Research Education in Cardiovascular Conditions (RECV) Program (R25 HL145323-02)

The annual Summer Research Education in Cardiovascular Conditions (RECV) Program introduces students to research at an early stage in their careers with a goal of inspiring them to see that research can be an exciting and fulfilling career.


This year, we will hold a virtual Summer Research Education in Cardiovascular Conditions Program (RECV) from June 7, 2021, through August 13, 2021.  All undergraduate and masters’ level students are invited to apply to this full-time (35 hours/week) virtual program.  Selected students will receive a stipend for their participation.  


Applications for the 2021 cohort are currently closed.

The application for the 2022 cohort will be announced in February 2022.

RECV Information

Participants in the program attend weekly seminars and work with investigators on a variety of research topics. The program focuses on cardiovascular conditions and related topics including health disparities, ethics, genomics, clinical research, and evidence-based practice.  In addition, students have an opportunity to participate in research experiences using remote technology as well as be a part of writing groups that develop peer-reviewed publications.  At the end of the program, students participate in a virtual poster session.


What past participants said they enjoyed about the Summer RECV program:

“Getting exposure to amazing research ideas and mentors and making meaningful connections”

“I really liked learning about research and that I was able to have a project of my own”

“Having the opportunity to work with mentors and work on a systematic review”

 “Lectures of specialists from different fields and backgrounds. Variety of topics introduced (e.g. data science, qualitative research, etc.).

 “My interest in research was piqued, and I have dived into research at my college since the program” 


The 2021 Summer RECV program is funded by the National Institutes of Health National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

(R25 HL145323-02 MPIs: V.V. Dickson/ J. Taylor)

Principal Investigator:

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Victoria Vaughan Dickson

Co-Principal Investigator:

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Jacquelyn Y. Taylor, PhD, PNP-BC, FAHA, FAAN
Columbia University


Administrative Team:

Erin Pace

Operations Administrator


Alysa Antonis

Administrative Assistant

2021 Mentors

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Maya Clark-Cutaia

Assistant Professor

NYU Meyers offers the rare opportunity for students to learn from field experts using novel educational techniques and programs in one of the top nursing schools in the nation. Graduates leave well-rounded and well prepared for clinical practice, policy, academia, and beyond. 

Victoria Vaughan Dickson

Victoria Vaughan Dickson

Associate Professor
Director, Pless Center for Research
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Abraham A Brody

Associate Professor, Nursing & Medicine
Associate Director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

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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.

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S Raquel Ramos

Assistant Professor

Students receive a first-class education at NYU Meyers using the newest technologies and innovative teaching strategies, like Design Thinking. They learn in a safe and diverse environment where they can thrive and feel that they belong. There are also many opportunities to visit NYU's global sites and impact communities around the world.

Dr. Dena Schulman-Green

Dena Schulman-Green

Associate Professor

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Amy Witkoski Stimpfel

Assistant Professor

As part of the NYU Meyers T-42 doctoral training program, our students are prepared to be leaders in occupational and environmental health nursing as researchers, educators, and industry experts. We are the only such training program in the region, and our graduates are part of an essential pipeline of OEHN experts ensuring the health and safety of workers across the country.

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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.

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Gary Yu

Associate Research Scientist
Adjunct Associate Professor

NYU Meyers provides a strong hands-on learning environment for applied nursing research, statistical training, and global health exposure.

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Susan Malone

Assistant Professor
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Tina Sadarangani

Assistant Professor

NYU Meyers doesn't just teach students how to treat patients, it challenges them to think critically about health systems and their effects on patients. It is a supportive and collaborative environment that fosters thoughtful discussions among students and faculty that lead to innovative solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our healthcare system.

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John Merriman

Assistant Professor

NYU Meyers is an exciting place for PhD education and an exceptional place to become a nurse scientist. Our students train with stellar faculty in a multidisciplinary university with access to the diverse population of New York City for their research.


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Janet H Van Cleave

Assistant Professor


At NYU Meyers, we provide our students with a wealth of opportunities to learn from world-renown clinicians and scholars in cancer research, education, and clinical practice. From these pedagogical experiences, we prepare our students to lead in the delivery of high-quality care for all patients with cancer. 

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Yaguang Zheng

Assistant Professor

NYU Meyers offers lifelong opportunities for nursing learners to become excellent scientists, educators, and leaders. Meyers faculty are committed to advancing healthcare locally and globally, including improving health for individuals with metabolic syndrome and related multiple chronic conditions.

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Jacquelyn Y. Taylor, PhD, PNP-BC, FAHA, FAAN
Columbia University
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Aisha Langford, MPH, PhD
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
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Tanya Spruill, PhD
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
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Grace Kim, PhD
NYU Steinhardt


2020 Cohort

Alejandra Leon
Alexis Wasserman
Alicia Balchand
Fatmata Barrie
Jessie Zhanay
Jihye Choi
Leslie Taza-Rocano
Sammy Wang
Yesenia Amaya


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2020 RECV Group Photo with the Students and their Mentors


Scholarly Products:

Barrie, F, Leon, A, Amaya, Y, Hellmers, N, Dickson, VV (2021) The Impact of Non-Pharmacological Stress Reduction Interventions on Cardiovascular[d1]  Biobehavioral Outcomes in Emerging Adults: A Systematic Review. (2021, March). Poster to be presented virtually at the 33rd Annual Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) Scientific Sessions (poster presentation)

Barrie, F, Prescott, L, Taylor, J, Dickson, VV. The Effect of Perceived Discrimination on Blood Pressure among African American mothers in the InterGEN study(2021, March). Poster to be presented virtually at the 33rd Annual Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) Scientific Sessions (podium presentation); Nursing Research, 2021;70(2)

Balchand, A., Taza-Rocano, L., Zhanay, J., Garcia, D.R., Handschuh, C., Navarra, A., & Vaughan Dickson, V. (2021, March). Cardiovascular Disease Knowledge, Perceptions, and Beliefs Among Young Adults: A Systematic Review. Poster to be presented virtually at the 32nd Annual Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) Scientific Sessions. Nursing Research, 2021; 70(2)

*Balchand, A., Garcia, D. R., Handschuh, C., Yu, G., Vaughan Dickson, V., & Navarra, A. Sexual Dating Violence and Marijuana Use in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) High School Students (2021, March). Poster to be presented virtually at the 32nd Annual Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) Scientific Sessions (*NYU undergraduate school poster). Nursing Research, 2021; 70(2)

Dickson, VV, Zahany, J, Leon, A, Arabadjia, M. Measurement of Stress Among Working Adults with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) (2021, March). Poster to be presented virtually at the 33rd Annual Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) Scientific Sessions (poster presentation) Nursing Research, 2021; 70(2)

Wang, S., Wasserman, A., Choi, J., Garcia, D.R., Wright, F. (2021, March). Positive Emotions and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Diverse Young Adults: A Systematic Review. Poster to be presented virtually at the 32nd Annual Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) Scientific Sessions (students funded by NYU Meyers). Nursing Research, 2021; 70(2)

Please email with any questions.