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[Researcher Spotlight] Cognitive Science in Chronic Illness

Friday, April 29, 2016


  • Dan Blazer, MD, MPH, PhD, JP Gibbons Professor Emeritus Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University
  • Kathleen Welsh-Bohmer, PhD, Director of the Bryan Alzheimer’s Research Center, Duke University
  • Guy Potter, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Duke Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Drenna Waldrop-Valverde, PhD, Associate Professor & CNS Director, NHWSON Emory University
  • Bei Wu, PhD, Pauline Gratz Professor of Nursing and Professor of Global Health at Duke University 
  • Susan Henly, PhD, RN, FAAN, Editor, Nursing Research; Professor Emerita, University of Minnesota School of Nursing


[Emory School of Nursing's Research Roundtable & CNS Seminar] Symptom Trajectories in Chronic Illness: Hepatitis C  

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Speaker: Donald "Chip" E. Bailey, Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, Duke University School of Nursing 

[Journal Club] Genomic Biomarkers for Cardiovascular Disease  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Speaker: Jennifer Dungan, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Duke University School of Nursing 

[Research Seminar] Advancing Symptom Science by Design

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Speaker: Susan J. Henly, PhD, RN, FAAN, Editor, Nursing Research; Professor Emerita, University of Minnesota School of Nursing

[Journal Club] The Microbiome and Chronic Stress in Pregnant African American Women 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 
Speaker: Betsy Corwin, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Associate Dean for Research, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University 
Article 1 | Article 2 

[Research Seminar] Addressing Family Needs Using Acute Hospitalization Trajectories in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Speaker: Karin Reuter-Rice, PhD, CPNP-AC, FCCM, FAAN, Assistant Professor, DUSON

[Symposium] Biomarkers and Biobehavioral Methods for Symptom Science

Thursday, October 1, 2015 


  • Margaret Heitkemper, PhD, RN, FAAN, presented Biological Measures: A Role in Nursing Self Management Research. Dr. Heitkemper chairs the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems and directs the Center for Research on Management of Sleep Disturbances at the University of Washington. She provided an overview of national trends related to the inclusion of biomarkers in nursing, a description of exemplars of biomarkers and methodological considerations, with her objective for the learner being to identify current trends in biomarkers that are relevant to symptom science. 
  • Mary Woo, PhD, RN, FAAN, presented When You Snooze, You Lose: Sleep and Other Biomarkers of Brain Injury in Heart Failure. Dr. Woo is a professor and researcher at the UCLA School of Nursing. She presented a summary of research regarding biomarkers (heart rate variability, sleep disturbances, depression, cognitive changes, and nutritional deficits) for brain injury in persons with heart failure. In addition, Dr. Woo addressed potential interventions for brain injury which could be detected by these biomarkers in heart failure. Her objective for the learner is to describe the significance of brain injury biomarkers in patients experiencing heart failure.


  • Bei Wu, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE, Pauline Gratz Professor of Nursing, Director of International Research and Director, Methods Core, ADAPT Center, Duke School of Nursing (moderator)
  • Drenna Waldrop-Valverde, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Emory School of Nursing
  • Julia Walker, PhD, Associate Professor, Duke School of Nursing
  • Virginia Neelon, RN, MSN, PhD, Associate Professor Emerita, UNC-CH
  • Manju Bhat, MVSc, PhD, Associate Professor of Physiology, Winston-Salem State University 


[Research Seminar] Patient Trajectories of Recovery after an Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Speaker: Kathy Wood, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University

[Journal Club] Trajectories of Affective/Cognitive Changes and Oral Health in Older Adults

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Speaker: Bei Wu, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE, Pauline Gratz Professor of Nursing, Director for International Research and Director, Methods Core, ADAPT Center, DUSON

[Research Seminar] Chronic Pain: New Insights into a Potential Role for the Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor Receptor Truncated trkB.T1

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Speaker: Susan G. Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chair, Dept of Pain and Translational Symptom Science Co-Director, UM Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research, University of Maryland, Baltimore

[Journal Club] The Role of Oxytocin in Parent-Infant Interactions

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Speaker: Hudson Santos, PhD, RN, Postdoctoral Fellow, DUSON
Article 1

[Research Seminar] Biomarkers in Geriatric Research

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Speaker: Carl Pieper, DrPH, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Duke University

[Global Health Lecture] The 100 Nation War: What will it take to win the global fight against HIV/AIDS

