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A key component of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing’s mission, as an integral part of a research-one private university “in the public service,” is to generate new knowledge and demonstrate the highest standards of excellence in research and scholarship for a global society. NYU Meyers faculty have expanded the scope and number of local, national, and international projects. As a result of the College’s commitment to innovative, evidence-based approaches to healthcare delivery, we rank 10th in funding from the NIH.

To generate this new knowledge and to advance scholarship, the College has several active research centers and grants including:

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Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Vaccine Hesitancy in Prenatal Women and Mothers of Newborns
EmONC Training Center Support Program in Tanzania
Integrating Social and Systems Science Approaches to Promote Oral Health Equity
Unit Climate of Teamwork and Nursing Leadership, and the Effects on Patient Outcomes
National Study to Track Career Changes Among Newly Licensed Registered Nurses (Phase 2)
Conducting a national study of newly licensed registered nurses to assess changes in trends across four cohorts
Hybrid STTR intervention for heterosexuals: Anonymous testing and confidential care linkage
Lymphedema Risk Reduction for Chinese Breast Cancer Survivors
symptom management for irritable bowel syndrome constipation (IBS-C)
OEHN PhD training program

NYU Meyers College of Nursing is excited to announce a new training program in occupational and environmental health nursing (OEHN), as part of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health funded NY/NJ Education and Research Center (T42-OH-008422). The purpose of the PhD/DNP OEHN training program is to prepare nurse leaders in OEHN. We will prepare nurse scientists (PhD) to conduct interdisciplinary occupational and environmental health focused research that will advance nursing science, inform clinical practice, and influence the education of future nursing professionals.

OEHN PhD training program

NYU Meyers College of Nursing is excited to announce a new training program in occupational and environmental health nursing (OEHN), as part of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health funded NY/NJ Education and Research Center (T42-OH-008422). The purpose of the PhD/DNP OEHN training program is to prepare nurse leaders in OEHN. We will prepare nurse scientists (PhD) to conduct interdisciplinary occupational and environmental health focused research that will advance nursing science, inform clinical practice, and influence the education of future nursing professionals.

Combined HIV prevention for PWID and future collaborative research in Vietnam
Technology In Home Intervention to Sustain Dementia Patients Dressing Abilities
Research Education for Undergraduates DIP: Collaborative Research: Impact of Adaptive Interventions on Student Affect, Performance, and Learning
Research Education for Undergraduates HCC: Small: Modeling and Supporting Creativity During Collaborative
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers
Implementing tobacco use treatment guidelines in public health clinics in Vietnam
Alternative tobacco products: Use, adverse effects and communication patterns
NICHE LTC Expansion
Principal investigatorEileen M Sullivan Marx

The goal is to support the expansion and adaptation of the NICHE program into long-term care settings: nursing homes, assisted living, and post-acute care. 

CTSI Pilot Project: Investigating Cancer Burden Disparities in Head & Neck Cancer
Principal investigatorJanet Helen Van Cleave

The goal is to support an extension of an investigation of disparities in cancer burden among patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer in the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC).

NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health - Research Center of Excellence
A Bundled Rapid HIV/HCV Testing Intervention to Increase Delivery and Receipt of Test Results
Principal investigatorShiela Strauss

The goal to develop and test a bundled rapid HIV/HCV testing intervention (joint offer of HIV and HCV testing at the point of service), whose aim is to increase the receipt of rapid HIV and rapid HCV test results among patients of drug abuse treatment programs.

Language Barriers and Post-Acute Outcomes in Home Care: A Mixed Methods Analysis
Principal investigatorAllison P Squires

The goal is to understand how language barriers impact 30-day re-hospitalization and home health care resource utilization among Limited English Proficiency patients recently discharged from the hospital, with a secondary aim of understanding their impact on functional status. 

Factors associated with hospital adoption of an organizational intervention to improve nursing care of elders
Principal investigatorAmy Stimpfel

These aims are 1) To describe and compare the socio-technical, market, policy, and organizational-managerial characteristics of hospitals that adopt NICHE and hospitals that do not adopt NICHE in a national sample from 2010-2013.  2) To determine the extent of NICHE adoption  in a national sample of hospitals from 2010-2013 based on socio-technical and organizational-managerial characteristics. 

