Since 1996, the School of Nursing has been recipient of an Institutional Training Grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (T32NR007091). The focus of the training is the development and testing of theory-based interventions for preventing and managing chronic illness. The most recent competing renewal (07/01/2016-06/30/2021; MPIs: S. Santcroce/J. Leeman).) emphasizes accelerating translation of theory-based interventions into practice using five translation catalysts: stakeholder engagement, patient-centered outcomes, SMART designs and adaptive interventions, mixed-methods, and dissemination and implementation science.

The training grant provides funding for four postdoctoral and seven pre-doctoral trainees per year. School of Nursing faculty and faculty from across campus mentor these trainees by providing research experiences to build the trainees’ skills.  The program’s goal is to prepare nurse scientists to develop and test complex, theory-driven interventions that are scalable and can be translated into clinical practice.  Trainees may focus on either prevention or management of chronic illness in the population, age group, or clinical group of interest to them.

T32 pre-doctoral awards are for one year and are renewable for a total of up to three years based on academic performance and scholarly productivity during the appointment period.  Pre-doctoral trainees will work on their mentor’s funded research projects and develop a portfolio that will include presentations, publications, and individual NRSA applications (F31).  Pre-doctoral trainees must be a United States citizen or permanent resident who has been accepted to or is currently enrolled in the School of Nursing’s PhD Program. Accepted applicants to the PhD program will be considered for the T32 based on the fit between their research interests and the focus of the T32, their academic record, and other aspects of their PhD program application. A separate application is not required.

T32 postdoctoral awards are also for one year and may be renewed for a second year based on scholarly productivity during the appointment period. Postdoctoral trainees work with a faculty mentor and are also expected to produce scholarly work, apply for funding, and actively participate in an interdisciplinary research center relevant to their research.  Additionally, postdoctoral fellows are expected to develop their own project that builds on existing infrastructure and ongoing research projects.

To apply for a postdoctoral traineeship, applications must be a United States citizen or permanent resident with a BSN or MSN, and have fulfilled all the requirements for the PhD in nursing or a related field.

 Apply for the postdoctoral traineeship here.

If you have questions, please contact one of the T32 Directors: Dr. Sheila Santacroce at sheila.santacroce@unc.edu or Dr. Jennifer Leeman at jleeman@email.unc.edu

  • 60% of the tuition charged by the School of Nursing
  • Monthly stipend
  • Fixed amount of funds for research training related expenses including health insurance
  • Individualized research mentoring and career planning
  • Participation in regular research and integrative seminars
  • Methodological consultation including Biobehavioral methods
  • Assistance with grant development and submission
  • Opportunity to work with interdisciplinary research leaders

Current Postdoctoral Trainees

Dr. Rachel Hirschey earned her BSN from Endicott College in 2004 and her PhD from Duke University in 2017, where she worked as a teaching and research assistant. As a PhD student, Dr. Hirschey was awarded a Predoctoral Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award by the NIH/NINR, a Jonas Scholarship for nursing leadership, and a grant from the Oncology Nursing Society. Dr. Hirschey has delivered12 peer-reviewed podium or oral presentations at scientific meetings and currently three more have been accepted for presentation in 2018.

Dr. Hirschey’s postdoctoral research focuses on identifying psychological predictors of physical activity among African American cancer survivors, and designing, testing and eventually implementing theory-based interventions to increase PA among racially and ethnically diverse samples of colorectal cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy and/or radiation. Dr. Hirschey joined the T32 to continue her training in theory-based intervention development and testing, to learn how to incorporate implementation science into her intervention research. Her goal is to become an independent nurse scientist with a tenured faculty position at a research-intensive institution.

Presentations

Hirschey, R., Kimmick, G., Hockenberry, M., Shaw, R., Pan, W., Page, C., Lipkus, I. (to be presented, April 2018) Preliminary Test of Targeting Outcome Expectations to Increase Exercise among Breast Cancer Survivors. Poster Presentation at the Society of Behavioral Medicine 43rd Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Hirschey, R., Kimmick, G., Hockenberry, M., Shaw, R., Pan, W., Page, C., Lipkus, I. (to be presented, February 2018) Feasibility of a Theory-Based Intervention to Increase Exercise among Breast Cancer Survivors. Poster Presentation at the 15th annual American Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference. Tuscon, AZ.

Hirschey, R,Rodgers, C, Hockenberry, M. (to be presented May 2018) A Program to Enhance Writing Skills for Advance Practice Nurses. Poster Presentation at the Oncology Nursing Society 43rd Annual Congress. Washington, D.C.

