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

August 2019
Jerry John Nutor

Africa Interdisciplinary Health Conference Fosters Collaboration

Jerry John Nutor, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, returned in July from Ghana, where he organized the Africa Interdisciplinary Health Conference for the second consecutive year.

Since he started graduate school in 2013, Nutor was struck by the lack of an umbrella conference that allowed health care professionals, researchers and academics engaged in health care and interdisciplinary research in Africa to discuss their work. In 2018, Nutor and three friends launched an interdisciplinary health conference to promote evidence-based practice and foster collaboration among researchers in Africa.

Although the conference is just 2 years old, Nutor said a number of research collaborations are already forming from it. The conference also opens the door for networking among participants. In addition, some schools in Ghana through this conference have started research clubs to connect experienced researchers with young researchers for mentoring.

Stacy Torres Honored with Bronze Award

Stacy Torres Stacy Torres, assistant professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, was awarded an Innovation on Research in Aging Bronze Award from Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging for her Journal of Gerontology article, Aging Alone, Gossiping Together: Older Adults' Talk as Social Glue.

A description of her research was featured in a report on the award winners that published July 2019.

Jyu-Lin Chen Named Chair of Family Health Care Nursing

Dean Catherine L. Gilliss announced the appointment of professor Jyu-Lin Chen as Chair of the Department of Family Health Care Nursing, beginning Dec. 1, 2019.Jyu-Lin Chen

Chen has been a professor in Family Health Care Nursing for more than 10 years. During this time, she served as chair of the Faculty Council and the PhD Program Council, and vice chair for Academic Personnel in Family Health Care Nursing. Notably, she led the development and the launch in 2018 of the new Doctor of Nursing Practice program, the first in the UC system.

Through her research in healthy lifestyle changes and global solutions to childhood obesity, she has led interdisciplinary research teams and also recruited students and fellows to SON. In addition, she is well-respected among SON students, earning the Mentor of the Year Award in 2016.

Lisa Lommel Delivers Cancer Screenings to Women in Peru

Lisa Lommel Lisa Lommel, professor in Family Health Care Nursing, traveled to Cusco, Peru in late July to provide cervical cancer screenings through the nonprofit organization CerviCusco. During the one-week volunteer program, CerviCusco assisted more than 90 women. 

In addition, Lommel helped set up primary care sites for students at a boys orphanage and an organization that supports adolescent mothers.

Andrew Penn on Microdosing     

 Andrew Penn Andrew Penn, associate professor in Community Health Systems, was quoted extensively in the article Does Microdosing Magic Mushrooms Actually Work? Experts Weigh In in Mic magazine about the phenomenon of microdosing psychedelic drugs.

"No one has done a placebo-controlled trial" of microdosing psilocybin," Penn said in the article.

Carrie Chan Leads Pediatric Orthopedic Symposium

Carrie Chan Carrie Chan, assistant clinical professor in Family Health Care Nursing, co-organized a symposium Aug. 10-11 that provided pediatric orthopedic education to 40 primary, urgent and emergency care providers from around the country. The Pediatric Orthopedic Specialty Symposium in Florida included didactic content, including on sports injuries, upper and lower extremity trauma and disease, and scoliosis, as well as hands-on sessions that focused on physical exams and upper and lower extremity splinting.

Chan helped spearhead the event in her role as co-chair of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ Pediatric Orthopedic Special Interest Group, which provides evidence-based orthopedic educational opportunities to members.

In addition, starting in late July, Chan took on a new role as Manager of Advanced Practice at Stanford Children’s Health. In addition to her clinical and surgical practice in orthopedics, she now manages the NPs and PAs from multiple specialty departments and works on initiatives that affect advanced practice providers at Stanford's Children. 

Laura Wagner on Importance of Geriatric Work

Laura Wagner

Laura Wagner, associate professor in Community Health Systems, was quoted in the Next Avenue article Are Nurses Ready (and Willing) to Treat an Aging Population? that delved into how a shortage of geriatricians will mean caring for older patients will likely fall to nurses and other health care professionals. Yet most registered nurses aren't certified in geriatrics.

"It's very rewarding [to work with older patients]," Wagner said in the article. "You're dealing with some of the most complicated cases."

Jason Flatt's Study on LGBTQ Aging Featured

Jason Flatt Jason Flatt, faculty member in the Institute for Health & Aging, and his research were highlighted in three recent articles. NPR, Newsweek and Quartz reported on a study, led by Flatt, that found LGBTQ Americans were 29 percent more likely to report memory loss and confusion, which are early signs of dementia, than their straight, cisgender counterparts. The research was presented at the 2019 Alzheimer's Association International Conference.

Global Tobacco Report Developed with Contributions of SON Alumna

The World Health Organization’s 2019 Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, which published last month, includes acknowledgement of SON alumna Merideth Lewis, MS, RN, CNOR, who graduated from the MS Health Policy specialty. Lewis was an intern in WHO's Department of Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases in the summer of 2018, and helped assemble national policies on tobacco dependence treatment to contribute to this report. During her eight-week experience, she expanded her role and collaborated with the WHO Nursing and Midwifery team and the Emergency and Essential Surgical Care Program.

