Faculty Fellowships Announced

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University of Washington School of Nursing Announces Faculty Fellowship Awards

1st row – Sarah Iribarren, Pam Kohler, Monica Oxford, Tatiana Sadak

2nd row – Megan Streur, Rebecca O’Connor, Kerryn Redding, Amy Walker

June 21, 2019 Seattle— The UW School of Nursing has selected a number of faculty for fellowship awards that seek to advance research and teaching. Several faculty submitted proposals to compete for these fellowships.

“I was so pleased with the quality of the proposals we received. The many significant, innovative, and meaningful ideas reflected in the applications clearly demonstrate the diversity and richness of the expertise we have among our faculty,” stated Executive Dean Azita Emami, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, FAAN and Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Endowed Executive Dean.

The inaugural Dean’s Fellowships for Priority Initiatives (supported by the Marilee Rasmussen Endowed Fund for Nursing and the Marian VanSteenvoort Endowment for Excellence) support work that advances one of the many initiatives of the school.  Fellowships were awarded to:

  • Sarah Iribarren, PhD, RN, will focus on furthering a mobile/connected health intervention to support individuals with active tuberculosis, globally, the leading cause of death from an infectious disease, and historically most affected by marginalized populations; and will mentor students in informatics and global health nursing.
  • Pam Kohler, PhD, MPH, RN, will work on developing an innovative competency-based educational program that enhances inter-professional clinical education for disaster preparedness and response.
  • Monica Oxford, MSW, PhD, plans to extend research on health and mental health of adults maltreated as children who were part of a longitudinal study that started at four years of age; and will engage community stakeholders to identify strategies to diversify the pipeline of home visiting professionals in Washington State.
  • Tatiana Sadak, PhD, PMHNP, RN, will develop Global Baccalaureate student exchange opportunities, expand nursing training in ambulatory and geriatrics care, and create a nurse-run dementia clinic.

The inaugural Dean’s Fellowship for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention (supported by the Henry & Theresa Gai Endowed Fund, Lila Scott Endowed Fund, and Commander S. Joseph & Margaret Elizabeth Patroni Endowed Fund) supports research with a focus on behavior-based, community education to equip Washington state residents to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease.  This fellowship was awarded to:

  • Megan Streur, PhD, RN, FNP-C, who will develop a program of research focused on health promotion, disease prevention, and early identification of disease among at risk-populations.

The Innovative Educator Fellowships support the creation and dissemination of strategies, tools, technologies and techniques that make UW School of Nursing faculty better prepared to offer the best possible educational experience for students.  They also serve as a vehicle to lead faculty in providing effective and responsive learning environments geared to the needs of educating nursing students at all levels so they can meet health and healthcare challenges in the coming decades.  Fellowships were awarded to:

  • Rebecca O’Connor, PhD, RN, will develop virtual reality simulations to provide students an opportunity to reflect on how the implicit biases that most of us unconsciously hold (e.g., anti-Black bias) impact the care we provide to patients and families.
  • Kerryn Reding, PhD, MPH, RN, will bring innovative, value-added projects to the PhD in Nursing Science program during its re-envisioning by developing student-faculty connections through a prospective student recruitment event and sustainable approaches for a research practicum, as well as implement strategies for enhanced PhD-DNP student collaborations.
  • Amy Walker, PhD, RN, will lead the integration of concept-based learning and educational technologies into our new Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum to prepare our graduates with advanced thinking skills that can be applied in an increasingly complex, rapidly changing health care environment.


About the School of Nursing

Celebrating 100 years in nursing education and research, the University of Washington School of Nursing is consistently a top-ranked nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 3 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service. For more information, visit www.nursing.uw.edu.

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