Hirschey, R., Meadows, J., Labriola, B., Myers, P., Houchin, L., Allen, D. (May 2017) Evidence Based Practice Collaboration between Nurse Scientists and Nurse Clinicians. Poster Presentation at the Society of Behavioral Medicine 42nd Annual Meeting. Denver, CO.

Hirschey, R., Kimmick, G., Hockenberry, M., Shaw, R., Pan, W., Lipkus, I. (March 2017) Moving On, An Exercise Intervention Developed with and for Breast Cancer Survivors. Podium Presentation. Duke-UNC Annual Research Meeting.

Hirschey, R., Pan, W., Lipkus, I., (March 2017) Breast Cancer Survivors’ Attributions of Lack of Exercise as Causes for Cancer Diagnosis and Recurrence Risk. Poster Presentation at the Society of Behavioral Medicine 38th Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA.

Hirschey, R., Docherty, S., Pan, W., Lipkus, I., (November 2016) Exploration of Exercise Outcome Expectations among Breast Cancer Survivors. Poster Presentation at the Duke School of Nursing Center for Nursing Research Annual Conference.

Hirschey, R., Docherty, S., Pan, W., Lipkus, I., (April 2016) Exploration of Exercise Outcome Expectations among Breast Cancer Survivors. Poster Presentation at the Society of Behavioral Medicine 37th Annual Meeting. Washington D.C.

Hirschey, R., Pan, W., Hockenberry, M., Kimmick, G., Lipkus, I., (March 2016) Development and Initial Testing of a Physical Activity Outcome Expectation Scale for Cancer Survivors. Podium presentation at the American Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.

Hirschey, R., Rhodes, R., Kimmick, G., Pan, W., Lipkus, I., (March 2016) Feasibility of an Intervention Focused on Increasing Enjoyment of Physical Activity (PA) in order to Develop PA Habits. Podium presentation at the American Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.

Hirschey, R., Pan, W., Hockenberry, M., Kimmick, G., Lipkus, I., (February 2016) Development of a Physical Activity Outcome Expectation Scale. Poster presentation at the Southern Nursing Research Society 30th Annual Conference. Williamsburg, VA.

Hirschey, R. (September 2015) Collaboration of Nurse Scientists and Clinicians to Translate Evidence into Practice. Webinar Presentation for the Annual Jonas Leadership Conference. Washington DC.

Hirschey, R., Lipkus, I. (February 2015) Development of an Intervention to Increase Exercise Outcome Expectations among Breast Cancer Survivors. Poster presentation at the Southern Nursing Research Society 29th Annual Conference. Tampa, FL.

Hirschey, R., Barosso, J., Lipkus, I. (September 2015). Exploration of Exercise Intentions and Outcome Expectations among Breast Cancer Surviors. Poster presentation at the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, State of the Science Conference, Washington D.C.

Publications

Hirschey, R., Kimmick, G., Hockenberry, M., Shaw, R., Pan, W., Lipkus, I. Protocol of Moving On, a Randomized Controlled Trial to Increase Outcome Expectations and Exercise among Breast Cancer Survivors. Nursing Open (in press).

Lewinski, A.A., Mann, T., Flores, D., Vance, A., Prvu Bettger, J., and Hirschey, R. Partnership for Development: A Peer Mentorship Model for PhD Students. Journal of Professional Nursing. 2017. doi:10.1016/j.profnurs.2017.03.004.

Hirschey, R., Docherty, S. L., Pan, W. & Lipkus, I. Exploration of Exercise Outcome Expectations Among Breast Cancer Survivors. Cancer Nurs 1 (2016). Doi:10.1097/NCC.0000000000000362

Hirschey, R., Lipkus, I., Jones, L., Mantyh, C., Sloane, R., & Demark-Wahnefried, W. (2016). Message Framing and Physical Activity Promotion in Colorectal Cancer Survivors. Oncology Nursing Forum43(6), 697–705. http://doi.org/10.1188/16.ONF.43-06AP

Dr. Carolyn Lekavich, PhD, MSN, MHS-CL, ANP-C, received her doctorate in nursing philosophy from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). She earned her BSN at Ohio Wesleyan University, and her MSN and MHS-CL at Duke University.

Dr. Lekavich’s  program of research focuses on preventing heart failure preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) by using biobehavioral and metabolomic markers to predict risk. She elected to return to UNC for the T32 postdoctoral fellowship because of its program’s expert mentorship and collaborative opportunities for research. Her goal is to secure an academic position that allows her to practice as both a clinician and a scientist.

