• Kafuli Agbemenu, PhD, MPH, RN, CTN-A

    Assistant Professor

    Kafuli Agbemenu.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    201D Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-8013

    PHONE: 716-829-6023

    The development of culturally-targeted reproductive health education is urgently needed. Health care professionals also need to understand that refugee women are likely to have histories of trauma and, therefore, need care delivered from a trauma-informed perspective.

    Kafuli Agbemenu is an alumna who earned her BS from UB School of Nursing.  She went on to earn an MPH with a focus on behavioral and community health science and global health, as well as her MS and PhD in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research areas of interest include adolescent reproductive health and women's health in the African immigrant population.  She teaches NSG 410, Public Health Nursing for Population Health, and NGS 509, Ethics for Healthcare Professionals, in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

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  • Christopher Barrick, PhD

    Director for Research Advancement; Research Associate Professor

    Christopher Barrick.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    303 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-8013

    PHONE: 716-829-3280

    Christopher Barrick's research interests focus on two broad areas: looking at effective ways to disseminate evidence-based interventions into broad clinical practice and using technology to facilitate clinical substance abuse research.

    He has developed an alternate form of the telephone-based clinical skill assessment tool (T-CAT), with an interactive voice recording (IVR)-based approach to assessment. This has promise as a method to allow for improved clinical skill assessment for a variety of training methods in the alcohol and drug abuse treatment fields. Barrick plans to continue to develop the T-CAT measure and compare its usefulness to traditional role play assessment. In addition, he is looking at ways to better integrate computer and interactive voice recording (IVR)-based technologies into broader dissemination and intervention efforts.

    He has also been involved in adapting face-to-face Coping Skills Training (CST) for women with alcoholic partners to a Skills Training program designed to be accessed by individuals at a stand-alone website, and has used computer and web-based technologies to disseminate new models of therapies to community clinician

  • Nancy Campbell, PhD, FNP-C, CARN-AP, FAANP, FIAAN, FAAN

    Associate Professor

    Nancy Campbell-Heider.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    Nancy Campbell’s current scholarship and research is focused on health promotion in adolescents related to addictions. In June 2020 she served as a guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Addictions Nursing focused on “Noncombustible nicotine and cannabis use: Continuing controversies and evidence.” She was active in several recent advanced practice education grants to enhance DNP interprofessional education, oral-systemic health, telehealth interventions, and most recently in integrative behavioral health and primary care. Over the years, she has directed several Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) Advanced Nurse Education projects that were funded for $4.6 million. Most recently she was the project director for a 2013-2016 $1.2 million grant to enhance the oral-systemic and interprofessional competencies of NPs through interprofessional education and collaborative practice with the UB School of Dental Medicine.

    Other professional activities have included serving on the International Nurses Society on Addictions Board of Directors, and as a member and secretary of the Addictions Nursing Certification Board. She is also a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Addictions Nursing. Campbell is a Fellow of the International Academy of Addictions Nursing (FIAAN), a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP), and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She is nationally certified as an FNP and in advanced practice additions nursing (CARN-AP). She has won several awards for her curricular innovations in the FNP program, which were funded through previous Advanced Nursing Education HRSA grants.

  • Yu-Ping Chang, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, FIAAN

    Senior Associate Dean; Professor; Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Endowed Professor; Chair - Family, Community and Health Systems Sciences

    Yu-Ping Chang.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    101 C Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-2015

    Chang's research focuses on geropsychiatric nursing and her areas of interest include substance abuse and depression in older adults, as well as dementia care. Currently, she is working on a funded study to understand prescription psychotherapeutic drug use in older adults. In addition, Chang is conducting research in family caregivers of people with cognitive impairments. She is working on a funded study to understand medication management and psychosocial and physical well-being in family caregivers of people with dementia.

