Office for Nursing Research

Student researcher in labThe Office for Nursing Research (ONR) supports the UW School of Nursing’s research mission to advance nursing science. UW is among the top ranked Schools of Nursing in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with six centers of excellence. Our faculty and staff are Principal Investigators on approximately 150 active and pending research studies and are collaborators on dozens of research studies around the globe.

Learn about the history of research at UW School of Nursing.

Consultation services

Our consultants assist faculty researchers with statistics, research design, and data analysis. Learn more.

Grant services

ONR provides grant application support for School of Nursing faculty, including holding research training sessions, providing information about preparing grant applications as well as finding funding opportunities. Learn more.

Laboratory services

ONR offers the use of our labs, expertise, and testing services to researchers at the UW and across the United States. Learn more.

Research for lunch

The Office for Nursing Research hosts Research for Lunch as a venue for researchers to share their expertise and disseminate their research findings. All members of the UW and surrounding community are invited to attend. Learn more about upcoming topics.

Our team

For general inquiries, please contact us at

Administration and grant services

Allison Webel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research
Sarah Zangrillo
Manager, ONR
Colie Pilling
Grants Program Specialist

Consultation services

Robert L. Burr, MSEE, PhD
Robert L. Burr, MSEE, PhD
Bioengineer, Research Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics
Expertise:  Bob has been affiliated with the Office for Nursing Research since 1976, assisting researchers with grant planning, study design, project technical implementation, database design, and general statistical programming/ analysis and interpretation of results.  Bob has special interests in dynamic signals and systems, including research instrumentation for signal capture, statistical signal processing, longitudinal analysis, time series analysis of interval data, and lag sequential analysis of categorical behavioral data
Kevin Cain, PhD
Kevin Cain, PhD
Research & Biostatistical Consultant
Expertise: Kevin has over 35 years of experience as a statistical collaborator and consultant, including research study design, analysis, interpretation. He has expertise in a wide range of statistical methodology and analysis method from simple analyses to complex, including analysis of survival time data, case control studies, longitudinal and clustered data.
Ken Pike, PhD
Ken Pike, PhD
Research consultant
Expertise: Basic statistics from a social science perspective. Stata statistical programming, structural equation models, latent class analysis, latent growth models, panel and pooled time-series designs, and multilevel mixed-effects models.
Adrian Dobra, PhD
Associate Professor, Statistics

Laboratory services

Ernie Tolentino
Research Scientist, Lab Manager