Recent Publications

Caregiving for Community-Dwelling Older Persons in South Korea: Current Formal and Informal Care Use and Expectation  (Van Ta Park), Aug. 5, 2019

Unwelcoming: The Church Experiences of HIV-Infected Adolescents and Emerging Adults — (Carol Dawson-Rose), Aug. 1, 2019

Race, Research, and Women's Health: Best Practice Guidelines for Investigators — (Monica McLemore, Ifeyinwa Asiodu), Aug. 1, 2019

A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Adherence Interventions for Women Living with HIV — (Emily Tuthill), August 2019

Psychoeducational Strategies During Outpatient Transition to Extended-Release Naltrexone for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder — (Matt Tierney), August 2019

Two Different Buprenorphine Treatment Settings with Similar Retention Rates: Implications for Expanding Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder — Matt Tierney, Kate Melino, Catherine Waters), August 2019

Socioeconomic Status, Preeclampsia Risk and Gestational Length in Black and White Women — (Monica McLemore), July 31, 2019

Promising Results from a Pilot Study to Reduce Distress in Vietnamese American Dementia and Memory Loss Caregivers — (Van Ta Park), July 26, 2019

A Qualitative Study of the Multi-Level Influences on Oral Hygiene Practices for Young Children in an Early Head Start Program — (Jenny Liu), July 26, 2019

Exploiting the "Video Game Craze": A Case Study of the Tobacco Industry's Use of Video Games as a Marketing Tool — (Patricia McDaniel, Susan Forsyth), July 25, 2019

Co-occurring Gastrointestinal Symptoms Are Associated with Taste Changes in Oncology Patients Receiving Chemotherapy — (Christine Miaskowski, Kord Kober, Bruce Cooper, Steve Paul), July 23, 2019

Associations Between Daily‐On‐The-Job Hassles with Perceived Mental Exertion and Depression Symptoms in Taxi Drivers — (Barbara Burgel, Rami Elshatarat), July 22, 2019

Improving Care for Elders Who Prefer Informal Spaces to Age-Separated Institutions and Health Care Settings — (Stacy Torres), July 22, 2019

Hiding from ICE, Hispanic Americans Are Strangers in Our Own Land — (Stacy Torres), July 21, 2019

Consent for Clinical Genome Sequencing: Considerations from the Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research Consortium — (Barbara Koenig), July 17, 2019

What Is Community Engagement and How Can It Drive Malaria Elimination? Case Studies and Stakeholder Interviews (Kimberly Baltzell), July 17, 2019

Telehealth and Texting Intervention to Improve HIV Care Engagement, Mental Health and Substance Use Outcomes in Youth Living With HIV: A Pilot Feasibility and Acceptability Study Protocol — (Carol Dawson-Rose), July 16, 2019

Systematic Review: Self-rated Health of Arab Immigrants in the U.S.— (Jyu-Lin Chen, Catherine Waters, Sandra Weiss, Jiwon Choi), July 15, 2019

Effects of a Multipronged Beverage Intervention on Young Children's Beverage Intake and Weight: A Cluster-Randomized Pilot Study — (Abbey Alkon), July 15, 2019

What's Race Got to Do with It? A Close Look at the Misuse of Race in Case-Based Nursing Education — (Victoria Keeton), July 15, 2019

“We Were Afraid of the Lion That Has Roared Next to Us”; Community Response to Reactive Focal Mass Drug Administration for Malaria in Eswatini (Kimberly Baltzell), July 15, 2019

Hospital and Health System Policies Concerning the California End of Life Option Act  (Barbara Koenig), July 12, 2019

Parent/Caregiver Responses to Gender Identity Associated with HIV-Related Sexual Risk Behavior Among Young Trans Women in San Francisco (Glenn-Milo Santos), July 11, 2019

Early Life Adversity and Depressive Symptoms Predict Cortisol in Pregnancy (Sandra Weiss), July 9, 2019

Feasibility of a Mobile Phone App and Telephone Coaching Survivorship Care Planning Program Among Spanish-Speaking Breast Cancer Survivors (Anita Stewart), July 9, 2019

The Contribution of Ototoxic Medications to Hearing Loss Among Older Adults  (Yoonmee Joo, Oi Saeng Hong, Margaret Wallhagen), July 8, 2019

A Dyadic Investigation of Relationship Dynamics and Depressive Symptoms in HIV-Affected Couples in Malawi  (Emily Tuthill), July 4, 2019

Important Electrocardiographic Changes in the Absence of Positive Cardiac Biomarkers (Michele Pelter), July 1, 2019

Director of Nursing Perceptions of Physicians' Roles in U.S. Nursing Homes (Laura Wagner, Joanne Spetz), July 1, 2019

Providing Primary Care for Human Immunodeficiency Virus in the Context of Trauma: Experiences of the Health Care Team (Carol Dawson-Rose, Yvette Cuca), July 1, 2019

The Association of Trauma with the Physical, Behavioral, and Social Health of Women Living with HIV: Pathways to Guide Trauma-informed Health Care Interventions (Yvette Cuca, Carol Dawson-Rose), July 2019