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
Sandra Staveski

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

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

April 2020Milenko Martinovich
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Sandra Weiss to be Honored as ISPN Living Legend

Sandra Weiss, professor in Community Health Systems, will receive the Living Legend Award from the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses.

The award recognizes nurses who have made significant lifetime contributions to psychiatric-mental health nursing, and who have exhibited creativity and innovation in blazing trails for future nurses.

Deborah Johnson Named 2020 AANP Fellow

Deborah Johnson, associate clinical professor in Community Health Systems, has been selected as a 2020 fellow by the American Association of Deborah Johnson Nurse Practitioners, and will be inducted at a June 25 ceremony in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The honor recognizes NPs whose scholarly and forward-thinking contributions have led to meaningful improvements to health care and the NP role. AANP fellows engage in leading new initiatives, support the organization’s mission, and mentor and facilitate the leadership development of NPs.

Monica McLemore Joins TIME'S UP Global Board

Monica McLemore Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, joins the TIME'S UP Global Leadership Board, which will work with the TIME'S UP leadership team and board of directors to guide the organization's efforts.

TIME'S UP was formed in 2018 and works to tackle gender equity issues, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

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

SON faculty and students continue to be featured in ongoing media coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak, providing their expertise, insight and experiences.

Stacy Torres Stacy Torres, assistant professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, was featured in an April 27 National Geographic article "America’s Face-Mask Culture is Changing, and Their Meaning Changes Too; an April 10 Vox article "Every Aspect of the Coronavirus Pandemic Exposes America’s Devastating Inequalities" and in the March 27 PBS Above the Noise video, “#StayHome: Why Social Distancing Saves Lives,” on the critical need for physical distancing. Torres appears at the 4:30-minute mark. Monica McLemore

Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, spoke about the need to rebuild our public health infrastructure, centering around people who are most vulnerable, in KGO Channel 7 News’ April 8 piece “New Data Shows Coronavirus Disproportionately Impacts Black Americans.” She appears at the 2:22 mark.

Kristen Harknett Kristen Harknett, associate professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, was quoted in an April 10 The New York Times article “Could the Pandemic Wind Up Fixing What’s Broken About Work in America?” and quoted in the April 8 KQED article “Even With New Federal Coronavirus Bill, Most Workers Get No Additional Sick Leave” about how many workers come to work sick because they don’t get paid sick leave.

Charlene Harrington, professor emerita, was quoted in an April 15 KPIX CBS report “Two More Coronavirus Deaths at Hayward Nursing Home; District Attorney’s Office Charlene Harrington Investigating” and appeared as a guest on KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny on April 20 in which she discussed why nursing homes are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus; an April 3 Herald-Mail article “Families Watch Helplessly as Coronavirus Hits Nursing Homes, Infects Loved One”; a March 31 KPIX piece “5 Residents At Pacifica Nursing Home Test Positive For COVID-19; 1 Patient Dead”; and a March 30 Los Angeles Times article “Coronavirus Outbreaks at Nursing Homes Rise Sharply in LA County.”

MS student Kyle Navarro was among a group of panelists who participated in ABC 7 News’ virtual discussion, "Racism & Coronavirus: A Bay Area Conversation," on April 1 in which he shared his experience of being spat at and called a racial slur while on the job.

Joanne Spetz Joanne Spetz, was quoted in ABC 10 KXTV’s April 13 report “These California Medical Workers Are Signing Up For Newsom's Health Corps — Despite Risks” and was a featured guest in KQED Forum’s April 1 piece “California Calls On Medical Students and Retirees to Fight Coronavirus Pandemic” about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new Health Corps California and his intention to enlist thousands of medical and nursing students and retired doctors and nurses by reworking licensing requirements. 

Faculty, Student Contribute to New State of the World's Nursing Report 

The work of several SON faculty was cited in the World Health Organization's recently released State of the World’s Nursing 2020 report.

The report points to the professors' work in discussing support for maternal health care, and the development and implementation of innovative Kimberly Baltzell, Monica McLemore, Sally Rankin research methods to investigate issues of importance to improving global health. The specific articles cited were: 

  • "Information and Power: Women of Color’s Experiences Interacting With Health Care Providers in Pregnancy and Birth" by Linda Franck, McLemore, and alumna Talita Oseguera.