Integrating Social and Systems Science Approaches to Promote Oral Health Equity
Principal investigatorMichele Shedlin

The goal is to understand how urban minority senior center attendees utilize services such as Health and dental care and  identify how factors at the interpersonal scale enhance care-seeking behaviors and improve the Oral Health outcomes of urban minority senior center attendees.

Engaging and Supporting Youth to Promote Adherence Success (EASYPAS)
Principal investigatorAnn-Margaret Navarra

Primary objective of this pilot is to test the feasibility and acceptability of a cognitive behavioral intervention among HIV-infected adolescents.  

College of Nursing/Visiting Neighbors Healthy Aging Collaboration
Principal investigatorJames C Pace

The Healthy Aging Collaboration will help older adults living in NYU housing, whether affiliated with NYU or not, continue to live safely, confidently, and independently in their homes. 

Addressing Hepatitis C and Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Current and Future Epidemics
Principal investigatorHolly Hagan

This study will use the methods of Implementation Science – research synthesis, mathematical modeling and simulation, and comparative effectiveness analyses – to determine how best to constitute a portfolio of interventions for the prevention and control of HCV and its consequences while taking into account limited resources and underlying epidemiologic and social network features. 

Diabetes Self-Management & Support LIVE (Learning in Virtual Environments)
Principal investigatorGail D'Eramo Melkus

The goal is to propose a randomized controlled trial to determine whether the effects of participation in a VE that incorporates real-time diabetes self-management training and support will be associated with positive changes in health behaviors. 

Oral-Systemic Health National Interprofessional (IP) Symposium
Principal investigatorJudith Haber

The Symposium will provide a national forum for dissemination of effective evidence-based national initiatives and models that advance integrating oral health into at least 50 percent of emerging person-centered care models

Using MOST to optimize an HIV care continuum intervention for vulnerable populations
Principal investigatorMarya Gwadz

The aims of the study are  1: Using a highly efficient experimental design, identify which of five components contribute meaningfully to improvement in the primary outcome, viral suppression 2: Identify mediators and moderators of the efficacy of each intervention component,   3: Using a mathematical modeling approach, build the most cost-effective and efficient intervention package .

Advancing Research on Youth Settings by Exploring Program Quality and Outcomes for Runaway/Homeless Youth
Principal investigatorMarya Gwadz

This study aims to describe the service settings and identify best practices for Runaway/Homeless Youth (RHY), arguably the nation’s most vulnerable subpopulation of young people with high rates of trauma and abuse, for national dissemination and implementation. 

Peer-Driven Intervention to Seek, test and treat heterosexuals at high risk for HIV
Principal investigatorMarya Gwadz

This five-year study aims to evaluate the efficacy of a brief, scalable, peer-driven intervention to seek and test heterosexuals at high risk for HIV, and link them to care with high retention if found HIV infected.

Evaluation of Brooklyn Treatment Court’s 90 Day Treatment Program
Principal investigatorLloyd A Goldsamt

The goal of this project is to provide an evaluation of the 90-RRP Brooklyn Treatment Court project. Evaluation activities include collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data. Q

CBPR for Sexual Health & Reduction of HIV Health Disparities among MSM in PR
Principal investigatorLloyd A Goldsamt

This study involves adaptation and testing of sexual health promotion interventions for high-risk MSM in Puerto Rico. 

Implementation of a Sexual Health Intervention for YMSM in Two Vietnamese Cities
Principal investigatorLloyd A Goldsamt

This project aims to implement of community outreach and a sexual health promotion intervention for YMSM in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, with the goal of addressing the gap in services for young male sex workers, who are presently at high risk for the acquisition and transmission of HIV and other STIs.

Evaluation of Brooklyn Behavioral Treatment Collaborative Project
Principal investigatorLloyd A Goldsamt

The goal of this project is to enhance evidence-based services for adults who have behavioral health problems including substance abuse, mental health disorders and co-occurring disorders and who have been charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses in Kings County.   

