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Dr. Mei Bai joined the College of Nursing faculty in 2017 after completing postdoctoral training at Yale University and Emory University. Dr. Bai is interested in palliative care for individuals living with cancer, and has used a variety of methods to explore patients’ spiritual well-being and cognitive-emotional outcomes following a cancer diagnosis. She is currently working toward a pilot study testing an expressive writing intervention for patients newly diagnosed with cancer, and as a postdoctoral scholar at Yale, Dr. Bai examined long-term trends in inpatient palliative care at New Haven Hospital in Connecticut.
Julie Bertram joined the College of Nursing faculty in 2017, bringing with her expertise in the mental health outcomes of children and adolescents in foster care. Dr. Bertram has an extensive record of multidisciplinary collaboration and publication in high-impact nursing journals. Her research focuses on the role of psychiatric nursing within the child welfare and foster care system.
MaryAnn Bozzette has expertise in high-risk infants and children and their families. Her research interests include social and behavioral development of premature infants, attachment relationships, breastfeeding, and parenting behavior. Her research to date has focused on responses of premature infants to mother’s voice and development of early communication skills. She currently has a funded project to examine transitioning premature infants to direct exclusive breastfeeding in the NICU.
Wilma Calvert’s research interests focus on the effects of and resultant problems associated with alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in individuals, families, and communities. Her program of research focuses on the effects of paternal alcohol use on their offspring, health in low-income Black fathers with a history of substance abuse, and using community-based participatory research to address substance abuse. She is conducting analyses and working on a paper based on survey data from residents of Ferguson, MO and surrounding areas about the relationship between their involvement in the unrest related to Michael Brown’s shooting and their health-related behaviors in the subsequent few months.
Dr. Anne Fish ’s research program is cardiovascular risk factor reduction. She accomplishes this through wellness, self-management, health promotion, and health behavior change in adults and adolescents with or at risk of cardiovascular disease. Her current focus is hypertension, obesity, and diabetes, in the areas of correct insulin injection technique, case management, psychosocial factors (diabetes empowerment, distress, quality of life, and self-care), pericardial adipose tissue as an emerging cardiovascular risk factor, physical activity (performance, self-efficacy, adherence, benefits and barriers), motivational readiness to change, blood pressure reduction, weight loss and maintenance, and measurement. Her work, applied and basic, is mostly quantitative. Dr. Fish’s writing reflects data-based original work, and theoretical and methodological work, as well as research program development and evaluation. Over the last five years due to support from the Dean and from International Studies and Programs, she has created a successful research collaboration in Nanjing China. Dr. Fish also has an active Visiting Scholars program in Nanjing and Shanghai, China, mostly with diabetic educators who are researchers.
Sheila Grigsby received her doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing. In addition to working on her degree and teaching, Dr. Grigsby has spent much of the last year working on a project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. This study, in collaboration with organizations, seeks to reduce health disparities in the St. Louis region by engaging community members through focus groups and other activities to address asthma and other issues among youth. A longtime member of the UMSL teaching faculty, Dr. Grigsby has worked extensively in the St. Louis region as a community organizer and health coalition builder. She is interested in teen pregnancy prevention, sexual and reproductive health, and preventing chronic disease in the African American community using participatory research methods.
Kuei-Hsiang Hsueh’s research interests focus on issues related to frail elderly and their family caregivers. My long term goal is to build evidence-based elder care to avoid costly hospitalization and reduce caregiver burden through developing, implementing and disseminating community-based interventions that promote the wellbeing and quality of life for the elderly and their caregivers across ethnic groups. She just finished collecting data
Roberta Lavin’s research focuses on bringing cultural competency around urban and rural communities to practicing nurses and disaster preparedness. In her work she has coordinated mass migrations from Guatemala, managed health care in an immigration detention center in Batavia, New York, worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Tucson, Arizona, and spent a few months “tooling around” the South Pacific on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel. Current projects include infusion and assessment of cultural competency in training DNP students and developing an inter-professional curriculum around disaster preparedness.
Kathryn Records conducts intervention research to improve the health of women and their newborns. Most of her research focuses on the health of women prior to and during pregnancy and considers how experiences such as abuse, obesity, and depression affect outcomes for the woman and her child at birth and across the first year of life. Her research has significantly advanced the science of maternal-newborn/infant health outcomes during pregnancy and postpartum. The clinical relevance of her work is exemplified by her development of a postpartum depression curriculum that has been implemented in two Southwestern sites serving primarily Spanish-speaking Latinas for the past eight years. She is a co-investigator on a multi-site project testing an intervention to prevent preterm labor among Latinas. In another project, she is working with multidisciplinary colleagues to better understand how young African American mothers perceive their health during childbearing and its relationship to life stressors and maternal-infant interaction. In another project, she is a co-investigator on a study testing for differences in stress levels and partner relationships subsequent to participation in a mindfulness intervention for young breast cancer survivors and their partners.
Ericka Sanner-Stiehr’s research focuses on communication patterns and workplace values in the nursing work environment. Her currently funded study measures the long-term impact of communication training for disruptive behaviors on staff retention and patient care quality. Dr. Sanner-Stiehr's other current work includes a multi-methods examination of generational influences on workplace values and intent to stay in the nursing workforce.
Roxanne Vandermause's research focus is in the area of women's mental health and addictions. She uses multi-methods approaches to examine women's recovery, parenting in recovery, adolescent girls in chemical dependency treatment, and therapeutic drug court experiences. She has recently completed a small study in the state of Washington using a tool to evaluate relational health in teen girls in chemical dependency treatment. She also recently completed a Patient-Centered Outcomes research Institute (PCORI)-funded study on the medication-taking practices of older adults with multiple chronic conditions in Washington State. Her work with PCORI led her to become involved as a co-investigator with Dr. Sheila Grigsby of UMSL in a PCORI-funded community engagement project to development a community partnership to conduct research addressing access to primary care for children and adolescents in the north side of the St. Louis region.