Linda Franck, Talita Oseguera, Ashley Moore In addition, MS student Ashley Moore was a contributor to this report, participating in meetings and leading some of the initiatives during a summer residency. Elizabeth Iro, the CNO at WHO, served as her mentor and preceptor.


Monica McLemore on Maternal Mortality Crisis

Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, was among the guest speakers featured in Next Question with Katie Couric, an Apple podcast series.Monica McLemore The two-part documentary podcast, entitled  "America's Maternal Mortality Crisis," explores the high rates of maternal mortality, especially among black women.

Kristen Harknett’s Research on Paid Sick Leave Garners Media Coverage

Kristen Harknett

Kristen Harknett, associate professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and her UC Berkeley collaborator Daniel Schneider released a research brief on paid sick leave, drawing on data from their Shift Project survey of service sector workers. The research was covered in the Los Angeles Times, KQED, CNN Business, Huffington Post and other outlets.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a grant to Harknett and Schneider to continue their data collection from service sector workers over the coming year, with the goals of tracking the economic and health toll of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cancer Research Paper Among Top 100

A research paper by Christine Miaskowski, Kord Kober, Bruce Cooper, and Steven Paul, was one of the top 100 downloaded cancer papers for Christine Miaskowski, Kord Kober Scientific Reports in 2019. The research article, "Network Analysis of the Multidimensional Symptom Experience of Oncology," received 2,278 article downloads after it published Feb. 19, 2010. Scientific Reports published more than 1,024 cancer papers in 2019.

Alumna, Faculty Paper Cited in Amicus Brief

Monica McLemore, Diana Taylor The American Academy of Nursing and American Nurses Association signed onto an April 8 amicus brief to the Supreme Court regarding contraception coverage.

In making its argument, the brief cites a 2017 research paper, "Multiple Unintended Pregnancies in U.S. Women: A Systematic Review," authored by alumna E. Angel Atzlan, Monica McLemore, and professor emerita Diana Taylor. 

Jerry John Nutor, Laura Wagner Awarded Gaine Funds

The Gaine Research Fund supports pilot research projects focused on the areas of high-risk maternity and infant health as well as long-term Jerry John Nutor, Laura Wagner rehabilitative care. The fund is made possible by Emile Hansen Gaine, an SON alumna. The recipients are:

Linda Park to Lead Project on Improving Health Disparities

Linda Park

Linda Park, assistant professor in Community Health Systems, is embarking on the pilot study, "Improving Health Disparities by Promoting Physicak Activity Among Asian American Older Adults with Cardiovascular Disease," and has received funding from the UCSF Pepper Center and the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.

Stella Bialous in World Health Day Celebration

Stella Aguinaga Bialous, professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, was among the nurses featured in the Union for International Cancer Control Stella Bialous celebration of World Health Day on April 7. The celebration highlighted the work of nurses in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns around the provision of cancer care, particularly in low and middle income countries.

Linda Franck, Anne Lown Join Campus Research Committee

Linda Franck, Anne Lown

Linda Franck and Anne Lown have joined the new Clinical Trialist Advisory Committee (CTAC) of the UCSF Office of Research.

The committee, which consists of members from multiple campus departments, will provide advice and feedback on clinical trial operations, priorities and ongoing activities for the Office of Research as well as to the Associate Vice-Chancellor of Clinical Research, the Clinical Trial Administration Executive Committee and the Clinical Trial Administration ‘Strike Force.’

Recent Publications

Ethical Issues Raised by the Introduction of Artificial Companions to Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment: A Call for Interdisciplinary Collaborations — Elena Portacolone, March 30, 2020

Unintended Consequences of Opioid Regulations in Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions — Christine Miaskowski, March 29, 2020

"Chasing the Pain Relief, Not the High": Experiences Managing Pain After Opioid Reductions Among Patients With HIV and a History of Substance Use — Glenn-Milo Santos, March 25, 2020

Assessing the prevalence of meeting physical activity recommendations among U.S. healthcare workers: Data from the 2015 National Health Interview Survey — Soo-Jeong Lee, alumna Julia Buss, March 23, 2020

Association of Personality Profiles With Coping and Adjustment to Cancer Among Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy — Bruce Cooper, Steve Paul, Kord Kober, Christine Miaskowski, March 10, 2020