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  • Grace Dean, PhD, RN

    Professor

    Grace Dean.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    321 D Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-3235

    Dean’s research focuses on quality of life and symptom management and the development and testing of theoretically-guided interventions to improve outcomes for patients with cancer. Early on, her team conducted research aimed at elucidating predictors of and identifying significant patterns in the experience of sleep disturbances and fatigue in patients with lung cancer. That work led to the testing of a brief behavioral treatment to improve sleep and reduce fatigue in lung cancer survivors (1R15NR013779). Their work has recently expanded through additional funding (1R01NR018215) to evaluate brief behavioral treatment in a more heterogeneous sample of cancer survivors. To extend this work, their next planned study involves online training with virtual simulation for ambulatory cancer nurses to screen for sleep disorders, deliver the brief behavioral intervention and/or refer cancer survivors for further treatment.

  • Kristin Di Angelo, MS, RN

    Clinical Instructor

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    231 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-8013

    PHONE: 716-829-3309

  • Suzanne Dickerson, DNS, RN

    Division Chair - Biobehavioral Health & Clinical Sciences; Professor

    Suzanne Dickerson.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    301 E Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-3254

    I am very thrilled announce our book launch of: Doing Hermeneutic Phenomenological Research: A practical guide (2020, Sage Publication Inc., ISBN 978-1-5264-8573-1). This book evolved from a team (myself included) of scholars (Lesley Dibley, Suzanne Dickerson, Mel Duffy and Roxanne Vandermause) who participate in the emerging scholarship of the Advanced Hermeneutical Institute that has occurred over the past three decades. The goal of this research is to gain an understand of the meaning of human experience. To discuss philosophical underpinnings of the research, this group of national and international scholars gather annually, bringing in current philosophers to examine the readings from Heidegger and Gadamer, among others. Doctoral students and faculty also attend to engage in the scholarly discussion.  This book is a guide for scholars of any discipline to understand the philosophical way of thinking in designing and conducting Hermeneutic Phenomenological Research. A video of the book launch is below.

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    Book Launch: "Doing Hermeneutic Phenomenological Research: A Practical Guide"

    Book launch for "Doing Hermeneutic Phenomenological Research: A Practical Guide"
  • Margaret Doerzbacher, MS, RN, NNP-BC

    Clinical Instructor

    Margaret Doerzbacher.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    317 B Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-2048

    EMAIL: mdoerzba@buffalo.edu

    Working with families experiencing a perinatal loss is heartbreaking – but as a nurse, it has also been my greatest privilege.

    Meg Doerzbacher is a clinical instructor at the UB SON, as well as a PhD student. She received her BS in Nursing, MSN, and post-master's certificate from the University of Cincinnati. Doerzbacher is a neonatal nurse practitioner and her research focuses within the neonatal field. Her specific areas of research include breastfeeding for women treated for substance use disorders and perinatal bereavement.

    Meg Doerzbacher, MS, RN, NNP-BC, shares her research conducted at UB SON.
    "Breastfeeding Support for Mothers with Addiction"

    Meg Doerzbacher, MS, RN, NNP-BC, shares her research conducted at UB SON.

  • Donna Fabry, DNP, CNS, RN

    Pre-Licensure Programs Coordinator; Clinical Associate Professor

    Donna Fabry.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    214 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-2101

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  • Kelly Foltz-Ramos, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, RHIA

    Director of Simulation; Assistant Professor

    Kelly Foltz-Ramos.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    211 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-3216

  • Susan Grinslade, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC

    Clinical Professor; Associate Director, UB Community Health Equity Research Institute

    Susan Grinslade.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    210 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-2234

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  • Jennifer Guay, DNP, CNM

    RN to BS Program Coordinator; Clinical Associate Professor

    Jennifer Guay.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    221 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-3882

    I want to educate students to provide outstanding care to patients of all ages. I believe through collaboration and teamwork, we will make a difference in our patients’ lives.

    Jennifer Guay is the RN to BS program coordinator and a clinical associate professor at the School of Nursing. She is also a certified midwife practicing at Kaleida Health.

    Guay's expertise lies in midwifery and neonatal care. Her areas of research include preventing teenage pregnancy and improving the health of mothers and babies. She also is a research advocate for interprofessioal education, including simulation, and innovative education enhancements in the classroom, clinicals, online and in global settings.

