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

Yeo Receives NC TraCS Pilot Grant

Hats off to Professor SeonAe Yeo who recently received a $2,000 Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from NC TraCS for a project titled “Validation of ActiGraph and ActivPal in Assessing Sedentary and Light Activities with Obese Pregnant Women” that she is conducting with Assistant Professor Lee Stoner of UNC’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science. A summary of the funded study follows: Few studies report the benefits of light physical activity (LPA) in pregnant women, despite the reported benefits in a high-risk subgroup of women with preeclampsia. This study is … Continued

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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!

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

Muthoni Presents Poster at APHA

2nd year PhD student, Carolyne Muthoni, presented a poster entitled “HIV Prevention Interventions for Young Women in the Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review” at the American Public Health Association Meeting this week in San Diego, CA.  

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Hillman Scholars Adynski, Dictus Receive Small Grant Fellowship Awards

Congratulations to Hillman Scholars Gillian Adynski and Cassandra Dictus who were recently named recipients of Hillman Small Grant Fellowship Awards. Adynski received an Advancing Early Research Opportunities Grant for her work “Qualitative Analysis of Namibian Nurses’ Perceptions of Job Demand and Job Resources After Undergoing Nurse Initiated management of Anti-Retroviral Therapy (NIMART) Training.” Dictus received an Interdisciplinary Inquiry Grant for her work “Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) Immersion.” Well done, both!

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Waldrop Receives Seed Grant Funding for Galapagos Study

Kudos to Professor Julee Waldrop whose study “Feasibility of home visitation support measures for parenting skills and mental health symptoms in Mothers of Young Children (0-3) in the Galapagos” has received $5,000 in seed grant funding from the UNC Center for Galapagos Studies. Her project begins in January 2019. Congratulations Julee!

Baker Dissertation Excerpt Published to Patient Experience Journal

Hats off to Assistant Professor Maureen Baker who recently had a portion of her dissertation published to the Patient Experience Journal. Titled “Rules of engagement: Strategies used to enlist and retain underserved mothers in a mental health intervention,” the paper was co-authored by Dr. Beth Black and Dr. Linda Beeber. Well done, all!

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

Four BSN Students Receive Undergraduate Research Awards to Support Honors Projects

Congratulations to undergraduate students Stephanie Betancur Grondona, Jennifer Na, Molly Rippe and Morgan Van Den Eynde, each of whom received research awards from Honors Carolina to support their senior honors thesis research projects. Stephanie received the Sarah Steele Danhoff Undergraduate Research Award for support her project “How Does Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Impact the Quality of Care Provided by Registered Nurses to Latinx Adults wtih Cancer During Their Hospitalization?” Jennifer received the Gillian T. Cell Senior Thesis Research Award to support her  project “Doula Facilitated Continuous Labor Support for Incarcerated Women.” … Continued