Technology: Research in Chronic and Critical Illness (T32 NR008857)

Training Grant Goals and Objectives

The overarching goal of this pre-doctoral and postdoctoral National Institute of Nursing Research funded training program is to provide rigorous research training and interdisciplinary culturalization to build nursing science aimed at promoting health, managing illness, reducing disability and enhancing quality of life through the aid of technology. The objectives of the program are to provide:

  • The theoretical and conceptual foundation to support the development of a program of research that examines ways that technological applications may enable the prevention, detection or resolution of health problems
  • The methodological skills to support the development of an academic research career
  • An environment that promotes, supports and sustains scholarly inquiry within an interdisciplinary context, and opportunities to identify, develop, evaluate and translate novel technological applications to real-world nursing practice settings

Training Faculty

  • Annette DeVito Dabbs, PhD, RN, FAAN (Program Director)
  • Marilyn Hravnak,PHD, RN, ACNP-BC, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN (Co-Director)
  • Judith A. Erlen, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Eileen Chasens, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Lora E. Burke, PHD, MPH, FAHA, FAAN 
  • Denise Charron-Prochownik, PhD, RN, FAAN          
  • Judith Tabolt Matthews, PhD, RN
  • Heidi Donovan, PhD, RN 
  • Elizabeth Schlenk, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, FAAN 
  • Paula Sherwood, PhD, RN, CNRN
  • Leslie A. Hoffman, PhD, RN (Consultant)

Interdisciplinary training faculty are from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and School of Health and Rehabilitation Science, as well as from Carnegie Mellon University.

Training Program Includes

  1. Mentoring from successful disciplinary and interdisciplinary researchers.
  2. Opportunity for research experience/training in the development, use, and evaluation of technology applications with training faculty
  3. Completion of a rigorous academic curriculum tailored to the needs of each individual trainee
  4. Exposure to a broad range of professional development experiences through participation in departmental and university seminars and through the Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • Office of Academic Career Development
  • The Survival Skills & Ethics Program
  1. Participation in a monthly Technology journal club
  2. Participation in a monthly Technology seminar series
  3. Training in the responsible conduct of research

Individuals selected as fellows in this training program receive a monthly stipend, tuition assistance, benefit assistance, assistance for professional travel, and modest funds to support research related expenses.


All applicants to this T32 pre-doctoral and postdoctoral training program are citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States and must submit official transcripts from previous and/or current institutions and 3 reference letters.

Pre-doctoral Applicants

Applicants to the pre-doctoral program must meet the admission criteria for the University of Pittsburgh PhD Program (BSN to PhD Track or MSN to PhD Track) and have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing and a professional nursing license. Pre-doctoral applicants must also submit GRE scores taken within the last 5 years and a brief proposal indicating their research interests related to technology research within either chronic or critical illness.

Post-Doctoral Applicants

Postdoctoral applicants must submit their curriculum vitae and a proposal for a training program and research related to technology research within either chronic or critical illness.
Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral candidates interested in this innovative program may contact:

Annette DeVito Dabbs, PhD, RN, FAAN (Director)
Phone: 412-624-5314

Marilyn Hravnak, PHD, RN, ACNP-BC, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN (Co-Director)
Phone: 412-624-3796