose of my program of analysis is to establish novel targets for intervention to boost heath and lower wellbeing inequities among the marginalized families,” Condon suggests. She incorporates biological, behavioral, and genetic methods, such as analyzing the roles of sleep, psychological health, parenting, swelling, the intestine microbiome, and gene-surroundings interactions in the intergenerational transmission of harmful anxiety. 

Condon is at the moment funded by a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the Countrywide Institute of Nursing Investigation (NINR) of the Nationwide Institutes of Wellbeing. Her previous research has also been funded by NINR, the American Nurses Foundation, the NAPNAP foundation, and several other foundation grants. She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Villanova University in 2008, and her Master of Science and Ph.D. from the Yale Faculty of Nursing in 2012 and 2018, respectively. 

Brenda McNeil

A portrait of assistant clinical professor Brenda McNeil.
Brenda McNeil (Submitted image).

McNeil is a nationally licensed spouse and children nurse practitioner with 25 yrs of expertise in most important care with a concentrate on underserved populations, 10 decades in medical precepting, and 7 yrs educating in graduate nursing education. An assistant clinical professor, she serves on the Nationwide Firm of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Preceptor Committee. Given that 2016, she has been a plan manager on ANE/ANEW grants, doing the job immediately with nurse practitioner college students in classroom/medical configurations and immediately with clinical preceptors involving precepting competencies, recruitment, and retention. In this role, she identified a hole in preceptor improvement and scientific teaching needs of nurse practitioner preceptors. She and her colleagues surveyed preceptors at a nationwide nurse practitioner conference. The posted outcomes have knowledgeable preceptor teaching and assist plans at UConn.

Jessica Palozie

A portrait of assistant clinical professor Jessica Palozie.
Jessica Palozie ’10 MS, ’21 DNP (Submitted photo).

As an educator and practicing clinician for more than a ten years, Palozie ’10 MS, ’21 DNP aligns with the Benner and Bandura teaching philosophies the student’s degree of studying is elementary to tailoring the training. Also, major by illustration and instilling self-assurance in university student nurses is important for abilities and knowledge enhancement. Nurses confront difficulties with hard selections in a very various health treatment landscape. As a result, the inherent great importance of proof-based practice must tutorial scientific thinking. Her investigate emphasis aims to discover the adoption of EBP beliefs and attitudes in affiliate-prepared nurses. Yet another medical fascination she wishes to pursue is investigating the screening of infertility in key care.

Christina Ross 

Ross has joined the College as an assistant professor, subsequent the completion of her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota. 

A portrait of assistant professor Christina Ross.
Christina Ross (Submitted image).

She delivers a special cultural lens to addressing wellness disparities based on her working experience functioning in Guyana, Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, Guatemala, and South Africa. Her teaching targets purpose to market an inclusive mastering environment to correctly get ready upcoming nurses to treatment for numerous affected person populations. 

Ross’ exploration focuses on comprehension how youth-serving experts can deal with adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health and fitness (SRH) demands, endorse their beneficial progress by working with their inner and exterior assets, and noticeably reduce the charges of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies. Her interest involves wellbeing promotion and risk reduction amid susceptible adolescents regionally and globally, SRH, and wellbeing disparities. Her purpose is to acquire culturally delicate trauma-informed interventions to tackle the elevated costs of STIs and unintended teenage pregnancy that impact youth of color and make sure vulnerable youth have equal access to quality health and fitness treatment.  

Ross has a enthusiasm for global wellness and was the 2018 NIH Minority Health Intercontinental Exploration Teaching Grant Scholar. She mentored undergraduate learners from the United States and South Africa and investigated alcoholic beverages use and its affect on SRH and relationships between young adults in South Africa. Her most current research examined feminine adolescents’ views concerning their SRH requires although in foster treatment.

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