Leadership in Action: Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Student Milestones

September 2021School of Nursing Communications
Kathryn Lee

Kathryn Lee Honored With WIN Distinguished Research Lectureship Award

Professor emerita Kathryn Lee is the recipient of the Western Institute of Nursing’s prestigious 2022 Distinguished Research Lectureship Award. The award recognizes a senior investigator whose research career has made substantial and sustained contributions to nursing.

Lee's research focuses on sleep, fatigue and circadian rhythms, with an emphasis on women's health. She has authored more than 150 publications, and is the recipient of numerous awards for her work. She will receive the Distinguished Research Lectureship Award at the WIN Conference, which is slated for April 6-9, 2022.

Ifeyinwa Asiodu, Naomi Jay to be Inducted as New AAN Fellows

Ifeyinwa Asiodu, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, and Naomi Jay, volunteer faculty in Community Health Systems, will be inducted as fellows into the American Ifeyinwa Asiodu, Naomi Jay Academy of Nursing in October.

Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career in which their accomplishments are honored by their colleagues within and outside the profession. Fellows are selected based on their contributions and impact to advance the public’s health. Read AAN’s announcement here.

Faculty Secure Another $1.2 Million in Research Grants

Yoshimi Fukuoka, Jennifer James, Laura Wagner SON faculty members recently secured over $1.2 million to support research projects examining diabetes, health care in women's prisons, and dementia care:

  • Yoshimi Fukuoka, professor in Physiological Nursing, received a five-year grant from the PHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, including $398,606 in year 1 funding, for her project, "Impact and Sustainability of a Digitally-Based Diabetes Prevention Program."
  • Jennifer James, assistant professor in the Institute for Health & Aging, received a four-year grant from the Greenwall Foundation, including $260,991 in year 1 funding, for her project, "Healthcare Decision-Making in California Women's Prisons: Historical Legacies of Injustice and Modern Regulatory Constraints."
  • Laura Wagner, associate professor in Community Health Systems, received a five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging, including $545,918 in year 1 funding, for her project, "Relationships of Dementia Care Workforce Experiences, Training and Work Environment to Resident Outcomes in Skilled Nursing Facilities." Faculty members Susan Chapman, Soo-Jeong Lee and Joanne Spetz are co-investigators.

SON Faculty Named Hellman Fellows

Orlando Harris, assistant professor in Community Health Systems, Jennifer James, assistant professor in the Institute for Health & Aging and Shannon Smith-Bernardin, Orlando Harris, Jennifer James, Shannon Smith-Bernardin assistant professor in Social Behavioral Sciences, have been named recipients of the 2021-2022 UCSF Society of Hellman Fellows Award. The Hellman Fellows Program is designed to assist promising early career faculty in their research. The scholar will each receive a $50,000 award.

Oi Saeng Hong Honored as Fulbright Scholar

Oi Saeng Hong Oi Saeng Hong, professor in Community Health Systems, is the recipient of the Fulbright Award. Serving as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar, Hong will work with her multidisciplinary research collaborators at the China Medical University in Taiwan to test mobile tech-based health interventions with employees of multinational companies. Her team also received the research funding from the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology.

Christine Miaskowski, Karen Schumacher Honored for Research Paper’s Excellence

Professor Christine Miaskowski, and her team received the Annual Research Award for 2021 from Cancer Nursing for a longitudinal qualitative study co-led by Christine Miaskowski, Karen Schumacher Karen Schumacher, professor in Physiological Nursing.

The study resulted in the article, “The Experience of Complex Pain Dynamics in Oncology Outpatients: A Longitudinal Qualitative Analysis,” which published in March-April. This article was selected for the award among papers that were published in Cancer Nursing’s last three issues of 2020 and first three issues of 2021.

Monica McLemore Appointed Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair

Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, was appointed the Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair on July 1.

Monica McLemore The Thelma Shobe Chair in Nursing was established by Thelma Shobe Cook as an endowment to support research and teaching related to ethical and spiritual dimensions of nursing practice. Most recently, the interpretation of a traditionally narrow definition of these areas was expanded to include contemporary ethical concerns, including social justice and the influences to disparate health outcomes. This appointment is accompanied by the Thelma Shobe Endowed Lectureship to support lectures on ethical/spiritual issues of health care at the Chair’s direction.

She was also a special guest on Evidence-Based Birth’s Aug. 4 podcast in which she spoke extensively about postpartum justice and the importance of Medicaid coverage for the postpartum year. Listen to the podcast.

Faculty in the News 

Charlene Harrington was quoted in Time Magazine’s Sept. 2, 2021 article “Nursing Home COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Protect the Most Vulnerable, But Pose a Hidden Threat Charlene Harrington, Joanne Spetz to Residents” and The Hill’s Sept. 4, 2021 article “Nursing Homes Warn Vaccine Mandate Could Lead to Staff Shortages.

Joanne Spetz was quoted in the Sept. 7, 2021 Marketplace article “High Pay for Traveling Nurses a Symptom and Cause of Staff Shortages” and the Sept. 6, 2021 Florida News Times article “California Faces Short-Term Nursing Shortage From COVID-19 Retirement.” Spetz and her research around nurse staffing levels was cited in an Aug. 19 U.S. News article “Strapped by Shortage and Hit With Departures, Nurse Corps Swamped by Another COVID Wave.”

Garrett Chan, Karen Duderstadt Co-Author Report on AB 890 Implementation

Garrett Chan, Karen Duderstadt Garrett Chan and Karen Duderstadt were among the co-authors of a California Health Care Foundation report, analyzing “existing statutes that, without review and action, may inhibit full realization of the promise of AB 890,” which allows NPs to work without physician supervision. Read the full report here.


Kristen Harknett and Co-Authors Receive W. Richard Scott Award

Kristen Harknett, associate professor in Social Behavioral Sciences, and her co-authors received the 2021 W. Richard Scott Award from the Kristen Harknett American Sociological Association's Section on Organizations, Occupations and Work for their article "What Explains Racial/Ethnic Inequality in Job Quality in the Service Sector?" which published in The American Sociological Review in 2020.

Ulrike Muench, Anna Oh Named New Scholars at Pepper Center

Ulrike Muench, Anna Oh Ulrike Muench, associate professor in Social Behavioral Sciences, and postdoctoral scholar Anna Oh have been selected to join the 2021-2022 cohort of scholars in the Pilot and Exploratory Studies Program. The program is part of the UCSF Pepper Center, which identifies, supports and nurtures investigators who are working to expand aging research.

Van Park Speaks on Advancing Equity in AAPI Communities

Van Park, associate professor in Community Health Systems, was among the featured speakers at a July 29 talk titled “Conversation on Van Park Cancer: Advancing Equity in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities: Racism and Injustice.” Hosted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Oncology Center of Excellence, the talk explored racism and hate crimes against AAPIs that is often linked to rhetoric blaming AAPIs for the spread of COVID-19. Watch the recording.

Kara Birch Joins Deborah Johnson in Leading UC PMHNP Program

Kara Birch, Deborah Johnson Faculty member Kara Birch joins Deborah Johnson at the helm of the UC Multi-Campus Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate Program. Birch will serve as Program Director, and Johnson will continue as Director of Recruitment and Development. Read the full message from Carol Dawson-Rose.


SON Faculty Honored for Teaching Excellence

Elizabeth Castillo, assistant professor, and Kristen Sligar, associate professor, both of Family Health Care Nursing, and Matt Tierney, professorElizabeth Castillo, Kristen Sligar, Matt Tierney in Community Health Systems, received “Excellence in Teaching” awards from the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators

Tierney received the peer-nominated 2021 Excellence in Interprofessional Teaching Award while Castillo and Sligar received the Excellence in Teaching Award for General Teaching. The peer-nominated awards recognize educators who demonstrate daily their dedication to education and create an encouraging and intellectually stimulating environment that promotes critical thinking and learning.

September Preceptor of the Month: Nana Efua Adabie

Nana Efua Adabie Nana Efua Adabie is the School of Nursing September Preceptor of the Month. Adabie has worked with underserved populations and the LGBTQ+ community as a PMHNP in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2018. She has clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings diagnosing and treating/managing adults with psychiatric illnesses. She seeks to de-stigmatize mental illness and advocate for more diversity in mental health care. Read more about Adabie and a comment from a preceptee on the Preceptor Portal.

Andrew Penn Co-Chairs Symposium on Psychedelic Medicines

Andrew Penn, associate professor in Community Health Systems, served as co-chair of Sana Symposium, a multidisciplinary continuing education event Andrew Penn focusing on the clinical use of psychedelic medicines. The symposium was held virtually Sept 17-19.

Recent Publications

Building an Advocacy Model to Improve the Dementia-Capability of Health Plans in California— Brooke Hollister, Jarmin Yeh, Leslie Ross, Sept. 2, 2021

Mentoring and Support for Underrepresented Nursing Faculty: An Integrative Research Review — Elizabeth Gatewood, Lisa Mihaly, Andrea Kuster, September 2021

Family-Centered Care for Children and Families Impacted by Neonatal Seizures: Advice From Parents — Linda Franck, September 2021

Circulating MicroRNAs Predict Glycemic Improvement and Response to a Behavioral Intervention — Elena Flowers, Aug. 23, 2021

Pain Treatment and Functional Improvement in Home Health Care: Relationship With Dementia — Ulrike Muench, Aug. 21, 2021

Op-Ed: I Lost My Father to Cancer — And My Sister to Vaccine Refusal — Stacy Torres, PhD, 2021

A Review of the Literature on the Accuracy, Strengths, and Limitations of Visual, Thoracic Impedance, and Electrocardiographic Methods Used to Measure Respiratory Rate in Hospitalized Patients — Linda Bawua, Christine Miaskowski, Michele Pelter, Aug. 18, 2021

Managing the Tension Between Caring and Charting: Labor and Delivery Nurses' Experiences of the Electronic Health Record — Catherine "Kit" Chesla, Joanne Spetz, Audrey Lyndon, Aug. 16, 2021

Advancing Health Equity Through a Theoretically Critical Implementation Science — Francesca Nicosia, Aug. 13, 2021

Racial Disparities in Financial Security, Work and Leisure Activities, and Quality of Life Among the Direct Care Workforce — Ulrike Muench, Joanne Spetz, Charlene Harrington, Aug. 13, 2021

Online Health Information Seeking, Health Literacy, and Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Among Transgender and Gender-Diverse People — Micah Lubensky, Annesa Flentje, Aug. 12, 2021

Symptom Profiles of Women at Risk of Mood Disorders: A Latent Class Analysis — Sandra Weiss, Bruce Cooper, Aug. 12, 2021

Occurrence and Characteristics of Pain After ICU Discharge: A Longitudinal Study — Kathleen Puntillo, Aug. 12, 2021

Ignoring Our Elders: Tobacco Control's Forgotten Health Equity Issue — Ruth Malone, Janine Cataldo, Aug. 12, 2021

Age-friendly for Whom? An Aperture to the Lived Experiences of Older San Franciscans — Jarmin Yeh, Aug. 11, 2021

Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment Is Associated With Perturbations In Inflammatory Pathways — Kate Oppegaard, Carolyn Harris, Joosun Shin, Steven Paul, Bruce Cooper, Christine Miaskowski, Kord Kober, Aug. 10, 2021

Ending Intimate Partner Violence Among Women Living With HIV: How Attachment and HIV Stigma Inform Understanding and Intervention — Katy Davis, Carol Dawson-Rose, Yvette Cuca, Aug. 9, 2021

Distinct Employment Interference Profiles in Patients With Breast Cancer Prior to and for 12 Months Following Surgery — Bruce Cooper, Kord Kober, Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski, Aug. 2, 2021

Our Losses Take Many Forms — Andrew Penn, August 2021

Tobacco Imagery in the 20 Best-Selling Video Games of 2018 — Susan Forsyth, Patricia McDaniel, Aug. 4, 2021

COVID-19 mRNA Vaccination in Lactation: Assessment of Adverse Effects and Transfer of Anti-SARS-Cov2 Antibodies From Mother to Child — Caryl Gay, Ifeyinwa Asiodu, Aug. 3, 2021

Op-Ed: Why is American Health Care So Inaccessible? It Only Got Easy When My Dad Was Dying. — Stacy Torres, Aug. 3, 2021

