Center for Precision Health in Diverse Populations

Information for the P20 Center


                                                                P20 Center Graphic

Our mission is to promote nursing research in metabolic syndrome (MetS) and related multiple chronic conditions (MCC). The Center allows for more individualized care and extends nursing science by offering biomarker, genetic/genomic, biobehavioral, lifestyle, and environmental explanations that will inform nursing care for diverse populations with symptoms of MetS.

Center Aims

  • Promote innovative nursing research in MetS and related MCC: its complexity, relatedness, biodiversity, and impact for individuals and families using a precision health ecological perspective.
  • Develop and sustain a research infrastructure of resources to support and accelerate early-career scientists in exploring MetS and related MCC.
  • Facilitate the development of sustainable interdisciplinary collaborative teams dedicated to building the science of MCC from a precision health ecological perspective.


Director/PI & Co-Director/Co-PI

Gail D'Eramo Melkus headshot

Gail D'Eramo Melkus

Florence and William Downs Professor in Nursing Research
Vice Dean for Research

NYU Meyers is intellectually enriching and engaging.  

Victoria Vaughan Dickson

Victoria Vaughan Dickson

Associate Professor
Director, Pless Center for Research

Pilot Administration Core Director & Co-Director

Bradley E. Aouizerat headshot

Bradley E. Aouizerat

Professor, College of Dentistry
Joyce Anastasi headshot

Joyce K Anastasi

Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing
Founding Director, Special Studies in Symptom Management

Precision Health Technology Resource Core Director & Co-Director

Abraham A. Brody headshot

Abraham A Brody

Associate Professor, Nursing & Medicine
Associate Director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
Ann-Margaret Navarra headshot

Ann-Margaret Navarra

Assistant Professor

Enrichment Program Director & Evaluation Director

Dr. Dena Schulman-Green

Dena Schulman-Green

Associate Professor
Lloyd A Goldsamt headshot

Lloyd A Goldsamt

Senior Research Scientist

NYU Meyers provides excellent opportunities for research in nursing and related fields, including HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and global public health. Students have opportunities to work with faculty in areas they are interested in as well as opportunities to develop their own individual projects.

Additional Team Members:

Business Official

William McCormack

Project Director

Erin Pace


Committee Members:


Deborah Chyun, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN    
University of Connecticut School of Nursing   

Janet Deatrick, PhD, FAAN
University of Pennsylvania

Ronald Hickman Jr., PhD, ACNP-BC, FAAN
Case Western Reserve University

Sharon Kardia, PhD
University of Michigan

Marilynn Sommers, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Walker, PhD, RN, CDE
Albert Einstein College of Medicine




Pilot PIs

Susan Malone headshot

Susan Malone

Assistant Professor
Prof. Wright headshot

Fay Wright

Assistant Professor
Director, Meyers Biological Laboratory

During my PhD program at NYU Meyers, I developed strong supportive mentoring relationships with the faculty that enriched my educational experience. I came back after a post-doctoral fellowship because of my continuing relationships with my faculty mentors.

Margaret M. McCarthy headshot

Margaret McCarthy

Assistant Professor

When I was a PhD student here, I was truly mentored by wonderful faculty. I want other students to have that experience.


Year One Projects

Extending Sleep to Reverse Metabolic Syndrome in Middle-Aged Adults: Acceptability and Feasibility of a Sleep Intervention

PI: Susan Malone MSN, PhD


Predictors of Novel Morning and Evening Fatigue Profiles in Adults with Metabolic Syndrome

PI: Fay Wright APRN-BC, PhD, RN 


Year Two Projects

Cardiovascular Health in Black and Hispanic Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

PI: Margaret McCarthy PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAHA


Improving Genetic Testing Utilization to Reduce Disparities in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

PI: Milla Eddie Arabadjian, PhD, FNP-BC, RN


Additional Team Members

Project Manager: Agnes Wong MA

Project Coordinator: Inés Del Giudice


Upcoming Events

Journal Club Meetings


Past Events 

3rd Annual P20 Center Symposium

The 3rd annual P20 Center Symposium was held virtually on June 3, 2021, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  

Presentations were given by:

Marie Bakitas- Can Telehealth Unmute the Voices & Improve Health Care Equity of Underserved Populations

George Demiris- Smart Health and Aging: Emerging Innovations in Gerontological Research

Watch a replay of the 2021 Symposium.


2nd Annual P20 Center Symposium

The 2nd annual P20 Center Symposium was held virtually on September 24, 2020, from 12:00 to 3:30 PM.  

Presentations were given by:

James Fogarty on Self-Tracking in Health: Design Challenges and Opportunities, Ann-Margaret Navarra on Health Technology for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Adherence Self-Management: Lessons Learned and Future Directions, Susan Malone on Extending sleep to reverse  metabolic syndrome in middle-aged adults: Acceptability and feasibility of a sleep intervention, its methods, outcomes and challenges, and Constance Johnson on Using Smart Technology To Manage  Chronic Disease,

Watch a replay of the 2020 Symposium.


Introduction to Precision Health event

Pictures from the Introduction to Precision Health event on December 11, 2019.
Left: Dr. Fay Wright and Mary Carol Dulske (BS '21) speak to a group of local high school students during the Introduction to Precision Health event on December 11, 2019. 
Right: Prof. Jackie Taylor gives a tour of the NYU Meyers Biological Lab at the event.


1st Annual P20 Center Symposium

Dr. Robert Green (Left) and Dr. Cindy Anderson (Right) at the P20 Center's 1st Annual Symposium
Dr. Robert Green and Dr. Cindy Anderson spoke at the P20 Center's 1st Annual Symposium on April 9, 2019. Green's presentation was on Preventive Genomics Now and Anderson's was on Ethical Considerations in Omics.

Past Technology Core Events

Past Enrichment Program Events

2020 Journal Clubs

  • Oct. 26, 2020 – Gail Melkus, How Western Diet And Lifestyle Drive The Pandemic Of Obesity And Civilization Diseases
  • Nov. 16, 2020 – Dena Schulman-Green, Patient and Family Caregiver Considerations When Selecting Early Breast Cancer Treatment: Implications for Clinical Pathway Development
  • Dec. 10, 2020 – Amanda Applegate, Grant Writing Do’s and Don’ts

2021 Journal Clubs

  • Feb. 8, 2021- Velda Gonzalez, Reaching Hispanics about Biobanking
  • March 15, 2021- Maurade Gormley, Telomere Length and Breast Cancer Prognosis
  • April 20, 2021- Yaguang Zheng, Data Science & CVD
  • May 17, 2021- Jasmine Travers, Development and Field Testing of a Long-Term Care Decision Aid Website for Older Adults: Engaging Patients and Caregivers in User-Centered Design


Please contact the P20 Center by emailing us at