The 8th Annual Dorothy Powell Global Health Lecture co-sponsored by ADAPT Center

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Speaker: Dawn Averitt, Founder and Emeritus Board Member of the Well Project and member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

[Journal Club] Estrogens and Memory - Rodent Models and Aging

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Speaker: Christina Williams, PhD, Professor, Dept of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University

[Research Seminar] Safety of an Emergency Department, High Dose, Nurse Initiated, Opioid Protocol for Adults with Sickle Cell Disease Experiencing a Vaso-occlusive Crisis

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Speaker: Paula Tanabe, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, DUSON

[Journal Club] Theory of Symptom Management: Its Development and Evolution

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Speaker: Janice C. Humphreys, PhD, RN, FAAN

[Journal Club] The Role of Autobiographical Memory in the Diagnosis and Maintenance of PTSD and Other Disorders

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Speaker: David Rubin, PhD, Juanita M. Kreps Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University
Webcast | Article 1 | Article 2 | Article 3

[Research Seminar] Treatment Adherence in HIV/AIDS

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Speaker: Drenna Waldrop-Valverde, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, NINR Center for Neurocognitive Studies, Emory University

[Symposium] Rethinking Health Disparities: Inclusivity in Research Design

Thursday, October 2, 2014


  • James S. Jackson, PhD, presented Race, Stress and Obesity: The Affordances Framework for Understanding Over-Eating among Black Women. Dr. Jackson is the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology; Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; and Director and Research Professor of the Institute for Social Research - all at the University of Michigan.
  • Shirley M. Moore, PhD, RN, presented Universal Design of Research to Promote Inclusion of Hard-to-Reach and Hardly-Reached Populations. Dr. Moore is the Edwards J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research, Frances Payne Bolton School of Social Nursing, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Moore is the Director of a National Institutes of Health-funded Center of Excellence in Self-Management Research.


  • Sharron L. Docherty, PhD, PNP-BC, FAAN, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the ADAPT Center, Duke University School of Nursing (moderator)
  • Stephanie T. Dance-Barnes, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology; Winston Salem State University Department of Biological Sciences; Director of WSSU Women in Science Program
  • Linda K. George, PhD, Professor of Sociology; Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University
  • Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Duke University, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Research Professor of Medicine; Co-Director, Center on Biobehavioral Research on Health Disparities


[Research Seminar] Digital Health Technologies for Healthcare and Symptom Science

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Speaker: Ryan J. Shaw, PhD, RN
Dr. Shaw is an Assistant Professor at the Duke University School of Nursing, is affiliated with the Duke Center for Health Informatics, and has a secondary appointment in the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He has a multidisciplinary background in nursing science, health informatics, and data science.

[Journal Club] The Neurobehavioral Assessment of Depression: Design and Analysis Considerations

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Speaker: Susan Silva, PhD

[Research Seminar] Multilevel and Structural Approaches to Growth Curve Analysis

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Speaker: Wei Pan, PhD, Associate Professor, Duke University School of Nursing
In this presentation Dr. Pan explains why traditional repeated-measures ANOVA is not applicable to most longitudinal data for growth curve analysis and identifies appropriate approaches to conducting growth curve analysis.

[Research Seminar] Neural Mechanisms of Cognitive and Affective Control Process in the Human Brain

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Speaker: Tobias Egner, PhD, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University
Dr. Egner presents a basic model to understand operations pertaining to the control over conflicting information processing in the human brain, followed by specific empirical investigation to characterize the neural mechanisms that might mediate these control operations.

[Research Seminar] Adaptive Challenges of Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease and Their Parents

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Speaker: Mariam Kayle, PhD Student, Duke University School of Nursing
Ms. Kayle presents the findings from focus groups she conducted with adolescents with sickle cell disease and their caregivers. The findings will focus on the challenges they face and the adaptive work they do to self-mange the disease.

[Research Seminar] Moving from Efficacy, Effectiveness to Implementation: Improving Cardiovascular Outcomes

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Speaker: Hayden B. Bosworth, PhD, Associate Director, Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Dr. Bosworth introduces the concept of efficacy, effectiveness, and implementation and uses research studies that he has conducted to demonstrate the transition across these three phases of studies. He also discusses specific projects that have built upon the knowledge and expertise of nurses to administer telehealth interventions.