Improving Juvenile Drug Courts Through the Implementation of Evidence-Based Treatment Practices: Training and Technical Assistance Project
Principal investigatorLloyd A Goldsamt

We propose to conduct a process and outcome evaluation of the Brooklyn Behavioral Treatment Collaborative. This evaluation will use quantitative data collected from the UTA, GPRA and instruments matching the measurable goals and objectives indicated in the SAMHSA-funded project.

An e-Health Approach to Enhancing Management of Symptoms Related to Lymphedema among Breast Cancer Survivors with Limited Health Resources
Principal investigatorMei Fu

The goal of the proposed project is to evaluate the effectiveness of a web-based patient-centered educational and behavioral symptom management program, The-Optimal-Lymph-Flow ™, to help breast cancer survivors with limited health resources to manage symptoms related to lymphedema 

An e-Health Approach to Enhancing Management of Chronic Pain and Symptoms Related to Lymphedema among Women Treated for Breast Cancer - Optimal Lymph-Flow
Principal investigatorMei Fu

The goal of the project is to improve patient-centered care by implementing The-Optimal-Lymph-Flow, a web-and-mobile-based, patient-centered, educational and behavioral health IT system focusing self-care to help breast cancer survivors to manage chronic pain and symptoms related to lymphedema. 

SCH: EXP: Improving early detection and intervention of lymphedema
Principal investigatorMei Fu

The goal of this project is to use machine learning to understand the association between symptoms and other relevant personal and clinical factors and the presence of lymphedema and develop a web-based self-assessment platform that enables patients to assess their risk for lymphedema from anywhere. 

NYU Womens Heart Attack Research Program (HARP)
Principal investigatorVictoria Vaughan Dickson

The objective of this project is to address gender disparities in CVD outcomes : 1) higher prevalence of non-obstructive CAD among women with MI (MINOCA) and 2) greater severity and adverse impact of psychosocial stress among women with MI. 

Can Ventricular Assist Devices Reverse the Frailty Phenotype?
Principal investigatorVictoria Vaughan Dickson

The goal of this proposal is that by restoring a normal cardiac output and adequate organ perfusion, LVADs are capable of reversing the catabolic state associated with the advanced stage of HF and can result in a reversal of sarcopenia, impaired cognition and altered mood which are the hallmarks of the frailty phenotype.

Helping Women Help Themselves to Improve Heart Health: A Community Approach to Self-care
Principal investigatorVictoria Vaughan Dickson

The goal is to pilot and feasibility test Helping Women Help Themselves to Improve Heart Health, an evidence-based, skills-building, group-based intervention with the objective of improving and sustaining heart healthy behaviors in women with cardiovascular disease (CVD) or at risk for CVD. 

Correlates and Consequences of Increased Immune Activation in HIV(+) and (-) IDUs
Principal investigatorSherry Deren

This study uses a systems biology approach to identify the mechanisms of increased immune activation in blood and tissue associated with active injection drug use. 

Discovery to Implementation & Back: Research Translation for the HIV/SU Epidemic
Principal investigatorSherry Deren

This project provides a research infrastructure to support the HIV/drug use-related projects at NYU, NDRI, and Beth IsraeI Medical Center. It provides support, in theory, data analysis and research methods and infectious diseases. 

Building Nursing Capacity in Primary Care of Older Adults
Principal investigatorTara Cortes

The goals are to implement a nurse-led initiative in primary care to improve outcomes for older adults with chronic conditions and begin the development of a comprehensive training program for nurses in primary care to provide age-sensitive care to older adults. 

Building Academic Gerontological Nursing Capacity
Principal investigatorTara Cortes

Leverage funding to support current and new activities of the National Hartford Centers and promote long-term sustainability. 

Human Resources for Health
MRI: Development of Experiential Supercomputing: Developing a Transdisciplinary Research and Innovation Holodeck
Principal investigatorWinslow Burleson

The MRI development project (Track 2) will create a unique experiential supercomputer, an immersive, collaborative, virtual/physical research environment with unparalleled tools for intellectual and creative output. 