Honors and Awards

American College of Cardiology, Annual Scientific Sessions, Experts in Heart Failure Preserved Ejection Fraction, Expert Panelist, March 2018.

American Heart Association, Stroke and Cardiovascular Nursing, Martha H. Hill New Investigator, Award Finalist, November 2017

American Heart Association, Stroke and Cardiovascular Nursing, Early Investigator Grant Mentoring Session, Grant Finalist, November 2017

American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, Oral Abstract Award Winner, June 2017

Heart Failure Society of America, National Nurse Research Award Nominee, September 2016.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Graduate School Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation  Award Nominee, May 2015

National Institute of Nursing Research, Pre-doctoral Abstract Award Finalist, April 2015.

Matthews Dissertation Scholarship Award, 2014.

The Jane Winningham Smith Endowed Doctoral Scholarship Award, 2011, 2012.

Global Health Scholar Award, Cardiovascular Care in Eldoret, Kenya, 2011.

Sigma Theta Tau International (Beta Epsilon Chapter), Nursing Honor Society, 1995.

Presentations

Lekavich, C.  Invited Faculty, Experts in Heart Failure Preserved Ejection Fraction, Annual Scientific Sessions, American College of Cardiology (ACC), 67th Annual Scientific Sessions, 3/2018, Orlando, Florida

Lekavich, C. Barksdale, D., Neelon V., Wu, R, Crandell, J., Velazquez, E. (November 2017).  Biomarkers that Predict Risk of Incident Heart Failure Preserved Ejection Fraction:  A Matched Case-Control Analysis.  Oral Abstract presentation at the American Heart Association (AHA) Annual Scientific Sessions, Anaheim, California, 1 of 3 finalists for the Martha E. Hill, New Investigator Award.

Lekavich, C. Wu, R, Crandell, J., Velazquez, E. Kraus, W. (November 2017).  Prospective Identification of Biomarkers that Predict Risk of Incident Heart Failure Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF:  Precision in Measuring Clinical, Echocardiographic and Metabolomic Biomarkers.  Grant proposal selected for presentation during the Early Investigator Grant Mentoring Session at the American Heart Association (AHA) Annual Scientific Sessions, Anaheim, California, candidate selected for grant proposal.

Lekavich, C. Barksdale, D., Neelon V., Wu, R, Crandell, J., Velazquez, E. (June 2017). Measures of Ventricular-Arterial Coupling and Incident Heart Failure Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF): A Matched Case-Control Analysis. Oral Presentation at the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) 13th Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida. – Award for Outstanding Oral Abstract.

Lekavich, C. Barksdale, D., Neelon V., Wu, R, Crandell, J., Velazquez, E. (March 2017). Measures of Ventricular-Arterial Coupling and Incident Heart Failure Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF): A Matched Case-Control Analysis. Poster Presentation at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 66th Annual Scientific Session, Washington, D.C.

Lekavich, C. Barksdale, D., Neelon, V., Crandell, J., Wu, J., Velazquez, E.  (February 2017). Early Markers of Impending Heart Failure Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF):  Unique Features of Phenotype and Race. Oral Presentation at the Southern Nurses Research Society (SNRS) 31st Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas.

Lekavich, C. Barksdale, D., Neelon V., Wu, R, Crandell, J., Velazquez, E. (February 2017). The Identification of Biomarkers that Predict Impending Heart Failure Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF): A Matched Case-Control Analysis. Poster Presentation at the Southern Nurses Research Society (SNRS) 31st Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas.

Lekavich, C., Barksdale, D., Neelon, V., Crandell, J., Wu, J., Velazquez, E.  (October 2016). The Identification of Biomarkers that Predict Impending Incident Heart Failure Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF): Time to Diagnosis Analysis. Oral Presentation – Nurse Research Award Competition at the Heart Failure Society of Cardiology of America (HFSA), Orlando, Florida.

Lekavich, C., Barksdale, D., Neelon, V., Crandell, J., Wu, J, Velazquez, E.  (August 2016). Comparing clinically relevant biomarkers associated with heart failure preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF):  A matched case-control analysis.  Poster Presentation at the European Society of Cardiology Congress (ESC), Rome, Italy.

Lekavich, C., Barksdale, D., Neelon, V., Crandell, J., Wu, R.  (February 2016). Incident heart failure preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF):  Clarifying the syndrome through trial design. Poster Presentation at the Southern Nurses Research Society (SNRS) 30th Annual Scientific Sessions. Williamsburg, Virginia.

