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

November 2021School of Nursing Communications
Monica McLemore

Monica McLemore Honored for Leadership, Advocacy

Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, is the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Leadership/Advocacy Award from the American Public Health Association's Maternal and Child Health Awards Committee.

The award recognizes McLemore for her significant contributions to improving mothers' and children's health, and for advancing pointed conversations around postpartum Medicaid coverage, racism as a public health crisis, a re-envisioned Black maternal health research, social and structural determinants of health inequities in maternal health, reducing adverse birth outcomes, access to life-saving abortion care, access to reproductive healthcare for immigrants, the maternal mortality crisis, and the health inequities of the pandemic.

McLemore also was among the featured experts at the California Black Nurses’ Summit on Oct. 23. The summit focused on a review of the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report with some of the top nurse experts in the profession.

Ana Delgado Receives Chancellor Award  Ana Delgado

Alumna and volunteer faculty member Ana Delgado is one of three recipients of the Chancellor Award for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership. The award recognizes people who demonstrate outstanding commitment and service to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

View a video honoring Delgado and her achievements on YouTube.

Jerry John Nutor Jerry John Nutor Leads International Health Conference

The Africa Interdisciplinary Health Conference, co-created by Jerry John Nutor, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, welcomed 150 international researchers on Sept. 22-24.

The conference, now in its fourth year, focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration and examines effective strategies to promote safety for patients within health care systems. This year’s conference was a hybrid event: Researchers from Rwanda gathered in person while the rest attended virtually. The conference has motivated attendees to form research support groups at universities in Ghana and Liberia, continuing important discussions on interdisciplinary collaboration. Nutor said these groups will aim to produce research articles on interdisciplinary collaboration.

Nutor is grateful to Associate Dean Catherine Waters for providing funding through the Sally Bates Endowed Chair in Health Disparities.

School of Nursing Researchers Receive More Than $2 Million in Funding 

School of Nursing researchers, leading projects ranging from tobacco use cessation to music's impact on brain function, were awarded more than $2 million in Year 1 funding to conduct these innovative projects.

  • Stella Bialous, professor in Social & Behavioral Sciences, received $734,496 from the National Cancer Institute for her project, "Integrating Tobacco Use Cessation Into Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) in Kisumu, Kenya."
  • Julene Johnson, associate dean of research, received $558,475 from the National Institute on Aging, for her project, "Impact of Music Improvisation Training on Brain Function and Cognition Among Older Adults." 
  • Laura Wagner, associate professor in Community Health Systems, received $499,715 for her project, "FirstGenRN — Rural Eldercare Advancement Program." The project will train first-generation nursing students to provide high-quality elder care in rural populations.
  • Glenn-Milo Santos, associate professor in Community Health Systems, received his third R01/R01-equivalent NIH grant ($329,820 for 2021 fiscal year) as a principal investigator for his new study, "The ION+EMI Study: Intermittent Oral Naltrexone Enhanced With an Ecological Momentary Intervention for Methamphetamine-Using MSM." Santos has also served as the site-PI for six R01/R01-equivalent grants.
  • Matt Tierney, professor in Community Health Systems, received $149,845 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Mental Health Services, for his project, "Closing the Opioid Treatment Gap Through Advance Practice Nursing Activation." 
  • Yoshimi Fukuoka, professor in Physiological Nursing, received the Computational Innovator Faculty Research Grant Award ($100,000) as part of UCSF's Initiative for Digital Transformation in Computational Biology & Health.
  • Additionally, clinical research coordinator Fion Ng received $22,586 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for her project.

Celebrating Trailblazers

In honor of Diversity Month in October, the School of Nursing celebrated the “Trailblazers” in its community. The School invited those who are the “first” to achieve success in a certain area to briefly share their journey. These are their stories — and the School thanks them for opening the door and leading the way for others.

Barbara Koenig Barbara Koenig Co-Chaired Subcommittee on Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence

Barbara Koenig, professor emerita in the Institute for Health & Aging and former director of the UCSF Bioethics Program, served as co-chair of the health subcommittee for a new UC report that developed principles to oversee the ethical use of artificial intelligence. UC President Michael Drake adopted the recommendations in mid-October. Read the UC story and access the report.

Michelle Buchholz, Amanda Ling Michelle Buchholz, Amanda Ling Named IP Humanistic Teaching Fellows

Michelle Buchholz, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, and Amanda Ling, assistant professor in Community Health Systems, have been selected for the 2021 UCSF cohort of the Interprofessional Humanistic Teaching Fellowship. The year-long fellowship is funded through the Kern Institute’s Collaboratories to Transform Medical Education, and began in September. 