HCC: Small: Modeling and Supporting Creativity During Collaborative STEM Activities
Principal investigatorWinslow Burleson

The goal of this study is to use Natural Language Processing (NLP) to model creativity in dyadic text-based chat elicited by open -ended ill-defined challenges and to use the models to develop initial strategies to foster creativity.

DIP: Collaborative Research: Impact of Adaptive Interventions on Student Affect, Performance, and Learning
Principal investigatorWinslow Burleson

The goal of this study is to empirically investigate the role of motivational elements of an intelligent tutoring system with embedded affective learning companions for middle school mathematics. 

The Impact of Hospice Preferred Practices on Patient Outcomes and Hospice Costs
The Dementia Symptom Management at Home (DSM-H) Program en Espanol
Symptom management for irritable bowel syndrome constipation (IBS-C)
Principal investigatorJoyce Anastasi

This application will test a symptom management approach, using Acupuncture/Moxibustion, to reduce the symptoms associated with IBS in a randomized controlled clinical trial.

Behavioral Sciences Training in Drug Abuse Research
Principal investigatorGreg Falkin

Since its inception in 1984, the Behavioral Science Training in Drug Abuse Research Program (BST) has become one of the nation's largest and oldest NRSA training programs, specializing in behavioral science research on drug abuse and related issues, especially HIV/AIDS and criminal justice. The BST program has trained 185 predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees-nearly half of them racial/ethnic minorities.

Clinical Translational Science Award KL2
Principal investigatorDeborah A Chyun

The KL2 aims to provide trainees with the knowledge and skills to conduct pioneering and effective clinical and translational science in an ethically responsible manner.

Jonas Center for Nursing Scholarship 2016-2018
Principal investigatorSusan Sullivan Bolyai

Scholarship funds to help students complete PhD and to serve as a nurse faculty at a research-intensive university

The development of a couples-focused intervention to enhance uptake of evidenced combined HIV preventative methods for African American youth and their romantic partners
Principal investigatorYzette Lanier

The goal is to address an important gap in current national HIV prevention efforts by conducting formative research needed to develop an evidence informed HIV behavioral intervention focused on African American heterosexually identified adolescent couples.

Clinical Translational Science Award

The New York University (NYU)-Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) represents an innovative public-private research partnership designed to foster clinical and translational research and transform the delivery of care in clinical and community practice.

Adherence Connection for Counseling, Education, and Support (ACCESS): A Proof of Concept Study
Principal investigatorAnn-Margaret Navarra

The primary objective of this pilot study is to test the feasibility and acceptability of a cognitive behavioral intervention among HIV-infected adolescents.

The Dementia Symptom Management at Home (DSM-H) Program: A Bundled Interprofessional Intervention to Improve Dementia Patient-Caregiver Dyad Quality of Care and Quality of Life through Home Healthcare
Oral health Nursing Education & Practice (OHNEP)
Principal investigatorJudith Haber

OHNEP will partner with IPEC Collaborative members/organizations to advance the adoption of the innovative OHNEP- developed HEENOT (head, ears, eyes, nose, ORAL CAVITY, throat) approach versus the traditional HEENT approach as the new standard of care for conducting a health history.

Interprofessional OralSystemic Health National Symposium
Principal investigatorJudith Haber

The New York University (NYU) Interprofessional Research, Education, and Practice (IPREP) Steering Committee, representing the Colleges of Nursing, Dentistry, Global Public Health, and the School of Medicine, held their Interprofessional Oral‐Systemic Health National Symposium in 2016.

An Innovative Academic-Clinical Partnership: Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Preceptor Development Program (PC-NP-PDP)
Principal investigatorDonna Hallas

The goal is to increase the number of trained NP clinical preceptors by designing, implementing, and evaluating an innovative Academic Clinical Partnership (ACP) featuring a web-based Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Preceptor Development Program (PC-NP-PDP) for experienced and novice preceptors.

