New Research Grants Awarded to SON Faculty

The School of Nursing has a distinguished track record of research: the School is currently ranked fifth in research dollars awarded by the National Institutes of Health and has been designated as a Nursing Research Intensive Environment by the National Institute for Nursing Research. Over its 75-year history, the School has earned an international reputation for research excellence in several key areas including oncology nursing, patient adherence, nursing education, and genomics, to name just a few.  Recent research grants reflect the breadth of the school’s current research programs.

Willa Doswell, RN, PhD, FAAN, associate professor, successfully sought out a Community Mini-Grant Award from the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Health Equity to support the creation of the “Save-a-Lot Health Ministry -- Choosing Healthy Foods/Kids Cooking School” at the Ethan Temple Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Dr. Doswell is the Parish Nurse/Health Ministries Leader at Ethan Temple and she will lead the collaborative project (with the local Save-a-Lot store) to provide health information and healthy food preparation training to community residents as well as to host a Kid’s Cooking Class to teach children ages 6-12 how to prepare healthy breakfasts and lunches.

Linda Dudjak, PhD, RN, associate professor, was successful in earning a grant from the University of Pittsburgh Health Policy Institute for her work on “Attitude and Knowledge of Nurses Regarding Value Based Performance.”

Marilyn Hravnak, PhD, RN, CRNP, BC FCCM, FAAN, professor, along with Robert M. Friedlander, MD, was successful in acquiring R01 funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research for the project, “Developing Goal Directed Perfusion Therapy in SAH Neurocardiac Injury.” More information about this project can be found at the NIH-funded projects site.

Mijung Park, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN, assistant professor, was awarded a grant from the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services for her project “Feasibility and Acceptability of Adding Family Components to Evidence-Based Collaborative Care Model for Older Adults.”  Details about the funded project can be found here.

Further details about the School’s research can be explored at this Web site.