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

September 2021School of Nursing Communications
Kathryn Lee

Kathryn Lee Honored With WIN Distinguished Research Lectureship Award

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

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

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

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

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

Faculty Secure Another $1.2 Million in Research Grants

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

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

SON Faculty Named Hellman Fellows

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

Oi Saeng Hong Honored as Fulbright Scholar

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

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

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

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

Monica McLemore Appointed Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair

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

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

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

Faculty in the News 

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

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

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

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


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

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

Ulrike Muench, Anna Oh Named New Scholars at Pepper Center

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

Van Park Speaks on Advancing Equity in AAPI Communities

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

Kara Birch Joins Deborah Johnson in Leading UC PMHNP Program

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


SON Faculty Honored for Teaching Excellence

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

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

September Preceptor of the Month: Nana Efua Adabie

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

Andrew Penn Co-Chairs Symposium on Psychedelic Medicines

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

Recent Publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Losses Take Many Forms — Andrew Penn, August 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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