James McMahon, PhD, (INSHHR Chair) Associate Professor - School of Nursing, Co-Director, Dissemination and Implementation Science Function, Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, University of Rochester. Dr. McMahon has conducted community-based health research in low-income underserved neighborhoods for over fifteen years. His work centers on the confluence of biological, behavioral, and social factors that contribute to the spread of infectious diseases in underserved populations.
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Natalie Leblanc, PhD, MPH, RN, BSN, Assistant Professor – School of Nursing, Harriet J. Kitzman Endowed Fellow in Health Disparities. Dr. Leblanc’s 17-year career in public health, nursing, and health research investigates the ecological, cultural, and systemic factors that influence health and wellness outcomes. As a former public health specialist, she is able to critically assess health issues from both public health and clinical perspectives - globally and domestically. As a nurse researcher, she seeks to address and investigate determinants of health disparity, assets within these factors that can be leveraged toward achieving health equity to inform intervention implementation.
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Hugh F. Crean, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing – School of Nursing. Dr. Crean has more than two decades of experience as a researcher at the University of Rochester, focusing on school-based and after-school psychosocial prevention initiatives for high-risk children and youth and families, program evaluation of psychosocial interventions, and contextual effects on adolescent risky behaviors. He is well-versed in community-based participatory research and has worked with a number of local institutions in examining program outcomes and fidelity of interventions offered.
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Chen Zhang, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor – School of Nursing. As a passionate and creative early-stage researcher, Dr. Zhang was trained in medicine, social science, and epidemiology. Since beginning her Master's of Public Health (MPH) program in Texas A&M Health Science Center, Dr. Zhang has participated in several NIH-funded projects focused on behavioral and biomedical interventions among vulnerable populations (e.g., female sex workers, children affected by AIDS, people living with HIV/AIDS, injected drug users, and men who have sex with men).
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Mitchell J. Wharton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusiveness – School of Nursing. Dr. Wharton teaches in the Accelerated Program for Non-Nurses (APNN), the BS completion program for RNs, and the Masters Nurse Practitioner Programs. He also maintains active clinical practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Center for Peri-Operative Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Wharton’s research focuses on HIV prevention among young Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM), directed towards identifying and describing asset-based modalities of HIV prevention and health maintenance. Contact Mitchell Wharton
Danielle C. Alcena-Stiner, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor – School of Nursing, Asst. Director, Life Sciences Learning Center, URMC. Dr. Alcéna-Stiner is a nurse-scientist with infectious disease pathogenesis and prevention expertise spanning the translational continuum from biomedical science to community-based research. She integrates basic science, health literacy, and nursing into interventions to promote adolescent health and wellness through active community engagement. To address health disparities related to health literacy, she implements an interdisciplinary approach to connect all stakeholders. This includes collaborations with adolescents and adults who are influential in health literacy education (students, teachers, nurses, etc.). Dr. Alcéna-Stiner's program of research aims to bring the bench, beyond the bedside and into behaviors promoting health and wellness. To this end, Dr. Alcéna-Stiner seeks to equip and empower adolescents with biological and behavioral (bio-behavioral) health literacy skills as they transition towards adulthood with healthy lifestyles.
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Dr. Lindsay Batek, ND, BSN, RN, is a PhD candidate and master’s Family Nurse Practitioner student at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. She is a recipient of the Loretta Ford Fellowship and is currently beginning her third year of the dual PhD/FNP program. With her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, she continued her studies and completed a doctoral degree in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. Her research interests include adolescent sexual health promotion, integrative health, and global health. Her dissertation work will explore adolescent experiences regarding contraceptive decision making and access.
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Faith Lambert, MS, RN, FNP-BC, is a doctoral student and graduate of the Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Her research interest includes health disparities, pediatric to adult care transition, adolescent and adult health and HIV care management. Ms. Lambert’s dissertation will explore autonomy supportive relationships in HIV positive young adults and its impact on HIV self-care management.
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Martez D.R. Smith, LMSW, is a doctoral candidate at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. His research interests include addressing racial, sexual, and gender minority health disparities through community-driven, asset-based interventions. Mr. Smith's dissertation will provide insights to the applications of Basic Psychological Needs Theory for sexual health behaviors of Black and Latinx men who have sex with men in New York City's House Ball Community.
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Sadandaula Rose Muheriwa, PhD, MScMid, BScN Ed, RNM, Post-Doctoral Research Associate-School of Nursing. Her research investigates the socioecological factors that influence the development of sexual behaviors in young adolescent girls (10-14 years old). She aims to empower adolescent girls from a sensitive age with age-appropriate and lifelong knowledge, attitudes, and skills that will help them avoid risky sexual behaviors and prevent early pregnancies, HIV infection, and other sexually transmitted infections.
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Anne Woodruff, Administrative Assistant, Harriet Kitzman Center for Research Support, School of Nursing. Anne serves as primary administrative support for approximately 18 diverse tenure track faculty and postdoctoral fellows. She supports the INSHHR group members with various administrative tasks (scheduling meetings, taking minutes, booking rooms, finding and researching information, travel plans).
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