    Guay is committed to global health and providing care for the underserved. She traveled with HELPS International for a medical mission in Guatemala, where she taught lay midwives how to manage birth and postpartum complications and to administer neonatal CPR. She also provided care for women across the lifespan while incorporating local traditions and culture into their health care and teachings.

    Guay has presented her research findings both nationally and internationally. She has presented at the International Research Conference in Dublin, Ireland, concerning global nursing. Guay has also presented her research findings on nursing students' use and involvement with technology during baccalaureate programs in Cancun, Mexico, and Madrid, Spain.

  • Melinda Haas, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Melinda Haas.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    229 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-8013

    PHONE716-829-2389

    Melinda Haas is a clinical assistant professor for the UB SON. She received her BS in Nursing from St. John Fisher College and DNP from the UB SON. Currently, she is a family nurse practitioner at Village Pediatrics and Rheumatology, and her areas of interest include pediatric and adolescent care.

  • Sharon Hewner, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Associate Professor

    Sharon Hewner.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    311 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-2092

    My experience in a wide variety of health care settings, ranging from intensive and coronary care to long-term care and home care, led me to employ systems thinking about how to improve care transitions, and to consider the role that technology could play in improving care across settings.

    Sharon Hewner is a research professor in the School of Nursing. Her research focuses on the interaction between nurse care coordinators, patients and their caregivers at the time of hospital discharge. Hewner’s team, which includes primary care physicians, nurse researchers, and engineers, examines how technology and health information exchange can improve the delivery of person-centered care during the transition to post-discharge settings.

    Hewner recently completed the Coordinating Transitions project (AHRQ funded). The work utilized a health information exchange to alert nurse care coordinators in primary care when the patient is discharged to ensure an outreach phone call within 72 hours of discharge. The technology that the team developed is now used in an eight county region of WNY. Through avoided hospitalization and emergency department visits, this has resulted in a $1,300 reduction in cost of care per adult Medicaid recipient with pre-existing chronic conditions.

    Hewner’s current research compares the efficacy of community-based care coordination models for complex and high-need patients. An additional focus is using data mining, cognitive work analysis and natural language processing to develop a conversational assistant to support nurse care coordinators in the development of a comprehensive shared care plan that follows the patient throughout the health care system.

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  • Amy Hequembourg, PhD

    Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion; Associate Professor

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    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    209 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-2608

    My research and much of my professional service is aimed at addressing health disparities affecting sexual minorities. By seeking an understanding of the mechanisms fueling this public health crisis, my research aims to inform effective interventions that will improve the health and well-being of sexual minorities.

    Amy Hequembourg is an associate professor for the School of Nursing and has devoted her research to understanding and dismantling health disparities among sexual minorities (i.e., gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals). This wide range of individuals suffer from a variety of significant health disparities, including higher rates of substance use disorders, tobacco use, mental health symptoms, trauma symptoms, lifetime sexual victimization, and some forms of cancer. Sexual minorities also report barriers to health care that result in lower health care utilization.

    To this end, the bulk of her research is focused on understanding why sexual minorities experience higher rates of adverse health outcomes, elevated rates of health risk behaviors associated with those outcomes (e.g., heavy alcohol use, cigarette smoking), and a higher prevalence of other stressful and traumatic life experiences (e.g., sexual assault, discrimination and microaggressions) compared to heterosexual individuals.

    Her current scholarly activities in these areas include a number of ongoing funded projects that have the shared goal of understanding the nature of unique health disparities and risky health behaviors among sexual minorities.

  • Linda Paine Hughes, DNP, ANP, PNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C

    Clinical Associate Professor

    Linda Paine Hughes.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    304 A Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-8013

    PHONE: 716-645-1846

  • Janice Jones, PhD, RN, CNS

    Program Coordinator, MS Nursing Leadership & Health Care Systems; Clinical Professor

    Janice Jones.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    222 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

  • Carla Jungquist, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN

    Adult/Gerontology Program Coordinator; Associate Professor

    Carla Jungquist.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    312 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-3261

    My research program is driven to promote safe and effective pain management. Specifically, my research is about the interdependent relationship among pain, sleep and opioids.

