My program of research is focused on HIV and cancer-related fatigue and addresses the relationships among subjective perception of fatigue and the underlying physiological mechanisms. My studies of symptoms, clinical outcomes, self-management, and identification of biomarkers focus on improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of fatigue and related symptoms in HIV and cancer patients. As a translational bench-to-bedside researcher, my long-term goal is to develop tools to identify the biological and environmental mechanisms of burdensome symptoms and to identify effective interventions to improve patients quality of life. To achieve this long-term goal I have built extensive networks of basic, behavioral, and clinical scientists within the U.S. and across other international universities.
My goal in teaching and mentoring is to foster diversity, inter-professionalism, and stimulate excellence by reaching out to students from different backgrounds and provide the best educational experiences to graduate and undergraduate students. I have a very successful record as a mentor with students who have interest in HIV, cancer, and other chronic diseases and they tend to excel in their programs of study and publish as a result of that. My involvement in the educational mission of the school focused on issues on the global impacts of Infectious Diseases and the environment. Identified by the Washington State Nursing Association and the Institute of Medicine Reports as a key need in the State and the nation, I want to focus my energies on educational efforts to train and mentor the next generation of leaders in research and education in the health and environmental sciences.
Practice, Service, Community Involvement
My service goals have focused on providing expertise in research and education to the School of Nursing, the UW campus and several professional organizations. By doing so, I foster professional collaborations to provide leadership experiences and to disseminate research findings to practicing nurses. I extend my expertise in a number of ways. I am a member of the SON Research Lab Advisory Group that guides future decisions and policies of research activities that utilize the SON research labs, and oversees the purchasing of major equipment and the integration of laboratory services within the Institute of Translational Health Science core. I am a review committee member of the UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences and SON representative for the Global Health Resource Center committee that meets once a month to guide the UW wide efforts in global involvement of graduate and undergraduate students. Further, as a long-term member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, I serve on the editorial board for the Journal of ANAC and have held various leadership positions in the local chapters and at the national level.