Lekavich, C., Barksdale, D., Neelon, V., Crandell, J., Wu, R., Velazquez, E. (October 2015).  Comparing novel biomarkers associated with heart failure preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF): A matched case-control analysis. Poster presentation at Advancing Science, Improving Lives, the National Institute of Nursing Research’s (NINR) 30th Anniversary Scientific Symposium.  Bethesda, Maryland. 

Publications

Accepted

Lekavich, C. Barksdale, D., Neelon V., Wu, R, Crandell, J., Velazquez, E. (2017). Measures of Ventricular-Arterial Coupling and Incident Heart Failure Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF): A Matched Case-Control Analysis.  Journal of Cardiac Failure. Sep;23(9):659-665. doi: 10.1016/j.cardfail.2017.07.395. Epub 2017 Jul 14.

Lekavich, C, Barksdale, D., Neelon, V., Wu, R. (2015). Heart Failure Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF): An Integrated and Strategic Review. Heart Failure Reviews. 2015 Nov;20(6): 643-53. doi:10.1007/s10741-015-9506-7

Lekavich, C (2015). The Identification of Biomarkers that Predict Impending Heart Failure Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF) (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations. Publication Number: 3703842.

Lekavich, C., Barksdale, D. (2015). A Critical Evaluation of the Representation of Black Patients with Heart Failure Preserved Ejection Fraction in Clinical Trials: A Literature Review. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2015 Feb; doi: 10.1097/jcn. 0000000000000237.

Kroenke, K., West, S.L., Swindle, R., Gilsenan, A., Eckert, G.J., Dolor, R.,…Lekavich, C., (2001).  Similar Effectiveness of Paroxetine, Fluoxetine, and Sertraline in Primary Care:  A Randomized Trial.  Journal of the American Medical Association, (JAMA). 286(23):2947-55.

Manuscript submitted, under review

Hansen, J., Kumar, A., Doll, J., Lekavich, C., Sanders, G., Wang, T. (2018). Optimizing Treatment with Patients with Stable Ischemic Heart Disease.  American Heart Journal (AHJ), submitted, under review.

Manuscripts in preparation

Lekavich, C. Wu, J., Crandell, J. Kraus, W., Velazquez, E. (2018-pending). Focus on the Prevention of Incident Heart Failure Preserved Ejection Fraction:  Precision in Predicting Risk, planned submission:  Journal of the American College of Cardiology, (JACC).

Lekavich, C. Samad, Z., Wu, J., Siddiqui, I., Trimble, M., Adams, D., Bateman, L., Samsa, G, Crandell, J., Kraus, W., Douglas, P.  (2018-pending)  Exercise Changes in the Left Ventricular Function:  Insights from the Studies of Targeted Risk Reduction Interventions through Defined Exercise – (STRRIDE AT/RT), planned submission to:  Journal of the American College of Cardiology, (JACC).

Dr. Sandra Soto obtained her PhD in Public Health, specializing in Health Behavior, from the Joint Doctoral Program at San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego where she received a National Institute of Health NINR Predoctoral Fellowship, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. She also obtained a masters degree in public health from the George Washington University and a bachelors degree in nursing from the University of South Florida.

Dr. Soto has been a session leader for courses at the George Washington University and a guest lecturer at San Diego State University. To date, she has published nine papers, one book chapter, and given over 16 presentations at scientific conferences across the country.

Dr. Soto’s research interests are in chronic illness prevention from a family and interpersonal perspective among minority populations. In the past, she has examined the role of family members, social support, and social networks on behaviors relevant to the development and maintenance of chronic illnesses among Latinos including physical activity and dietary intake. Dr. Soto is currently investigating the role of romantic partners in the physical activity of individuals with osteoarthritis. She is using her T32 fellowship to build the skills necessary to design and implement effective physical activity interventions that integrate romantic partners in the promotion of physical activity among Latinos. Dr. Soto’s long-term goals include using her education and experience to position herself as an independent researcher in promoting health behaviors that can prevent and treat common chronic illnesses.