    Carla Jungquist has been a nurse for 30 years. She is a family nurse practitioner who earned her PhD in Health Practice Research from the University of Rochester. Jungquist focuses her research on safe and effective pain management. More specifically, her research works on improving how nurses integrate data from electronic monitoring devices into their critical thinking and decision making skills when deciding on the appropriate pain management medications for the hospitalized patient.

    The scope of Jungquist’s research and scholarship spans across intervention-based investigations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) for patients with chronic pain, measurement science, and practice analysis and solutions for safe monitoring of patients receiving opioid analgesics. Jungquist’s NIH funded research on CBT-I generated evidence to support the applicability of a treatment regimen to improve sleep, quality of life and energy in patients with chronic pain. Results from this study and subsequent investigations resulted in revisions to the DSM-5, ICD-10 and ICSD-3 classifying insomnia as an independent disorder rather than a co-existing primary medical or psychiatric diagnosis.

    Jungquist’s findings were published in Sleep Medicine, cited hundreds of times in Google Scholar (GS) and included in two meta-analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine. The study intervention was also published as a treatment manual, “Session-By-Session Treatment Manual for Insomnia.” The manual has been translated into five languages and sold more than 5,000 copies internationally. Subsequent publications in sleep disorders and behavior research therapy strengthened the evidence base for CBT-I.

    Jungquist is actively involved with the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). She is positioned to educate nurses and other health professionals in the integration of behavioral sleep medicine interventions into practice. Additionally, Jungquist serves on the AASM Education Committee, which focuses on developing and implementing educational modules to train nurses nationwide in assessing and managing sleep disorders.

    In 2012, Jungquist acquired funding from the CDC to validate the five Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System sleeping screening questions, which yielded only two times with acceptable sensitivity and specificity to detect total sleep time and excessive daytime. This finding was disseminated at the AASM's international sleep conference, and published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. This validation study resulted in the construction of questions that will better detect the widespread health problem and further advance sleep science and give basis for the need to increase public awareness of the problem and increase federal funding for research.

    In 2008, Jungquist spearheaded work supported by the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) to examine nurses’ monitoring practices of hospitalized patients on opioids for pain management. This practice analysis identified a need for safe monitoring. Jungquist then provided leadership in the development of the first comprehensive evidence based nursing guidelines for monitoring patients for opioid-induced respiratory depression in a hospital setting. 

    Jungquist has also led subsequent practice analysis to determine the influence of these guidelines in transforming safe monitoring practices published in 2014. This work was recognized by interprofessional authorities in the field of patient safety, resulting in an invitation to join the CMS e-Measures Working Group for Intravenous Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA). Jungquist’s previous work informed the development and testing of core measures for monitoring. She led the distinguished interprofessional working group members in preparation for the publication of a manuscript in the Journal of Nursing Administration on the results of beta testing of the core measures. She continues to work with Sleep Medicine and the Society for Anesthesia to develop educational materials for clinicians to improve safe care for patient with sleep disorders undergoing surgery.

    Jungquist also has provided leadership in convening and facilitating industry sponsored nursing advisory boards for Hospira, Inc. and Medtronic, Inc. to establish best practices for monitoring hospitalized patients for opioid-induced respiratory depression, as well as provide advisement for technology enhancements and resources for training nurses.

    In 2018, Jungquist was a site investigator for the Medtronic, Inc. sponsored PRediction of Opioid-induced respiratory Depression In patients monitored by capnoGraphY (PRODIGY) study that validated a tool for nurses to use in identifying hospitalized patients at risk for opioid-induced respiratory depression.

    Jungquist’s research team has been funded by the UB Clinical Translational Science Institute. This funded research will compare various respiratory monitoring devices for sensitivity, patient comfort and ease for nursing use.