Use of Individual Development Plans for Nurse Scientist Training — Christine Miaskowski, Sandra Weiss, March 17, 2020

Patient-Physician Communication in the Context of Diabetes Care: Adaptation and Assessment of Psychometric Properties of a Persian Version of the Interpersonal Process of Care Survey (P-IPC) — Anita Stewart, March 16, 2020

Factors Associated With Physical Injury or Police Involvement During Incidents of Workplace Violence in Hospitals: Findings From the First Year of California's New Standard — Oi Saeng Hong, Susan Chapman, March 12, 2020

Evaluation of Health Literacy and Depression Literacy Among Korean Americans — Oi Saeng Hong, Feb. 26, 2020

First, Do No Harm: Why Philanthropy Needs to Re-Examine its Role in Reproductive Equity and Racial Justice — Monica McLemore, March 12, 2020

Empowering Older Adults to Discuss Advance Care Planning During Clinical Visits: The PREPARE Randomized Trial — Janet Shim, March 10, 2020

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

March 2020Milenko Martinovich

Orlando Harris Named Honoree for Work to Improve Health of African Diasporic Community

Orlando Harris, assistant professor in Community Health Systems, was honored for his scholarship, advocacy and care toward improving the lives of people from the African American and African Diasporic community. The honor is awarded by the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative and UCSF Multicultural Resource Center.

Orlando Harris Harris was among the honorees recognized on March 24 as part of the Kente Collaboratory Series, which focuses on the impact of black clinicians, practitioners and scholars on the health of the African Diasporic community.

Elizabeth Gatewood Becomes Assistant Dean for Ed Tech Innovation

Elizabeth Gatewood, associate clinical professor in Family Health Care Nursing, assumed a new part-time role as Assistant Dean for Education Technology Innovation, Elizabeth Gatewood starting March 1.

In this role, Gatewood leads the expansion of our Nursing Tech Hub in support of the School’s Strategic Plan and education imperatives. She oversees our efforts to grow the use of educational and health care technologies to enhance the academic experience of our students. This includes expanding clinical simulation, increasing skill building in telehealth, and participating in the development of devices that empower patients to better manage their health and chronic conditions.

This is a part-time commitment, reporting to Associate Dean Maureen Shannon. Gatewood will continue some of her existing responsibilities, while other duties will gradually transition to other individuals this spring.

Expansion of the Tech Hub to meet the needs of faculty and students is made possible through the generous support of the Baum family and the Chancellor’s Office.

Monica McLemore Opens Special Podcast Series on Women in Science

Monica McLemore How do you create women in science? Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, kicks off a special podcast series with Carry the One Radio, featuring Women in Science in honor of Women’s History Month. Listen to the podcast.

“You can’t be what you can’t see,” McLemore says in the podcast. “I always tell people I was built. We can build others. Make space. It’s not rocket science.”

Shannon Smith-Bernardin Awarded Grant for Street Health Outreach Education Project

Shannon Smith-Bernardin, assistant adjunct professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been awarded Innovations Funding for Education for her project Shannon Smith-Bernardin “House Calls to the Homeless: Street Health Outreach Education.”

The project, which begins July 1, will incorporate didactics and experiential learning to increase the capacity of health care students in the needs and care of homeless individuals who are unsheltered. Smith-Bernardin is partnering with Scott Steiger of the School of Medicine to launch the project.

Catherine Waters Awarded Florence Stroud Pioneer Award

Catherine Waters Associate Dean Catherine Waters, was honored with the Florence Stroud Pioneer Award on Feb. 22 at the Bay Area Black Nurses Association’s annual conference, which was hosted by the School on the Parnassus campus. The award recognizes an individual whose dedication embodies the work of Stroud, a UCSF professor and registered nurse who was an innovator of health care initiatives that addressed disparities and the first African American to serve as Berkeley's health director. 

Waters was also a presenter at the BABNA conference, along with faculty members Monica McLemore, Orlando Harris, and Vice Chancellor Corey Jackson. View the photo slideshow.

Barbara Koenig on Use of Genomic Sequencing 

Barbara Koenig, professor at the Institute for Health and Aging and director of UCSF's Bioethics Program, was quoted in a March 9 Wired article entitled "Ultra-Fast Genome Sequencing Could Save the Lives Barbara Koenig of Newborns." 