The Necessity of a Trauma-Informed Paradigm in Substance Use Disorder Services — Lydia Bartholow, Aug. 2, 2021

Olive Garden’s Expansion Of Paid Sick Leave During COVID-19 Reduced The Share Of Employees Working While Sick — Kristen Harknett, August 2021

Association Between Household Exposure and Cycle Threshold in COVID-19 Infected Health Care Workers — Sandra Domeracki, August 2021

Aligning Nurse Practitioner Statutes in California — Garrett Chan, Karen Duderstadt, July 30, 2021

The Association of COVID-19 Infection in Pregnancy With Preterm Birth: A Retrospective Cohort Study in California — Monica McLemore, Elena Flowers, July 31, 2021

Achieving Racial and Ethnic Equity in COVID-19 Vaccination: From Individual Readiness to Health System Readiness — Orlando Harris, July 30, 2021

Designing Drug Shops for Young Women in Tanzania: Applying Human-Centred Design to Facilitate Access to HIV Self-Testing and Contraception — Jenny Liu, July 27, 2021

Behavior Characteristics and Risk for Metabolic Syndrome Among Women in Rural Communities in China — Jyu-Lin Chen, Chen-Xi Lin, Kathy Lien, July 23, 2021

Tobacco Retail Availability and Cigarette and E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Adults: A Scoping Review — Patricia McDaniel, July 22, 2021

Real Time Remote Symptom Monitoring During Chemotherapy For Cancer: European Multicentre Randomised Controlled Trial (Esmart) — Christine Miaskowkski, July 21, 2021

Prevalence, Progress, and Social Inequalities of Home Deliveries in Ghana From 2006 to 2018: Insights From the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys — Jerry John Nutor, July 21, 2021

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders’ Perspectives on Participating in the CARE Recruitment Research Registry for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, Aging, and Caregiving Research — Van Park, Bora Nam, July 19, 2021

Development of an Online Curriculum for California Early Care and Education Providers on Healthy Beverages — Roberta Rose, Abbey Alkon, July 13, 2021

Quality of Antiretroviral Therapy Services in Ghana: Implications for the HIV Response in Resource-Constrained Settings — Jerry John Nutor, July 12, 2021

SARS-CoV-2 PCR and Antibody Testing for an Entire Rural Community: Methods and Feasibility of High-Throughput Testing Procedures — Kimberly Baltzell, July 7, 2021

COVID‐19, Masks, and Hearing Difficulty: Perspectives of Healthcare Providers — Irene Cole, PhD, RN, Margaret Wallhagen, July 6, 2021

Subgroups of Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy With Distinct Cognitive Fatigue And Evening Physical Fatigue Profiles — Lisa Morse, Kord Kober, Carol Viele, Bruce Cooper, Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski, July 4, 2021

Health Without Filters: The Health and Environmental Impacts of Cigarette Filters — Stella Bialous, July 2, 2021

ECG Alarms During Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Therapy in the ICU — Kevin Watanakeeree, (alumnus), Sukardi Suba, (alumnus), Lynda Mackin, Fabio Badilini, Michele Pelter, July 1, 2021

Exercise-Induced Arrhythmias — Michele Pelter, July 1, 2021

Guys and Dolls: Two Case Reports of Spontaneous Interactions With Dolls in Male Veterans With Dementia — Francesca Nicosia, July 1, 2021

Barriers and Facilitators of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Participation in Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder — Joanne Spetz, Susan Chapman, Matt Tierney, Bethany Phoenix, July 1, 2021

Sharing Biomedical Data: Strengthening AI Development in Healthcare — Michele Pelter, June 30, 2021

Opening the Black Box: Evaluating the Care of People With Serious Illness in Medicare Advantage — Lauren Hunt, June 30, 2021

Smoking-Attributable Doctor Visits and Emergency Room Utilization and Costs by California's Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community — Wendy Max, Hai-Yen Sung, June 29, 2021

Distinct Sleep Disturbance Profiles in Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancers Receiving Chemotherapy — Bruce Cooper, Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski, June 28, 2021

Distinctions Between Self-Report and Performance-Based Measures of Physical Function in Older Patients Prior to Chemotherapy — Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski, June 28, 2021

Multiple Gastrointestinal Symptoms Are Associated With Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea in Patients With Breast Cancer — Kord Kober, Steve Paul, Bruce Cooper, Christine Miaskowski, June 28, 2021

Anxiety Profiles Are Associated With Stress, Resilience and Symptom Severity in Outpatients Receiving Chemotherapy — Kate Oppegaard, Carolyn Harris, Joosun Shin, Steve Paul, Bruce Cooper, Kord Kober, Christine Miaskowski, June 26, 2021

Universal Health Care for the United States: A Primer for Health Care Providers — Amy Alspaugh, Nikki Lanshaw, June 24, 2021

Advances in Health Policy Led by UCSF Nurses

July 2021By Milenko Martinovich and Katherine Tam

From the birth of Medicare to the phasing out of tobacco sales, faculty and alumni at the UCSF School of Nursing have played pivotal roles in advancing equitable and impactful health policies. Read about some of these major health policy triumphs that impact health care for all.

Setting the Standard

Our national standards for certifying nurses in pediatrics, cardiology and other specialties could not have been possible without nurse pioneer Margretta Madden Styles, Margretta Madden Styles EdD, RN, FAAN.

Styles, who served as dean of the UCSF School of Nursing from 1977 to 1987, spearheaded the first comprehensive study of nursing credentialing in the 1970s. She lectured and wrote extensively on the issue, and helped establish the national standards for certifying and credentialing nurses in numerous specialties that ensure patients receive quality care.

Providing Care to the Underrepresented

Catherine Waters More San Franciscans have access to quality, affordable health care coverage, thanks to the San Francisco Health Commission which included UCSF School of Nursing Associate Dean Catherine Waters, PhD, RN, FAAN.

As a commissioner — and particularly as a board member of the SF Health Plan (Healthy SF) — Waters helped craft quality, affordable health care coverage for San Francisco’s underserved population. Launched in 2007, Healthy SF now provides access to health coverage to 14,000 uninsured city residents. Waters also helped to secure funding for the only nurse-run clinic in the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium, part of a network that provides care to more than 100,000 people in the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.

Expanding the Role and Impact of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwives

In 2020, two landmark California bills that expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners (NPs) and nurse-midwives became law, paving the way for these professionals to help close the access to care gap across the state. UCSF nursing faculty provided research findings and data that built the case for their passage.

Joanne Spetz, PhD, ​FAAN, and Garrett Chan, PhD, RN, FAAN, served as subject matter experts to California State Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) and his staff Joanne Spetz, Garrett Chan as Wood introduced AB 890, a bill that allows NPs to practice without physician supervision. Spetz produced a series of briefs on scope of practice issues with the California Health Care Foundation. In addition, she and associate professor Ulrike Muench authored a study that found California NPs can help close the state’s primary care gap, and that state leaders, nursing educators and health care organizations should collaborate to expand education programs, increase the diversity of the NP workforce, and empower NPs to fully use their skills without physician supervision.

Spetz and Chan, who advocated for the bill’s passage through his work as president and chief executive officer of HealthImpact, also spoke at an educational event ​for legislators and legislative staff in 2020 on the topic. AB890 was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 29, 2020.

Kim Dau In a parallel effort, Spetz and Kim Dau, RN, MS, CNM, lent their expertise to expanding the role of nurse-midwives in California. The pair co-authored a paper, with the California Health Care Foundation, that found that women cared for by nurse-midwives are less likely to have cesarean births, have similar health outcomes to those cared for by physicians, and report greater satisfaction with their care. In September 2020, California passed Senate Bill 1237, allowing certified nurse-midwives to independently provide midwifery care.

Currently, faculty members Susan Chapman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Beth Phoenix, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Matt Tierney, MS, NP, FAAN, are collaborating on studies aimed at expanding scope of practice for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners. 

Fighting to End Tobacco 

Advocates continue to wage war against tobacco use — and UCSF nurse experts are leading these battles at regional, national and international levels.

Among them, professor Ruth Malone, PhD, RN, has conducted research on the tobacco industry for decades and is workingRuth Malone on formulating a “tobacco endgame” strategy. She has provided educational workshops and expert guidance to California communities working to enact policies that change the structural, political and social dynamics that perpetuate the tobacco epidemic. For example, in the last few years, Malone worked with advocates in Beverly Hills and Manhattan Beach, two communities that were the first in the nation to pass ordinances phasing out tobacco sales. Malone has also served as an expert consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Justice and the World Health Organization.

Valerie Yerger Meanwhile, professor Valerie Yerger, ND, has dedicated two decades to exposing the tobacco industry’s predatory marketing of menthol cigarettes in Black communities. In June 2020, the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, which she co-founded, and Action on Smoking and Health sued the FDA for failing to carry out its statutory duties and add menthol to the list of prohibited characterizing flavors to force the removal of menthol-flavored tobacco products from the marketplace. The American Medical Association and National Medical Association later joined as co-plaintiffs. On April 29, the FDA announced its commitment to issue a rulemaking process to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. Yerger encourages continued work at the state and local levels to ban the sales of menthol cigarettes and all other flavored tobacco products, as it could still be years before the FDA removes these products from the marketplace. 

On a global level, professor Stella Bialous, DrPH, RN, FAAN, has worked with numerous countries, including Brazil, South Stella Bialous Africa, Jamaica and the Solomon Islands, on developing tobacco control policies. She contributed to the United Nations’ WHO (World Health Organization) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, a treaty developed in response to the global tobacco epidemic that “reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health.” Bialous, who received the WHO’s World No Tobacco Day Award (2015) for her work in tobacco control, has collaborated with the WHO and other international agencies in developing monographs and white papers on tobacco, cancer and the role of the tobacco industry in undermining public health.

Protecting Older Adults 

Dorothy Rice UCSF nurse scholars have helped ensure the care and economic security of the rapidly increasing population of older adults.

The need for older adults to have health insurance gained attention through the research and advocacy of professor emerita Dorothy Rice, BA. As an analyst in the U.S. Social Security Administration in the 1960s, she exposed the fact that half of people ages 65 and older lacked health insurance — and many were unable to afford it. Her work contributed significantly to the creation of Medicare, as well as Medicaid and Social Security. Later, as director of the National Center for Health Statistics, she led the development of the National Death Index, which is the country’s central index of death record information and a valuable resource for researchers.

The federal Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), which provides comprehensive medical and social services Jennie Chin Hansen to older adults who continue to live in their communities, got its start under alumna Jennie Chin Hansen, MS ‘71, RN. As CEO of the San Francisco non-profit On Lok, Hansen led the organization as it advanced innovation in whole person care. On Lok’s pioneering program of comprehensive care for the elderly became the prototype for the 1997 federal law that incorporated PACE into Medicare and Medicaid programs. Hansen also served six years as a federal commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission that reported to Congress. 

Charlene Harrington In the 1980s, Congress requested that the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) examine the quality of nursing homes. Professor emerita Charlene Harrington, PhD, RN, FAAN, contributed significantly to a 1986 report outlining critical improvements necessary to improve nursing homes. This led to the passage of the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, which established federal standards for these facilities to ensure they deliver quality care.

To enhance the lives of older adults, Carroll Estes, PhD, FAAN, dedicated decades of research and advocacy to improve the health and economic security of older people as well as women, LGBTQ Carroll Estes individuals, people of color and people with disabilities. She served as a consultant to U.S. Commissioners of Social Security and to U.S. Senate and House Committees on Aging for three decades. Estes also founded the Aging Health Policy Center at UCSF, later known as the Institute for Health & Aging. She is actively engaged in research and publishing on COVID-19 and its risk and impact on inequalities among the aging and disabled. She recently published Aging A-Z (2019), and Precarity USA in Generations Today, co-authroed with School of Nursing assistant professor Jarmin Yeh and analyst Nicholas DiCarlo.

The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

For decades, UCSF nurse scholars and clinicians have advocated for individuals with HIV and AIDS, influencing policy through their testimony and authoring critical standards of care to prevent the disease’s spread. 

