UNC features new BBL Director, Dr. Patricia Silveyra

This fall, associate professor and Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Scholar Dr. Patricia Silveyra was appointed director of the Biobehavioral Lab. It’s been a busy semester for Dr. Silveyra and her team — they welcomed another new team member, research specialist Dr. Chongben Zhang, and launched a new website for the lab. Silveyra joined the SON from Penn State University, where she started her career as basic and translational science researcher. Silveyra received her Master’s degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, followed … Continued

Brooks featured on NIMHD Site

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Jada Brooks, PhD, MSPH, RN, whose research on environmental and mental health effects on heart health in women is the feature story on the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities website. Check out the feature here. Way to go, Dr. Brooks!

Former SON Administrator and Professor, Margery Duffey, Dies at 92

Margery Duffey, RN, PhD passed away peacefully at the DuBose Health Center in The Cedars of Chapel Hill on November 29, 2018, at the age of 92. Dr. Duffey served as the Associate Dean for Planning and Development at the UNC School of Nursing from 1980 – 1985. She was an expert in both curriculum development and program evaluation. Dr. Duffey was instrumental in establishing North Carolina’s first PhD in nursing program at Chapel Hill and expertly advised its first graduates. When the school launched the state’s first off-campus RN-to-BSN program, … Continued

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Anderson an MPI on a U01 Grant to Improve Oral Hygiene of People with Mild Dementia

Kenan Professor and Associate Dean for Research Ruth Anderson is a Multiple Principal Investigator (MPI) on a $3.47 million, five-year U01 grant awarded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and National Institute on Aging, both part of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Anderson will lead a care partner intervention aimed at improving the oral hygiene of people with mild dementia. Participants will be recruited from North Carolina and New York. The other MPIs include Bei Wu from NYU College of Nursing and Brenda Plassman from Duke … Continued

Rodgers Appointed to AACN Diversity, Education and Inclusion Group

Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence Shielda Rodgers has been appointed to the Diversity, Education and Inclusion Group (DEIG) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). She was selected for this role by Dean Peragallo-Montano. The goal of the DEIG is to align its efforts with the strategic diversity goals and objectives of AACN and the larger nursing community. The DEIG expects to achieve this goal through the execution of the following objectives: 1. Serve as a convening body to unite expertise, experience, and guidance for academic nursing in … Continued

Van Riper Study Receives Dhillon’s Gift Funding

Congratulations to Professor Marcia Van Riper and her team for receiving $7,500 in grant funding from the Dhillon Jordan Shah Innovation Fund in Congenital Heart Disease to conduct their study “Families and Congenital Heart Disease: Family Adaptation in Three Groups of Families.” The purpose of the study is to explore family adaptation in three groups of families: (1) families of children with congenital heart disease, (2) families of children with Down syndrome and (3) families of children with congenital heart disease and Down syndrome. The guiding framework for the study … Continued

Horoho Receives AACN McGovern Award

Congratulations to SON alumna Lt. General (ret) Patricia “Patty” D. Horoho, BSN ’82, who received the John A. McGovern Invitational Lectureship Award earlier this week from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing at their semi-annual Academic Nursing Leadership Conference. This award honors John P. McGovern for his noted clinical practice and research, and distinguished record of scholarship, skill, and service. Award recipients are chosen by the AACN Board of Directors on the basis of their scholarship and the notability of their contributions to nursing, health care, or higher education. … Continued

Giscombe Named Inaugural Art Museum-based Health Professions Education Fellow

Congratulations to LeVine Family Professor Cheryl Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP, FAAN who has been selected for the inaugural class of Art Museum-based Health Professions Education Fellows through the Harvard Macy Institute. Dr. Giscombe was a member of the 2015 Class of Macy Faculty Scholars. The Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Professional and Academic Development and the Harvard Macy Institute designed the fellowship, which is a longitudinal fellowship for health professions educators in museum-based health professions education. The Fellowship is offered in conjunction with the Harvard Medical School Arts and Humanities … Continued

Zomorodi Selected as AIHC Mentee

Associate Professor and Assistant Provost for Interprofessional Education and Practice Meg Zomorodi PhD, RN, CNL has been selected as part of the 2018-2019 American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC)-National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education mentoring program. Meg will be paired with Dr. Mary Mauldin EdD from Medical University of South Carolina’s Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice and will participate in a year-long program that will pair her with experts to strategically design the newly established Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice at UNC-CH.

Knafl Receives Alumni Achievement Award from University of Illinois at Chicago

Hats off toFrances Hill Fox Distinguished Professor Emerita Kathy Knafl who was honored earlier this month by her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago, with their Alumni Achievement Award. The award was presented to Dr. Knafl by Chancellor of the University, Michael Amiridis, who cited Knafl’s groundbreaking research on how illness affects family life and its positive impact “on countless families and clinical approaches” as well as her three-decade career at the UIC College of Nursing. Congratulations, Dr. Knafl, on this well deserved recognition!