“You don’t screen unless you have a really good test that has a clear outcome, and you don’t screen unless you have a very serious condition in which, once you discover the condition, you can change the outcome dramatically,” she said.

Andrew Penn Launches New Nurses Group in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy

Andrew Penn Andrew Penn, associate clinical professor in Community Health Systems, has co-founded a professional nursing group for nurses at all levels of training who are interested in the emerging field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

The Organization of Psychedelic and Entheogenic Nurses (OPENurses) is for nurses who work with patients using therapeutic psychedelic medicines. Its goal is to establish best practices; clearly define appropriate care in psychedelic sessions; elucidate a code of ethics and conduct; advocate for the full inclusion of nurses in psychedelic therapy; provide continuing education related to psychedelic therapy; and provide a place for professional networking. Interested nurses and allied professional colleagues can sign up to stay on top of developments.

Francesca Nicosia on Impact of “Lean” on Wisconsin Hospital Nurses Francesca Nicosia

Francesca Nicosia, assistant professor with the Institute for Health and Aging, was quoted in a Wisconsin Watch investigative report on the impacts of budget cuts and the “lean” model on hospital nurses in Wisconsin.

Julene Johnson Invited as Issue Expert for GCBH

Julene Johnson Associate Dean for Research Julene Johnson served as an issue expert for the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) in Washington D.C. in February. The GCBH inspires thought leaders to work together to translate critical scientific information on brain health into simple actions people can take every day.


Charlene Harrington Advocates for Minimum RN Staffing Levels

Charlene Harrington, professor emerita in Social and Behavioral Sciences, was one of two experts who were invited to provide expertise to Australia’s Royal Commission Charlene Harrington  into Aged Care Quality and Safety during a one-day hearing last month on its aged care workforce. During her remarks, Harrington spoke about the importance of adequate RN staffing levels for nursing homes. Read more about Harrington’s testimony.


Recent Publications

A Predictive Model and Socioeconomic and Demographic Determinants of Under-Five Mortality in Sierra Leone — Jerry John Nutor, March 20, 2020

The Danger of Social Isolation During a Pandemic — Stacy Torres, March 13, 2020

Promising Results from the Use of a Korean Drama to Address Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors on School Bullying and Mental Health among Asian American College-Aged Students — Van Ta Park, March 3, 2020

Shared Medical Appointments: An Academic-Community Partnership to Improve Care Among Adults With Type 2 Diabetes in California Central Valley Region — Carolina Noya, Abbey Alkon, Elizabeth Castillo, Angel Kuo, Elizabeth Gatewood, March 2, 2020

The Lived Experience of Older Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Diabetes-Related Distress — Janine Cataldo, Heather Leutwyler, Catherine Chesla, March 1, 2020

Coronavirus on College Campuses: Fight Fear and Racism Along with the Outbreak — Stacy Torres, PhD, March 1, 2020

Transitioning to Life in a Nursing Home: The Potential Role of Palliative Care — Elizabeth Halifax, Lauren Hunt, Caroline Stephens, Feb. 27, 2020

An Integrated Pain Team Model: Impact on Pain-Related Outcomes and Opioid Misuse in Patients with Chronic Pain — Francesca Nicosia, Natalie Purcell, Feb. 25, 2020

Actionable Ventricular Tachycardia During In-hospital ECG Monitoring and its Impact on Alarm Fatigue — Michele Pelter, Feb. 24, 2020

Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Self-Initiated Interventions to Decrease Pain and Sensory Disturbances Associated with Peripheral Neuropathy — Christine Miaskowski, Feb. 20, 2020

Application of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Sampling Weights to Transgender Health Measurement — Ethan Cicero, Janice Humphreys, Feb. 20, 2020

Patient Perspectives on Declining to Participate in Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Mixed-Methods Study — Francesca Nicosia, Feb. 19, 2020

Ugandan Jajjas: Antecedents and Rewards of Caring for Grandchildren in the Context of HIV — Sally Rankin, Margaret Wallhagen, Feb. 19, 2020

Comparing Patients' Experiences with Electronic and Traditional Consultation: Results from a Multisite Survey — Sara Ackerman, Feb. 19, 2020

Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Discharge Videoconference for Children with Medical Complexity: A Pilot Study — Roberta Rehm, Feb. 18, 2020

