Students, Faculty, Community Members’ Research Recognized During Virtual Poster Session

Student with powerpoint slide.

Isobel Holcomb, traditional baccalaureate student,  presented her poster on prenatal education, childbirth experience and postpartum depression.

Published November 16, 2020

Faculty, students and community partners presented 30 research posters during a virtual poster session on Friday, November 13.


The School of Nursing’s 2020 Research Day – originally slated for mid-April, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Friday’s session enabled students, faculty and community members to share their work with over 100 attendees. Presenters earned poster awards in several categories. 

School of Nursing Research Poster Award Winners: Fall 2020

Undergraduate Student Poster Winner

Isobel Holcomb and Margaret Doerzbacher: “Prenatal Education, Childbirth Experience, and Postpartum Depression”

DNP Student Poster Winners

1st Place

Amberlee Libertone, Nicole Roma and Yu-Ping Chang: “The Impact of Integrating Behavioral Health in Primary Care: A Program Evaluation”

2nd Place

James Russillio: “Implementation of a Voiding Protocol in the Stage II Surgical Recovery Unit”

PhD Student Poster Winners

1st Place

Leann Balcerzak, Young S. Seo and Yu-Ping Chang: “Associations between Depression, Suicidality, and Electronic Cigarette Use among Adolescents”

2nd Place

Heba Mohedat: “The Sustained Effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on Psychological Distress Among Cancer Patients and Survivors: A Literature Review”

Caitlin Nye: “LGBTQ+ Health Content in Undergraduate Nursing Education: A Literature Review”

Community Partner Poster Winner

JoAnn S. Wolf and Nicole DeRenda (ECMC): “Transformation: Obtaining ANCC Pathways to Excellence in a Level I Trauma Center”

Faculty Poster Winners

1st Place

Amy Hequembourg, Young S. Seo and Yu-Ping Chang: “Substance Use among Sexual Minority Students: Higher Risks for Bisexual Youth?”

Kafuli Agbemenu, Cristina de Rosa, Jessica J. Mencia, Gloria Aidoo-Frimpong, Gretchen Ely and Sonya Borrero: “Family Planning Research in African Immigrant and Refugee Women: A Scoping Review”

2nd Place

Molli Oldenburg, Loralee Sessanna, Joann Sands, Linda Paine Hughes and Yu-Ping Chang: “Undergraduate Student Nurse Perceptions of Participating in an Interprofessional Two-Day Global Health Experience”

Three faculty members with a research poster.

Molli Oldenberg, Linda Paine Hughes, Joann Sands and Loralee Sessanna (not  pictured) were recognized in the faculty award category.

Ellen Volpe Memorial Award Winners

This award was established in honor of the late Ellen Volpe and her research. The award is presented to a student or faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding research knowledge and skills in the area of mental health, trauma, substance use disorder, vulnerable populations or adolescent health.

Student with a research poster.

Kimberly McQueary (along with Nicole Roma and Yu-Ping Chang) was one of four Ellen Volpe Memorial Award winners for her research on collaborative behavioral health implementation into primary care.

  • Kimberly McQueary, Nicole Roma and Yu-Ping Chang: “Implementation of Behavioral Health into Primary Care Using a Collaborative Care Model”
  • Misol Kwon, Jia Wang, Gregory Wilding, Suzanne Dickerson and Grace Dean: “Is Brief Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia (BBTI) an Effective Intervention?: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”
  • Audrienna Raciti, Margaret Doerzbacher, Yanjun Zhou, Cristina de Rosa, Amy Lyons, Kate Chen and Yu-Ping Chang: “Nursing Home Staff Experiences during the COVID-19 Pandemic”
  • Melinda Haas, Jennifer Guay and Jennifer Livingston: “Contraceptive Counseling for Adolescents in Pediatric Primary Care Practices in Western NY”