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September 22, 2021

Scholar Spotlight: Hyejin Kim

Dr. Hyejin Kim is a post-doctoral scholar with the School of Nursing. She is working with Dr. Azita Emami and researchers at the Karolinska Insitute in Sweden to study stress and music therapy in people with dementia and their caregivers.  Why did you choose nursing? There was no question. I always wanted to make a…


Scholar Spotlight: Sarah McKiddy

Sarah McKiddy is a first year PhD in Nursing Science student and the de Tornyay Center’s 2021 pre-doctoral scholar. Her faculty mentor is Basia Belza. Her research interests include neurocognitive disorders, healthy equity, and building the evidence to support music as a therapeutic intervention. Why did you choose nursing? Through a culmination of my mom’s…


Scholar Spotlight: Shumenghui Zhai

Shumenghui Zhai is a third-year PhD in Nursing Science Student. She was awarded the 2021 Western Institute of Nursing Carol A. Lindeman Award for a New Researcher for her work, the first UW student or faculty to win the award since 2008. Her dissertation is about tech-enabled solutions for sleep research in children with chronic…


June 7, 2021

Scholar Spotlight: Olga Yudich

Olga Yudich was one of the recipients of the de Tornyay Center’s 2021 Pathways to Healthy Aging Award and one of the de Tornyay Center’s Healthy Aging Scholars. A recent DNP graduate, her project was ‘ Improving Coordination of Care of Highly Complex Geriatric Patients in Primary Care’. Her faculty mentor was Hilaire Thompson. Why did…


Scholar Spotlight: Claire Han

Claire Han was the de Tornyay Center’s 2020-2021 Germaine Krysan Doctoral Scholar. A recent DNP graduate, Han’s project was ‘Tailoring Chronic Disease Management Care Pathways to Older Adults and their Caregivers in Adults Family Homes’ and faculty mentors were Hilaire Thompson and Kristen Childress. Why did you choose nursing? When I was between five and…


Scholar Spotlight: Susie Cho

Susie Cho was the de Tornyay Center’s 2020 Myrene C. McAninch Doctoral Scholar. A PhD student, Cho’s project was ‘A Qualitative Thematic Analysis of the Facilitators and Barriers to Self-care Practices in Care Partners of People Living with Dementia’ and faculty mentor was Tatiana Sadak. Why did you choose nursing? I was fond of what my…


Scholar Spotlight: Liam Malpass

Liam Malpass was one of the recipients of the de Tornyay Center’s 2021 Pathways to Healthy Aging Award. A recent DNP graduate, his project was ‘ Improving Utilization of Telehealth among Clinicians Caring for Older Adults’. His faculty mentor was Gail Johnson. Why did you choose nursing? Nursing was a natural career path for me. I’ve…


May 20, 2021

Undergraduate Research Symposium 2021

Our de Tornyay Center Undergraduate Scholars, Hillary Frey and Derick Welsh are presenting at the 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, May 21st, during 10:00AM to 10:55 AM and 4:05 PM to 4:55 PM sessions. Hillary Frey will present on “Exploring Triggers for Older Adults to Recognize Age-Related Changes: Preliminary Findings From a Qualitative Analysis”,…


March 22, 2021

Scholar Spotlight: Wendy Wilson

Wendy Wilson is one of the 2020-2021 de Tornyay Center Healthy Aging Doctoral Scholars. A PhD in Nursing Science student, Wilson’s mentor is Donna Berry, and research areas of interest include personalized end of life care focused on patient dignity and health disparities in access to specialized end of life care. Why did you choose nursing? My mom is…


Scholar Spotlight: Wonkyung Jung

Wonkyung Jung is one of the 2020-2021 de Tornyay Center Healthy Aging Doctoral Scholars. A PhD in Nursing Science student, Jung’s research is in social integration and traumatic brain injury in older adults. Jung’s faculty mentor is Hilaire Thompson. Why did you choose nursing? My grandfather was a medical student, but because of the Korean war he…



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