A Clinical/Community Partnership to Expand Primary Care of Older Adults (CC-PCOA)
Principal investigatorTara Cortes

This innovative proposal creates a paradigm shift from the traditional perception of primary care as a visit to a doctor to one where primary care practice is woven throughout a continuum of locations extending from the doctor to services in the community where care plans can be enhanced to attain better health outcomes through non-traditional interventions.

Collaborative, Continuous Care Model for Primary Care / Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention - Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
Principal investigatorTara Cortes

The purpose of this project is to demonstrate an innovative interprofessional model of collaborative, coordinated care that reflects the right communication across the health care system.

Interprofessional Care for Older Adults / Advanced Nusing Education Grants

The program will foster collaborative learning of Adult Nurse Practitioners and Primary Care Residents, and develop a platform through the use of a technology-enhanced blended curriculum which will be replicable to a larger and diverse group of healthcare professionals.

Interprofessional Care for Older Adults / Advanced Nusing Education Grants

The program will foster collaborative learning of Adult Nurse Practitioners and Primary Care Residents, and develop a platform through the use of a technology-enhanced blended curriculum which will be replicable to a larger and diverse group of healthcare professionals.

Language Barriers and Post-Acute Outcomes in Home Care: A Mixed-Methods Study

This study will determine the impact of language concordant encounters between limited English proficiency patients and nurses on patient outcomes in home care. The study includes patients who speak Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Korean living in the New York City metro area.

Engaging and Supporting Youth to Promote Adherence Success (EASYPAS)
Principal investigatorAnn-Margaret Navarra

The primary objective of this pilot study is to test the feasibility and acceptability of a cognitive behavioral intervention among HIV-infected adolescents.

    The Impact of Hospice Preferred Practices on Patient Outcomes and Hospice Costs

    This project will identify practices associated with patient and family experiences at the end of life in the hospice setting. Hospice is an interdisciplinary approach to caring for patients and families and is used by more than forty percent of decedents in the U.S. annually; yet hospice practices that influence patient outcomes and hospice costs are not well-known.

      Discovery to Implementation & Back: Research Translation for the HIV/Substance Use Epidemic
      Principal investigatorSherry Deren

      The focus for Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) in this renewal will be "From Discovery to Implementation and Back: Research Translation for the HIV/Substance Use Epidemic". The Center has provided new opportunities for synergy and collaboration, and investigators made many significant contributions to the field. However, HIV incidence, morbidity and mortality remain at unacceptably high rates, and substance use remains a critical barrier to reducing incidence and health disparities, accessing care, and maximizing the benefits of care.

      Advancing research on youth settings by exploring program quality and outcomes for runaway/homeless youth
      Principal investigatorMarya Gwadz

      Runaway/homeless youth (RHY) are highly vulnerable to adverse outcomes. A diverse network of settings has developed to locate, engage, house, and treat RHY. However, almost no research has been conducted on these settings, and therefore we do not understand which characteristics of settings best promote positive youth development, or what factors impede or promote settings’ effectiveness. The proposed study uses the Youth Program Quality Model and multiple research methods to study settings for RHY and their impact on RHY.

      Adherence Connection for Counseling, Education, and Support (ACCESS): A Proof of Concept Study
      Principal investigatorAnn-Margaret Navarra

      This Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award seeks to provide the advanced knowledge, skills, and experience for the candidate's career transition to an independent nurse scientist and her work on the ACCESS study. This study addresses the challenge of adherence to antiretroviral treatment among HIV-infected adolescents and young adults.

      Diabetes Self-Management & Support LIVE (Learning in Virtual Environments)
      Principal investigatorGail D'Eramo Melkus

      Major goal to test the effectiveness of a virtual life environment on metabolic and psychosocial outcomes in diverse adults with type 2 diabetes.

      Addressing hepatitis C and hepatocellular carcinoma: The current and future epidemics
      Principal investigatorHolly Hagan

      This study will use the methods of Implementation Science - research synthesis, mathematical modeling and simulation, and comparative effectiveness analyses - to determine how best to constitute a portfolio of interventions for the prevention and control of HCV and its consequences while taking into limited resources and underlying epidemiologic and social network features account. A dissemination plan will make extensive use of technology, including social media, and guidance from key stakeholders.