PhD Student Profiles

Ashley AndersonAshley Anderson, RN: Research interests include novel behavioral interventions that increase psychoeducation, minimize risk taking behaviors, and promote healthy behavior and development early in life among adolescents with suicidality, mood disorders, and co-occurring chronic illnesses. (BSN, Emory University, 2015)

Helen BakerHelen Baker, RN, BSN, MSc: Research interest focuses on access to family planning, reproductive and sexual health services in developing countries.  Other interests include: community-based approaches to improve health outcomes, health policy, and qualitative research methods.  (MSc, 2006, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; BSN, 2010, Johns Hopkins University)

Amy BlumlingAmy A. Blumling, RN, BSN:  Research interests include family management in pediatric, adolescent, and young adult populations with chronic conditions or disorders. Specific interests focus on family management and experiences in individuals with the Sex Chromosome Aneuploidy 48, XXYY variation. (BSN, Emory University, 2012).

Maya BaumannMaya Baumann, RN, MSN: Chronic disease management, especially in the realm of adherence.  Clinical background: Cardiovascular ICU and step-down education. (MSN-MPH, 2008, Emory University)

Ginny CarterGinny Carter, RN, BSN: RN, BSN: Research interests include access to health care, gender-based violence, maternal/child health, and interventions aimed at reducing health inequalities in developing countries. (BSN, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011)

Alexis DunnAlexis Dunn, CNM, MSN: Research and investigate the relationship between the vaginal microbiome, complement activation, Preterm Birth (PTB) associated clinical measures, and modifiable biobehavioral risk factors linked to PTB and African American race.

Sarah EdwardsSara Edwards CNM, MN, MPH: Research interests include mood disorders in women, especially during the perinatal period. Other interests include nutrition in pregnancy, the effect of mood on breastfeeding/infant bonding, sleep disorders and stillbirth risk. (MN/MPH, 1994, Emory University)

MK FindleyMK Findley, RN, BSN, MS: Research interests include biological and psychological factors of glycemic control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes.  Other interests include the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare for emerging adults with chronic conditions (BSN, Georgia State University, 2014).

Tommy FlynnTommy Flynn, RN, CPN: Research and practice interests center around pediatric palliative nursing care as it pertains to quality of life in the context of chronic disease. (BSN, 2010, Emory University)

Kent W. HaythornKent W. Haythorn, MS, RN:  Research interests include leadership, governance structures and models of care, specifically the role power plays in the nurse/patient/physician relationship and possible changes in outcomes for patients and families. Other interests include the developing role of the nurse in the era of the Affordable Care Act and exploring the concept of professional nurses as active partners in health care delivery. (MS, 2003, Nazareth College)

Lauren Head Lauren Head, BSN, RN: Research focuses on modifiable social determinants of the long-term developmental outcomes and educational achievement of vulnerable and high-risk infants, specifically at how early language exposure and parent-child interactions influence the outcomes of preterm infants.

Sheila JordanSheila Jordan, RN, BSN, MPH: Research interests include chronic disease manifestations of pregnancy related hypertensive disorders, biological markers for preeclampsia and health promotion. Other interests include preconception health and reproductive justice. (BSN, Emory University, 2010)

Mariya KovalevaMariya Kovaleva, BSN, RN: Emerging and innovative education methods of caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias; telehealth for caregivers' education; transition into a role of a caregiver; neuroendocrine and neuroimmunological disruption among caregivers who live with chronic stress (BSN, 2014, Bethel University). 

Valerie MacValerie Mac, BSN, RN: Research interests include the effects of the environment on the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. Other interests include heat illness, advanced emergency nursing, climate change adaptation and field biomonitoring (MS, Emory University, 2015)

Jade McBroomJade McBroom, RN: Research interests include health disparities in African American women living with HIV with a focus on reproductive and mental health.  (BSN, University of Florida, 2015)

Blake McGeeBlake McGee, MPH, RN: Research interest include the effect of health policy choices on health care expenditures, service usage patterns and patient outcomes. Also, examining the effects of patient cost-sharing for essential heart failure medications on prescription refill frequency and acute care use for heart failure complications. (MPH, Columbia University, 2007)

Meridith R. MikulichMeridith R. Mikulich, MPH, BSN: Research interest focuses on sexual and reproductive health in low-resource settings, especially in Africa. Other research interests include: family planning and unsafe abortion practices, mother-to-child transmission of HIV, adolescent health, and promotion of healthy behavior change. (BSN, 2011, Emory University)

Jordan MurphyJordan R. Murphy, BSN: BSN: Research interests include mechanisms underlying the microbiome-gut-brain axis and stress response in African American infants. (BSN, Emory University 2015)

Abby MuticAbby Mutic, MSN, CNM: Research interests include occupational health hazards in pregnancy specifically involving pesticides and endocrine disrupting chemicals. (BSN, Saint Louis University, 2004  MSN, Vanderbilt University, 2008).

Udia OtuguorUdia Otuguor, RN: Research interest focuses on the impact of caregiver knowledge and  self-efficacy on psychosocial outcomes in informal caregivers of heart failure patients. (MBA, University of Benin, 2001)

Peter SchindlerPeter Schindler, RN, BSN: Research interests include: Socio-cultural norms of masculinity and paternal involvement in antenatal care among high disparity populations. Other interests include: paternal participation in pregnancy, maternal-child health, CBPR, health disparities, and Latino health (BSN, University of Wisconsin –Oshkosh, 2011)

Telisa SpikesTelisa Spikes, BSN, RN: Research interest includes health promotion & health disparities in cardiovascular disease prevention and reduction. (BSN Ga Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University-2003, MSN Kennesaw State University-2009) 

Alexa StewartAlexa Stewart, RN: Area of research interest includes identifying biomarkers and behavioral phenotypes, as well as effective interventions for aggressive behavior in children from underrepresented populations.  (BS Biology, Kean University, 2008)

Taylor ThulTaylor Thul, BSN, RN: Research interests include high risk pregnancy and poor birth outcomes in adolescents.  Other interests include care of parents in the neonatal intensive care unit and neonatal palliative care. (BSN, University of South Carolina, 2012).

Jennifer VanderlaanJennifer Vanderlaan, MPH, MSN, CNM, NP-C: Research interests include the effects of health policy on maternal and infant health, including issues of workforce, access to care and standards of care. Interest extends to eliminating health disparities and promoting the health of marginalized populations. (MSN, 2012, Emory University) 

Jennifer WilliamsJenny Williams MSN, MPH, FNP-BC: Research interests have focused on maternal health and birth defects. More specifically, work has been targeted to three areas, micronutrient deficiencies in pregnancy (specifically folic acid and vitamin B12 deficiency), preexisting diabetes and glycemic control in pregnant women, and influenza illness in pregnancy.  (MSN/MPH 2001, Emory University)

Kate WoeberKate Woeber CNM, MSN, MPH: Research interests involve discovery and exploration of systems approaches for effective, sustainable implementation of existing evidence in maternal-newborn health settings, addressing influences on both provider and patient behaviors and decision-making. (MSN, MPH, Emory University, 1999)

Moka YooMoka Yoo, BSN, RN: Research interests include identifying psychosocial factors related to health outcomes and examining the role that social isolation plays on health-related behaviors among older adults with complex chronic conditions such as HIV-infected older adults. (BSN, Emory University, 2013)