The Contribution of Ototoxic Medications to Hearing Loss Among Older Adults — Yoonmee Joo, Oi Saeng Hong, Margaret Wallhagen, Feb. 14, 2020

A Community Choir Intervention to Promote Well-Being Among Diverse Older Adults: Results From the Community of Voices Trial — Julene Johnson, Anita Stewart, Jason Flatt, Wendy Max, Feb. 14, 2020

Modernizing Scope-of-Practice Regulations - Time to Prioritize Patients — Joanne Spetz, Feb. 13, 2020

Modeling Individual, Parental and Peer Factors to Glycemic Control in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes: A Prospective Study — Jyu-Lin Chen, Feb. 7, 2020

Characterization of Substance Use Among Underrepresented Sexual and Gender Minority Participants in the Population Research in Identity and Disparities for Equality (PRIDE) Study — Annesa Flentje, Feb. 7, 2020

Admission Of First-Generation To College Prelicensure Master’s Entry And Graduate Nursing Students – Laura Wagner, Joanne Spetz, Feb. 6, 2020

Frequency of Depressive Symptoms Among Female Migrant Workers in China: Associations With Acculturation, Discrimination and Reproductive Health — Lisa Lommel, Feb. 6, 2020

'Cease And Desist?' The Persistence Of Marlboro Brand Imagery In Racing Video Games — Patricia McDaniel, Feb. 5, 2020

Emotional Distress and Quality of Life During Folinic Acid, Fluorouracil and Oxaliplatin in Colorectal Cancer Patients With and Without Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: A Cross-Sectional Study — Jyu-Lin Chen, Feb. 1, 2020

Tamoxifen-Related Endocrine Symptoms in Chinese Patients with Breast Cancer: Study Protocol Clinical Trial (SPIRIT Compliant) — Christine Miaskowski, Feb. 1, 2020

Excellence in Postlicensure Interprofessional Palliative Care Education: Consensus Through a Delphi Survey — Doranne Donesky, Feb. 1, 2020

Intracranial Pressure Monitoring via External Ventricular Drain: Are We Waiting Long Enough Before Recording the Real Value? — Michele Pelter, Feb. 1, 2020

The Health Status of Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Adults in the United States — Ethan Cicero

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

February 2020Milenko Martinovich

Ifeyinwa Asiodu Honored for Service, Dedication

Ifeyinwa Asiodu, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, was honored with an award for her service and dedication to the California Breastfeeding Coalition and its statewide work to ensure all families in California have access to quality lactation support, breastfeeding and chestfeeding resources and donor human milk.

Ifeyinwa Asiodu The award was presented at the 10th annual California Breastfeeding Summit and Legacy Gala, Jan. 21-23, in Sacramento. Asiodu was one of the leading organizers of the event, which drew more than 400 breastfeeding advocates from around the state.

Several SON faculty attended and participated in this event. Among them, Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, presented on “Resolving Health Inequities Experienced by Black People with the Capacity for Pregnancy.” In addition, Ana Delgado, clinical professor in the School of Medicine, presented on “Labor Support and Breastfeeding.”

Linda Franck Named STTI Research Hall of Fame Honoree

Linda Franck Linda Franck, professor in Family Health Care Nursing, will join the 2020 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The honor is for venerated nurse researchers, and recognizes the significant impact her research has made on the nursing profession.

Franck and other honorees will be recognized at Sigma’s 31st International Nursing Research Congress, July 23-27, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Kathleen Dracup Awarded Ken Shine Prize

Kathleen Dracup, dean emeritus and professor emeritus, was named the 2020 winner of the Ken Shine Prize in Health Leadership, which is awarded to a person who has Kathleen Dracup made significant leadership advancements in health. Dracup was the featured speaker at the Ken Shine Health Lectureship on Feb. 13 and delivered the lecture, “Interprofessional Collaboration in Practice: A Personal Journey.”

Kim Dau to Launch New Midwifery Mentoring, Belonging Program

Kim Dau Kim Q. Dau, associate clinical professor in Family Health Care Nursing, has been awarded a $100,000, one-year grant from the Yellow Chair Foundation to develop a new Midwifery Mentoring and Belonging Program. The program aims to empower students and mentors to build community and relationships through midwifery education. Development of the new project will occur through June 2021. The pilot phase will launch in October 2020 with five mentorship pairs. Full implementation is slated for October 2021.

