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Welcome to the Office of Research at the UMSL College of Nursing. We are here to assist faculty and graduate students in all aspects of the research enterprise.

Our overall mission is to raise the research profile at the College of Nursing. This means fostering an environment that is conducive to faculty scholarship and developing the next generation of nursing researchers by helping Ph.D., DNP, and undergraduate students with research and evidence-based projects. Please take a moment to browse our faculty research interests and ongoing projects, and contact the Office of Research if you have any questions!

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[Annah Headshot] Annah Bender, Ph.D., MSW

Research Associate
Office: 211 Nursing Administration Building
Phone: (314) 516-6072

 Dr. Bender is the Research Associate for the College of Nursing. She earned her Ph.D. at the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, in 2015. Dr. Bender primarily assists tenured and tenure-track faculty with research-related needs, from proposal writing to statistical support to budget preparation. She is the college's grants and contracts manager, and liaison between faculty and the UMSL Office of Research Administration. Dr. Bender's own research interests are in the area of mental health, interpersonal and community violence, and substance use. She has experience with and training in a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, research designs, survey and questionnaire development, grant writing, manuscript preparation, and grants administration.