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  • Gale Klinshaw, MSN, RN

    Clinical Lab Coordinator

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    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    230 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-8013

    PHONE: 716-829-3207

  • Eric Ledwin, DNP, RN, CRNA, ACNP

    Assistant Program Director, Nurse Anesthetist Program; Clinical Assistant Professor

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    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    201 E Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-5084

  • Marsha Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Dean; Professor

    Dean Marsha Lewis.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    102 A Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-3221

    Dean Lewis is a specialist in psychiatric-mental health and nursing education, with expertise in curriculum and instructional systems.  Her research focuses on family caregivers of persons with dementia and on decision making for patients and families. She works with an interdisciplinary team in nursing, gerontology, family social science, psychology and occupational therapy. 

    Lewis' research has included group interventions to decrease caregiver stress and burden, creation of a decision making tool for family caregivers, development of online caregiver training to accommodate caregivers who are unable to leave their family member to attend group sessions, and expansion of the caregiver intervention to Hispanic and African American populations, as well as to family caregivers in India. 

    Most recently, she is co-investigator on a three-year NIH R01 grant to develop a web-based system that uses distance education methods along with manuals and protocols to train, certify and monitor the performance of interventionists to deliver the Savvy Caregiver program (Savvy), an evidence-based dementia family caregiver psychoeducation program.

  • Chin-Shang Li, PhD

    Professor

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    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    201 B Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-8013

    PHONE: 716-829-3344

    I develop statistical methodologies to deal with statistical questions and issues arising from collaborative research so that these methodologies can be implemented in statistical software.

    Chin-Shang Li has published extensively throughout his professional career. In addition to collaborations with many health science and medical researchers from an array of institutions and organizations, Li also has extensive editorial experience. He is editor-in-chief for three peer-reviewed journals: International Journal of Statistics and Probability; Current Research in Biostatistics; and Biostatistics and Metrics. He is also an editorial board member for several other academic journals. 

    Prior to the University at Buffalo, Li was a professor in the Division of Biostatistics, Department of Public Health Sciences, at the University of California Davis School of Medicine. His main responsibilities in this role included research, teaching and provision of statistical support of clinical trials, as well as grant submissions and statistical analysis in several areas. These include, but are not limited to, anesthesiology and pain medicine; biomedical engineering; breast cancer; dermatology; nuclear medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; pediatrics; pharmacy; psychiatry and behavioral sciences; and veterinary surgical and radiological sciences.

  • Jennifer Livingston, PhD

    Associate Professor

    portrait of Jennifer Livingston.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    301 A Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-8013

    PHONE: 716-829-2486

    My research is focused on understanding the pathways through which early adverse experiences with victimization can contribute to substance use, sexual risk behavior and poor mental health.

    Jennifer Livingston is an associate professor committed to the research of violence and substance use among adolescents and to the promotion of sexual health education among children and adolescents. She is particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms through which peer victimization (i.e. bullying and sexual harassment) come to impact adolescent health outcomes, including substance use, sexual risk behavior, mental health, and vulnerability to other types of victimization (i.e. dating violence, sexual assault).

    Another key area of Livingston's interest is the prevention of sexual assault and sexual abuse across the lifespan – children, adolescents, sexual minority youth and emerging adults. She believes that understanding the pathways through which early adverse experiences with victimization contribute to negative outcomes, and the protective mechanisms that can improve these effects and outcomes, can be used to inform intervention and prevention efforts.

  • Rebecca Lorenz, PhD, RN

    Assistant Dean, PhD Program; Associate Professor

    Rebecca Lorenz.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    301 D Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-2204

    Lorenz’s research focuses on non-pharmacological person-centered interventions (e.g. mindfulness, exercise) to improve sleep/wake patterns and provide methods for symptom self-management among adults with neurodegenerative diseases. Currently, she is adapting a multicomponent videoconference intervention to overcome barriers to reach and sustainability. In addition, she conducting research to identify pathways to disparities in sleep health in older adults, a known cause of chronic health conditions such as impairments in memory and concentration, using data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the largest and the most comprehensive multidisciplinary panel study in the US.

  • Catherine M. Mann, EdD, RN, CNS, CNE

    Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies; Clinical Associate Professor

    Catherine Mann.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    216 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-6036

    As a certified nurse educator with more than 20 years of teaching experience, I strive to improve education to enhance patient-centered care for nurses and other health professionals in practice and in prelicensure and graduate programs.

