Research Projects

As part of one of the nation’s most prolific public research institutions, Carolina’s School of Nursing is proud to support our researchers who work across scientific and clinical disciplines to drive the kind of innovation and discovery that improves health and promotes health equity at patient, family and community levels.

Current Research

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Diversity Supplement to the U01 Project-Care Partner Assisted Intervention to Improve Oral Health for Persons with Mild Dementia

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A Nurse-Led Palliative and Supportive Care Intervention for Newly Diagnosed Adults with Acute Myeloid Leukemia

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Reducing Cardiovascular Risk in Perimenopausal Latinas: Pilot Study of a Multi-Component Intervention

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Patient-Reported Symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome in Prehospital Cardiac Care

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Optimizing a Dyadic Physical Activity Intervention for Hispanics With Osteoarthritis and Their Physical Activity Supporter

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AURA—Connecting Audio and Radio Sensing Systems to Improve Care At Home

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Interventions for Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

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Placental Origins of Positive Child Health

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Placental DNA Methylation, Maternal Hardship and Child Neurodevelopmental Outcomes

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Inflammatory Markers, Hazardous Air Pollutants, and Psychosocial Factors

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Medical Optimization and Management of Pregnancies with Overt Type 2 Diabetes (MOMPOD)

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Care-Partner Assisted Intervention to Improve Oral Health for Individuals with Mild Dementia

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Efficacy of a Couple-focused, tailored, symptom self-management mHealth Intervention for Prostate Cancer and Patients and Partners

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Symptom Trajectories in Infants and Toddlers at Risk for Chronic Feeding Problems

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Promoting Stretching Exercise to Reduce Cardiovascular Health Risk in Late Pregnant Women with Obesity

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Connect-Home: Testing the Efficacy of Transitional Care of Patients and Caregivers during Transitions from Skilled Nursing Facilities to Home

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Improving Providers’ Decision-Making and Reducing Information Overload Using Information Visualization in Electronic Health Records

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Genetic and Epigenetic Effects on Childhood Cognitive Trajectories

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NC WORKS4HEALTH: Reducing Chronic Disease Risks in Socioeconomically disadvantaged, unemployed populations

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The HARMONY Study — A Culturally-Relevant, Randomized-Controlled, Stress Management Intervention to Reduce Cardiometabolic Risk in African American

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Healthy Mothers-Healthy Children: An Intervention With Hispanic Mothers and Their Young Children

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A Safer Assisted Living: Creating a Toolkit For Person and Family Engagement

Areas of Expertise

From intensive care to the emergency department, our acute care research and programs focus on providing patients with the best treatment for sudden and severe illnesses and injuries.

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All Currently Funded Research

