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Faculty with Aging-Related Interests

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Jonathan Auld, PhD, MAT, RN Assistant Professor, BNHI


Heart failure, health-related quality of life, self-care, symptoms
Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA The de Tornyay Endowed Professor in Healthy Aging, BNHI; Director, de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging Healthy brain, healthy aging, evidence-based health promotion programs, physical activity, public health interventions and policy.
Donna Berry PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN Professor BNHI Human response to cancer; specifically, but not exclusively, in genitourinary (GU) malignancies. Multi-method investigator. Led a large interdisciplinary team to develop and test the Personal Patient Profile-Prostate (P3P).
Eeeseung Byun, PhD, RN Assistant Professor, BNHI Symptom Management, specifically sleep disturbance, fatigue and impaired cognition, and underlying mechanisms of these symptoms in persons with chronic illness.
Chieh (Sunny) Cheng, RN, PhD Assistant Professor, UW Tacoma Early identification and intervention for mental health conditions, Mental health promotion for school youth, Technology based intervention for supporting family caregivers
Kristen Childress, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, CWCN-AP Associate Teaching Professor, CFPHN Geriatrics/internal medicine, wound care, dialysis rounding, home care, and urgent care/emergency medicine.
Barbara Cochrane, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA Professor Emeritus, CFPHN Older women’s health, healthy aging, symptoms and symptom management, menopausal hormone therapy, living with chronic illness.
Cynthia Dougherty, ARNP, PhD, FAHA, FAAN Professor, BNHI Development of knowledge related to human responses to sudden cardiac arrest and cardiac arrhythmias, both for survivors and their family members.
Maya Elías, PhD, MA, RN Assistant Professor, BNHI Healthy aging research, including serving as the PI on the project, “Sleep Quality and Cognitive Function in Hospitalized Older Adult Survivors of Critical Illness.”
Margaret Heitkemper, PhD, RN, FAAN Professor Gastrointestinal physiology, enteral nutrition, geriatrics. Leads an interdisciplinary team focused on the study of the pathophysiology and non-pharmacological management of individuals with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Chiyoung Lee, PhD, RN Assistant Professor, UW Bothell Health disparities research for vulnerable and minority populations with a diverse set of statistical tools and analytic techniques for exploring health disparities; methodological and theoretical foundation in disparities research, particularly among older adults; and national health surveys, lifespan developmental research, systematic review, and experimental design on reporting health disparities.
Frances Lewis RN, MN, PhD, FAAN Professor, CFPHN, The UW Medical Center Endowed Professor in Nursing Behavioral interventions to enhance the well-being of patients, caregivers, and the dependent children in families.
Susan McCurry, PhD Research Professor Emeritus, CFPHN


Sleep disturbances in Alzheimer’s disease; behavioral treatments for dementia patients and caregivers; cross-cultural differences in dementia onset and progression; successful aging
Janet Primomo, PhD, RN Associate Professor Emeritus, UW Tacoma One of the three founding faculty members of UW Tacoma Nursing.  Scholarly work focuses on community/public health, environmental health, and chronic illness care.
Kerry Reding PhD, MPH, RN Associate Professor, BNHI


Biobehavioral and health disparities research, focus on health promotion and breast cancer survival. In the context of health promotion, impact of lifestyle interventions (primarily focused on improving nutrition and physical activity habits) on obesity-related biomarkers relevant to cardiovascular disease and cancer prevention, with a particular focus on underserved communities.
David Reyes, DNP, MN/MPH, RN, PHNA-BC


Dean, UW Tacoma Primary interests are in addressing the root causes of health inequity and disparities, building community capacity to improve health, and population health systems. His research uses community-based participatory approaches that focus on equitable relationships with diverse communities to improve health outcomes.
Anita Souza, PhD Clinical Associate Professor, CFPHN Care and support of older adults across the cognitive continuum, including those in the early stages of memory loss, focusing on the psychosocial and health care needs of those with cognitive decline who live alone and reside in the community. Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methods. Study of cognitively impaired individuals who have experienced homelessness, aiming to better understand the needs and challenges of providing care to homeless older adults with cognitive impairment by examining social network factors (mobility, housing, family and friend networks) that contribute to health care access in older homeless adults, and the associations with chronic disease and cognitive health.
Megan Streur PhD, RN, FNP-C Assistant Professor, BNHI Understanding the biological and behavioral mechanisms underlying inter- and intra-individual variability in symptoms and patient centered outcomes in adults with cardiovascular disease, with a primary focus on atrial fibrillation.
Hsin-Yi (Jean) Tang, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, APRN Associate Professor, BNHI Brainwave entrainment for the management of hyper-arousal related health conditions such as insomnia and hypertension.  Non-pharmacological approaches that empower self-regulation for health promotion.
Hilaire Thompson, PhD, RN, ARNP, CNRN, AGACNP-BC, FAAN Joanne Montgomery Endowed Professor, BNHI

Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Personnel

Traumatic brain injury; geriatric trauma; biomarkers; gerontechnology; health services research; evidence-based practice
Alexi Vasbinder, PhD, RN Assistant Professor, BNHI Research utilizing precision health approaches, incorporating assessments of biological, clinical, lifestyle, and sociocultural factors, to predict and mitigate adverse effects of cancer treatments
Allison Webel, RN, PhD, FAAN


Interim Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Executive Dean, CFPHN

Aljoya Endowed Professor in Aging


Dr. Webel’s clinical research laboratory focuses on generating high-quality evidence to help people with HIV live and age well, with an emphasis on diet and exercise.
Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN Professor and Dean Emerita, BNHI Women’s health, menstrual cycle, menopause transition, healthy aging in women
Weichao Yuwen, Ph.D., RN Associate Professor, UW Tacoma Research in developing, testing, and disseminating technology-enabled health solutions for people with chronic conditions and their family caregivers
Oleg Zaslavsky, PhD, MHA, RN Associate Professor, BNHI

Aljoya Endowed Associate Professor in Aging

Prevention and improving clinical outcomes in older persons with frailty, specifically to identify factors that are associated with individuals’ transitions between levels of health along a positive-normative-frail continuum of aging.
Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN Professor, BNHI Health systems and patient outcomes; interprofessional education, practice and research; prevention and management of deep vein thrombosis. Improving collaborative practice in an accountable care organization so that health care teams can co-produce health services with patients and families to meet their goals/needs.