June News and Awards


Jamie Young, DNP, ARNP, RN, FNP-BC – a clinical assistant professor in BNHI has been awarded selected as a fellow for the 2024-2026 Evidence-Based Teaching Program offered by the UW Center for Teaching and Learning.

Husky nurse Assistant Professor Omeid Heidari, PhD, MPH, ANP-C, is in the latest Health Affairs theme issue on Reimagining Public Health.

Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA- University of Washington’s de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging director and professor was recently interviewed by Erin Donnelly, Senior Editor, for Yahoo Life for an article on Mall Walking based on our teams’ prior research.

Dr. Monica Oxford, MSW PhD, in the department for Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing and colleagues Drs Idan Shalev (Penn State) and Carrie Dow-Smith (Wake Med) have received funding from the National Institutes of Health for an R01 titled “The impact of stress and caregiver sensitivity on infant cellular aging in a population of under-resources families: A randomized controlled trial”. PFR is an Evidence-Based program disseminated out of the Parent-Child Relationships Program at the Barnard Center at the University of Washington School of Nursing.

A randomized trial (co-authored by Dr. Pamela Kohler) evaluated the effectiveness of using patient actors to role play counseling for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) services provided to adolescent girls and young women in Kenya – a population disproportionately affected by HIV in the region. Read more

Professor Betty Bekemeier co-chaired working group on climate change and health research. The working group led to recommendations for helping inform future NINR activities in climate change and health research. Read more

Congratulations to our faculty who have been awarded endowed fellowships and professorships. 

Research and Intramural Funding Program (RIFP) funding for the Spring 2024 cycle. Congratulations to the following faculty members on their successful proposals:

Sarah Iribarren, PhD, RN | BNHI
“Building and Evaluating AI-augmented Treatment Support for Individuals with Tuberculosis.”
Funding Source: Suzanne E. Van Hooser Endowment

Alexi Vasbinder, PhD, RN | BNHI
“Impact of Preterm Birth on Aging and Inflammatory Biomarkers in Kenyan Mother-Infant Pairs.”
Funding Source: Elizabeth Giblin Endowment

Avanti Adhia, Scd | CFPHN
“Deepening a Research Partnership to Advance the Use of Evidence-Informed Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Practices in Alaska.”
Funding Source: Lorraine Troop Endowment


Emily Ahrens – 3rd year PhD student just received a notice of grant award for her F31 (F31NR021096) from NINR entitled: ” Examination of Health Disparities in ICU Delirium Prevention and Management for Patients Who Speak A Language Other Than English” to support completion of her dissertation and PhD training. Her committee and consulting team includes folks from SON, SOM at UW as well as faculty at Nebraska and Ohio State.

Pregamon Kuntajak, MSN, BSN, RN – PhD student received a grant from Sigma Theta Tau Psi at Large Chapter on their proposed project to focus on psychological resilience among older adults following mild-moderate traumatic brain injury. More info below.

Rachel Anderson Doctor of Nursing Practice student is one of the UW students recognized as a 2023-2024 Fulbright Scholar.

Convocation 2024

Congratulations to Class of 2024 graduates! June 7 and 9 we celebrated our amazing #HuskyNurse students with the BSN pinning ceremony and convocation.
View photos from the BSN pinning ceremony and convocation.