Areas of Expertise

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Transforming Health Care

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing faculty experts can provide analysis, opinions, and comments on a wide range of health-related topics. Our faculty is comprised of internationally-recognized health care educators, researchers, and clinicians from nursing, medicine, and public health. A small sampling of their areas of expertise can be found below.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and it is the only cause of death that cannot be cured, prevented, or slowed. Nurse researchers at Emory are developing interventions that benefit patients with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. Emory researchers collaborate with Emory's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, the Alzheimer's Association, and other organizations to conduct research.

Emory's School of Nursing is home to several of the nation's top oncology nurse researchers who study cancer outcomes, symptom management, mindfulness meditation, and the effects of cancer on sleep. Our researchers collaborate with Winship Cancer Institute, the Georgia Cancer Coalition, the National Cancer Institute, and other organizations to lead important cancer research. See below to learn more about the dynamic researchers who are leading clinical discoveries in cancer.

Emory's School of Nursing is a leader in cardiovascular health nursing research. Our researchers are at the forefront of research on heart failure, diabetes, chronic diseases, and more. Emory nursing researchers collaborate with the American Heart Association,Emory's School of MedicineMorehouse School of Medicine, and other organizations to make cardiovascular health discoveries.

Caregivers provide millions of hours in care to their loved ones, which can challenging and stressful when caring for loved ones who need significant levels of ongoing support. Researchers at Emory's School of Nursing are developing innovative interventions to address the mental and physical needs of caregivers. Caregiver research at Emory's School of Nursing has been supported by the National Institutes of Nursing Research, the Georgia Cancer Coalition, and more.

Our faculty are leading groundbreaking studies about interventions for hundreds of conditions that affect children. These studies are leading to innovations in patient care that are improving health outcomes and saving lives. The School of Nursing has received millions of dollars in pediatric health initiatives.

Our environmental health experts are exploring how climate change, environmental exposures, and toxins affect the health of American adults and children.

Gerontological health research has become more important as the health care needs of the elderly population increases to unprecedented levels. Emory's School of Nursing is known for its elder health research. Nurse researchers are partnering with the Alzheimer's Association, the John A. Hartford Foundation, and other organizations to develop innovative interventions to improve health outcomes for older adults.

Global health is at the heart of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing's research mission. With the support of the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility, the school has expanded its research to dozens of countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas. Emory nursing researchers are exploring the global context of maternal and child health, workforce information systems, HIV/AIDS, and nurse education. Researchers partner with the Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationThe Carter Center, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health services research is focused on the organization, financing, delivery and outcomes of health care. Health Services research is on the rise at Emory's School of Nursing. Last year, the school secured more than $7.5 million in funding for health services research, which comprises approximately 45.6% of the school's total research funding.

Researchers at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing have stayed at the forefront of HIV/AIDS research with grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionEmory's Center for AIDS Research, and other organizations. School of Nursing researchers are using music, motivational interviewing, and other innovative techniques to improve medication adherence and promote healthy behaviors in people living with HIV/AIDS.

Emory nursing researchers are engaged in maternal and newborn health research that spans the globe and has helped to improve the lives of mothers, newborns, and children worldwide. The school's investigators have collaborated with Children's Healthcare of AtlantaEmory Healthcare, and other leading health care organizations to improve health care delivery for families.

Our faculty experts have been advancing mental health and psychiatric research for many years. Our faculty are known for their impact in the areas of postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, intimate partner violence, and military sexual trauma among many other mental health disorders.

One-fourth of America's population lives in rural areas. Compared with urban Americans, rural residents have higher poverty rates, a larger percentage of elderly, tend to be in poorer health, have fewer doctors, hospitals, and other health resources, and face more difficulty getting to health services. Researchers at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing are improving rural health care through research. Our researchers are investigating issues that are plaguing underserved communities in rural America--including occupational hazards, access to primary care, and improving health literacy.

Chronic sleep loss contributes to ongoing health problems such as weight gain and high blood pressure . Researchers at Emory's School of Nursing are studying the bidirectional relationships between sleep, cancer, obesity, and other chronic illnesses with support from the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.