    Catherine Mann is the assistant dean for undergraduate studies and a clinical associate professor for the School of Nursing.

    Mann is a clinical nurse specialist in community health with more than 25 years in home health in case management and administrative positions, including in the hospice and palliative care field. Her experience comprises of program coordinator for an innovative master’s in palliative care nursing; teaching palliative care courses; and acting as a clinical educator of inpatient hospice, home hospice and hospice inpatient unit settings.

    Mann’s history and experience have allowed her to contribute to improving care for patients with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as director of a national demonstration project. She is also privileged to be a visiting scholar at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.

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  • Tania T. Von Visger, PhD, APRN, CNS, CCNS, PCCN

    Assistant Professor

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    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    201 F Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-2201

    Tania Von Visger’s program of research centers on symptom management and quality of life enhancement using integrative approaches, particularly mindfulness-based interventions.

    Currently, she is a co-investigator and study interventionist on “Mellowing Mind,” a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funded study that compares two ways to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health among adults from underserved and racial minority communities. She is also completed her post-doctoral training at the Primary Care Research Institute at the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Science with a focus on implementation science research that is supported by the Health Services Research Administration.

    During Von Visger’s 13 years of experience as critical care clinical nurse specialist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical center, she covered nursing specialty areas in critical care, abdominal solid-organ transplant hemodialysis and acute care surgery. She also provided clinical consultation, quality improvement, education, research and leadership throughout the institution.

    Von Visger’s array of educational, practice and research experiences across the country have instilled a great sense of cultural humility and empathy.

    “My appreciation for cultural diversity, coupled with the opportunity to live and work in many geographic regions of the US (the West Coast, East Coast, Northeast, and Midwest), has afforded me productive and fulfilling life experiences,” says Von Visger. “While people's way of life may vary slightly in a different part of the country, they all have similar basic human needs - to be understood and respected.”

    Von Visger’s dedication to stellar patient care and advancing to the profession is evidenced by her service as a member of several professional organizations. As a member of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association Clinical Practice Committee and co-chair on the American Thoracic Society Integrative Therapy Interest Group, for example, she is committed to serving and advocating for patients. She is also an active member of the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS), where she serves the nursing community by leading, mentoring and coaching young nurse researchers.

    Von Visger previously served as a research assistant professor at UB's Department of Family Medicine and as an adjunct faculty for UB’s School of Nursing. She has also served as faculty at The Ohio State University, Boston College, Johns Hopkins University, and the Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Von Visger received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at Los Angeles, her bachelor's and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Maryland and her PhD in nursing from The Ohio State University.

  • Carla Moscato, DNP, CRNA

    Assistant Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program; Co-Clinical Coordinator; Clinical Assistant Professor

    Carla Moscato.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    314 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-8013

    Through nurse anesthesia, I have been able to guide, care for and comfort patients through some of the scariest moments of their lives. Through education, I also get the privilege of guiding and improving anesthesia practice through students for years to come.

    Carla Moscato is a clinical assistant professor and alumna of UB SON, where she received her BS in Nursing and DNP in Nurse Anesthesia. Moscato is a passionate advocate for the CRNA profession and its autonomy. Currently, she is a CRNA at the Endoscopy Center of Western NY, a CRNA-only run facility, and the Ambulatory Surgery Center of Western NY. Moscato is also an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Sigma Theta Tau.

  • Carolyn Montgomery, PhD, ANP-C, GNP

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Carolyn Montgomery.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    321 C Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-3208

  • Patricia Nisbet, DNP, PMHNP-BC

    Psychiatric Mental Health Program Coordinator; Clinical Assistant Professor

    Tammy Austin-Ketch.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    304 B Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-6085

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  • Molli Oldenburg, DNP, RN, FNP-C

    Family Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator; Global Initiatives Coordinator; Clinical Assistant Professor

    Molli Oldenburg.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    324 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-2303

    EMAIL: mmo3@buffalo.edu

  • Pamela Paplham, DNP, AOCNP, FNP-BC, FAANP

    Assistant Dean, MS/DNP Programs; Clinical Professor; Adjunct Associate Professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Tammy Austin-Ketch.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    310 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-3225

    My research is conducted to improve patient outcomes due to 30 years of clinical experience with the hematopoietic cell transplant population.