Faculty and Postdoc Presentations

Andrew Penn and Beth Phoenix co-presented a session at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association national meeting titled “When a Pandemic Hands You Lemons, Make Lemonade: How We Used Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies to Improve Our Psychiatric Assessment and Management Course as We Transitioned to Remote Learning.” Penn also presented a separate session titled “What Can Nursing Teach Us About How To Be a Psychedelic Therapist? A Care-Informed Model for Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy." Penn also presented the talk, “Reunited and It Feels So Good: Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Magnify Each Other With Psychedelics” at the Psych Congress on Nov. 1 in San Antonio, Texas.

Soo-Jeong Lee presented her study, “Patient Handling Injuries in California, 2007-2016: Analysis of Workers’ Compensation Data” at the American Public Health Association Conference from Oct. 24 to 27.

Postdoctoral scholar Kimberly Lewis was the featured speaker at the Oct. 27 Brain Talks, a series hosted by the UCSF Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience. She presented her latest work, "The Nervous System-Specific Metabolite, N-Acetylaspartate (NAA), Differentiates Adolescents with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis From Healthy Controls: An Untargeted Metabolomics Study.”

Angel Kuo and Lin Lin, both professors in Family Health Care Nursing, delivered a virtual presentation titled “Adjustment of Clinical Nursing Education in the U.S. Under the Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic” to the Taiwan Nurses Association on Oct. 1. More than 140 nurses and nurse educators attended the presentation, which was delivered mostly in Chinese and included a lively Q&A session.

Dena Cuyjet October Preceptor of the Month: Dena Cuyjet

Dena Cuyjet, a graduate of the School's MS program (pediatric nurse practitioner specialty) and DNP program, has been selected as the SON October Preceptor of the Month. She was a PNP/IBCLC at Kaiser Permanente in the newborn nursery for 25 years, and transitioned five years ago to the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital to work in the Birth Center/ICN. 

Cuyjet says: “Teaching is one of the most important aspects of my life. I am committed to creating equitable, inclusive learning environments for students, and have a deep passion for working with birthing families and newborns. I have so much gratitude and energy for the teaching opportunities at UCSF and truly adore the students.” Read more, including a comment from a past student, on the Preceptor Portal.

Recent Publications

Improving Behavioral Health Services in the Time of COVID-19 and Racial Inequities — Matthew Tierney, Nov. 1, 2021

The Limits of Personalization in Precision Medicine: Polygenic Risk Scores and Racial Categorization in a Precision Breast Cancer Screening Trial — Jennifer James, Barbara Koenig, Oct. 29, 2021

Features and Impact of Trust-Based Relationships Between Community Health Workers and Low-Resource Perinatal Women with Chronic Health Conditions — Renee Mehra, Oct. 21, 2021

Improving Health and Economic Security by Reducing Work-Schedule Uncertainty — Kristen Harknett, Oct. 19, 2021

“My 9 to 5 Job Is BirthWork”: A Case Study of Two Compensation Approaches for Community Doula Care — Renee Mehra, Oct. 14, 2021

Job Satisfaction Among Healthcare Workers in Ghana and Kenya During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Role of Perceived Preparedness, Stress and Burnout — Jerry John Nutor, Akua Gyamerah, Oct. 13, 2021

Characterizing Shared and Distinct Symptom Clusters in Common Chronic Conditions Through Natural Language Processing of Nursing Notes — Christine Miaskowski, Oct. 12, 2021

"Nine Perfect Strangers" Mistakes Catharsis for Therapy — Andrew Penn, Oct. 12, 2021

What "Nine Perfect Strangers" Got Wrong About Psychedelics — Andrew Penn, Oct. 7, 2021

Changes In Older Adults' Life Space During Lung Cancer Treatment: A Mixed Methods Cohort Study — Christine Miaskowski, Oct. 7, 2021

Preschool-Age Children's Pesticide Exposures in Child Care Centers and at Home in Northern California — Abbey Alkon, Oct. 7, 2021

Evaluating the Risk of Psilocybin for the Treatment of Bipolar Depression: A Review of the Research Literature and Published Case Studies — Andrew Penn, October 2021

Interventions for Addressing Trauma Among People With HIV: A Narrative Review — Carol Dawson-Rose, Oct. 6, 2021

Working Status and Seasonal Meteorological Conditions Predict Physical Activity Levels in People Living With HIV — Carol Dawson-Rose, Carmen Portillo, Oct. 6, 2021

Patient-Reported Reasons for Stopping Care or Switching Clinics in Zambia: A Multisite, Regionally Representative Estimate Using a Multistage Sampling-based Approach in Zambia— Nancy Padian, Oct. 5, 2021 

