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.


Center Directors

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Gail D'Eramo Melkus

Associate Dean for Research
Florence and William Downs Professor in Nursing Research
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Jacquelyn Taylor

Professor, Nursing & Medicine
Vernice D. Ferguson Chair in Health Equity
Director, Meyers Biological Laboratory

Pilot Administrative Core Director & Co-Director

Victoria Vaughan Dickson

Victoria Vaughan Dickson

Associate Professor
Director, Pless Center for Research
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Bradley E. Aouizerat

Professor, College of Dentistry

Precision Health Technology Resource Core Director

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Allison Vorderstrasse

Associate Professor, Nursing & Medicine
Director, Florence S. Downs PhD Program in Nursing Research and Theory

Enrichment Program Director & Evaluation Director

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Abraham A Brody

Associate Professor, Nursing & Medicine
Associate Director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
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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                                           Project Director
William McCormack                                      Laura Prescott, MA

Committee Members:


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

Janet Deatrick, PhD, FAAN
University of Pennsylvania

Ervin Fox, MD
University of Mississippi Medical Center

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

Senior Research Scientist
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Fay Wright

Assistant Professor


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 

Upcoming Events

September Journal Club Meeting
When: September 23, 2019
Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Where: 433 1st Ave., New York, NY 10010, Room 760
Article: A Conceptual Model of the Role of Complexity in the Care of Patients With Multiple Chronic Conditions

Viewing of National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Symposium on Patient Control of Genomic Data for Research and Health
When: September 26, 2019
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Where: 433 1st Ave., New York, NY 10010, Room 430


Past Events 

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



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