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 to extend 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

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Gail D'Eramo Melkus

Vice Dean for Research
Florence and William Downs Professor in Nursing 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

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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

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

Assistant Professor

Enrichment Program Director & Evaluation Director

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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 Manager

Agnes Wong, MA

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 Malone

Assistant Professor
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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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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

Upcoming Events

P20 Center’s 2nd Annual Symposium
Date: September 24, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 4:00pm
Location: Zoom

Virtual meeting/Register below

Past Events 

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.


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. Green's presentation was on Preventive Genomics Now and Anderson's was on Ethical Considerations in Omics.



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