Carol Dawson-Rose Carol Dawson-Rose, PhD, RN, FAAN, worked as an HIV home hospice nurse through 2000, but her service did not stop there. She has continued to champion the rights of people living with AIDS and those caring for them through letter-writing campaigns and personal appeals to Congress. She has been a consistent advocate for reauthorization of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program — the largest federal program dedicated to providing care and treatment to low-income people with HIV — and the benefits of syringe exchange. She has also directed policy training for people living with AIDS, accompanying them on legislative visits to Sacramento and Washington D.C. She currently serves as president of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, which promotes the health and rights of people living with HIV worldwide.

During the AIDS epidemic, Florence Stroud, RN, authored guidelines concerning the prevention of prenatal transmission ofFlorence Stroud HIV and the care of mothers and children infected with AIDS. She twice served as interim director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health and was the first African American to serve as health director for the City of Berkeley.

Standing Up for Maternal Health

Through research and testimony, UCSF nurse scholars are addressing the U.S. maternal mortality rate, which is the worst among developed countries.

Monica McLemore Among them, Monica McLemore, PhD, RN, FAAN, testified before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in 2019 on Title X, the nation’s federal family planning program, and participated in a 2017 Congressional briefing on maternal mortality. McLemore, whose research has been cited in four amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, also served as a health policy advisor to Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA). She has also been advocating for the Biden Administration to create the Office of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Wellbeing, under the Domestic Policy Council.

Diana Taylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, helped develop training and research to support a law allowing nurse practitioners, certified Diana Taylor nurse-midwives and physician assistants to perform what are called first-trimester aspiration abortions. In addition, she has helped develop women’s health care delivery models, interdisciplinary education programs, practice standards and evidence-based practice guidelines.

Protecting Workers’ Rights

Workplace disparities that affect worker wellbeing, their families, and those they serve are being addressed, thanks to studies led by nurse faculty.

Kristen Harknett The research of Kristen Harknett, PhD, in collaboration with The Shift Project, was cited by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who reintroduced The Schedules That Work Act of 2019.  The bill aims to prevent workers from dealing with unstable and unpredictable work schedules. Harknett has also provided her expertise to the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Population and the California State Assembly as well as the city councils of Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Seattle, and Emeryville, California, on workers’ rights.

Ulrike Muench, PhD, RN, FAAN, has revealed the earnings gap between male and female nurses, showing that men earn anUlrike Muench average of $5,100 more annually. Muench’s findings and similar research have led to hospital managers re-evaluating pay structures and have helped pave the way for the reintroduction of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which aims to eliminate wage discrimination. (The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives in April).

Leadership in Action: Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Student Milestones

May 2021School of Nursing Communications
Oi Saeng Hong

Oi Saeng Hong to be Inducted Into Sigma’s Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Oi Saeng Hong, professor in Community Health Systems, will be inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society’s Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Hong is one of 20 world-renowned nurse researchers who will be inducted this year at Sigma’s 32nd Nursing Research Congress in July.

Hong is an internationally recognized expert in occupational and environmental health through multidisciplinary intervention research to prevent occupational disease and injuries, as well as health promotion and risk reduction in underserved racial/ethnic minority populations.

Valerie Yerger Leads Effort Culminating in FDA Proposal to Ban Menthol Cigarettes 

For 20 years, Valerie Yerger, professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, has exposed the tobacco industry’s predatory marketing of menthol cigarettes in the Black Valerie Yerger community. She and the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), which she co-founded, have been advocating for local, state and federal policies that would ban menthol.

After waiting 10 years for the Food and Drug Administration to ban menthol, the council and Action on Smoking and Health sued the FDA for inaction. The American Medical Association and National Medical Association later joined as co-plaintiffs. On April 29, the FDA announced its proposal to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. Learn more in the AATCLC announcement.

School of Nursing Celebrates Accomplishments at Virtual Awards Celebration

Faculty, students, alumni and predeptors were honored at the School's Awards Celeberation on May 18. View the full list of honorees.

UCSF Graduate Division, Academic Senate Recognize School of Nursing Faculty

Annesa Flentje, Julene Johnson, Andrew Penn Annesa Flentje, associate professor in Community Health Systems, has been named Outstanding Faculty Mentor of the Year, an award that is presented by the Associated Students of the Graduate Division. Flentje will be honored as part of the Graduate Division's Virtual Commencement on May 27. 

Julene Johnson, associate dean for research, is the recipient of the UCSF Distinction in Mentoring Award in the category of Full Professor, and Andrew Penn, associate professor in Community Health Systems, is the recipient of the UCSF Distinction in Teaching Award. These awards are conferred by the UCSF Academic Senate. Johnson and Penn will be honored May 25. 

New Research and Scholarship Team to Advance Nursing Science, Clinical Practice at UCSF

Three School of Nursing faculty members — Christine Miaskowski, professor in Physiological Nursing, Sandy Staveski, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing and Christine Miaskowski, Sandy Staveski, Laura Wagner Laura Wagner, associate professor in Community Health Systems — joined the Research and Scholarship Team at the Center for Nursing Excellence and Innovation at UCSF Health.

The team will create an infrastructure that optimizes consultation for nurse-led research, research utilization and scholarship activities that advance nursing science and clinical practice at UCSF.

Faculty Secure Grants to Advance Research and Education

Linda Park, Michele Pelter Linda Park, associate professor in Community Health Systems, and Michele Pelter, associate professor in Physiological Nursing, have been named the 2021 recipients of the Lipps Research Funds. 

Park will receive $150,000 in phase 2 funding for her pilot project “Tap iT! Development of a Novel Medication Adherence System: Phase II.” Pelter will receive $150,000 for her pilot study, “Evaluation of an Algorithm Based Solution to Reduce False Ventricular Tachycardia Alarms in the Intensive Care Unit."

The fund is made possible through a generous gift from Randy and Kathy Lipps in honor of one of their daughters, Sarah Lipps.

Monica McLemore Moderates Panel

Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, moderated a fireside chat with members of Congress titled “How the Momnibus Seeks to Improve Black Monica McLemore Maternal Health Outcomes.” The April 14 chat was with Rep. Alma Adams, Rep. Lauren Underwood, Joia Crear Perry of the National Birth Equity Collaborative, and Angela Doyinsola Aina of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, and coincided with Black Maternal Health Week.

Garrett Chan Honored With NP of Distinction Award

Garrett Chan Garrett Chan, associate adjunct professor in Physiological Nursing, is the 2021 recipient of the Nurse Practitioner of Distinction Award from the California Nurse Practitioners Association. He was honored at the organization’s 43rd annual conference April 22-24.


Van Park, Linda Park Share Findings About COVID-19-Related Discrimination in AAPI Community

Faculty members Van Ta Park and Linda Park published a brief on key findings from a nationwide survey of more than 5,000 Asian Americans and Pacific Van Park, Linda Park Islanders (AAPI) about COVID-19-related discrimination and mental and physical health effects on AAPI. The brief was drafted at the request of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

Among the key findings, three in five respondents experienced discrimination in the past six months. When asked how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed their life, 41% said they have experienced some (mild/moderate/severe) changes in their experience with racial discrimination. In addition, 59% believe the country has become more dangerous for their ethnic group. See additional key findings

Faculty-Alumna Team Honored for Best Research Article

Faculty members Monica McLemoreAudrey Lyndon, and Linda Franck, along with alumna Talita Oseguera, are the 2021 Clockwise, from top left, Monica McLemore, Audrey Lyndon, Talita Oseguera, Linda Franck recipients of the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health's Best Research Article award.

The team received the honor for their article, “Listening to Women: Recommendations from Women of Color to Improve Experiences in Pregnancy and Birth Care.” The virtual award ceremony is May 24.

Gerri Collins-Bride Co-Chairs Conference on Developmental Disability for 20th Year

Gerri Collins-Bride Gerri Collins-Bride, professor emerita in Community Health Systems, and professor Lucy Crain of the School of Medicine are celebrating 20 years of co-chairing the annual UCSF CME conference, Developmental Disabilities: Update for Health Professionals. The conference, which was held virtually March 25-26, drew a record 380 attendees nationwide. Its theme was health equity, inclusion and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities. Collins-Bride also delivered a podium presentation on virtual health care for this population.

Jerry Saliman Named Preceptor of the Month

Jerry Saliman is the May Preceptor of the Month. Saliman retired from Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco after a 30-year career, and is now a volunteer internist at Jerry Saliman Samaritan House Medical Clinic in San Mateo. He has precepted AGPCNP students for many years and has made a major impact on students, who have remarked on his generosity, kindness, patience, compassion, wealth of knowledge, expertise, commitment and thoughtfulness. In honor of the critical contributions that preceptors make to advance student learning, the UCSF School of Nursing faculty are honoring one preceptor each month. 

Linda Franck Joins Bixby Faculty

Linda Franck Linda Franck, professor in Family Health Care Nursing, has been appointed Affiliate Faculty with the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, which integrates research, training, clinical care and advocacy to advance reproductive autonomy, equitable and compassionate care, and reproductive and sexual health worldwide.

Rosalie Bravo to Present at Teaching Institute Conference

An abstract by Rosalie Bravo, professor in Physiological Nursing, on “Evaluation and Treatment of Severe Community-Acquired Pneumonia: A Review of the Rosalie Bravo 2019 ATS/IDSA Guidelines” has been accepted for the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Expo 2021 conference. Bravo will be presenting between May 24-27.

Carrie Chan Presents at NAPNAP Conference

Carrie Chan Carrie Chan, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, delivered two presentations at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ virtual conference from March 24-27: “Preventing HIV Just in Time – Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) 101 and Lessons Learned from a Pilot Telehealth PrEP Program” and “Advancements in Conservative Management of Idiopathic Scoliosis.”

Andrea Saito to Present at Critical Care Nurses Institute 

An abstract by Andrea Saito, assistant professor in Physiological Nursing, on "Implementing Evidence-Based Sedation Methods" has been accepted for Andrea Saito presentation at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses National Teaching Institute 2021. She will be presenting on May 26.

Lisa Guertin's DNP Project to be Featured in Poster Presentation, Journal Publication

Lisa Guertin Lisa Guertin, associate professor in Physiological Nursing, recently graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Rush University College of Nursing.

Her DNP work was accepted as a poster presentation at the 2021 International Society of Heart and Lung Transplant conference and is being published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality. The title of her work is "Post-Heart Transplant Care Pathway's Impact on Reducing Length of Stay."

Additionally, Guertin was a presenter at the Virtual Classroom 2021: Cardiovascular Care Update through the University of Washington Continued Nursing Education.

Featured Publications

Op-Ed: How to Change an American Medical System That Harms Black Maternal Health — Monica McLemore, May 9, 2021

Diversify Your Emotional Assets: The Association Between the Variety of Sources of Emotional Support and Thoughts of Death or Self-harm Among US Older Adults — Mijung Park, May 6, 2021

An Episode of Mania Following Self‐Reported Ingestion of Psilocybin Mushrooms in a Woman Previously Not Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder: A Case Report — Andrew Penn, May 2, 2021

“Little Red Flags”: Barriers to Accessing Health Care as a Sexual or Gender Minority Individual in the Rural Southern United States: A Qualitative Intersectional Approach — Orlando Harris, May 2021

Structural Racism and Social Distancing: Implications For COVID-19 — Renee Mehra, Linda Franck, May 2021

A Review of the State of HIV Nursing Science With Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity/Expression Peoples— Kristen Clark, Carol Dawson-Rose, May-June 2021

President's Message—The International Nursing Network for HIV Research — Yvette Cuca, Carol Dawson-Rose, May-June 2021

A Review of the State of the Science of HIV and Stigma — William Holzemer, May-June 2021

A State of the Science on HIV Prevention Over 40 Years Among Black and Hispanic/Latinx Communities — Carmen Portillo, May-June 2021

The Psychosocial Predictors and Day-Level Correlates of Substance Use Among Participants Recruited via an Online Crowdsourcing Platform in the United States: Daily Diary Study — Carol Dawson-Rose, Thomas Hoffmann, Glenn-Milo Santos, April 27, 2021

Advancing Health Equity Through a Theoretically Critical Implementation Science — Francesca Nicosia, April 27, 2021

A Preliminary Investigation of Psychoneurological Symptoms in Low-Income Mothers — Rebecca Salomon, April 27, 2021

Parenting Interventions and Secondary Outcomes Related to Maternal Mental Health: A Systematic Review— Rebecca Saloman, April 27, 2021

