Center for Nursing Research

Wende Hall

The Center for Nursing Research is located in Wende Hall.

About the CNR

The Center for Nursing Research (CNR) is dedicated to providing resources to support faculty and students to develop and advance nursing and interprofessional science.

CNR staff provide methodological and clinical research consultation to the School of Nursing faculty, students and staff. The Center is a repository for information on internal and external sources of funding, including guidelines and application forms. The Center also houses a research library and research instrument repository.


  • Expedite preparation of high quality grant proposals
  • Foster energy and interest in research
  • Support the creation of quality manuscripts and presentations on nursing research
  • Stimulate the development of a community of scholars/researchers
  • Increase the knowledge base of nursing
  • Establish a repository of research resources
  • Enhance research skills and productivity through multidisciplinary teams


  • Statistical Analysis and Consultation
  • Assistance with grant proposal preparation
  • Editing of grant proposal documents
  • Grant Proposal Review through Expert Panel
  • Pilot/Preliminary Data Analysis
  • Poster Preparation
  • Literature Searches
  • End Note Bibliography Management
  • Designing data entry programs
  • Funding Searches
  • Manuscript Preparation
  • Editing of Manuscripts
  • Research Methods Library

Center for Nursing Research Faculty, Staff and Research Assistants

Yu-Ping Chang

Yu-Ping Chang, PhD, RN, FGSA

Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Endowed Professor
Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship
Associate Professor

101 C Wende Hall
Telephone:  716-829-2015


In addition to her role as the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, Yu Ping Chang, PhD, RN, is an associate professor teaching courses that include Quantitative Research Methods and Data Management and Analysis with SPSS. Her areas of research include substance use and prescription medication use in older adults and caregiving and medication management for individuals with dementia.

Portrait of Diane Dempsey

Diane Dempsey, MS, CRA

CNR and SON Grant Manager

101 D Wende Hall
Phone: 716-829-3105

As the manager of the CNR and SON grants, Dempsey manages the finances and the application process for grants in the School of Nursing.  She also supervises the CNR staff, coordinates the work flow for the RAs of the CNR and oversees the smooth running of the office. Dempsey brings her expertise in grant administration and her years of experience with UB Sponsored Projects to her role in the CNR.


Steven Lamkin

Assistant to the Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship

101 B Wende Hall
Phone: 716-829-3972

Samantha Auerbach - Research Assistant

Samantha is a first-year PhD student in the School of Nursing. As a research assistant her role includes literature review, data management, grant and manuscript preparation, and assisting faculty with research projects. Samantha brings to her role experience as a board certified Nurse Practitioner in Adult Health & Women's Health and a clinical research coordinator.

Chia-Hui (Kate) Chen - Research Assistant


Kate is a third-year PhD student in the School of Nursing. Her research interest is end-of-life nursing care in the critical care settings. As a research assistant in CNR, her duties and responsibilities include literature reviews, materials preparation for grant submission and research coordination.

Misol Kwon - Research Assistant

misol kwon

Misol is a second-year PhD student in the School of Nursing. Her research interests include sleep science, obstructive sleep apnea, smoking and electronic cigarettes. As a research assistant, her role includes literature and data management, processing, reviews, analysis and assisting faculty with their research projects.

Sabrina Schwartz - Research Assistant

sabrina schwartz portrait

Sabrina is a PhD student in the School of Nursing. As a research assistant her role includes proofreading, data entry, processing and assisting faculty with their research projects.