Center for Precision Health in Diverse Populations


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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 development of sustainable interdisciplinary collaborative teams dedicated to building the science of MCC from a precision health ecological perspective.


Our Team

External Advisory Committee

Principal Investigators

Gail D'Eramo Melkus, EdD, ANP, FAAN

Jacquelyn Taylor, PhD, PNP-BC, RN, FAAN, FAHA


Directors & Co-directors

Pilot Administrative Core:

Victoria Vaughan Dickson, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA, FHFSA (Director)

Bradley Aouizerat, PhD (Co-director)


Technology Resource Core:

Allison Vorderstrasse, DNSc, MSN, RN (Director)

Winslow Burleson, PhD (Co-director)


Enrichment Program:

Abraham Brody, PhD, RN, FAAN (Director)


Evaluation Director

Lloyd Goldsamt, PhD


Business Manager

William McCormack


Project Director

Laura Prescott, MA


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


Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN
The John A. Hartford Foundation, Inc.


Sharon Kardia, PhD
University of Michigan


Marilynn Sommers, PhD
University of Pennsylvania


Elizabeth Walker, PhD, RN, CDE
Albert Einstein College of Medicine









Pilot 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 


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.