Awards Received (nursing or academic related)

2016 – 2017 Predoctoral Fellow, NIH National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) F31 Predoctoral Fellowship, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (1F31NR015965-01A1)
Parent/child acculturation and family dynamics: Impact on Latina mothers’ diet

2016 Research Mini-Grant Award
Undergraduate Research Program, Division of Undergraduate Studies, San Diego State University
Role: PI/Mentor for undergraduate student
Children’s influence on their Latino mothers’ dietary behaviors: A qualitative analysis

2016 Meritorious Student Abstract Award
Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM) Annual Conference
Leisure-time physical activity and social network support among Latinas

 


2015 – 2016 Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer (TREC) scholar
Moores Cancer Center, University of California San Diego

2013 Meritorious Student Abstract Award
Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM) Annual Conference
Social support for physical activity among Latinas living in San Diego County

Conference Presentations

Scientific Oral Presentations

Papers

Soto, S.H., Callahan, L.F., Bahorski, S., Altpeter, M., Phillips, A., Rini, C. (2018). How does gender moderate the association between partner support for physical activity and physical activity among individuals with osteoarthritis? Paper presentation at the 39th Annual Society of Behavioral Medicine Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Soto, S.C., Arredondo, E.M., Horton, L., Strong, D., Ayala, G.X. (2014). Factor Analysis of a modified Parenting Strategies for Eating and Physical Activity Scale (PEAS) in Latino Children. Short oral presentation at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity’s Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Soto, S.C., Arredondo, E.M. (2013). Motivational interviews in a physical activity intervention among Latinas. Oral presentation at the San Diego State University Student Research Symposium, San Diego, CA.

Soto, S.C., Thomas, M., Anthony, B. (2012). Increasing access to information and support for families of children with special needs. Oral presentation at the 25th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, Fl.

Anthony, B., Soto, S.C., Holland, C. (2012). Using a Delphi study process to refine a model of technical assistance. Oral presentation at the 25th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, Fl.

Panel member

Panelist for “Grant Writing Workshop for Students: Everything You Need to Know about NIH F-Awards,” 38th Annual Society of Behavioral Medicine Meeting, San Diego, CA (2017).

Scientific Poster Presentations

* Indicates mentee presentation

Soto, S.H., Arredondo, E.M, Ayala, G.X., Marcus, B., Shakya, H.B. (2018). Exploring how bicultural and assimilated children influence their Latina mothers’ dietPoster presentation at the 39th Annual Society of Behavioral Medicine Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Soto, S.H., Arredondo, E.M, Roesch, S., Marcus, B. Shakya, H., Ayala, G.X. (2017). Family-level factors and dietary intake among Latinas: An autoregressive cross-lagged analysis. Poster presentation at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity’s Annual Meeting, Victoria, BC.

Soto, S. H., Arredondo, E. M., Marcus, B., Shakya, H., Roesch, S., Ayala, G. X. (2017). The role of Latino children’s acculturation on their mothers’ dietary intake and dietary behaviors. Poster presentation at the 38th Annual Society of Behavioral Medicine Meeting, San Diego, CA.

* Breton, J., Soto, S.H., (2017). Exploring why some traditional Latina mothers are more permissive with their children’s dietary intake. Poster presentation at the 4th  Annual Conference for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, San Diego.

Soto, S.C., Shakya, H., Haughton, J., Arredondo, E.M. (2016). Leisure-time physical activity and social network support among Latinas. Poster presentation at the 37th Annual Society of Behavioral Medicine Meeting, Washington, DC.

Soto, S.C., Shakya, H., Haughton, J., Arredondo, E.M. (2016). Leisure time moderate-to-physical activity and the role of social network support for physical activity among adult Latinas. Poster presentation at the Active Living Research Conference, Clearwater, Fl.

Soto, S.C., Arredondo, E.A., Elder, J., Quintanar, E., Madanat, H. (2015). Depression and chronic health conditions among Latinos: the role of social networks. Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Soto, S.C., Sanz, S., Montanez, J., Merchant, K., Nichols, J., Arredondo, E.A. (2015). A pilot study to promote physical activity among pregnant women enrolled in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. Poster presentation at the Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools’ Professional Development Workshop, Bethesda, MD.

Soto, S.C., Louie, L., Cherrington, A., Ayala, G.X. (2014). An ecological perspective on perceived social support and diabetes self-care behaviors. Poster presentation at the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Soto, S.C., Arredondo, E., Horton, L., Strong, D., Ayala, G.X. (2014). Validation of a modified Parenting Strategies for Eating and Physical Activity Questionnaire in Latino Children. Poster presentation at the San Diego State University 2013 Student Research Symposium, San Diego, CA., San Diego, CA.