Don’t “Waive” Goodbye to Education for Opioid Use Disorder — Matt Tierney, Oct. 4, 2021

Respiratory Nurses Have Positive Attitudes But Lack Confidence in Advance Care Planning for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Online Survey — Doranne Donesky, Oct. 1, 2021

Treatment of Dyspnea in Advanced Disease and at the End of Life — Doranne Donesky, Oct. 1, 2021

Updated Report: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Facts and Figures in California: Current Status and Future Projections — Leslie Ross, Matthew Beld, Jarmin Yeh, Oct. 1, 2021

Depression, Healthcare Utilization, Missed Work and Health Behaviors Among U.S. Young Workers: Data From the 2015 National Health Interview Survey — Cherry Leung, Soo-Jeong Lee, Oct. 1, 2021

Policy Opportunities to Improve Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Perinatal Mental Health Conditions — Monica McLemore, Oct. 1, 2021

The Association of Race, Ethnicity and Wages Among Registered Nurses in Long-Term Care— Laura Wagner, Joanne Spetz, Oct. 1, 2021

Evaluating the Risk of Psilocybin for the Treatment of Bipolar Depression: A Review of the Research Literature and Published Case Studies — Andrew Penn, October 2021

Reimagining Perinatal Mental Health: An Expansive Vision For Structural Change — Ifeyinwa Asiodu, Monica McLemore, October 2021

Pre-Appointment Nurse Navigation: Patient-Centered Findings From a Survey of Patients With Breast Cancer — Jennifer James, Oct. 1, 2021

Relationship Between Social Support and Post-Discharge Mental Health Symptoms in Mothers of Preterm Infants — Laurel Haeusslein (PhD student), Caryl Gay, Linda Franck, Sept. 29, 2021

Frequency of Basic Public Health Services Utilization by Married Female Migrants in China: Associations of Social Support, Discrimination and Sociodemographic Factors — Lisa Lommel, Sept. 28, 2021

TeleBBD: Telehealth Management of Bladder Bowel Dysfunction – A Provider Survey of Benefits and Limitations — Angel Kuo, Bethany Geleris, (DNP student), Anne Arnhym, Sept. 25, 2021

Mediator Roles of Social Support and Hope in the Relationship Between Body Image Distress and Resilience in Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Treatment: A Modeling Analysis — Jyu-Lin Chen, Sept. 24, 2021

Stability of Symptom Clusters in Patients With Gynecologic Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy— Bruce Cooper, Kord Kober, Steven Paul, Christine Miaskowski, Sept. 23, 2021

Rural-Urban Dimensions of the Perception of Malaria Severity and Practice of Malaria Preventive Measures: Insight From the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey — Jerry John Nutor, Sept. 17, 2021

What More Evidence Is Needed? Remove Menthol Cigarettes From the Marketplace Now — Valerie Yerger, Sept. 16, 2021

There's a Time to Work and a Time to Grieve. Mourning Is Its Own Kind of Labor. — Stacy Torres, Sept. 15, 2021

How I Joined the Secret SSRI Circles of 1985 — Andrew Penn, Sept. 14, 2021

Projecting Health Labor Market Dynamics for a Health System in Transition: Planning for a Resilient Health Workforce in Saudi Arabia — Tracy Lin, Jenny Liu, Sept. 14, 2021

Women Veterans' Experiences With Integrated, Biopsychosocial Pain Care: A Qualitative Study — Francesca Nicosia, Natalie Purcell, Sept. 8, 2021

Traditional Health-Related Practices of Russian-Speaking Immigrants — Teri Lindgren, Sept. 7, 2021

Climate Change and State of the Science for Children's Health and Environmental Health Equity — Karen Duderstadt, Sept. 5, 2021

Characteristics Associated With Inter-Individual Variability in Financial Distress in Patients With Breast Cancer Prior to and for 12 Months Following Surgery — Bruce Cooper, Steve Paul, Kord Kober, Christine Miaskowski, Sept. 3, 202 

Meaningful Activities and Sources of Meaning for Community-Dwelling People Living With Dementia — Julene Johnson, Sept. 2, 2021

Applying Mobile Technology to Sustain Physical Activity After Completion of Cardiac Rehabilitation: Acceptability Study — Abdelaziz Elnaggar, Linda Park, Sept. 2, 2021

Occurrence and Perceived Effectiveness of Activities Used to Decrease Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms in the Feet — Steve Paul, Kord Kober, Christine Miaskowski, Sept. 2, 2021

Refractory Angina Confounded by Preexcitation Syndrome — Michele Pelter, Sept. 1, 2021