Discover Our Research

We are widely-recognized for research on sexual health and HIV, cancer and palliative care, maternal and child health, and healthy aging.

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Meet Our Researchers

Natalie Leblanc, PhD, MPH, RN, BSN

Natalie Leblanc, PhD, MPH, RN, BSN

Assistant Professor

Natalie Leblanc focuses her research in the area of sexual health, specifically HIV prevention among populations of color and non-hetero-normative behavior.

Jim McMahon , PhD

Jim McMahon, PhD

Associate Professor

Jim McMahon’s research explores strategies to reduce the risk of HIV/AIDs transmission among heterosexual couples.

Yingzi Zhang, PhD

Yingzi Zhang, PhD

Assistant Professor

Yingzi Zhang’s research examines the uncertainties surrounding how patients and their partners feel after a cancer diagnosis.

Ying Meng, PhD, RN, ACNP

Ying Meng, PhD, RN, ACNP

Assistant Professor

Ying Meng’s research explores the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to childhood obesity.

Kathi Heffner, PhD

Kathi Heffner, PhD

Associate Professor of Nursing, Medicine, & Psychiatry

Kathi Heffner is involved in multidisciplinary aging research exploring the implications of stress for healthy aging.

Marie Flannery, PhD, RN, AOCN

Marie Flannery, PhD, RN, AOCN

Associate Professor

Marie Flannery focuses her research on the multiple symptoms experienced by older adults with advanced cancer.

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

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

Associate Dean for Research

Sally Norton is dedicated to improving the care of patients with advanced illness. Her well-established program of research is focused on palliative care and end-of-life decision-making.

Jinjiao Wang, PhD, RN

Jinjiao Wang, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Jinjiao Wang conducts research to improve the care for geriatric syndromes such as frailty and depressive symptoms among older adults through home health-delivered interventions.

Susan Groth, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAANP

Susan Groth, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAANP

Associate Professor

Sue Groth centers her research on the study of obesity and the behavioral, genetic, and environmental factors that contribute to this complex disease.

What We're Known For

Our interdisciplinary scientists have a rich history of nationally-funded research, meaningful discoveries, and innovations with particular expertise in:

Sexual Health & HIV Research

The Interdisciplinary Sexual Health and HIV Research (INSHHR) group conducts research aimed at improving sexual health and HIV-related outcomes with a focus on marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Cancer Care

Our researchers help transform the focus of cancer genetics from an illness model to a wellness-focused model as well as decrease the burden of patients' symptoms and improve the quality of their lives.

Maternal and Child Health

Our researchers conduct research to improve our understanding of how to minimize risk and promote health during and after the pregnancy-postpartum period, as well as develop healthy lifestyle interventions for children from before birth through adolescence.

Healthy Aging

The Center for Nursing Research on Aging aims to advance research on preventing and managing chronic illness in vulnerable older adults, including implications of stress for health aging.

What We're Working On

Our most recently funded active projects include:

What Makes Us Different

Harriet Kitzman
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.

Hyekyun Rhee
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

Our Impact


The UR School of Nursing ranks 23rd among nursing schools in research funding received from the National Institutes of Health.

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Number of citations of School of Nursing faculty publications in 2017.


Amount of extramural funding received by the UR School of Nursing in the 2021 NIH fiscal year.

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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.