A Needs-Based Methodology to Project Physicians and Nurses to 2030: The Case of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — Tracy Lin, Jenny Liu, April 26, 2021

HIV Prevention at Drug Shops: Awareness and Attitudes Among Shop Dispensers and Young Women About Oral Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and the Dapivirine Ring in Shinyanga, Tanzania — Jenny Liu, April 26, 2021

Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy Practices and Human Caring Science: Toward a Care-Informed Model of Treatment — Andrew Penn, April 23, 2021

Post-Stroke Fatigue: An Exploratory Study With Patients and Health Professionals to Develop A Patient-Reported Outcome Measure — Caryl Gay, April 21, 2021

Relationship Between Symptoms, Barriers to Care, and Healthcare Utilization Among Children Under Five in Rural Mali — Tracy Lin, Nancy Padian, Jenny Liu, April 18, 2021

What Parents Want to Know About Caring for Their Preterm Infant: A Longitudinal Descriptive Study — Stephannie Furtak, Caryl Gay, Linda Franck, April 17, 2021

A Retrospective Comparison of Guidelines to Assess Hospital-diagnosed Urinary Tract Infection in Nursing Home Residents — Laura Wagner, April 16, 2021

Treatment of Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema Using Negative Pressure Massage: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial — Christine Miaskowski, Judy Mastick, April 16, 2021

Mobile Health Intervention Promoting Physical Activity in Adults Post Cardiac Rehabilitation: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial — Linda Park, Abdelaziz Elnaggar, April 16, 2021

Inadequate Preparedness for Response to COVID-19 is Associated With Stress and Burnout Among Healthcare Workers in Ghana — Jerry John Nutor, Akua Gyamerah, April 16, 2021

Differences in COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: The COMPASS Survey — Van Ta Park, Bora Nam, Marian Tzuang, Linda Park, April 14, 2021

The 21st Century Cures Act and Challenges to Adolescent Confidentiality — Naomi Schapiro, Lisa Mihaly, April 14, 2021

Envisioning a More Expansive Future for Multidisciplinary Nursing Scholarship and Education — Joanne Spetz, April 12, 2021

The Risk of Preterm Birth Among Women With a History of Leukemia or Lymphoma — Monica McLemore, April 8, 2021

Gender Differences in Experience and Reporting of Acute Symptoms Among Cleaning Staff — Soo-Jeong Lee, Minjung Kyung, Cherry Leung, Oi Saeng Hong, April 3, 2021

Stimulant Use for Self-Management of Pain Among Safety-Net Patients With Chronic Non-Cancer Pain — Glenn-Milo Santos, April 2, 2021

The Association Between Scope of Practice Regulations and Nurse Practitioner Prescribing of Buprenorphine After the Opioid Bill — Ulrike Muench, Joanne Spetz, April 1, 2021

Opportunities and Challenges for the Computational Interpretation of Rare Variation in Clinically Important Genes — Julia Brown, Matthew Norstad, Barbara Koenig, April 1, 2021

The Low-Wage Essential Worker: Occupational Concerns and Needs in the COVID-19 Pandemic-A Round Table — Sandra Domeracki, March 31, 2021

Associations Between Food Insecurity and Depression Among Diverse Asian Americans — Mijung Park, March 31, 2021

A Proposed Ninth Essential: Supporting Doctor of Nursing Practice Students With Current or Anticipated Roles in Nursing Education — Annette Carley, Marianne Hultgren, March 29, 2021

Supporting Parents as Essential Care Partners in Neonatal Units During the SARS‐Cov‐2 Pandemic — Linda Franck, March 26, 2021

Creativity, Resilience and Resistance: Black Birthworkers’ Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic — Jennifer James, March 25, 2021

Estimating Long-Term Health Utility Scores and Expenditures for Cardiovascular Disease From the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey — Wendy Max, March 25, 2021

Assessment of Arm Volume Using a Tape Measure Versus a 3D Optical Scanner in Survivors with Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema — Judy Mastick, Steve Paul, Kord Kober, Bruce Cooper, Christine Miaskowski, March 23, 2021

Hospital Admissions Associated with Cancer Pain in Older Adults with and Without Dementia — Ulrike Muench, March 23, 2021

Community Acceptance of Reactive Focal Mass Drug Administration and Reactive Focal Vector Control Using Indoor Residual Spraying, a Mixed-Methods Study in Zambezi Region, Namibia — Kimberly Baltzell, March 22, 2021

Is the Tobacco Industry’s Human Rights Makeover Growing Bolder? — Stella Bialous, March 21, 2021

Person-Centered Mental Health Care Access, Equity and Justice — Matt Tierney, March 21, 2021

Race, Pain, and Opioids Among Patients With Chronic Pain in a Safety-Net Health System — Glenn-Milo Santos, March 18, 2021

Violence and Hate Against Asian Americans is a Health and Safety Crisis for Everyone — Stacy Torres, PhD, March 17, 2021

The Costs of Delivering Emergency Care at Regional Referral Hospitals in Uganda: A Micro-Costing Study — Tracy Lin, March, 16, 2021

Identifying Profiles of Multisystem Physiological Activity Across Early Childhood: Examining Developmental Shifts and Associations With Stress and Internalizing Problems — Abbey Alkon, March 12, 2021

Comparing Substance Use and Mental Health Among Sexual and Gender Minority and Heterosexual Cisgender Youth Experiencing Homelessness — Matthew Beld, Ladan Khoddam-Khorasani, Annesa Flentje, Adam Leonard, Carol Dawson-Rose, March 11, 2021

We Must Extend Postpartum Medicaid Coverage — Ifeyinwa Asiodu, Renée Mehra, Amy Alspaugh, Toni Bond, Linda Franck, Monica McLemore. March 11, 2021

Community-Engaged Curriculum Development in Sexual and Reproductive Health Equity: Structures and Self— Monica McLemore, March 10, 2021

Feasibility of Universal Screening for Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders Among Caregivers of Infants Hospitalized in Nicus: A Systematic Review — Laurel Haeusslein, Linda Franck, March 10, 2021

COVID-19: A Catalyst for Change in Telehealth Service Delivery for Opioid Use Disorder Management — Shannon Smith-Bernardin, March 8, 2021

Psychological and Physiological Stress and Burnout Among Maternity Providers in a Rural County in Kenya: Individual and Situational Predictors — Sandra Weiss, March 6, 2021

Motivation to Participate in Precision Health Research and Acceptability of Texting as a Recruitment and Intervention Strategy Among Vietnamese Americans: Qualitative Study — Van Ta Park, March 2021

Newcomer Central American Youth: Informing our Practice in School-Based Health Centers — Naomi Schapiro, March 2021

Emotion, Embodiment, And Reproductive Colonialism in the Global Human Egg Trade — Diane Tober, PhD, March 6, 2021

Abortion Attempts Without Clinical Supervision Among Transgender, Nonbinary and Gender-Expansive People in the United States — Annesa Flentje, Micah Lubensky, March 4, 2021

Affirming Arrhythmia Diagnosis Using All Available Electrocardiography Leads — Michele Pelter, March 1, 2021

Salivary Cytokine Cluster Moderates the Association Between Caregivers Perceived Stress and Emotional Functioning in Youth — Victoria Keeton, March 1, 2021

The Impact of Smoking on Annual Healthcare Cost: An Econometric Model Analysis in China, 2015 — Tingting Yao, Feb. 28, 2021

Teleprecepting: A Timely Approach to Clinical Education During COVID-19 — Deborah Johnson, Elizabeth Gatewood, Amanda Ling, Angel Kuo, Feb. 24, 2021

Student Debt is Driving More Americans to Donate Their Eggs — and Some Suffer Lasting Complications — Diane Tober, Feb. 15, 2021

UCSF School of Nursing Ranks No. 1 Among Public Institutions in NIH Funding

March 2021Katherine Tam

The UCSF School of Nursing is the top public recipient of 2020 federal research funding, capturing $11.5 million in competitive grants that fuel research aimed at transforming human health and health care. Visit the School's News page to learn more.

California Has a Shortage in Mental Health Providers. How UC’s Bold New Initiative Will Address It.

January 2021Milenko Martinovich

More than half of Californians suffering from mental health issues are not receiving the psychiatric care they need. Within the next decade, the state is expected to see the number of psychiatrists decline by 34 percent.  

A bold initiative to solve this growing crisis began this month as the UCSF School of Nursing, in partnership with the UC Davis and UCLA Schools of Nursing, launched a remote-learning Post-Master’s Certificate Program that will train 300 new psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMNHPs) within the next five years. The initiative, supported by a $1.4 million grant from the California Health Care Foundation, is an expansion of the existing Post-Master’s Certificate Program at UCSF that is projected to nearly double the state’s current pipeline of PMHNPs.

“We’re seeing a downtrend in the number of psychiatrists and that’s contributing to incredible workforce needs,” said Co-Director Rosalind de Lisser, associate professor at the UCSF Rosalind de Lisser School of Nursing. “This certificate will help us build a new pipeline for California’s mental health workforce.”

"Many Californians in need of behavioral health support seek care where these NPs are already in practice. Preparing the NPs to address the mental health needs of their patients improves care and avoids further burdening an understaffed mental health system,” added UCSF School of Nursing Dean Catherine Gilliss, whose clinical credentials included preparation as a specialist in psychiatric mental health nursing and as a primary care NP. “Not only are we preparing additional providers but we are working to distribute them more widely within the state.”

The first of its kind in California, the UC Multi-Campus Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate will greatly expand the state’s current PMHNP workforce of about 1,200.

The one-year program combines remote-learning education with in-person clinical training. The flexibility of the program allows students to remain working in their communities, including rural areas where access to mental health care is even more difficult. Many applicants have been recruited from these underserved areas, with the goal that they will be able to apply their newfound skills and expertise in their communities.

“The curriculum was designed to develop health care citizens, responsive to structural barriers to mental health care while also supporting clinician well-being,” de Lisser said. 

Kara Zertuche Family nurse practitioner Kara Zertuche, who began the program this month, lives in Humboldt County where she worked at a federally funded rural health clinic for seven years, serving patients with MediCal or no insurance.

“The vast majority had substance use or mental health issues or both,” she said. “So often I wanted to help them, but those issues were out of my scope. That experience really motivated me to want to specialize in the psychiatric aspect of a nurse practitioner.”

Upon certification in one year, Zertuche plans to apply her new skills in a primary care setting where she strongly believes mental health care should be integrated. A more holistic approach — caring for mind and body — could help stem this mental health crisis, she said.

“We can’t just focus on people’s physical health without the mental health component. It’s hard to make progress that way,” she said. “There are legacies of trauma and abuse that run through underserved populations. I feel passionate about health care justice. Everyone has a right to health care, and I want to be a part of that.”

Tonia Jones knows the gravity of California’s mental health crisis. As a nursing supervisor within the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, she assists the administration in Tonia Jones providing oversight to 48 county-wide facilities. For Jones, who has a PhD in nursing from UCLA and more than 30 years of nursing experience, the new certificate program offers the opportunity to enhance her expertise.

“This program aligns with my philosophical viewpoint as it emphasizes the importance of promoting awareness of mental health conditions, self-care and wellness,” said Jones, who was named the 2020 Outstanding Nurse of the Year for LA County’s Department of Mental Health.

The program’s significance has increased with the COVID-19 pandemic, Jones said. The pandemic has resulted in depression, anxiety, job loss, food insecurity and other challenges that are taxing Americans’ mental health.

“This program is very much forward thinking,” Jones said. “There is going to be a lot of fallout from COVID for years to come and finding coping strategies is very timely.”

Deborah Johnson Applications from well-qualified nurse practitioners far exceeded the number of available seats in the program’s first year, reflecting the demand for programs of this kind. The program will increase admissions for the January 2022 cohort, with the application cycle now open through March 1.

“There has been a groundswell of interest,” said Co-Director Deborah Johnson, associate professor at the School. “Applicants are drawn by the reputation and proven success of our MS program and the accessibility of this model. This will help meet the needs of the state."

Honoring Nursing Pioneers

November 2020Katherine Tam

For more than a century, faculty, students and alumni from the UCSF School of Nursing have overcome obstacles to introduce innovative change that has transformed health care for the better. Their commitment has advanced nursing education and expanded health care for communities across this country and around the globe.