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Principal Investigator Project Title Funding Body
Dr. Ruth Anderson Care-Partner Assisted Intervention to Improve Oral Health for Individuals with Mild Dementia NYU/NIH/NIDCR
Dr. Ruth Anderson The Influence of Context on Implementation and Improvement (ICII) project Subcontract: University of Alberta
Dr. Ruth Anderson Optimizing Antimicrobial Use in Maintenance Dialysis Units (OPTIMUS) Subcontract: Rhode Island Hospital
Dr. Anna Beeber A Safer Assisted Living: Creating a Toolkit for Person and Family Engagement AHRQ
Dr. Linda Beeber Improving Maternal and Child Outcomes for Vulnerable Infants, Toddlers and Families: National Implementation of a Mental Health Innovation (MHI) to the Nurse Family Partnership Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation
Dr. Diane Berry Healthy Mothers-Healthy Children: An Intervention with Hispanic Mothers and their Young Children NIH/NINR
Dr. Diane Berry and Kim Boggess Medical Optimization and Management of Pregnancies with Overt Type 2 Diabetes (MOMPOD) NIH/NICHD
Dr. Diane Berry War of Attrition: Predicting dropout from pediatric weight management – UNC Subcontract Subcontract: Wake Forest University
Dr. Jada Brooks Inflammatory Markers, Hazardous Air Pollutants, and Psychosocial Factors NIH/NIEHS
Dr. Jada Brooks Long-Term Exposure to Ambient Air Pollution and the Occurrence of Hypertension in American Indians: The Strong Heart Study Subcontract: Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. Ashley Bryant Diversity Supplement to Care-Partner Assisted Intervention to Improve Oral Health for Individuals with Mild Dementia NYU/NIH/NICDR
Dr. Ashley Bryant A Nurse-Led Palliative and Supportive Care Intervention for Newly Diagnosed Adults with Acute Myeloid Leukemia NIH/NINR
Dr. Yamnia Cortes Reducing Cardiovascular Risk in Perimenopausal Latinas: Pilot Study of a Multi- Component Intervention NIH/NIMHD
Dr. Louise Fleming Development of an Adrenal Crisis Prevention Mobile Health Application – A Pilot Study Pediatric Endocrine Nursing Society/ Multi-Center
Research Grant
Dr. Cheryl Giscombe THE HARMONY Study – A culturally-relevant, randomized-controlled, stress management intervention to reduce cardiometabolic risk in African American women NIH/NIMHD
Dr. Cheryl Jones HeartHome™: A Nurse-Driven, Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation Program to Reduce Health Disparities for Cardiac Patients Living in Rural and Underserved Areas of the Carolinas The Duke Endowment
Dr. Saif Khairat Overcoming the Barriers to Clinical Trial Recruitment through Teleconsent Subcontract: Medical Univeristy of South Carolina
Dr. Shawn Kneipp NC Works4Health: Reducing Chronic Disease Risks in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged, Unemployed Populations NIH/NIMHD
Dr. Jennifer Leeman and C. Samuel-Hodge Taking the Med-South Lifestyle Program to Scale, Center for Health Promotion Disease Prevention Core Project Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Jennifer Leeman and Allison Brenner Comprehensive Cancer Control Collaborative of North Carolina (4CNC) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Barbara Mark Enhancing Nursing Care Reliability in Neonatal Intensive Care Subcontract: Ohio State University
Dr. Deborah Mayer Effectiveness trial of a head and neck cancer survivorship tool Subcontract: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Dr. Sheila Santacroce Interventions for Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness NIH/NINR
Dr. Hudson Santos Placental DNA Methylation, Maternal Hardship and Child Neurodevelopmental Outcomes NIH/NINR
Dr. Hudson Santos Placental Origins of Positive Child Health NIH/NICHD
Dr. Hudson Santos Genetic and Epigenetic Effects on Childhood Cognitive Trajectories NIH/NINR
Dr. Patricia Silveyra Sex Based Differences in Airway Structural Properties and Immune Response in HDM Challenged Animals NIH/NHLBI
Dr. Patricia Silveyra Sex differences in ozone-induced asthma exacerbations: role of the microbiome CEHS Pilot Projects Program
Dr. Lixin Song SCH: INT: AURA – Connecting Audio and Radio Sensing Systems to Improve Care at Home NIH
Dr. Lixin (Lee) Song Testing the Efficacy of a Couple-focused, Tailored mHealth Intervention for Symptom Self-Management among Men with Prostate Cancer and Their Partners NIH/NINR
Dr. Lixin (MPI) Song Feasibility Testing of Patient Reported Outcomes-informed Caregiving Education and Symptom management System (PROCESS): Subcontract: Mayo Clinic
Dr. Sandra Soto Optimizing a dyadic physical activity intervention for Hispanics with osteoarthritis and their physical activity supporter NIH/NIMHD
Dr. Suzanne Thoyre Behavioral and Physiological Responses to Oral Feeding in Infants with Complex Congenital Heart Disease Subcontract: Ohio State University
Dr. Sue Thoyre Symptom Trajectories in Infants and Toddlers at Risk for Chronic Feeding Problems NIH/NINR
Dr. Mark Toles Connect-Home: Testing the Efficacy of Transitional Care of Patients and Caregivers during Transitions from Skilled Nursing Facilities to Home NIH/NINR
Dr. Mark Toles Adapting Connect-Home Transitional Care to Fit the Unique Needs of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias and their Caregivers: A Pilot Study NIH/NINR
Dr. Jessica Williams Longitudinal Prescription Opioid Use among Patients Experiencing Interpersonal Violence University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Injury Prevention Research Center
Dr. Jia-Rong Wu Vitamin C Supplementation Intervention for Patients with Heart Failure: A pilot study Sigma Theta Tau International
Dr. Rose Mary Xavier Unraveling Functional Mechanisms of Psychosis Spectrum Symptoms Using Predicted Gene expression Profiles Sigma Theta Tau International
Dr. Rose Mary Xavier Data-driven Identification of Neurobiologically Informed Psychosis Symptom Profiles and Subject Groups Rockefeller University/Heilbrunn
Dr. Seonae Yeo Promoting stretching exercise to reduce cardiovascular health risk in late pregnant women with obesity NIH/NINR
Dr. Jessica Zegre-Hemsey Center for Physiological Research Subcontract Subcontract: University of California San Francisco
Dr. Jessica Zegre-Hemsey Patient-reported Symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome in Prehospital Cardiac Care

