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Center Cores

Key Personnel

Sharron L. Docherty, PhD, PNP-BC, FAAN, Center Director
David Bowersox, MBA, Center Business Manager
Beth Stewart, MSN, RN, Administrative Director
Robbin Thomas, Center Financial Manager
Bonita Douglas, Staff Assistant
Jia Yao, MA, Research Associate
Mariam Kayle, MSN, RN, CCNS, PhD Student, Research Assistant

Specific Aims

Aim 1: Coordinate and integrate all Center activities.

Aim 2: Provide administrative staff support to Center investigators (CIs).

Aim 3: Fund new research pilots related to understanding cognitive/affective symptom experience and symptom sequelae in chronic illness and how to ameliorate symptoms, symptom distress and symptom sequelae using adaptive approaches.

Aim 4: Promote interactions among CIs to develop new interdisciplinary studies about cognitive/affective symptom experience and symptom sequelae in chronic illness and how to ameliorate symptoms, symptom distress and symptom sequelae using adaptive approaches.

Aim 5: Evaluate the effectiveness of the Center in achieving its aims.

Executive Committee Members

Sharron L. Docherty, PhD, PNP-BC, FAAN, Center Director
Donald “Chip” E. Bailey, Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN, Center Co-Director and Scholarship and Mentoring Core Director
Bei Wu, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE, Methods Core Director
Marilyn J. Hockenberry, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN, Bessie Baker Professor of Nursing, Associate Dean for Research, Duke School of Nursing
David Bowersox, MBA, Associate Dean, Finance and Administration, Duke School of Nursing

Center Advisory Board Members

Ruth A. Anderson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita, Duke School of Nursing; Associate Dean of Research, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing
Margaret Heitkemper, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Chair, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, University of Washington
Marilyn J. Hockenberry, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN, Bessie Baker Professor of Nursing, Associate Dean for Research, Duke School of Nursing
Elizabeth Merwin, PhD, RN, FAAN, Executive Vice Dean, Duke School of Nursing
Shirley Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Associate Dean for Research, Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Michael Platt, PhD, Professor of Neurobiology, Duke School of Medicine; Director, Duke University Institute for Brain Sciences and Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Marcus Thygeson, MD, Vice President of Medical Services, Blue Shield of California
James Tulsky, MD, Professor of Medicine and Nursing and Director, Duke Center for Palliative Care
Keith Whitfield, PhD, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience; Co-Director, Duke's Center on Biobehavioral and Social Aspects of Health Disparities

Key Personnel

Donald E. Bailey, Jr.
Donald E. Bailey, Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN, Mentoring and Scholarship Core Director

Definitions

Adaptive Leadership: Adaptive leadership encompasses a holistic approach in which patients/families and providers collaborate to co-produce care. In the Adaptive Leadership Framework, monitoring symptoms is not enough. Rather, collaborative work requires trusting interactions: 1) to develop shared meaning of the patient/family response to symptoms and challenges that arise; and 2) to assess personal skills and psychological resources the patient/family already has to engage in adaptive work, and how the provider can support them in gaining any new skills needed for adaptive work. Jointly, the provider and patient/family plan the work that each will do to enhance care.

Technical Challenges: Simple or complicated problems that are definable and for which an expert can provide solutions

Adaptive Challenges: Complex issues, often difficult to define, and require learning and behavior change by the person(s) experiencing the problem

Goal of Scholarship and Mentoring Core

Enhance nursing investigators’ abilities to develop productive programs of interdisciplinary research to advance symptom science for understanding and ameliorating cognitive/affective symptoms and symptom sequelae in chronic illness using adaptive approaches tailored for minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations and people with cognitive/affective changes.

Specific Aims

Aim 1: Use the Adaptive Leadership framework to advance knowledge to understand and ameliorate symptoms, symptom distress, and symptom sequelae using adaptive approaches for people with cognitive/affective changes in chronic illness.

Aim 2: Mentor early nursing scientists in conducting research to generate new knowledge for enhancing patients’ adaptive abilities for managing cognitive/affective symptoms, symptom distress, and symptom sequelae thus reducing overreliance on technical approaches.

Aim 3: Increase research participation of people with cognitive/affective changes and minority health needs by mentoring scientists to tailor research approaches and interventions through refining existing, or creating new, protocols and self-report measures (i.e., Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System [PROMIS]).

Aim 4: Collaborate with the Methods Core to promote learning and collaboration among center investigators through seminars and a journal club focused on conceptualizing adaptive challenges for people with cognitive/affective changes, tailoring research approaches and developing adaptive-focused interventions.

Services

For more information, write to adaptcenter@dm.duke.edu.

  • Provide expertise regarding use of the Adaptive Leadership framework and generating new knowledge for enhancing patients’ adaptive abilities
  • Mentor early nursing scientists in research, theory, developing interventions, grants management
  • Professional Minority Advisory Board mentoring and collaboration
  • Proposal Writing Group mentoring sessions
  • Adaptive Leadership Journal Clubs (see Past Events and Upcoming Events)
  • Research Seminars and Distinguished Speakers (see Past Events and Upcoming Events)
  • Consultation with the distinguished speakers

Minority Advisory Board

The role of the Minority Advisory Board is to help Project Directors and Center Investigators examine how culture, race and ethnicity influence adaptation to cognitive/affective symptom experience and distress, and symptom sequelae in chronic illness. This is accomplished during regular Minority Advisory Board meetings and through individual mentoring.

Linda Beeber, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Nursing, UNC-CH School of Nursing
Margarita Bidegain, MD, Associate Professor, Neonatology, Duke University Medical Center
Christopher Edwards, PhD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center
Diane Holditch-Davis, PhD, RN, FAAN, Marcus E. Hobbs Distinguished Professor of Nursing, Duke School of Nursing
Keith Whitfield, PhD, Chair, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Duke University

Key Personnel

Bei Wu
Bei Wu, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE, Methods Core Director

Goal of Methods Core

Assist investigators to use trajectory methods to: 1) study trajectories of cognitive/affective symptoms and symptom sequelae to describe their patterns, variability, and change over time, and 2) develop tailored interventions to improve patient care. The expected long term outcome from this Core is a new generation of nursing scientists prepared to conduct scientifically sound interdisciplinary research to advance symptom science.

Specific Aims

Aim 1: Promote and expand bio-behavioral research and trajectory methods (longitudinal and longitudinal mixed methods designs, trajectory analyses, and visualization techniques) in studies to understand and ameliorate symptoms, symptom distress, and symptom sequelae for people with cognitive/affective changes in chronic illness.

Aim 2: Provide consultation and support for trajectory methods.

Aim 3: Support database development and management for Center Investigators.

Aim 4: Collaborate with the Scholarship and Mentoring Core to promote learning and collaboration among center investigators through seminars and a journal club focused on measuring cognitive/affective symptoms and trajectory analyses.

Services

For more information, write to adaptcenter@dm.duke.edu.

  • Bio-behavioral research and trajectory methods mentoring
  • Symptom measurement consultation
  • Statistical consultation on research design/methods, database management
  • Advancement of analytic innovations
  • Methods Journal Clubs (see Past Events and Upcoming Events)
  • Research Seminars and Distinguished Speakers (see Past Events and Upcoming Events)