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Current Research Projects

Faculty members at the College of Nursing maintain active research agendas. The 2016-2017 academic year was an especially productive one for our faculty and Ph.D. students. Below are a few of their recent accomplishments.

Dr. Maryann Bozzette received an award from the University of Missouri Research Board to support her research on transitioning premature infants to direct exclusive breastfeeding in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Her research examines mothers’ breastfeeding self-efficacy and maternal confidence as they transition from bottle to breastfeeding, while tracking infants’ weight gain and health outcomes.

Dr. Sheila Grigsby continues her work on a two-year project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The aims of this project are to build community coalitions to address health disparities in the African American community of North St. Louis, with a focus on patient-defined health concerns and outcomes. Drs. Grigsby and Roxanne Vandermause lead focus groups of diverse community members from parents of adolescents with asthma to youth to educators, eliciting their feedback on best practices for eliminating health disparities and preventing other chronic diseases.

Dr. Roxanne Vandermause, in addition to her work with PCORI and acting as liaison between the College of Nursing and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, is a co-investigator with colleagues at the Missouri Institute for Mental Health on an NIMH R01 study entitled “Enhancing Capacity for Mental Health Research and Care in Cambodia.” Dr. Vandermause will lend her qualitative data collection and analytic skills to the project, which seeks to generate new insights about mental health treatment in resource restricted environments.