Center for Precision Health in Diverse Populations

Information for the P20 Center


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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.

For abstracts and manuscript publications related to the P20 Center please cite the funding award and number P20NR018075

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

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Gail D'Eramo Melkus

Professor Emerita
Victoria Vaughan Dickson

Victoria Vaughan Dickson

Dr. John W. Rowe Professor in Successful Aging
Assistant Dean, Research Innovation
Director, Pless Center for Research

Pilot Administration Core Director & Co-Director

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Bradley E. Aouizerat

Professor, College of Dentistry
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Joyce K Anastasi

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

Precision Health Technology Resource Core Director & Co-Director

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Abraham A. Brody

Mathy Mezey Professor of Geriatric Nursing
Associate Director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
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Ann-Margaret Navarra

Associate Professor

Enrichment Program Director & Evaluation Director

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Dena Schulman-Green

Associate Professor
Director of the Florence S. Downs PhD Program
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Lloyd A Goldsamt

Senior Research Scientist

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

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Susan Kohl Malone

Assistant Professor
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Margaret McCarthy

Assistant Professor


Year One Projects

Depressive Symptom Phenotypes in Women with Type 2 Diabetes

PI: Nicole Perez MSN, PMHNP-BC


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


Other 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 


Additional Team Members

Project Manager: Agnes Wong MA

Project Coordinator: Inés Del Giudice


Upcoming Events

The P20 Center 5th Annual Scientific Symposium: May 10, 2023, 1 pm - 5 pm: Presentations will be given by: Dr. Gayenell S. Magwood. RSVP for this event.


Past Events 

4th Annual P20 Center Symposium (Virtual):

The 4th annual P20 Center Symposium was held virtually on April 28, 2022, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  

Presentations will be given by:

Dr. Gayenell S. MagwoodMany Hands Make Light Work: Engaging Transdisciplinary Teams to Address Health Disparities

Dr. Briana Woods-Jaeger- Opportunities for partnered research with communities experiencing stress and trauma-related health disparities 

Watch a replay of the 2022 Symposium.


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

  • May 9, 2022Lauren Ghazal, Sheila Santacroce, Shawn Kneipp, Applying Community-Engaged Intervention Mapping to Preparing Nurse Scientists.
  • 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

2022 Journal Clubs


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