Bronheim, S., Soto, S.C., Thomas, J., Anthony, B. (2013). Addressing disparities in access to information for Hispanic families of children with special health care needs: Increasing use of family-to-family centers. Poster presented at the 141st American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Soto, S.C., Arredondo, E., Holub, C., Ayala, G.X., Elder, J., Chanson, D., Burke, K., Haughton, J. (2013). Social support for physical activity among Latinas living in San Diego County. Poster presented at the 34th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA.

Publications

Soto, S.H., Arredondo, E.M., Marcus, B., Shakya, H.B., Roesch, S., Ayala, G. X. (2017). Effects of Latino children on their mothers’ dietary intake and dietary behaviors: the role of children’s acculturation and the mother-child acculturation gap. Social Science & Medicine. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.09.004

Soto, S.H., Haughton, J., Arredondo, E.M., Shakya, H. (2017). Leisure-time physical activity and characteristics of social network support for exercise among Latinas. American Journal of Health Promotion.

Kowitt, S., Ayala, G. X., Cherrington, A., Horton, L.A., Safford, M. M., Soto, S.C., Tang, T.S., Fisher, F., B. (2017). Social support and diabetes: an investigation of nondirective and directive support. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Perez L.G., Chavez A., Marquez D.X., Soto S.C., Haughton J., & Arredondo E.M. (2016). Associations of acculturation with self-report and objective physical activity and sedentary behaviors among Latinas. Health Education & Behavior. DOI: 10.1177/1090198116669802.

Soto, S.C., Arredondo, E.M., Villodas, M.T, Elder, J.P., Quintanar, E., Madanat, H. (2016). Depression and chronic health conditions among Latinos: the role of social networks. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 18(6), 1292-1300. DOI: 10.1007/s10903-016-0378-2.

Soto, S.C., Arredondo, E.M., Horton, L.A., Ayala, G.X. (2016). Validation of the Modified Parenting Strategies for Eating and Physical Activity Scale-Diet (PEAS-Diet) in Latino Children. Appetite, 98, 55-62. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2015.12.003.

Soto, S.C., Louie, S., Cherrington, A., Parada, H., Horton, L.A., Ayala, G.X. (2015). An ecological perspective on diabetes self-care support, self-management behaviors, and hemoglobin A1C among Latinos. The Diabetes Educator, 0145721715569078.

Bronheim, S.M., Soto, S.C., Anthony, B.J. (2014) Addressing disparities in access to information for Hispanic families of children with special health care needs. Journal of Health Disparities and Practice: 8(2), 3.

Soto, S.C., Linas, K., Malloy, M., Jacobstein, D.M., Biel, M.G., Migdal, T., Anthony, B. (2014). A review of cultural adaptations of screening tools for autism spectrum disordersAutism, 19(6), 646-6611362361314541012.

Book Chapters

Soto, S.C., Chavez, A., Haughton, J., Arredondo, E.M. (2017). Development of culturally appropriate strategies for promoting physical activity. Bopp, M. (Ed.), Physical Activity and diverse populations: evidence and practice.

Dr. Tara Walhart received her PhD from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) entitled “Novel Inhibitors of Human Papillomavirus”. Dr. Walhart holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Nursing Science/Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to UNC as a postdoctoral fellow, she was a lecturer in epidemiology, health care policy, and bioethics at San Francisco State University. As a Nurse Practitioner, her clinical work has focused on high-risk Latino and homosexual men (MSM) populations.

Dr. Walhart had previously worked on a T32 grant at UCSF researching HIV/AIDS nursing care as a pre-doctoral fellow. At UCSF, she was a member of the Palefsky Lab and identified novel drugs to prevent HPV infection at the cellular level. She has also received multiple grants from the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Center – American Malignancy Center for Cancer Research for her research.

As a postdoctoral fellow working with the School of Nursing’s T32 grant, Dr. Walhart is hoping to gain training in developing and implementing interventions that allow her emphasize her nursing experience and use it to expand her basic science background. Her current research focuses on reducing health disparities for high-risk populations with repeated exposure to oncogenic HPV and increased risk for developing anal cancer. Dr. Walhart is specifically interested in MSM living with HIV who are outside the vaccination range.

