Jennifer Leeman Selected as AHRQ Scholar

Jennifer Leeman has been selected as a scholar in the UNC K12 Mentored Career Development Program in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER), which is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Her funding is for three years,  2010-2013, and her mentors are Barbara Mark from our School of Nursing and Bryan Weiner from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. The award provides training, research funding, and salary support so that she can develop skills and a program of research in CER with a focus on dissemination and implementation.

Congratulations, Jennifer!  We wish you the best with this important effort to bring scientific findings to practice.

Three New Tenure-Track Faculty Appointed

Dean Kristen Swanson reports that the School of Nursing will have three outstanding new tenure line faculty joining us in August.  Each of them brings exciting new expertise to our research and teaching mission.

Dr. Jennifer Leeman will move from her current appointment as Research Associate Professor in the Research Support Center to Assistant Professor, tenure line, in the Health Care Environments Division.  Her research, focused  on comparative effectiveness, will guide consumers and providers alike in identifying what works to keep people healthy, manage chronic conditions, and prevent or treat disease.

Dr. Jia-Rong Wu will join the Adult and Geriatric Health Division as an Assistant Professor, tenure line.  She is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Kentucky in Lexington where her research has focused on adherence to drug therapies in adult cardiac patients, strategies to monitor adherence, and the impact of lapses in adherence on cardiac outcomes.  Her research will help inform patients and families on the reasons why they must take their medicines as prescribed.  Her work should ultimately lead to guidelines on what to do if a dose is missed.

Dr. Shawn Kneipp will join the Health Care Environments Division.  She is currently a tenured associate professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  Her initial UNC appointment will be as Visiting Associate Professor.  She will submit her materials this Fall to the Appointment/Promotion/Tenure Committee to be considered for an appointment as a tenured Associate Professor.  Dr. Kneipp’s federally funded research focuses on how  the welfare system  impacts women’s health.  Her work has included exploring how policy (eg, welfare to work) impacts women’s well being, striving to understand women’s experiences while in the welfare system, and community based interventions to support women’s health while on welfare.

SON to Be Site of Hong Kong/UNC Nursing Discussions

The School of Nursing will be the site of in-depth research conversations on Feb. 5, 2010. Five delegates from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with whom the SON has a Memorandum of Understanding, will be at the School to discuss many areas in which both institutions intend to collaborate in the future.

Most of the dialogue will focus on end-of-life care, geriatrics, pressure ulcer management, oncology, peri-operative nursing, cognitive impairment, leadership, ethics and legal issues and psychiatric-mental health.

Two main events are planned for Feb. 5. The Hong Kong delegation will make a presentation on the research agenda of their school from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in L700 in the new addition of Carrington Hall. Immediately following the presentation, SON faculty will have the opportunity to engage the Hong Kong delegation in discussions about mutual teaching and research interests. Associate Professor Jennifer Leeman will facilitate these conversations from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Associate Professor Ed Halloran, who spent two years at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, will host.

Esther Mok, professor and associate head (postgraduate studies and management) will lead the Hong Kong delegation. She is also a researcher and lecturer in end-of-life care.  She serves on the review panel of the Hong Kong Nursing Journal and the Asian Journal of Nursing Studies and is on the International Advisory Board for the Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

Enid Kwong, associate professor and chair of the School Research Committee, has research interests in geriatric care and pressure ulcer management.

Shirley Ching is an assistant professor and the program leader of the full-time government-funded Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Nursing that has more than 800 students. With a focus on cancer nursing, she received the Young Investigator Award 2001 from the Hong Kong International Cancer Congress.

Justina Liu currently teaches undergraduate gerontological nursing and serves as the deputy program leader of the full-time government-funded BSN program. She also oversees student exchange with institutions in Australia, Europe and North and South Americas. Liu’s interests include peri-operative nursing, surgical nursing and management of behavioral problems in people with cognitive impairment.

Frederick Yeung is the program leader of the newly operated full-time government-funded Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Mental Health Nursing. He teaches undergraduate subjects in healthcare leadership roles and management functions, ethical and legal aspects and mental health nursing. Yeung has served The Hong Kong College of Mental Health Nursing as the president and council member since 1999. His research focus is in mental health nursing and nursing management.

$3.1 Million Grant Awarded; Leeman is Principal Investigator

Associate professor Jennifer Leeman, along with Alice Ammerman,

Associate professor Jennifer Leeman has received a $3.1 million grant from the CDC with her research partner at the School of Public Health.

Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention director and professor at the School of Public Health, has received a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This grant will support the continuation of the Center of Excellence for Training and Research Translation.

Leeman has been co-investigator on the grant for the past five years and recently moved into the position of principal investigator. The Center’s purpose is to identify, translate and disseminate the evidence and guidance public health practitioners need to reduce the risk for obesity.


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