This #UCSFNursePioneers video honors a selection of pioneering leaders from the School. They were the first to establish programs and services, conduct new research to meet a critical need, or lead changes that forever shaped health care.

This feature is part of a continuing series honoring influential leaders from the UCSF School of Nursing.


Leadership in Action: Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Student Milestones

September 2020School of Nursing Communications
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Sandy Staveski Honored for Excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing

Sandy Staveski, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, is the recipient of the 2020 Patricia Hickey Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing, honoring her contributions to nursing and the field of pediatric cardiovascular health care.

The award is the highest honor for nurses in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society (PCICS), and recognizes a nurse who has made exceptional contributions in pediatric cardiac nursing through excellence in patient care, research or leadership and who has furthered the mission and vision of the PCICS. As an award winner, Staveski will deliver a presentation at the PCICS 2020 International Meeting this December.

Elizabeth Gatewood, Miranda Surjadi Inducted Into Debas Academy of Medical Educators

Elizabeth Gatewood, Miranda Surjadi Elizabeth Gatewood, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, and Miranda Surjadi, associate professor in Community Health Systems, have been selected as new members of the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators.

Members demonstrate excellence in direct teaching of learners and/or faculty development for teachers/educators. In addition, they exhibit outstanding accomplishment in one or more of these additional areas of health professions education activity: mentoring and advising; curriculum development, instructional design and technology; educational leadership; and learner assessment.

Andrew Penn Co-Authors Statement Opposing Police Use of Ketamine

Andrew Penn An online professional statement from medical and psychiatric professionals protesting the use of ketamine by law enforcement in the death of Elijah McClain was co-authored by Andrew Penn, associate professor in Community Health Systems, and was signed by over 100 clinicians. It was cited in an Aug. 6 article in Lucid News.

McClain, who was Black, was injected with a large dose of ketamine while in the custody of the Aurora, CO police in 2019 and later died. The statement questions the intersections of racism and the entangling of medical professionals with law enforcement, and calls for stricter guidelines on the use of chemical restraints.

Honoring Teaching Excellence

Lisa Mihaly, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, and volunteer faculty members Kristi Haney Chambers and Anna Strewler are the recipients Clockwise, from top left, Lisa Mihaly, Kristi Haney Chambers, Andrew Penn, Anna Strewler of the inaugural peer-nominated 2020 Excellence in Interprofessional Teaching Award.

The award acknowledges an individual’s skill and dedication to interprofessional teaching, and is given by the UCSF Program for Interprofessional Practice and Education and the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators. See the full list of this year’s recipients.

Andrew Penn, associate professor in Community Health Systems, received The Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators annual Excellence in Teaching Award. The peer-nominated award is given to “unsung heroes” who demonstrate daily their dedication to education and teach in a manner that creates an encouraging, intellectually stimulating environment that promotes critical thinking and learning.

In Conversation With Monica McLemore

Monica McLemore Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, was featured in an article in the September issue of the American Journal of Nursing, in which she shared her views on how nurses can address systemic racism during COVID-19, steps they can take in the workplace, and more. Read the article.



Victoria Keeton Honored With Edna Stilwell Award

Victoria Keeton, professor in Family Health Care Nursing, was honored with the Edna Stilwell Writing Award from The Journal of Gerontological Victoria Keeton Nursing for her Sept. 1 article “Overburdened and Underprepared: Medical/Nursing Task Performance Among Informal Caregivers in the United States.”

Seven Faculty Earn Promotions Recognizing Work and Service

Congratulations to seven faculty members for their promotions effective July 1, in recognition of their achievements in scholarship, teaching and service:

Rosalie Bravo, Annesa Flentje, Helen Horvath, Aaron Miller

Ulrike Muench, Linda Park, Elena Portacolone





Linda Franck Becomes Co-Director of ACTIONS

Linda Franck, professor in Family Health Care Nursing, will join ACTIONS Founding Director Monica McLemore as co-director of the program. Linda Franck

ACTIONS (Abortion Care Training Incubator for Outstanding Nurse Scholars program) is a fellowship that seeks to connect, mentor and support pre-and postdoctoral scholars looking to pursue a PhD at SON.

Van Park Organizes Vietnamese Caregiver Conference

Van Park, associate professor in Community Health Systems, organized an annual Vietnamese Caregiver Conference for families and friends caring for a loved Van Park one. The conference, which was conducted in Vietnamese, was held virtually this year with the first session on Sept. 17 and the second on Sept. 26. Topics included Health Care & COVID-19; Crisis Supportive Services During COVID-19; Medi-Cal and Medicare Changes; and Advanced Directives. See the fliers for more details.

Schola Matovu Receives Early Career Global Health Award

Schola Matovu Schola Matovu, assistant professor in Physiological Nursing and a graduate of our doctoral program, joins the Faculty Affiliate Program at the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences. In addition, she is the first affiliate to be recognized by her FAP peers as the inaugural recipient of the Early Career Global Health Award.

Laura Wagner Joins New Editorial Board

Laura Wagner, associate professor in Community Health Systems, joins the inaugural editorial board of the Journal of First- Laura Wagner Generation Student Success, a new publication managed by the national nonprofit Center for First-Generation Student Success. The journal, which is slated to release its first issue in April 2021, seeks to publish practice and research articles.



Recent Publications

Psychological Symptoms and Stress Are Associated With Decrements in Attentional Function in Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy — Bruce Cooper, Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski, Sept. 1, 2020

Gender Differences in the Use of Engagement and Disengagement Coping Strategies in Patients With Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy — Kate Oppegaard, Kord Kober, Lynda Mackin, Christine Miaskowski, Sept. 1, 2020

Prescribed Walking for Glycemic Control and Symptom Management in Patients without Diabetes Undergoing Chemotherapy — Christine Miaskowski, Aug. 24, 2020

Perturbations in Endocytotic and Apoptotic Pathways Are Associated With Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea —Christine Miaskowski, Kord Kober, Aug. 20, 2020

Oncology Patients' Perceptions of and Experiences With COVID-19 — Christine Miaskowski, Steve Paul, Karin Snowberg, Bruce Cooper, Aug. 18, 2020

Patient Perspectives on Declining to Participate in Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Mixed-Methods Study— Francesca Nicosia, Sept. 1, 2020

Letter to the Editor — Matt Tierney, September 2020

Overburdened and Underprepared: Medical/Nursing Task Performance Among Informal Caregivers in the United States — Victoria Keeton, Sept. 1, 2020

Nursing Home Patient Safety Culture Perceptions Among US and Immigrant Nurses — Laura Wagner, Sept. 1, 2020

Perceived Preparedness to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Study With Healthcare Workers in Ghana – Jerry John Nutor, Sept. 1, 2020

Tailored to Fit: How an Implementation Framework Can Support Pragmatic Pain Care Trial Adaptation for Diverse Veterans Affairs Clinical Settings — Natalie Purcell, Sept. 1, 2020

California Advocates' Perspectives on Challenges and Risks of Advancing the Tobacco Endgame — Elizabeth Smith, Patricia McDaniel, Ruth Malone, Sept. 1, 2020

Op-Ed: In California, the Future Is Now. It’s Grim — Stacy Torres, PhD, Aug. 30, 2020

A COVID-19 Screening Tool for Oncology Telephone Triage — Carol Viele, Karen Schumacher, Christine Miaskowski, Aug. 28, 2020

Association of Adult Depression With Educational Attainment, Aspirations, and Expectations — Irene Yen, Aug. 27, 2020

What We Can Learn From Efforts to Address the Black Maternal Health Crisis During COVID-19 — Monica McLemore, PhD, RN, FAAN, Aug. 27, 2020

Op-Ed: My Sister Doesn't Have COVID-19, But I'm Scared She Won't Make It Out of 2020 — Stacy Torres, PhD, Aug. 25, 2020

Real-World Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Strategies for Young and Older Adults: Findings From a Nationally Representative Cohort — Wendy Max, Aug. 24, 2020

Impact of Smoking on the Income Level of Chinese Urban Residents: A Two-Wave Follow-Up of the China Family Panel Study — Tingting Yao, Aug. 23, 2020

Long-Acting Opioid Use Reporting — David Boettiger, Aug. 22, 2020

AIDS 2020: Resiliency in the Year of the Nurse and Midwife — Carmen Portillo, Aug. 20, 2020

Using Photovoice to Understand Survivors' Healthcare Experiences and Strategies — Janice Humphreys, Aug. 18, 2020

Beliefs and Values About Gene Therapy and In-Utero Gene Editing in Patients With Hemophilia and Their Relatives — Julie Harris-Wai, Aug. 14, 2020

Cycle Threshold to Test Positivity in COVID-19 for Return to Work Clearance in Health Care Workers — Sandra Domeracki, Aug. 13, 2020

Op-Ed: My Name is a Compromise. My Story Is Not. — Stacy Torres, Aug. 12, 2020

Four Considerations to Help Manage Teen Anxiety Amidst COVID-19 — Summer Thompson, Aug. 10, 2020

Exploring Readiness for Teleprecepting in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Training — Deborah Johnson, Amanda Ling Katerina Melino, Aug. 10, 2020

The Role of Exome Sequencing in Newborn Screening for Inborn Errors of Metabolism — Barbara Koenig, Aug. 10, 2020

Attitudes of California Registered Nurses About Abortion — Alicia Swartz, Thomas Hoffman, Monica McLemore, Aug. 9, 2020

Clinical Practice Guideline for Primary Care Providers in the Management of Antidepressant-Induced Hyperhidrosis — Summer Thompson, Deborah Johnson, Teri Lindgren, Jyu-Lin Chen, Aug. 7, 2020

Multi-Cultural Perspectives on Group Singing Among Diverse Older Adults — Julene Johnson, Anita Stewart, Elena Portacolone, Aug. 7, 2020

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Among Midlife Women: A Feasibility Study Comparing a Combined Sleep and Lifestyle Intervention With a Standard Lifestyle Intervention — Catherine Chesla, Caryl Gay, Laurie Bauer, Melinda Bender, Kathryn Lee, Aug. 6, 2020

Ethnographic Investigation of Patient-Provider Communication Among African American Men Newly Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer: A Study Protocol — Janet Shim, Aug. 5, 2020

The COVID‐19 Liquid Gold Rush: Critical Perspectives of Human Milk and SARS‐CoV‐2 Infection” — Ifeyinwa Asiodu, Aug. 5, 2020

Covariates and Spatial Interpolation of HIV Screening in Mozambique: Insight from the 2015 AIDS Indicator Survey — Jerry John Nutor, Kimberly Baltzell, Aug. 5, 2020

Op-Ed: 5 Ways Businesses Can Prevent a Costly Mental Health Crisis — Sandra Weiss, Aug. 5, 2020

Developing Leaders and Scholars in Health Care Improvement: The VA Quality Scholars Program Competencies — Meg Wallhagen, Aug. 4, 2020

"The More They Know, The Better Care They Can Give": Patient Perspectives on Measuring Functional Status in Primary Care — Francesca Nicosia, Aug. 4, 2020

Exploring the Effects of Visual and Literary Arts Interventions on Psychosocial Well-Being of Diverse Older Adults: A Mixed Methods Pilot Study — Julene Johnson, Anita Stewart, Kristen Clark, Aug. 3, 2020

Use of Individual Development Plans for Nurse Scientist Training — Christine Miaskowski, Sandra Weiss, August 2020

Revising an Organizational Readiness Tool for Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects — Marianne Hultgren, Lisa Lommel, July 30, 2020

Monetary Incentives for Improving Smartphone-Measured Oral Hygiene Behaviors in Young Children: A Randomized Pilot Trial — Jenny Liu, July 30, 2020

Reflecting on Equity in Perinatal Care During a Pandemic — Ifeyinwa Asiodu, Audrey Lyndon, Monica McLemore, July 29, 2020

Distribution, Stability, and Continuity of Autonomic Nervous System Responsivity at 18- and 36- Months of Age— Michelle Stephens, Sandra Weiss, Abbey Alkon, July 27, 2020

Leveraging Big Data to Guide Better Nurse Staffing Strategies — Joanne Spetz, July 27, 2020

Higher Levels of Stress Are Associated With a Significant Symptom Burden in Oncology Outpatients Receiving Chemotherapy — Kord Kober, Astrid Block, Bruce Cooper, Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski, July 25, 2020