[Research Seminar] Mixed-Methods Research and the Binary that Continues to Bind

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Speaker: Margarete J. Sandelowski, PhD, RN, FAAN, UNC-CH School of Nursing
Dr. Sandelowski discusses prevailing conceptions of mixed-methods research (MMR) and the utility of the qualitative quantitative research divide.
Interview | Article 1 | Article 2

Additional References:

  1. Collingridge, D. S. (2013). A primer on quantitized data analysis and permutation testing. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 7, 81-97.
  2. Guest, G. (2013). Describing mixed methods research: An alternative to typologies. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 7, 141-151.
  3. Sandelowski, M. (2014). Unmixing mixed-methods research (Editorial). Research in Nursing & Health, 37, 3-8.
  4. Sandelowski, M. (2011). When a cigar is not just a cigar: Alternative perspectives on data and data analysis. Research in Nursing & Health, 34, 342-352.
  5. Sandelowski, M., Voils, C. I., & Knafl, G. (2009). On quantitizing. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 3, 208-222.
  6. Song, M., Sandelowski, M., & Happ, M. B. (2010). Current practices and emerging trends in conducting mixed methods intervention studies in the health sciences. In A. Tashakkori & C. Teddlie (Eds.), Sage handbook of mixed methods in social & behavioral research (2nd ed., pp. 725-747). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

[Research Seminar] Illness Trajectories and Factors Influencing Care Decisions for Children with Life-Threatening Conditions Who Subsequently Die

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Debra Brandon, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN, Associate Professor, Director PhD and Postdoctoral Programs, Duke University School of Nursing
  • Sharron L. Docherty, PhD, PNP-BC, FAAN, Associate Professor, Co-Director, ADAPT Center for Cognitive / Affective Symptom Science, Duke University School of Nursing

Drs. Brandon and Docherty describe typical illness trajectories of children with life-threatening conditions who subsequently die, describing factors that influence care planning for these children.

[Journal Club] Dyadic Interventions

Speaker: Laura Porter, PhD
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Topic: The focus of this presentation is on the design and evaluation of psychosocial interventions with patients with medical illness and their family caregivers. At the completion of this session, participants will be able to identify two types of dyadic interventions and list two advantages of using dyadic analyses when analyzing data from studies including patients and caregivers.
Webcast | Article

[Journal Club] Innovative Intervention Design

Speaker: Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, PhD
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Topic: Randomized controlled trials offer high internal validity but pose a number of practical and ethical limitations. We explore the use of the randomized multiple baseline design as an alternative research design with greater community acceptability and fewer ethical limitations. At the completion of this session, participants will be able to describe the degree of causal interference offered by randomized multiple baseline research designs, and list the pros and cons of using multiple baseline designs.
Webcast | Article 1 | Article 2

[Symposium] Clipp Symposium on Trajectory Science

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

[Journal Club] Time Varying Relationships

Speaker: Janet Levy, PhD
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Webcast | Article

[Research Seminar] Adaptive Health Practice: A Novel Framework for Patient Engagement

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Topic: A scholarly presentation by Marcus Thygeson, MD, MPH, on application of the Adaptive Leadership framework in health care to improve organizational, provider, and patient outcomes.
Location: Pearson Room 1014-Auditorium

[Journal Club] Writing a Pilot Study

Speaker: Kenneth Schmader, MD
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

[Journal Club] Adaptive Leadership Framework in Clinical Care and Research

Authors and Speakers: Ruth Anderson, PhD, Sharron Docherty, PhD, and Chip Bailey, PhD
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

[Journal Club] Association between Major Depressive Disorder and Neurocognitive Function

Author and Speaker: Shawn M. McClintock, PhD
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Webcast | Article 1 | Article 2

[Journal Club] Adaptively Modeling Electronically Monitored Medication Adherence Data

Author and Speaker: George Knafl, PhD
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

[Journal Club] Adaptive Leadership Illustrated through Time Series

Authors and Speakers: Janet Levy, PhD and Robin Knobel, PhD
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Webcast | Article

[Journal Club] Adaptive Leadership: A Novel Approach for Family Decision Making

Author and Speaker: Judith Adams, MSN, RN, PhD Candidate
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Webcast | Article

ADAPT Center Open House

The ADAPT Center hosted an Open House on January 29, 2013 to officially kick off our NINR Center of Excellence: Adaptive Leadership for Cognitive/Affective Symptom Science. Over 75 School of Nursing faculty, staff, and Center Investigators attended to participate in a tour and learn more about the aims, projects, resources and anticipated outcomes of the ADAPT Center. Click on PowerPoint to view slide deck presented at Open House.

Biomarkers and Biobehavioral Methods for Symptom Science