Jarmin Yeh to Help CDPH Track Maternal Deaths

Jarmin Yeh, assistant adjunct professor in the Institute for Health & Aging, is engaging in a new project with the California Department of Public Health to track maternal Jarmin Yeh  deaths in the state. The project combines technical assistance, consultation, analysis and development of data collection processes and systems to support and implement maternal and child health care programs, with in-depth research and analysis to inform program planning at the state and local levels. It will review maternal death data collected from hospitals, coroners and other sources to support the state’s pregnancy-associated Mortality Review project. CDPH is providing five years of funding for this project.

New Gift to Support Kimberly Baltzell's Work Empowering Nurses in Africa

Kimberley Baltzell Kimberly Baltzell, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, recently received a multimillion-dollar gift from the Wyss Medical Foundation to support the development of nurse leadership in Malawi, Sierra Leone and Liberia, with a focus on reducing the risk of complications and death during childbirth. Read more about the gift.


Ruth Malone Delivers Keynote at Tobacco Control Conference

Ruth Malone, professor emerita, was the keynote speaker at the Ottawa Conference, a major Canadian tobacco control meeting, where she spoke on phasing out the Ruth Malone sales of cigarettes. She was also featured at the Oceania Tobacco Control Meeting in Sydney, Australia late last year, speaking on the same topic.

Training APRNs to Care for Pediatric Acute Care Patients

Sandy Staveski The School of Nursing and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society are partnering to train more than 35 advanced practice nurses a year for two years to provide advanced care to pediatric acute care patients.

The training, which will be delivered through a Pediatric Cardiac ICU and Stepdown Advanced Practice Provider Course, will be offered June 22-24 at UCSF. Enrollment will open first to Bay Area APRNs, including students in the PNP-AC specialty and PNP-AC preceptors, for two weeks in March. Enrollment will open to a wider audience later.

In addition, the School is teaming up with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford to train trainers and become self-sufficient partner sites that would offer the course annually.

Sandy Staveski, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, is leading the project. The course is funded by a $5,000-a-year, two-year grant from Melnic, Inc.

Master's Student Kevin Watanakeeree Honored at InQuERI Conference

Master's student Kevin Watanakeeree was awarded "Best Research Poster" at the UCSF Health 7th Annual Clinical InQuERI Conference on Feb. 6. Kevin Watanakeeree

His poster was entitled "ECG Arrhythmia Alarms during Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Therapy and its Impact on Alarm Fatigue." The poster highlights the LVAD population and explores their ECG alarms looking for true vs. false arrhythmias. The work highlights the vulnerability of LVAD patients to alarm fatigue due to their vast amounts of false alarms. 

Black Nurses Day on Capitol Hill

The leaders of the National Black Nurses Association have decided to support an intervention to accelerate the recruitment of African Americans in dementia research. This intervention Elena Portacolone  was proposed in a R24 grant to the National Institute on Aging, with Associate Dean Catherine Waters, as co-investigator and Elena Portacolone, assistant adjunct professor in IHA, as co-principal investigator.

To celebrate the grant submission, Portacolone was invited to attend National Black Nurses Day on Capitol Hill on Feb. 6. 


New Project Supports Contraceptive-Informed Choice to Launch

Jenny Liu On Feb. 3-6, UCSF researchers welcomed teams from the Kenya Medical Research Institute, Makerere University College of Public Health in Uganda, Nigeria, Akena Health+ and Malawi University of Science and Technology to kick off a new project. The initiative, “Optimizing Approaches to Implementing Self-Injection of DMPA-SC Within the Contraceptive Method Mix,” will investigate, design and evaluate how self-injection of subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate can be implemented to support contraceptive-informed choice and use in each of the study countries. It is led by co-PIs Jenny Liu, assistant adjunct professor in the Institute for Health & Aging, and Kelsey Holt, from the School of Medicine, and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The meeting included global sexual and reproductive health roundtables where investigators from each country, UCSF and UC Berkeley presented their research findings to the UCSF community.

Matt Tierney Launches Lecture Series This Winter and Spring

Matt Tierney, clinical professor in Community Health Systems, is leading a new education series on substance use. 