Former NICU Families Describe Gaps in Family-Centered Care — Linda Franck, July 25, 2020

Nurse Practitioner Role and Practice Environment in Primary and in Nonprimary Care in California — Shira Winter, Susan Chapman, Garrett Chan, Karen Duderstadt, Joanne Spetz, July 23, 2020

A Pilot Study of Metabolomic Pathways Associated With Fatigue in Survivors of Colorectal Cancer — Kord Kober, Christine Miaskowski, July 22, 2020

COVID-19 and Long-Term Care Facilities: Does Ownership Matter? — Charlene Harrington, July 22, 2020

Child Care in the Time of COVID-19: A Period of Challenge and Opportunity — Abbey Alkon, July 17, 2020

Nuevo Amanecer-II: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial of a Community-Based Participatory, Peer-Delivered Stress Management Intervention for Rural Latina Breast Cancer Survivors — Anita Stewart, July 16, 2020

Noteworthy Electrocardiographic Changes Following Pharmacologic Treatment of COVID-19 — Michele Pelter, July 15, 2020

Spatial Analysis of Factors Associated With HIV Infection in Malawi: Indicators For Effective Prevention — Jerry John Nutor, July 2020

Pain Management in Home Health Care: Relationship With Dementia and Facility Admissions — Ulrike Muench, July 14, 2020

Op-Ed: Essential Workers Should Be Treated With More Respect — Kristen Harknett, July 11, 2020

Evaluating Scientific Writing Skill in DNP Program Students — Linda Chafetz, July 10, 2020

Understanding Nursing Home Staff Attitudes Toward Death and Dying: A Survey — Elizabeth Halifax, Lauren Hunt, July 9, 2020

Culture and Stress Biology in Immigrant Youth From the Prenatal Period to Adolescence: A Systematic Review — Abbey Alkon, July 8, 2020

Eating Disorder Attitudes and Disordered Eating Behaviors as Measured by the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q) Among Cisgender Lesbian Women — Annesa Flentje, Micah Lubensky, July 8, 2020

Determining the Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Cancer Burden — Tracy Lin, July 6, 2020

Pregnant Women's Acceptability of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use Screening and Willingness to Disclose Use in Prenatal Care — Monica McLemore, July 1, 2020



Leadership in Action: Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Student Milestones

July 2020Milenko Martinovich
Ifeyinwa Asiodu

Ifeyinwa Asiodu Honored With DuBois Researcher Award, Named K-12 Scholar

Ifeyinwa Asiodu, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, has received the 2020 W.E.B. DuBois Researcher Award, which is given to a "tremendous community researcher whose work in the Academy, behind the Ivory Tower, has amplified the voices of our communities."

The award was presented July 2 by Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), which addresses breastfeeding disparities for communities of color, during its 2020 virtual conference. Asiodu was also a featured speaker at the conference, presenting on decolonizing breastfeeding research.

Asiodu was also named a a K-12 scholar in the UCSF-KPNC Building Interdisciplinary Research in Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program. BIRCWH is a career development program for women’s health research that through financial support, targeted mentorship, and educational programs, supports the next generation of scholars. Asiodu was selected for her scholarly work that addresses an urgent public health issue, her commitment to addressing inequitable health care, her strong mentoring team, and her clear leadership potential. 

Kristen Harknett Receives Best Paper Award 

Kristen Harknett, associate professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, co-authored an article, "Consequences of Routine Work-Schedule Uncertainty for Worker Health and Wellbeing," that received the Best Paper Award from the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) Mental Health section. It also received an Honorable Kristen Harknett Mention for the W. Richard Scott Award from the ASA’s section on Organizations, Occupations and Work.

Five Faculty Promoted to Associate Professors

Clockwise, from top left, Annesa Flentje, Helen Horvath, Aaron Miller, Elena Portacolone and Linda Park. Congratulations to five faculty members, all of whom have been promoted to associate professor effective July 1, in recognition of their achievements in scholarship, teaching and service:

A Warm Welcome to New Faculty

A warm welcome to the following new faculty members who have joined the School of Nursing over the last nine months, since September 2019:

From left, Katherine Holbrook, Shauna King Hollis, Jennifer James and Warren Krackov

From left, Francesca Nicosa, Shannon Smith-Bernardin and Michael Taigman

Linda Franck Inducted into STTI Research Hall of Fame

Linda Franck, professor in Family Health Care Nursing, was inducted into the 2020 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of the Sigma Theta Tau InternationalLinda Franck Honor Society of Nursing during a virtual ceremony on July 23. The honor is for venerated nurse researchers, and recognizes the significant impact her research has made on the nursing profession.

In the News: School of Nursing Faculty, Students, and Alumni Featured in the Media

Monica McLemore, was cited in the July 17 Time article "Amid Social Upheaval and COVID-19, Black Women Create Their Own Health Care Support Networks" as well as in the July 9 Rolling Stone article “Death of Sha-Asia Washington, Pregnant 26-Year-Old Black Woman, Highlights” on addressing black maternal health.

Annesa Flentje and her team’s research were the subject of a July 6 article in the Doctors LoungeblogCoronavirus Up Anxiety, Depression in the LGBTQ Community.

Charlene Harrington was quoted in the June 26 NPR KUOW piece “Why Were Some Nursing Homes Spared the Devastation of COVID-19? Depends Who You Ask”; the June 23 San Francisco Chronicle article “Coronavirus deaths at nursing homes like San Miguel in Concord driven by poor oversight”; and in the June 24 SFist article “Concord Nursing Home Outbreak Claims 15 Lives and Counting, Including One Staff Member.

”ICU nurse Jason Bloomer, who is a master’s student in the Health Policy specialty, was cited in The New York Times’ June 28 article “ ‘They Want to Kill Me’: Many COVID Patients Have Terrifying Delirium” about the care he provided to a patient who experienced hallucinations.

Jian Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of Chinese Hospital in San Francisco and an alumna of the School of Nursing, discussed how the actions of her staff has kept COVID-19 from spreading throughout San Francisco's Chinatown in this July 15 piece, "How Planning and Early Action Helped San Francisco's Chinatown Control Coronavirus," on PBS. 

Alumni Share Pandemic Stories in UCSF Magazine

School of Nursing alumni Toby Adelman (MS '93 PhD '07), Laurie Flaherty (MS '92), Jennifer Lang-Ree (MS '99) and Debbie Bamberger (MS '94) shared their stories about responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in UCSF Magazine's "Alumni Hub."

Christine Miaskowski Leads Presentation on Symptom Science Research

Christine Miaskowski, professor in Physiological Nursing, was a featured speaker at NINR’s June 22 Summer Genetics Institute Symposium, marking the Christine Miaskowski institute’s 20th anniversary. Miaskowski led the presentation “Using Omics to Understand Oncology Patients’ Symptom Experiences.”

Monica McLemore Participates in Webinars on Reproductive Justice, Racism

Monica McLemore Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, moderated the American Public Health Association’s webinar, “A Path to Reproductive Justice: Research, Practice and Policies” on July 14. The webinar covered the historic and present-day impact of racism on the health of mothers and birthing individuals. She was also a guest speaker at a "Racism as a Determinant of Health" webinar on July 23. The webinar, organized by the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, engaged voices from various health professions to explore how racism has operated historically to create and maintain health inequities among people of color. 

Julene Johnson, Experts Conclude Music's Support of Brain Health

Julene Johnson, professor and associate dean of research, partnered with the AARP Global Council on Brain Health to develop a June 30 report about music and the brain. The GCBH issue experts, Julene Johnson including Johnson, reached 13 points of consensus around music and healthy aging and five for treatment of disease or injuries causing cognitive impairment over the next several months as the report developed. They concluded that listening and making music holds significant potential to support brain health as people age. Read the press release.

Rosalind De Lisser Honored for Excellence in Teaching

Rosalind De Lisser Rosalind De Lisser, associate professor in Community Health Systems, has been named the 2020 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Annette Carley, Marianne Hultgren Present at WIN

Annette Carley, professor and associate director of the DNP program, and Marianne Hultgren, assistant professor and Annette Carley, Marianne Hultgren interim co-director of the MS-HAIL program, showcased their work at the spring 2020 Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Conference. Carley and Hultgren created an elective series of teaching courses for the DNP program entitled "The 9th Essential: Supporting DNP students Who Anticipate Future Teaching Roles." Although the in-person conference was cancelled due to COVID-19, the posters are available on the WIN website.

Recent Publications

Capacity Building, Local Ownership and Implementation of a Multi-Level HIV/AIDS Positive Health, Dignity, and Prevention Initiative in Mozambique: Approach, Challenges and Lessons Learned — Carol Dawson-Rose, July 2020 

Economic, Mental Health, HIV Prevention and HIV Treatment Impacts of COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Response on a Global Sample of Cisgender Gay Men and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men — Glenn-Milo Santos, July 11, 2020

Nonstationary Bandits with Habituation and Recovery Dynamics — Elena Flowers, Yoshimi Fukuoka, July 9, 2020

Commentary: Alarm at the Gate — Health and Social Inequalities Are Comorbid Conditions of HIV and COVID-19 — Orlando Harris, July 2020

Nurse Staffing and Coronavirus Infections in California Nursing Homes — Charlene Harrington, Leslie Ross, Susan Chapman, Elizabeth Halifax, July 7, 2020

Pregnant Women's Acceptability of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use Screening and Willingness to Disclose Use in Prenatal Care —  Monica McLemore, July 1, 2020

Measurement of Nonbillable Service Value Activities by Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Clinical Nurse Specialists in Ambulatory Specialty Care — Susan Chapman, Karen Duderstadt, Joanne Spetz, June 30, 2020 

Healthcare Utilization of Menthol and Non-Menthol Cigarette Smokers — Yingning Wang, Hai-Yen Sung, Tingting Yao, Wendy Max, July 5, 2020

Application of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Sampling Weights to Transgender Health Measurement — Ethan Cicero (postdoc), July 1, 2020

Pregnant Women's Acceptability of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use Screening and Willingness to Disclose Use in Prenatal Care — Monica McLemore, July 1, 2020

Op-Ed: Why Achieving Reproductive Justice Requires Investing In Black Futures — Monica McLemore, July 20, 2020

The Complexities of Wide Complex Tachycardias — Michele Pelter, July 1, 2020

Actionable Ventricular Tachycardia During In-Hospital ECG Monitoring and Its Impact on Alarm Fatigue — Michele Pelter, June 1, 2020

Direct-to-Consumer Genomic Testing: Are Nurses Prepared? — Elena Flowers, Janet Shim, Heather Leutwyler, June 27, 2020

Difficulty and Help with Activities of Daily Living Among Older Adults Living Alone With Cognitive Impairment — Elena Portacolone, June 26, 2020

Influencing Factors for Placenta Accreta in Recent 5 Years: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis — Lisa Lommel, June 17, 2020

Nurses' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviours Related to Pressure Injury Prevention: A Large-Scale Cross-Sectional Survey in Mainland China — Lisa Lommel, June 4, 2020


Leadership in Action: Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Student Milestones

June 2020Milenko Martinovich
Afaf Meleis

Afaf Meleis Receives 2020 UCSF Medal

Professor Emerita Afaf Meleis is the recipient of the prestigious UCSF Medal, the university's highest honor. The Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding personal contributions in areas associated with the university and its missions, as well as those who inspire the work of those at UCSF to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

Meleis, who is dean emerita of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, has dedicated her life to working to advance nursing education, science, practice and leadership. She was a professor at UCSF for 34 years, during which she published the book, Theoretical Nursing: Development and Progress, that is used in graduate curriculums internationally. Throughout her career, Meleis has been a force for change in the development of high-quality doctoral education that is based on the very best nursing science. She has organized international collaborations and conferences and served as a consultant globally.

Roxanne Garbez, Ruth Malone Honored With Student-Nominated Faculty Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2020 Student-Nominated Faculty Awards, which are bestowed by graduates of each program in recognition of a Roxanne Garbez, Ruth Malone faculty member’s dedication, support and excellence in teaching.

  • Roxanne Garbez is the recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award, in recognition of the hours of inspiration, gentle prodding, enlightenment and support she provides to students.
  • Ruth Malone is the 2020 Mentor of the Year, in recognition for her selfless dedication and deep loyalty to the students, School and nursing profession.