Grants

2015-2017 Cancer Center-American Malignancy Center for Cancer Research, 2015-2017 University of California, San Francisco, Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center

2012-2015 Ruth L. Kirschstein Pre-Doctoral National Research Service Award, (F31), 2012-2015 National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institute of Health

2013-2015 American Cancer Society Nursing Scholarship Award for Cancer Research, 2013-2015 2013 University of California, San Francisco, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Molecular Medicine Fellowship

2012-2013 University of California, San Francisco, Pre-doctoral Fellowship in HIV/AIDS Nursing Care and Prevention (T32)

Academic Honors

2013-2015 American Cancer Society Doctoral Degree Scholarship in Cancer Nursing recipient

2012-2015 National Institutes of Health (F31) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award recipient 2011-2012University of California, San Francisco Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Clinical and Translational Research Fellow

2012 University of California, San Francisco, Molecular Medicine Pathways Fellow

2011-2012 University of California, San Francisco, (T32) HIV/AIDS Nursing Care and Prevention Training Program, Predoctoral Fellow

Conference Presentations

05/01/2014 Novel Inhibitors of Human Papillomavirus: Results of Pilot Screen. 2014 UCSF ePosterpalooza and Pathways to Discovery Inter-School Research and Scholarly Festival, San Francisco, CA

10/27/13 Walhart, T and James, E.A. Risk factors that Contribute to a Decreased Likelihood of Obtaining Pap Screening. 2012 American Public Health Association 140th Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA

05/15/08 Comparing and Contrasting Care of the Acute Patient in the Emergent Setting, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Publications

Walhart, T. (2015). Human Papillomavirus Biology, Pathogenesis, and Potential for Drug Discovery: A Literature Review for HIV Nurse Clinical Scientists. Journal for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, doi:10.1016/j.jana.2015.07.001.

Jay, N., Berry, M., Walhart, T., Darragh, T. (2013). Topical 5% 5-flourouracil (t5FU) for treatment of diffuse anal high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (aHSIL). Sexual Health 10(6):578-579, doi: 10.1071/SHv10n6ab18

Walhart, T.A. (2013). The application of Kingdon’s Multiple Streams Theory for human papillomavirus-related anal intraepithelial neoplasia. The Journal of Advanced Nursing, doi: 10.1111/jan.12108

Walhart, T.A. (2012). Parents, adolescents, children and the human papillomavirus vaccine: a review. International Nursing Review, doi: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2012.00991.x

Dr. Wu received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) School of Nursing in 2018. She earned her BSN at Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology and her MSN at Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan. Prior to pursuing her PhD degree, Dr. Wu worked as a registered nurse for twelve years and a lecturer in evidence-based practice for seven years in Taiwan.

While earning her PhD, Dr. Wu worked as a teaching and research assistant, a graduate student recruiter, and a clinical compliance specialist at the UNC School of Nursing. Dr. Wu was awarded a Summer Research Fellowship, a Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and the Virginia J. Neelon Endowed Bio-Behavioral Nursing Scholarship by the UNC School of Nursing and Graduate School. She also received a Future Faculty Fellowship Program certificate from the UNC Center for Faculty Excellence. She has published six papers as a first author and has delivered ten research presentations at scientific conferences around the world.

Dr. Wu’s research interests are the stress associated with weight stigma and eating disorders. In her PhD research, she studied hair cortisol as a biomarker of chronic stress to investigate the link between the stress of weight stigma and the biological stress response of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity at UNC Biobehavioral Laboratory. She also focused on the behavioral stress response by examining the association between the weight stigma and binge eating behaviors. Dr. Wu’s postdoctoral research focuses on biological predictors of eating disorders with a specialization in roles of stress and appetite hormones in the mechanisms of eating disorders. She is currently examining whether the changes in cortisol, norepinephrine, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and ghrelin during inpatient treatment of women with anorexia nervosa predicts their relapses and disordered eating symptoms at 3-months post discharge at the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (CEED). Dr. Wu is also receiving comprehensive training in eating disorders at the UNC CEED and is learning how to develop interventions at the UNC School of Nursing’s T32 grant. Her goal is to pursue a tenured faculty position at a research-intensive university to contribute to the prevention of eating disorders.

HONORS AND AWARDS (In U.S.)

2016-2017 The Virginia J. Neelon Endowed Bio-Behavioral Nursing Scholarship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing.
2016 Certificate of the Future Faculty Fellowship Program from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Faculty Excellence.
2015-current Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Membership.
2015-2016 Joanne Sandergaard Scholarship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing.
2015-2016 PhD Program Scholar Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing.
2014-2015 Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School.
2014-2015 Brummett-Kemble Scholarship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing.
2014-2015 Elizabeth Scott Carrington Scholarship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing.
2013-2014 Blackwell Graduate Scholarship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing.

 

GRANTS

Principal Investigator. Weight stigma and acculturation in relation to hair cortisol and binge eating in overweight and obese Asian-Americans. Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School, 8/22/2017-5/8/2018.