    Pamela Paplham is committed to the study of oncology. Her areas of interest include hematopoietic cell transplant and survivorship, cancer survivorship, telehealth and chronic graft versus host disease.

    In addition to serving as the assistant dean to the MS/DNP programs and a clinical professor in the UB School of Nursing, Paplham is an adjunct associate clinical professor for oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Her scholarly activities include developing a hematopoietic cell transplant survivorship care plan; ascertaining unmet needs and compliance with recommended screening of adult hematopoietic cell transplantation survivors followed in a formal survivorship program; and participating in a workgroup, established through the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research and the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, with the purpose of establishing preventative practice recommendations for metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease following hematopoietic cell transplantation.

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  • Eunhee Park, PhD, RN, APHN-BC

    Assistant Professor

    Eunhee Park.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    201 E Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-3701

    EMAIL: eunheepa@buffalo.edu   

    Eunhee Park’s program of research is to develop, implement, and disseminate effective interventions that reduce the harms of risky behaviors, particularly focusing on smoking and substance use prevention among young people with low SES. Her research pursues three lines of inquiry, including the following: (1) understanding mechanisms and contextual factors of risk behaviors among young people, (2) finding innovative intervention strategies using technology, internet, and media, and (3) developing implementation and dissemination plans for sustainable health outcomes.

  • Joann Sands, DNP, RN, ANP-BC

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Joann Sands.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    228 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-2342

    I’ve been a volunteer firefighter/EMT for the last 12 years. I had the opportunity to go on a deployment with the fire department after Hurricane Irene. I also was able to take several nursing students on a deployment to Schoharie County after Hurricane Sandy.

    Joann Sands is a clinical assistant professor at the School of Nursing with a passion for disaster and emergency response management. Her areas of interest include disaster preparedness and response, resiliency after a disaster, disaster epidemiology, emergency management and global health.

    Sands is a member of Consortium for Humanitarian Service and Education (CHSE). This organization runs three interdisciplinary disaster/humanitarian exercises throughout the year with New York Hope, Missouri Hope and Atlantic Hope (in Florida). Students from the School of Nursing attend these exercises to gain experience in the disaster and emergency response field like identifying best practices, understanding of human behavior in the true-to-life settings in which professionals operate.

    In addition, Sands recently participated in the University’s active shooter drill, which included several UB departments and schools, local police and fire departments, students, the FBI, and many other organizations.

    Currently, Sands is working toward her master’s in Disaster Preparedness Emergency Management through Arkansas State University and is expected to graduate in 2020.

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  • Loralee Sessanna, DNS, RN, AHN-BC, Faith Community Nurse

    Interim Division Chair - Family, Community & Health Systems Sciences; Clinical Professor

    Sessanna.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    212 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-3913

    The motivation and passion for my work in holistic nursing and patient care practice is grounded in the experiences that I have had taking care of family, friends, patients and their loved ones. The lessons that I learned from having the privilege and honor of caring for others has profoundly impacted my life both as a nurse and as a fellow human being.

    Loralee Sessanna is a clinical professor for the School of Nursing. She has dedicated her life and nursing career to holistic care. Sessanna believes compassion, empathy, kindness, unconditional love, authenticity and patience and respecting and valuing the beauty of everyone’s unique talents and differences reinforces the need and importance of caring for the “whole who.”

    Sessanna was part of a UBSON team that started the interprofessional partnership between UBSON and Millennium Collaborative Care for the national Million Hearts® initiative. The partnership began with a UBSON undergraduate course, “Health Promotion and Disease Prevention with Populations” that she co-taught with SON faculty. The course is designed to teach nursing students how to improve health outcomes among underserved populations. As a result of the collaborative partnership, nursing students gain valuable experience working alongside other health-related professions to provide free health care screenings multiple times a year throughout the Buffalo community.