UCSF Campaign Alumni Awards

The School of Nursing is proud to present the recipients of the UCSF Campaign Alumni Awards, recognizing alumni who have made great contributions to the area of nursing.

Monica McLemore, PhD '10, MPH, FAAN, is the recipient of UCSF Campaign's "The Audacious" award, recognizing those who have achieved a single Monica McLemore remarkable accomplishment by setting a vision so impactful others might have doubted it could be done. McLemore was honored for her groundbreaking work on reproductive health and justice. 

Michelle Nakaishi, MS '06, is the recipient of UCSF Campaign's "The Compassionate" Award, recognizing those whose work is marked by Michelle Nakaishi boundless empathy, understanding, and caring within health care or science. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Over her career, she has treated thousands of children and adolescents suffering from complex mental health conditions.


Adrian Espinosa Adrian Espinosa, MS '15, is the recipient of UCSF Campaign's "The Pathfinder" Award, recognizing alumni who have graduated or completed training within the last 10 years and are relentless in their pursuit of new ideas that push the boundaries of science and health care. Espinosa, a chronic care coordinator at the School Health Clinics of Santa Clara County and an RN Case Manager at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara works with vulnerable populations and those with chronic health conditions.

Marilyn Chow, DNS '82, PhD '82, MS '72, BS '70, is the recipient of the Jane Norbeck Distinguished Service Award, recognizing alumni who Marilyn Chow have made significant contributions to their profession. She is a pioneer in the preparation of the pediatric nurse practitioner, co-authored the Handbook of Pediatric Primary Care, and co-investigated a groundbreaking national time and motion study that documented how medical-surgical nurses spent their time.

COVID-19 Research: SON Researchers Examine Health Equity

Monica Mclemore, Ifeyinwa Asiodu, Jerry John Nutor Three more School of Nursing researchers have received recent grants to launch research aimed at improving health equity during COVID-19:

  • Monica McLemore and Ifeyinwa Asiodu are part of a UCSF interdisciplinary team that will be developing the Reproductive Health Equity and Birth Justice CORE to the PRIORITY pregnancy registry study. Funding support is provided by the Tara Health Foundation.
  • Ifeyinwa Asiodu is leading the project, "Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on Breastfeeding Practice." The project aims to describe and examine maternal experiences and attitudes related to hospital and community-based breastfeeding and lactation services during the pandemic. Funding support is from the UCSF COVID-19 Rapid Response Pilot Grant Initiative.
  • Jerry John Nutor is the co-principal investigator on the project, "Health Care Providers' Preparedness to Manage COVID-19 in Ghana," which will be the first study in Ghana to examine health care providers' concerns about preparedness for the pandemic. Findings will guide COVID-19 preparedness and inform the policy debates in Ghana. Funding support is from the UCSF COVID-19 Rapid Response Pilot Grant Initiative.

School of Nursing Faculty Featured "In Plain Sight: APA SON Stars" Event

School of Nursing Asian Pacific American faculty and scholars discussed leadership, careers and personal experiences during the special May 29 event “In Plain Sight: APA Top, from left, Jyu-Lin Chen, Kim Dau, Angel Kuo; Bottom, Linda Park, Glenn-Milo Santos  SON Stars.”

If you missed it, or would like to revisit it, watch the video recording here.

Featured speakers were Jyu-Lin Chen, chair of Family Health Care Nursing; Kim Dau, head of the MS midwifery specialty; Angel Kuo, vice chair of Family Health Care Nursing; Linda Park, assistant professor in Community Health Systems; and Glenn-Milo Santos, associate professor in Community Health Systems.

The event was hosted by the School's Office of Diversity and the Asian Pacific American Systemwide Alliance, and was part of the celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month as well as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

Ifeyinwa Asiodu Leads New COVID-19 Birth Worker Relief Fund

Ifeyinwa Asiodu Ifeyinwa Asiodu, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, is leading a new COVID-19 Birth Worker Relief Fund, established through a grant from Tara Health Foundation and in collaboration with the California Black Infant Health Program and California Breastfeeding Coalition. The relief fund provides one-time grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 to Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) lactation support individuals, birth workers, and public health and community-based organizations that serve pregnant and postpartum BIPOC communities during the pandemic.

Naomi Schapiro, Tiffany Lambright Present at NAPNAP E-Conference

Naomi Schapiro and Tiffany Lambright led a presentation on the impacts of Title X changes to adolescent access to contraception at the National Naomi Schapiro, Tiffany Lambright  Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ 2020 Virtual Conference on Pediatric Health Care on June 4.

The presentation, “The Art of Managing Long Acting Reversible Contraception: Counseling Issues, Long-Term Side Effects and Adolescent Autonomy,” provided an update on the developmental, ethical and legal underpinnings of confidential sexual health care of adolescents, medical eligibility and long-term management of side effects. While a recording of the presentation is not publicly available, more information on this topic may be found in Schapiro's recent published article about the impact on adolescents of the current administration’s changes to Title X regulations. 

Stacy Torres Joins ASA Leadership

Stacy Torres Stacy Torres, assistant professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been elected a council member in the Sociological Practice and Public Sociology section of the American Sociological Association. Torres will begin her three-year term on Aug. 10.

DNP Student to Serve as Expert Consultant for BRN

DNP student Chia-Chen Lee, has been named to the California Board of Registered Nursing's Expert Practice Consultant Program as an expertChia-Chen Lee consultant in the category of corrections. Through this appointment, Lee will provide expert assessment and testimony as part of the BRN's efforts to maintain standards of nursing practice.

Lee is currently an administrator for juvenile facilities in Santa Clara County, where she oversees two juvenile facilities and cares for over 100 incarcerated youth. Her advocacy and leadership in the application of evidence-based practice has supported standardization of practice in California's accredited correctional facilities.

Announcing 2020 Recipients of the School of Nursing's Office of Research Funds

Leslie Dubbins, Jennifer James, Cherry Leung Congratulations to the following faculty members who were awarded this year’s School of Nursing research grants, receiving $10,000 each to support their projects.

Recipients were selected by the School's Research Committee. Grants are intended to fund projects that contribute to pilot or preparatory work for grant applications to external agencies. The committee strongly encourages pilot projects with the potential for interdisciplinary and/or translational research and extramural funding.

Announcing MS-HAIL Leadership Transition

After a very successful launch of the MS-HAIL (Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership) Program and five years of operations, Mary Louise Top, from left, Mary Louise Fleming and Lucy Fisher; Bottom, from left, Lisa Lommel and Marianne Hultgren  Fleming (Director) and Lucy Fisher (Academic Coordinator and Curriculum Director) have announced their plans to retire at the end of this month.

Fleming and Fisher put together a high quality inter-professional executive-style program, paid back their start-up loans (and then some) and just completed the initial and successful program review by the UCSF Graduate Council. They are to be congratulated on the development of this high quality program.

Effective July 1, 2020 and for an interim year, the program will be directed by Lisa Lommel and co-directed by Marianne Hultgren. Each of them now teaches in our newly accredited DNP Program and has experience in teaching and working with students at a distance in an executive-style program.

In the News: School of Nursing Faculty, Students Featured in the Media

Faculty members and students were featured in recent news reports on a range of topics that reflect the breadth of their expertise. 

Survey to Help Collect Data on Policy Changes Due to COVID-19

Linda Franck Linda Franck, professor in Family Health Care Nursing, is leading a survey to gather information about changes to policies and practice due to COVID-19 and how hospitals are engaging patient and family advisors in planning and implementing changes. Survey data (de-identified) will be reported on PTBi and IPFCC websites so results can be used to improve patient care and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on patients and families.

Franck is asking hospital administrators, patient care unit leaders, direct patient care providers, PFCC coordinator/directors and patient/family advisory council members to take the survey. In addition, faculty and staff who know people in these roles are encouraged to forward the survey.

Monica McLemore Delivers Address at Health Commencement 

Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, was a featured speaker at the Health Commencement celebrating members of the Class Monica McLemore  of 2020 who graduated from a myriad of health care, public health and health-related fields. The virtual event was hosted by TIME'S UP Healthcare and the American Public Health Association. 

Mary Lynch Awarded New Grant for Pediatric Pulmonary Health  

Mary Lynch Mary Lynch, clinical professor in Family Health Care Nursing, is part of an interdisciplinary team that has been awarded a new grant to launch the Maternal and Child Health Interdisciplinary Education in Pediatric Pulmonary Centers Program.

The goal is to recruit and train diverse MCH leaders in pediatric pulmonology and sleep health, expand access to quality comprehensive pulmonary and sleep care, strengthen the capacity of clinical and non-clinical systems of care through collaboration with community partners, families and stakeholders, and more.

Recent Publications

Listening to Women: Recommendations from Women of Color to Improve Experiences in Pregnancy and Birth Care — Monica McLemore, Talita Oseguera, Audrey Lyndon, Linda Franck, June 18, 2020

Op-Ed: A Tale of Two Cities: Stark Inequalities of Alameda and Oakland During the Pandemic and Protests — Stacy Torres, June 17, 2020

Missed Nursing Care During Labor and Birth and Exclusive Breastfeeding During Hospitalization for Childbirth — Audrey Lyndon, Joanne Spetz, Caryl Gay, June 9, 2020

Parent Experience of Caring for Neonates With Seizures — Linda Franck, June 5, 2020

An Approach to Reducing Problematic Data in an ACASI Sexual Behavior Assessment — Paul Cotten, June 5, 2020

Psychometric Properties of a Short Version of Lee Fatigue Scale Used as a Generic PROM in Persons With Stroke or Osteoarthritis: Assessment Using a Rasch Analysis Approach — Caryl Gay, Kathryn Lee, June 5, 2020

Factors Influencing Postpartum Blood Glucose Screening Among Women With Prior Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in a Rural Community — Jyu-Lin Chen, June 5, 2020

Conversations on Cancer Chemotherapy Cessation in Patients With Advanced Cancer: Qualitative Findings From a Multi-Institutional Study — Barbara Koenig, June 4, 2020

Predictors of High HIV+ Prevalence in Mozambique: A Complex Samples Logistic Regression Modeling and Spatial Mapping Approaches — Jerry John Nutor, June 4, 2020. 

Service Value Activities by Nurse Practitioners in Ambulatory Specialty Care — Shira Winter (postdoc), Karen Duderstadt, Garrett Chan, Joanne Spetz, Linda Stephan, Susan Chapman, June 2, 2020

The One-Minute Preceptor: Evaluation of a Clinical Teaching Tool Training for Nurse Practitioner Preceptors — Elizabeth Gatewood, Angel Kuo, June 2020

Hospitalising Preterm Infants in Single Family Rooms Versus Open Bay Units: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Impact on Parents — Linda Franck, June 2020

Family Integrated Care for Preterm Infants — Linda Franck, June 2020

Associations Between Infant and Parent Characteristics and Measures of Family Well-Being in Neonates with Seizures: A Cohort Study — Linda Franck, June 2020

Syndemic Conditions and Medication Adherence in Older Men Living With HIV Who Have Sex With Men – Glenn Milo Santos, Carol Dawson-Rose, May 29, 2020

National Health and Safety Standards: Family Child Care Homes Compared With Child Care Centers— Abbey Alkon, May 29, 2020

"I'm Going To Stay Young": Belief in Anti-Aging Efficacy of Menopausal Hormone Therapy Drives Prolonged Use Despite Medical Risks — Mary Hunter, Meg Wallhagen, May 29, 2020

Catastrophic Health Expenditure: A Comparative Analysis of Smoking and Non-Smoking Households in China — Tingting Yao, May 29, 2020

High Pre- and Postoperative Symptom Burden in Non-Responders to Total Knee Arthroplasty — Caryl Gay, May 28, 2020

California Advocates' Perspectives on Challenges and Risks of Advancing the Tobacco Endgame — Elizabeth Smith, Patricia McDaniel, Ruth Malone, May 27, 2020

Tobacco Industry and Public Health Responses to State and Local Efforts to End Tobacco Sales From 1969-2020 — Patricia McDaniel, Ruth Malone, May 22, 2020

Cigarette Pack Prices and Sales Following Policy Changes in California, 2011-2018 — David Boettiger (postdoc), May 21, 2020

Op-Ed: Support Asian Americans Facing COVID-19-Related Prejudice — Linda Park, May 19, 2020

