10th Annual Research Day Poster Awards

Student standing next to research poster with first place ribbon.

Kristen Almeter, BSN, RN, DNP student, won the first place DNP poster award for "Patients' Experiences with Collaborative Mental Healthcare in a Nurse-Managed Rural Primary Care Practice."

Published April 21, 2023

The University at Buffalo School of Nursing community disseminated their scholarly work during the School’s Annual Research Day on April 21, 2023. Researchers were recognized for outstanding work in a range of topics with implications in health care practice and policy, community health and nursing education, demonstrating the breadth and depth of nursing knowledge generation. 

Undergraduate Students


1st Place

Vanshika Khattar, Yanjun Zhou, Chin-Shang Li & Tania T. Von Visger: Mindfulness and Symptom Management in Patients with Cardiopulmonary Disease

2nd Place

Lily Phengsomphane (Mentor: Loralee Sessanna): The Role of Spirituality, Church, and Religion as a Mechanism for Coping with COVID-19 Among Adult African American Community Members

3rd Place

Paul Kosciewicz & Rebecca A. Lorenz: Key Factors That Affected Older Adults with Memory Loss During the Initial Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic

DNP Students

1st Place

Laura Graham: Assessing Current Techniques of Nurse Anesthetists in Extending Epidural Blockade for Cesarean Section

Kristen Almeter & Yu-Ping Chang: Patients’ Experiences with Collaborative Mental Health Care in a Nurse-Managed Rural Primary Care Practice

2nd Place

Cassandra House: Evaluation of an Education Intervention on Anesthetic and Hemodynamic Care for Left Ventricular Assist Device Patients Undergoing Non-Cardiac Surgery

Amanda R. S. