PhD Candidate Selected as Fellow

Briana Snyder, PhD candidate at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, was selected as a New Nursing Faculty Fellow by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The fellowship includes a grant to support her scholarship in her new tenure-track position at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. Snyder’s research interests involve women with Dissociative Identity Disorder and their experiences as victims of Intimate Partner Violence in adulthood. 

Ms. Snyder is mentored at the Sinclair School of Nursing by Dr. Deborah Finfgeld-Connett, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Student Presents at Aids Care Conference

Da’Vonya Wilson, a seventh semester student in the traditional BSN program, represent the Sinclair School of Nursing during the poster session at the Association of Nurses in Aids Care Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Wilson is also a McNair Scholar, and her poster, “Peers Keep It Real,” represents her research work with Dr. Maithe Enriquez. This research focuses on using peer educators to improve medication adherence in individuals with HIV.

Beloved SSON Staff Member Passes Away

It is with profound sadness that we announce that our beloved Thom Bowling, Executive Assistant Student Services, collapsed this morning, and after concerted resuscitation efforts in our MUHC Emergency Room, Thom was unable to be revived. This death comes as a shock to all of us. Thom just turned 59 and served the SSON for 13 years. He was the welcoming face for students and families in our front office and was so loved by all. Information about the memorial and where to send condolences will be forthcoming. 

2016-2019 NINR Funded T32 Health Behavior Science Pre-Doctoral Fellows Selected

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing is pleased to announce Julio Loya, BSN, RN, CMSRN, of Marana, AZ, and Jennifer O’Connor, MSN, RN, CFCN, CNE, of Broken Arrow, OK, have been selected as National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) funded T32 Health Behavior Science Pre-Doctoral Fellowship recipients for 2016-2019.

As a PhD student, Mr. Loya is studying behavioral interventions to engage Hispanic adults with type 2 diabetes in physical activity. Julio is mentored by Vicki S. Conn, PhD, RN, FAAN, Potter-Brinton Professor of Nursing.

As a PhD student, Ms. O’Connor is studying foot care self-management behaviors in aging adults. Jennifer is mentored by Deidre D. Wipke-Tevis, PhD, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing.

The Sinclair School of Nursing is one of five departments at MU with an NIH-funded T32 training grant. Moreover, the Sinclair School of Nursing is one of only 16 schools of nursing nationwide to receive an NINR-funded T32 grants.

The T32 Health Behavior Science Pre-Doctoral Fellowship provides financial support (stipend, tuition/fees, health insurance, travel to conferences), mentoring and research skill development opportunities to goal-directed, full-time nursing PHD students dedicated to pursuing a research career in health behavior science.

Specifically, this NINR-funded T32 training program focuses on health behavior science to prepare the next cadre of nurse scientists who will develop knowledge to change health behaviors that significantly improve public health. Upon completion of this pre-doctoral health behavior science training program, trainees will have the requisite knowledge and skills to conduct rigorous health behavior research, which will significantly contribute to efforts to reduce morbidity, mortality and health care costs by developing knowledge about effective strategies to improve health behaviors.