Op-Ed: I Have No Choice But to Take Hydroxychloroquine. Trump Has a Choice — Stacy Torres, May 19, 2020

Op-Ed: The World Needs 6 Million More Nurses: What Are We Waiting For? — Stella Bialous, Kimberly Baltzell, May 15, 2020

Strategies for Evaluating Self-Efficacy and Observed Success in the Practice of Yoga Postures for Therapeutic Indications: Methods from a Yoga Intervention for Urinary Incontinence Among Middle-Aged and Older Women— Francesca Nicosia, May 14, 2020

COVID-19 and the International Academy of Sex Research: We Will Be Back — Shari Dworkin, May 12, 2020

Obesity Applications in Smartphones: Development and Use of an Evaluation Tool — Jyu-Lin Chen, May 12, 2020

Make Treatment Accessible for Opioid Use Disorder During the COVID Pandemic — Matt Tierney, May 11, 2020

Psychometric Properties of Measures of Substance Use: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Reliability, Validity and Diagnostic Test Accuracy — Glenn-Milo Santos, May 7, 2020

A Case Series of Retroperitoneal Lymphocele Following Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion — Jiwon Choi, May 7, 2020

Accelerated Weight Gain, Prematurity, and the Risk of Childhood Obesity: A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review — Jyu-Lin Chen, May 5, 2020 

Seeking Care in the Context of Social Health Insurance in Kenya and Ghana — Lauren Suchman, May 4, 2020

Metasynthesis of Factors That Influence Parents’ Participation in Pain Management for Their Infants in the NICU — Linda Franck, May 2020

Illicit Opioid Use Following Changes in Opioids Prescribed for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain — Glenn-Milo Santos, May 4, 2020

Serious Psychological Distress: A National Study of Middle Eastern Immigrants — Jyu-Lin Chen, Sandra Weiss, Catherine Waters, May 4, 2020

Development of an Affirming and Customizable Electronic Survey of Sexual and Reproductive Health Experiences for Transgender and Gender Nonbinary People — Annesa Flentje, May 4, 2020

Analysis of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Noise Standard Violations Over 50 Years: 1972 to 2019 — OiSaeng Hong, May 4, 2020

Arrhythmia Diagnosis and the 12-Lead Electrocardiogram: Seeing the Whole Picture — Michele Pelter, May 1, 2020

Translation Into Spanish and Cultural Adaptation of the Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool — Carmen Mabel Arroyo-Novoa (alumna), Milagros Figueroa-Ramos, (alumna), Kathleen Puntillo, May 1, 2020

Profiles of Moral Distress and Associated Outcomes Among Student Veterans — Natalie Purcell, April 30, 2020

Opioid and Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndromes in Trauma ICU Patients: A Prospective Exploratory Study— Kathleen Puntillo, April 29, 2020

Design and Rationale of the HAPIN Study: A Multicountry Randomized Controlled Trial to Assess the Effect of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Stove and Continuous Fuel Distribution — Lisa Thompson, April 29, 2020

Leadership in Action: Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Student Milestones

May 2020Milenko Martinovich

School of Nursing Honors Faculty Members, Students with Annual Awards

The School of Nursing recognized four faculty members with its 2020 Excellence in Teaching Awards, recognizing their outstanding contributions and commitment. 

The School's 2020 Student Awards honor graduating students for academic excellence, innovation and service. 

Taylor Cuffaro, Megan Grant, Katie Machado, Tessa Rubin, Kyung Mi Kim, Summer Thompson (at right)

  • Meritorious Service Award: Taylor Cuffaro, Megan Grant, Katie Machado and Tessa Rubin for their street nursing efforts
  • Distinguished Dissertation Award: Kyung Mi Kim
  • Outstanding MS Award: Katie Machado
  • DNP Outstanding Student Award: Summer Thompson

In addition, the UCSF Department of Nursing has announced that master's student Audrey Busch is the recipient of the 2020 Daisy Nurse Leader Award, which recognizes nurses for their leadership in patient care and fostering a compassionate environment. Busch, who is studying in the School's APHN specialty, is a clinical nursing supervisor in the hospital's Pediatric Dialysis Unit.

SON Faculty Embark on New Study 

Six nursing experts will lead a new study that will focus on the Rapid response Nursing Triage Outcomes for COVID-19 (RN TO COVID). Jyu-Lin Chen leads the team, which Clockwise from top left, Jyu-Lin Chen, Rosalind De Lisser, Thomas Hoffmann, Mijung Park, Jerry John Nutor, Hannah Jang. includes faculty member Rosalind De Lisser, principal statistician Thomas Hoffmann, alumna Hannah Jang, and faculty members Jerry John Nutor and Mijung Park.

UCSF has established a COVID-19 patient hotline that is headed by nurses and nurse practitioners who serve as health care navigators. This study aims to examine the impact of the RN TO COVID model on patient compliance and clinical outcomes. In addition, it aims to identify risk factors and vulnerable and marginalized populations with poorer clinical outcomes. The study will use data from the UCSF Health Center’s electronic health records system and the UCSF Office of Population Health. It has received funding support from the campus Research Grants Program Office.

In the News: SON Faculty in Ongoing COVID-19 Media Coverage

Kristen Harknett, Joanne Spetz, Charlene Harrington, Stacy Torres News reporters covering the COVID-19 crisis are continuing to tap the expertise of SON faculty members to shed light on the pandemic's impact:

Kristen Harknett and her research under The Shift Project were cited in the Vox May 7 article "Essential Workers Still Lack Basic Safety Protections on the Job."

Joanne Spetz was interviewed for the KTVU’s May 4 report “New California Nurses Jobless During Coronavirus Pandemic.”

Charlene Harrington was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle’s April 29 report “Asymptomatic Staff, Untested at Many Nursing Homes, Are Spreading the Coronavirus

Stacy Torres was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle’s April 29 article “Coronavirus and Seniors: How Life Will Change When Bay Area Shelter-in-Place Restrictions are Lifted

Abbey Alkon Leads Webinar on Child Care During Pandemic

Abbey Alkon, professor in Family Health Care Nursing, was the keynote speaker on an April 24 webinar about child care during the pandemic that drew more than 20,000 Abbey Alkon registrants and 6,000 viewers.

The webinar, “Caring for Children in Group Settings During COVID-19,” was sponsored by the Office of Head Start’s National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness. A national expert on health and safety issues in child care programs, Alkon spoke about the new health guidance for child care programs during this crisis. Watch the webinar recording, which will be archived for one month.

Monica McLemore Featured in Race and COVID-19 Town Hall

Monica Mclemore Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, was one of six expert panelists invited to join ABC7 News’ May 4 virtual discussion “Race and Coronavirus: A Bay Area Conversation Virtual Town Hall About COVID-19 Impact on African American Community.” Watch the recording of the town hall.

Matt Tierney Shares Perspective on Caring for Patients with Chronic Pain

Matt Tierney was a featured panelist in a March 10 guided discussion, "Caring for Patients with Chronic Pain: Perspectives from Clinicians."  The session was an Matt Tierney  activity of the National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, and it included a diverse panel of five clinicians. Watch a recording of the session.

Kober Lab Supports Research Community's Response to COVID-19

Kord Kober, Kiley Charbonneau In support of the research community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Kober Lab (led by assistant professor Kord Kober — Kiley Charbonneau, research data analyst, and Maureen Lewis, an undergraduate intern from UC Berkeley — have been performing literature reviews and providing annotations of human and viral genome mappable data for the SARS-CoV-2 Genome Browser for the Crowd-Sourced Data track. The team's effort was acknowledged in the UCSC Genome Browser News (see May 4 entry).

SON Faculty Receive New Grants to Support Research

Three faculty members have received new grants to support their research and work: 

  • Carrie Graham, associate adjunct professor in Institute of Health and Aging, received a six-month grant from the SCAN Foundation for the Master Plan for Aging. Carrie Graham, Kristen Harknett, Laura Wagner
  • Kristen Harknett, associate professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, received additional funding through UC Berkeley to continue her research as part of The Shift Project.
  • Laura Wagner, associate professor in Community Health Systems, received a one-year grant from the Cigna Foundation to support the street nursing efforts.

Alumna Asmara Gebre Joins Emerging Leaders Program

Asmara Gebre Asmara Gebre, who graduated from our MS program in 2017, has been selected as a 2020 Emerging Leader by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. The Emerging Leaders program is a 9-month intensive leadership development opportunity that offers 10 individuals a chance to refine their purpose, learn skills and develop strategies to transform themselves, the association and the field of nursing.

UCSF Alumni Week Goes Virtual

In place of the typical in-person gathering, UCSF will host a free series of special online events for alumni. Connect with UCSF and your fellow alumni this year – virtually — during Alumni Week from June 8-12.

See the full schedule and register today. Speakers include several SON experts including Associate Deans Julene Johnson and Maureen Shannon; faculty members Gerri Collins-Bride, Heather Leutwyler, and Shannon Smith-Bernardin; and master's student Taylor Cuffaro.

Recent Publications

Effects of a Peer Educator Program for HIV Status Disclosure and Health System Strengthening: Findings From a Clinic-Based Disclosure Support Program in Mozambique — Carol Dawson-Rose, May 6, 2020

Op-Ed Why Did It Take a Pandemic to Make Us Value the Lives of California’s Essential Workers? — Kristen Harknett, May 2, 2020

Low PrEP Awareness and Use Among People Who Inject Drugs, San Francisco, 2018 — Glenn Milo Santos, May 1, 2020

Bridging the Digital Divide Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Men Who Have Sex With Men to Reduce Substance Use and HIV Risk: Mixed Methods Feasibility Study — Glenn Milo Santos, April 29, 2020

What's Race Got to Do With It? A Close Look at the Misuse of Race in Case-Based Nursing Education— Victoria Keeton, May 1, 2020

Op-Ed: After Coronavirus, Expect High School Dropout Wave. 9/11 Was the Trigger for My Sisters — Stacy Torres, April 30, 2020

Community Transition From the Criminal Justice System for Older Adults With Schizophrenia: A Pilot Study — Erin Hubbard, Heather Leutwyler, April 29, 2020

Patients’ Use of Social Media for Diabetes Self-Care: Systematic Review —Van Ta Park, Linda Park, April 24, 2020

Study Protocol: A Cluster Randomized Trial to Evaluate the Effectiveness and Implementation of Onsite Genexpert Testing at Community Health Centers in Uganda (XPEL-TB) — Sara Ackerman, April 21, 2020

Cold Turkey and Hot Vapes? A National Study of Young Adult Cigarette Cessation Strategies — Wendy Max, April 21, 2020

Smoking Behavior in Low- and High-Income Adults Immediately Following California Proposition 56 Tobacco Tax Increase — Wendy Max, Tingting Yao, Yingning Wang, Hai-Yen Sung, April 16, 2020

Homeplace: Care and Resistance Among Public Housing Residents Facing Mixed-Income Redevelopment — Leslie Dubbin, April 20, 2020

How Collaborative Practice Agreements Impede Provision of Vital Behavioral Health Services — Beth Phoenix, Susan Chapman, April 19, 2020

Effects of Cigarette Prices on Intention to Quit, Quit Attempts and Successful Cessation Among African American Smokers — Wendy Max, Valerie Yerger, Tingting Yao, Yingning Wang, Hai-Yen Sung, April 17, 2020

Sci-Fi By The Bay: Bracing For Post-Peak Coronavirus In The Cool, Gray City Of Love — Stacy Torres, April 17, 2020

Scientists Must Share Research Findings With Participants. Here's Why — Jerry John Nutor, PhD, RN, April 14, 2020

Trajectories of Fatigue Among Stroke Patients From the Acute Phase to 18 Months Post-Injury: A Latent Class Analysis — Caryl Gay, April 15, 2020

Improving Care for Older Adults in the Emergency Department Warrants Greater Investment in Geriatric Nursing — Stat! — Lauren Hunt, April 13, 2020

Burden of Living With Multiple Concurrent Symptoms in Patients With End-Stage Renal Disease — Christine Miaskowski, April 11, 2020

Ensuring and Sustaining a Pandemic Workforce — Joanne Spetz, April 8, 2020

Screening Gender Minority People for Harmful Alcohol Use — Annesa Flentje, Matt Tierney, April 7, 2020