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

October 2019Milenko Martinovich

New Grants Support Faculty's Research 

Congratulations to faculty for recent grants they've secured to advance their research: 

  • Kord Kober, assistant professor in Physiological Nursing, has been awarded a $3.2 million National Cancer Institute grant for a project that seeks to determine if patients with high chemotherapy-related fatigue differ from patients with lower fatigue in terms of gene expression, genetic and epigenetic changes. The grant is an interdisciplinary collaboration that includes Chris Miaskowski and Bruce Cooper from SON, other UCSF partners, and University of Pittsburgh SON.
  • Ruth Malone and her colleagues in Social and Behavioral Sciences have been awarded a four-year, $2.6 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the 12 states with Kord Kober, Ruth Malone, Anne Lown state-operated retail alcohol control infrastructure and the potential for reducing tobacco use by shifting cigarette sales to those stores only.
  • Anne Lown, associate professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, received funding from the UCSF Integrative Oncology grant mechanism to carry out an evaluation of the "See You at the Summit" program, a therapeutic wilderness and nature-based program for adolescents with cancer.

In addition, professors Mica Estrada (NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences), Orlando Harris (NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases), Jenny Liu (Children's Investment Fund Foundation), Christine Miaskowski (NIH National Institute of Nursing Research), Van Park (NIH National Institute on Aging), Margaret Wallhagen (National Palliative Care Research Center), Tingting Yao (UC Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program), and Jarmin Yeh (California Department of Public Health), have all secured grants in the past three months for a combined $6.2 million.  

Xiao Hu, Michele Pelter Help FDA Regulators Better Understand Alarm Fatigue  

Michele Pelter, Xiao Hu Michele Pelter, assistant professor in Physiological Nursing, and Xiao Hu, professor in Physiological Nursing, presented a Sept. 24 webinar on alarm fatigue in hospitals to members of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The webinar was intended to help FDA regulators understand the problem of alarm fatigue in hospital settings from the perspectives of a nurse scientist and bio-medical engineering researcher.

Monica McLemore Delivers Lecture at Grand Rounds 

Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, spoke on “Understanding the Clinician Role in the Resolution of Health Inequities: Black Maternal Health as an Monica McLemore Exemplar” at Advanced Practice Provider Grand Rounds on Oct. 3 in Bakar Auditorium at Mission Bay. 

SON Faculty Awarded $100,000 Grant for Nurse Training 

Kimberly Baltzell, Linda Abramovitz, Stella Bialous School of Nursing faculty members Kimberly Baltzell, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing; Linda Abramovitz, associate clinical professor in Family Health Care Nursing; and Stella Bialous, associate professor in Social Behavioral Sciences, along with alumni Stephanie Kennell-Heiling and Susan Barbour, have received a $100,000 one-year grant from the Celgene Cancer Care Links™ Program to support a nurse training program in Tanzania.

Many cancer patients in Tanzania present for care at late stages of the disease, with wounds that are difficult to manage. This project, entitled “Implementing and Evaluating a Palliative Wound Care and Palliative Care Nursing Educational Program at Ocean Road Cancer Institute,” will assist nurses in providing evidence-based care to ensure patients are as comfortable as possible during their treatment. Because ORCI cares for 1,000 to 1,200 patients per week, the project has the potential to positively impact the care of thousands of patients per year.

Chelsea Landolin's Findings Support More Effective IPE Programs

Chelsea Landolin Chelsea Landolin, assistant professor in Community Health Systems, spent two years examining how to improve health outcomes through more effective interprofessional education programs. These findings were released Oct. 8 in the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education’s Accelerating Initiative Evaluation Report and are expected to be a prominent part of a white paper the National Center has been asked to develop for the National Academy of Medicine Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Initiative.

Landolin's project, which is ongoing, involves the development and implementation of a joint PMHNP/PharmD training program called the Dyad Training Program, aimed at addressing the psychiatric provider shortage. Read more in our Science of Caring story.

Stacy Torres on Benefits of Older Adults’ Gossip

Stacy Torres Stacy Torres, assistant professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, was among the experts quoted in a Sept. 25 Time Magazine article, entitled The Science Behind Why People Gossip — And When It Can Be a Good Thing. Torres’ research has found that gossip can help them access social support and serve as a buffer against loneliness.



SON Faculty Complete Teaching Scholars Program, As Another Enters This Year's Cohort

Miranda Surjadi, associate clinical professor in Community Health Systems, and former faculty member Amanda Peacock have graduated from the Teaching Scholars Program, which features an intensive seminar series, mentored projects, a network of educational colleagues and collaborative learning. This achievement and that of Miranda Surjadi, Anna Strewler other program graduates was celebrated at a Sept. 10 reception.

Anna Strewler, assistant clinical professor in Community Health Systems, has been accepted into this year's program, which began Sept. 10 and ends in late summer 2020.

School Faculty, Staff Present at Sharecase 2019

Annette Carley, Xinxin Huang Annette Carley, professor and associate director of the School’s DNP Program, and Educational Technologist Xinxin Huang presented on online education at Sharecase 2019, which showcases the best of information technology in support of UCSF’s mission. 