The first lecture, which was Feb. 24, offered an overview on identifying and addressing substance use. Subsequent lectures will delve into determining level of care and Matt Tierney treatment resources; alcohol use and treatment; opioid use and treatment; and tobacco and stimulant use. 

Nicole Collman Completes Teach for UCSF Certificate

Nicole Collman Nicole Collman, assistant clinical professor in Community Health Systems, completed the Teach for UCSF Certificate in Clinical Teaching. A ceremony will be held in October to celebrate all graduates.

Intended for teachers in clinical settings, the program consists of nine workshops and 20 hours of instruction. Participants demonstrate skills learned by completing assessment exercises during the workshops.

Recent Publications

Precarious Work Schedules and Population Health — Kristen Harknett, Feb. 13, 2020

Title X Regulatory Changes and their Impact on Adolescent Health — Naomi Schapiro, Feb. 13, 2020

What About The Men? Perinatal Experiences Of Men Of Color Whose Partners Were At Risk For Preterm Birth, A Qualitative Study — Brittany Edwards, Monica McLemore, Kimberly Baltzell, Linda Franck, Feb. 10, 2020

“For a Younger Crowd”: Place, Belonging, and Exclusion among Older Adults Facing Neighborhood Change — Stacy Torres, Feb. 5, 2020

CE: An Evidence-Based Update on Contraception — Monica McLemore, February 2020

Social Media Use as a Predictor of Higher Body Mass Index in Persons Living With HIV — Carol Dawson-Rose, Carmen Portillo, Jan. 31, 2020

Childhood Obesity: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Clinical Practice-Part One — Karen Duderstadt, Jan. 28, 2020

Modes of Attention: Modes of Storytelling — Sharon Kaufman, Jan. 24, 2020

Distinct Symptom Experience Among Subgroups of Patients With ESRD Receiving Maintenance Dialysis — Christine Miaskowski, Bruce Cooper, Jan. 22, 2020

Interprofessional Education Between Midwifery Students and Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents: An American College of Nurse-Midwives and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Collaboration — Kim Dau, Jan. 21, 2020

Higher Levels of Stress and Different Coping Strategies Are Associated With Greater Morning and Evening Fatigue Severity in Oncology Patients Receiving Chemotherapy — Kord Kober, Bruce Cooper, Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski, Jan. 20, 2020

A Longitudinal Analysis of Phenotypic And Symptom Characteristics Associated With Inter-Individual Variability in Employment Interference in Patients With Breast Cancer — Bruce Cooper, Steve Paul, Kord Kober, Christine Miaskowski, Jan. 18, 2020

HIV Infection, Hunger, Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy and Depressive Symptoms are Associated With Exclusive Breastfeeding to Six Months Among Women in Western Kenya: A Longitudinal Observational Study — Emily Tuthill, Jan. 16, 2020

Effects of an Educational Intervention on Heart Failure Knowledge, Self-Care Behaviors and Health-Related Quality of Life of Patients With Heart Failure: Exploring the Role of Depression — Michele Pelter, Kathy Dracup, Jan. 15, 2020

Feasibility and Acceptability of a Web-Based Dietary Intervention With Text Messages for Colorectal Cancer: A Randomized Pilot Trial — Christine Miaskowski, Yoshimi Fukuoka, Jan. 15, 2020

Changes in Attentional Function in Patients From Prior to Through 12 Months After Breast Cancer Surgery: Changes in Attentional Function Following Breast Cancer Surgery — Steve Paul, Kord Kober, Bruce Cooper, Christine Miaskowski, Jan. 14, 2020

Photoplethysmography Based Atrial Fibrillation Detection: A Review — Michele Pelter, Kais Godhoumi, Jan. 10, 2020

A New Perspective on Spiritual Care: Collaborative Chaplaincy and Nursing Practice — Doranne Donesky, Jan. 9, 2020

Alterations in Patterns of Gene Expression and Perturbed Pathways in the Gut-Brain Axis Are Associated With Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea — Elena Flowers, Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski, Kord Kober, Jan. 7, 2020

Patients Assess an eConsult Model's Acceptability at 5 US Academic Medical Centers — Sara Ackerman, Jan. 1, 2020

Estimating Risk and Cost: An Analysis of Patients With Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes in Rural Jalisco, Mexico — Kimberly Baltzell, January 2020