Research

Advancing research and scientific discovery is a core mission of the University of Rochester School of Nursing. More than 40 years ago, we pioneered the unification model, integrating research with clinical practice and nursing education. Thanks to this approach, our interdisciplinary research faculty and students are thought leaders in their areas, leading efforts to break ground on new solutions to improve patient outcomes and address health care’s biggest challenges in Rochester, NY and across the world.

Our Research Accomplishments

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The UR School of Nursing ranks 26th among nursing schools in research funding received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2017.

25 %

of our PhD graduates currently hold or have held senior academic leadership roles and/or senior positions with national professional organizations.

$4.89M

Amount of extramural funding received by the UR School of Nursing in the NIH fiscal year.


What Makes Us Different

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Pioneering, Transformative Research

We have a history of innovation and new thinking at every level, from strategic health care system management and patient populations to acute clinical research and its application in the real world.

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Nationally Recognized Scientists

UR Nursing faculty are known for their research prowess, embarking on and receiving national and international recognition for vital research projects to inform practice and create a healthier world.

OUR RESEARCH FACULTY
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Unparalleled Resources for Faculty

From day one, our faculty have access to extensive resources — from grant writing to lab management — providing research teams with the freedom and support to focus on their next project.

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Partnership with a Large, Leading Medical Center

The physical size, scope, breadth, and excellence of the University of Rochester Medical Center offers limitless research opportunities and fosters interdisciplinary, interprofessional, and collaborative partnerships that most other schools cannot match.

RESEARCH AT URMC

Meet Our Research Faculty

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Ying Xue, DNSc, RN

Associate Professor

Research interests: Acute Care, Adults, Communications, Environmental, Health Professionals, Older Adults, Outcomes Research (Patient-centered, Nursing-centered, Systems-centered), Relationships / Caring, Systems (Health Care, Social, Professional, Interdisciplinary).

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Mary Carey, PhD, RN, CNS

Associate Professor
Director of Clinical Nursing Research Center

Research interests: Acute Care, Adults, Bio-Psycho-Social, Biological - Sleep, Chronic Illness / Disability, Prevention, Psychopathology

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Sally A. Norton, PhD, RN, FNAP, FPCN, FAAN

Associate Professor
Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing and Palliative Care

Research interests: Acute Care, Adults, Communications, Families, Health Professionals, Older Adults, Outcomes Research (Patient-centered, Nursing-centered, Systems-centered), Pain and Symptom Experience / Management, Palliative Care, Relationships / Caring, Systems (Health Care, Social, Professional, Interdisciplinary).

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Tobie Olsan, PhD, RN, CNL, FNAP

Professor of Clinical Nursing

Research interests: Chronic Illness/Disability, Environmental, Health Professionals, Older Adults, Outcomes Research, Prevention, Relationships/Caring, Teaching

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Marie A. Flannery, PhD, RN, AOCN

Assistant Professor
Clinical Nursing

Research interests: Adults, Behavioral Change, Bio-Psycho-Social, Chronic Illness / Disability, Men, Older Adults, Outcomes Research (Patient-centered, Nursing-centered, Systems-centered), Pain and Symptom Experience / Management, Palliative Care, Women.

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LaRon E. Nelson, PhD, RN, FNP

Assistant Professor
Dean's Endowed Fellow in Health Disparities

Research interests: Adolescents, Adults, Behavioral Change, Bio-Psycho-Social, Health Professionals, Men, Outcomes Research (Patient-centered, Nursing-centered, Systems-centered), Pain and Symptom Experience / Management, Prevention, Public Health - Epidemiology, Relationships / Caring, Systems (Health Care, Social, Professional, Interdisciplinary), Women.

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Collaboration among University of Rochester scientists is what sets our research apart: It’s what attracts students and trainees from around the world, draws high levels of funding, and, most importantly, leads to discoveries that improve people’s lives.