Subcontract Funding +

Co-Investigator Project Title
Dr. Deborah Mayer Effectiveness trial of a head and neck cancer survivorship tool

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Funding +

Principal Investigator Project Title
Dr. Ashley Bryant Feasibility of Novel Symptom Management and Supportive Care Intervention for Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Dr. Lixin Song Feasibility Testing of Patient Reported Outcomes-informed Caregiving Education and Symptom management System (PROCESS): A Personalized mHealth Program for Cancer Symptom and Complication Management,

Internal Funding +

Principal Investigator Project Title Funding Body
Dr. Jada Brooks Engaging Community Stakeholders in the Formative Stage to Design Culturally-Appropriate Studies Aimed at Promoting Health Equity in American Indian Communities NC TRACS
Dr. Yamnia Cortes Menopausia, Salud, Corazón: A Multi-Component Intervention to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk in Perimenopausal Latinas Junior Faculty Development Award/Office of the Provost
Dr. Yamnia Cortes Reproductive hormones as risk factors for progression of carotid plaque burden and characteristics NC TRACS
Dr. Rachel Hirschey African American Cancer Survivor Engagement to Develop a Physical Activity Intervention Oncology Nursing Foundation
Dr. Eric Hodges Intervention mapping for a novel obesity prevention trial during infancy NC TRACS
Dr. Saif Khairat SOM/Pilot Award Center for Health Innovation, School of Medicine, UNC
Dr. Marcia Van Riper Family Management of Sleep Problems in Children with Down syndrome UNC Sleep Innovation Research Program
Dr. Marcia Van Riper Families and Congenital Heart Disease: Family Adaptation in Three Groups of Families Dhillon Jordon Shar Innovation Fund in CHD
Dr. Patricia Silveyra Sex differences in allergic lung inflammation: transcriptional regulation by sex hormones Junior Faculty Development Award/Office of the Provost

PhD Funding +

Principal Investigator Project Title Funding Body
Adynski Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation
Martha Grace Cromeens Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation
Martha Grace Cromeens Pathways to Diagnosis Among a Diverse Sample of Women with Endometriosis Sigma Theta Tau International
Martha Grace Cromeens Pathways to Diagnosis of Endometriosis among Women of Different Socioeconomic Statuses and Races NIH/NINR
Martha Grace Cromeens Qualitative Inquiry into the Pathways to Diagnosis of Endometriosis Across a Diverse Sample of Women American Nurses Foundation
Tyra Girdwood Discovering Pediatric to Adult Health Care Transition Readiness: A Comparison between Child and Parent/Caregiver Perspectives within the Cystic Fibrosis Community Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Sherita House Healthcare Providers’ Relational Coordination, Job Satisfaction, and Retention TriService Nursing Research Program
Ya-Ning Chan Chemotherapy-related Cognitive Impairment in Adults with Acute Leukemia ACS