  • Darryl Somayaji, PhD, RN, CNS, CCRC

    Assistant Professor; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Oncology, Cancer Screening & Survivorship at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Darryl Somayaji.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    201C Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-2178

    Darryl Somayaji earned her BSN from Niagara University. She went on to earn an MSN from D'Youville College with a focus on community health and teaching, as well as her PhD in Nursing from the University of Utah. She recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in cancer and health disparities from the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research areas of interest include cancer and health disparities with a focus on access to care in cancer survivorship and recruitment and retention of underserved individuals to cancer clinical trials.

  • Cheryl Spulecki, DNAP, RN, CRNA, ACNP, FAANA

    Program Director, Nurse Anesthetist Program; Clinical Assistant Professor

    Cheryl Spulecki.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    326 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3034

    PHONE: 716-829-3234

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  • Linda Steeg, DNP, RN, ANP-BC

    Clinical Associate Professor

    Linda Steeg.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    219 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-6086

  • Suzanne Sullivan, PhD, MBA, RN, CHPN

    Assistant Professor

    Suzanne Sullivan.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    201 A Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-8013

    As a home health and hospice nurse, I have often been distressed by how frequently people living with serious illness experience unwanted or non-beneficial treatments at the end-of-life because they have not engaged in discussions about serious illness goals for care. I hope that my research will uncover new opportunities to assist nurses in this area.

    Suzanne Sullivan is an assistant professor at the School of Nursing who dedicates her research to end-of-life care. Recently, Sullivan has developed a predictive model for 12-month mortality risk among community-dwelling, older adults using a large, nationally representative dataset of 635,000 individuals receiving skilled home health care. Through her work, Sullivan demonstrates that nurse-sensitive data is a valuable resource for achieving the quadruple aim (enhancing the patient experience, improving population health, reducing costs and improving the work life of health care providers).

    Currently, Sullivan is conducting a grounded theory study that explores how homecare nurses recognize serious illness in older adults and how they use decision support tools to guide transitions in care. She plans to integrate the findings of this study with the predictive model to develop an approach that assists homecare nurses in identifying older adults at risk for decline/death so that they can support patients and their families in transitioning to palliative and hospice care programs.

    Additionally, Sullivan is working with a team of researchers from the School of Nursing, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Department of Biomedical Informatics to develop a customized training program for research scientists to use data science approaches to address the needs of individuals and their families in the context of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD). The team focuses on predicting functional decline, mortality risk and sleep in people with AD/ADRD.

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  • Alyssa Weissinger, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Alyssa Weissinger.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    304C Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-8013

    PHONE716-829-2389

    EMAIL: alyssawe@buffalo.edu

    Alyssa Weissinger's early clinical experience includes several roles as a registered nurse within the Catholic Health System in Buffalo, NY. She began her nursing career on the medical/surgical and stroke care units at Sisters of Charity Hospital, where she also performed the role of charge nurse on an acute medical unit specializing in neurological care. During COVID-19, she also performed the role of acute care nurse at Sisters of Charity Hospital's St. Joseph campus, the state’s first COVID-19 dedicated hospital.

    Early in her career, Weissinger also expanded her nursing experience on a global stage, having participated in a nursing mission trip in South East Asia and caring for underserved populations in Kandy, Sri Lanka, where she provided stroke and neurological care in a rural teaching hospital.

    As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Weissinger works at BestSelf Behavioral Health, where she’s responsible for assessing, diagnosing and providing pharmacological management and education for adults with a variety of mental illnesses. She was previously the primary psychiatric provider for the adult eating disorder treatment services. 

    Weissinger remains engaged with the wider professional nursing community through her membership in the Neuroscience Education Institute, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

    Weissinger earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from UB in 2011 and a bachelor of science in nursing from D’Youville College. She also graduated from UB School of Nursing’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP program in 2019.

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  • Theresa Winkelman, MS, RN, PNP-BC

    Clinical Instructor

    Theresa Winkelman.

    ADDRESS:
    School of Nursing
    University at Buffalo
    226 Wende Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

    PHONE: 716-829-3391