Carley was joined by UCSF instructional designers Gina Gaiser and Kaori Keller for their presentation, "Connecting Online Education and SMART Design." Huang presented with Lisa Leiva (Library), Alexa Tan (Pharmacy), and Stephanie Wallace (Dentistry) on “Strategies for Supporting Online Education.”

Recent Publications by SON Faculty

California’s Midwives: How Scope of Practice Laws Impact Care — Kim Dau, Joanne Spetz, Oct. 16, 2019

Why We Won’t Call 911: Too Often, Police Officers’ Response to Mental Illness is Deadly — Stacy Torres, Oct. 13, 2019

The California Dream is Over. What Comes Next? — Stacy Torres, Oct. 10, 2019

It’s About Time: How Work Schedule Instability Matters for Workers, Families, and Racial Inequality— Kristen Harknett, October 2019

Cannabinoids and Mental Health, Part 2: The Search for Clinical Applications — Andrew Penn, Oct. 1, 2019

Palliation of Thirst in Intensive Care Unit Patients: Translating Research Into Practice — Kathleen Puntillo, Oct. 1, 2019

The Right Decisions Need the Right Voices — Monica McLemore, Sept. 28, 2019

Low PreEp Awareness and Use Among People Who Inject Drugs, San Francisco, 2018 — Glenn-Milo Santos, Sept. 28, 2019

The Experience of Complex Pain Dynamics in Oncology Outpatients: A Longitudinal Qualitative Analysis — Karen Schumacher, Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski, Sept. 27, 2019

The Risk, Perceived and Actual, of Developing Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus For Mothers of Preschool Children in Urban China — Lisa Lommel, PhD, RN, FNP, Jyu-Lin Chen, PhD, RN, FAAN, Sept. 27, 2019

An Argument for Phasing Out Sales of Cigarettes — Elizabeth Smith, PhD, Ruth Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, Sept. 21, 2019

Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA): An Occupational Case Report — Sandra Domeracki, Sept. 20, 2019

Comparison of Lift Use, Perceptions, and Musculoskeletal Symptoms Between Ceiling Lifts and Floor-Based Lifts in Patient Handling — Soo-Jeong Lee, Sept. 20, 2019

Migration and Investments in the Health of Children Left Behind: The Role of Remittances in Children's Healthcare Utilization in Cambodia — Emily Treleaven, Sept. 20, 2019

Perinatal Food Insecurity and Postpartum Psychosocial Stress Are Positively Associated Among Kenyan Women of Mixed HIV Status — Emily Tuthill, Sept. 19, 2019

Establishing an Evidence Base for Meeting the Reproductive Health Needs of Immigrants — Monica McLemore, Sept. 18, 2019

Open Forum: California Shouldn’t Expand the Market for Women’s Eggs — Diane Tober, Sept. 12, 2019

Predictors for Blood Pressure Reduction in American Latinos: Secondary Analysis of the Adelgaza Program Data — Yoshimi Fukuoka, Sept. 11, 2019

Women Grow More Radical With Age: Winning Older Voters in 2020 — Stacy Torres, Sept. 11, 2019

Evaluating The Effect Of Family Integrated Care On Maternal Stress And Anxiety In Neonatal Intensive Care Units — Linda Franck, Sept. 10, 2019

Characterization Of Pallidocortical Motor Network In Parkinson Disease Through Complex Network Analysis — Ran Xiao, Xiao Hu, Sept. 10, 2019

Perceived Stress Is Associated With A Higher Symptom Burden In Cancer Survivors — Melissa Mazor, Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski, Sept. 10, 2019

A Longitudinal Study of Predictors of Constipation Severity in Oncology Outpatients with Unrelieved Pain — Steve Paul, Karen Schumacher, Christine Miaskowski, Sept. 5, 2019

Signaling Pathways and Gene Co-Expression Modules Associated with Cytoskeleton and Axon Morphology in Breast Cancer Survivors with Chronic Paclitaxel-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy — Kord Kober, Melissa Mazor, Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski, Sept. 5, 2019

AAAPT Diagnostic Criteria for Acute Pain Following Breast Surgery — Christine Miaskowski, Sept. 4, 2019

Preventable Hospitalizations from Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions in Nursing Homes: Evidence from Switzerland — Ulrike Muench, Sept. 3, 2019

Reductions in Urinary Metabolites of Exposure to Household Air Pollution in Pregnant, Rural Guatemalan Women Provided Liquefied Petroleum Gas Stoves — Lisa Thompson, Sept. 2, 2019

Evaluation of Wide-Complex Tachycardia — Michele Pelter, Sept. 1, 2019

Symptom Experience of Older Adults With Type 2 Diabetes and Diabetes-Related Distress — Heather Leutwyler, Janine Cataldo, , Catherine “Kit” Chesla, Sept. 1, 2019

Participant Engagement in Translational Genomics Research: Respect for Persons and Then Some— Barbara Koenig, Sept. 1, 2019

Double Whammy for Older Smokers: Marginalized by Tobacco Control and Valued by the Tobacco Industry — Janine Cataldo

Development of a Clinician-Parent Home Care Education Intervention — Sandra Staveski, Aug. 30, 2019

Proactive Community Case Management and Child Survival: Protocol For a Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial — Jenny Liu, Emily Treleaven, Aug. 26, 2019

Leveraging the Strength of Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions to Support Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change — Annette Gardner, Aug. 21, 2019