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Faculty Science Core

The Faculty Science Core consists of the associate dean for research, the Research Areas of Excellence Leads, the director of the Health Innovation Lab, the Research Steering Council, a program coordinator, an operations coordinator and an administrative assistant. It is responsible for research faculty mentoring development and supports Duke University Hospital (DUHS) nurse researchers.

Core Activities

Faculty Mentorship. The CNR provides mentoring to assist faculty with a research development plan and grant submissions.

Grant Writing Club. The Grant Writing Club takes faculty step by step through the grant writing process. This program is co-sponsored with the School of Medicine.

  • For R-Level Funding: Faculty submitting an R-level grant or a comparable funding level grant for the first time must join the CNR Grant Writing Club.
  • For All Other Funding: Faculty submitting foundation, industry, professional organization or internal Duke grants for the first time are welcomed to join the CNR Grant Writing Club.

Brainstorming/Specific Aims Session. Faculty and DUHS nurse researchers may request a meeting with peers and other researchers to discuss the problem and focused area of inquiry. This should be done early in the grant process - three to four months before it is due - to allow time for grant writing.

Design and Methods Think Tank. If faculty or DUHS nurse researchers are not participating in the Grant Writing Club, they can request a think tank meeting to provide opportunities for experts to meet about the study design and methods being proposed for the study.

Mock Review. The mock review simulates an NIH study section review and provides a venue for peers to act as reviewers for the proposal.

Research Areas of Excellence

The CNR focuses on four key areas that concentrate on optimizing health across the spectrum, from discovery to translation.

Duke University School of Nursing Research Areas of Excellence

Each of these areas provide a platform for building research profiles and connectivity within a scientific community. Duke University School of Nursing  researchers will use resources from each to augment their expertise. Essential underpinnings of these areas include the exploration of science across the age continuum and the quest for knowledge that must be explored in populations both well and ill.

The research areas of excellence will support the overall synergy of research initiatives at the Duke University School of Nursing. They build on existing faculty strengths and future potential, are conceptually broad to allow multiple opportunities for researchers to develop and grow collaborative partnerships and will guide recruitment efforts of researchers. Faculty may participate in the activities of all four areas during the evolution of their research programs.

Research Steering Council Members

Deborah “Hutch” Hutchinson Allen, PhD, RN, CNS, FNP- BC, AOCNP
Director, Nursing Research, Duke University Health System

Donna Biederman, DrPH, MN, RN
Assistant Professor

Michael P. Cary, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

Robin B. Dail, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor

Sharron L. Docherty, PhD, PNP-BC, FAAN
Associate Professor

Jennifer R. Dungan, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD, MPH, RN, CPH, FAAN
Associate Professor

Jane Halpin
Associate Director, Pre-Award Research Administration

Jennifer Higgins
Operations Coordinator

Rachel Hirschey
PhD Student

Marilyn J. Hockenberry, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research Affairs

Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN
Mary T. Champagne Professor of Nursing

Phyllis Kennel
Director, Clinical Research Practice

Libby Ladd
Sr. Program Coordinator, Research Affairs

Isaac M. Lipkus, PhD

Devon Noonan, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor

Wei Pan, PhD
Associate Professor

Judy Ross Prewitt, MSN
DUHS Chief Nursing Officer

Karin Reuter-Rice, PhD, CPNP-AC, FCCM, FAAN
Associate Professor

Ryan J. Shaw, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

Sophia K. Smith, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor

Allison A. Vorderstrasse, DNSc, APRN, CNE, FAAN
Associate Professor

Julia K. Walker, PhD

Julie Yamagiwa
Grants and Contracts Administrator

Qing Yang, PhD
Assistant Professor