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