Principal Investigator. Weight stigma in relation to hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, binge eating, and acculturation among overweight and obese Asian-Americans. Graduate Student Transportation Grant from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School, Spring 2018.

Principal Investigator. Weight stigma and acculturation in relation to hair cortisol and binge eating in overweight and obese Asian-Americans. Summer Research Fellowship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School, Summer 2016.

Principal Investigator. Use of online chat room for a hybrid format research course in a nursing graduate program. PhD Program Scholar Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, April, 2016.

PRESENTATIONS

Caughey, M.C., Cho, J.S., Wu, Y.K., Nix, B.W., & Yeo, S. (2018, March). Feasibility of stretching exercise for prevention of late-onset preeclampsia: A pilot trial. Poster presented at the EPI/Lifestyle 2018 Scientific Sessions, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Wu, Y. K., Berry, D., Schwartz, T., Leeman, J., Hodges, E., & Richman, L. (2018, February). Weight stigma in relation to hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, binge eating, and acculturation among overweight and obese Asian-Americans. Oral present at 21st Annual American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Wu, Y. K., & Berry, D. (2016, July). Weight stigma in relation to hair cortisol and binge eating in obese Asian- Americans. Poster presented at Sigma Theta Tau International’s 27th International Nursing Research Congress, Cape Town, South Africa.

Wu, Y. K., & Yeo, S. (2016, April). Use of online chat room for a hybrid format research course in nursing graduate program. Poster presented at the STTI/NLN Nursing Education Research Conference, Washington, DC

Wu, Y. K., & Estrem, H. (2016, May). An unexpected journey: Managing care for young children with feeding problems. Poster presentation at the XX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, LA.

Wu, Y. K., & Chu, N.F. (2016, February). BMI, Body Fat Mass and Plasma Leptin Level in Adolescents: Relationship with Cardiovascular Diseases Risk Factors. Poster presented at the 30th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Wu, Y. K., & Berry, D. (2015, February). The impact of weight-related stigmatization on physiological and psychological health outcomes for overweight and obese individuals. Poster presented at the 29th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Tampa, FL.

Wu, Y. K., & Liu, Y. (2013, May) Explore weight stigmatizing experience level in overweight adults in southern Taiwan. Poster presented at the 25th Quadrennial Congress of the International Council of Nursing (ICN), Melbourne, Australia.

Wu, Y. K., & Liu, Y. (2013, April) Explore the level of binge eating and related factors among

overweight adults in southern Taiwan. Poster presented at Sigma Theta Tau International’s 24th International Nursing Research Congress Prague, Czech Republic.

Wu, Y. K., Tsai, C.E., & Tai, H.P. (2010, December). Evaluation of the prevention of peripheral intravenous therapy-related phlebitis with liver cirrhosis patients at a medical center. Poster presented at International Conference on Ethics and Professionalism, Selangor, Malaysia.

PUBLICATIONS

Wu, Y.K., & Berry, D.C. (2017). Impact of weight stigma on physiological and psychological health outcomes for overweight and obese adults: A systematic review. Journal of Advanced Nursing. accepted on Nov. 1, 2017. doi: 10.1111/jan.13511

Wu, Y. K., & Chu, N. F. (2015). Introduction of the transtheoretical model and organizational development theory in weight management: A narrative review. Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, 9(3), 203-213. doi: 10.1016/j.orcp.2014.12.003

Wu, Y. K., Chu, N.F., Huang, Y.H., Syu, J.T., Chang, J.B. (2015). BMI, body fat mass and plasma leptin level in relation to cardiovascular diseases risk factors among adolescents in Taitung. Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, 10(4), 432-441. doi: 10.1016/j.orcp.2015.08. 009

Wu, Y. K., & Liu, Y. (2015). Weight-related stigmatization and binge eating among overweight adults in southern Taiwan. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition,24(1),118-127. doi: 10.6133/apjcn. 2015. 24.1.05

Wu, Y. K., Lin, C.C. (2011). Lifestyle changes: Effects on an obese patient. The Journal of Nursing, 58 (4), 99-105.

Wu, Y. K., Tsai, F.M., & Lin, C.C. (2011). Effectiveness of the self-regulation protocol on physical and psychosocial functions in patients with chronic illness: A systematic review. Journal of Nursing and Healthcare Research, 7(1), 26-34.

Questions?

Contact Program Directors Dr. Sheila Santacroce or Dr. Jennifer Leeman.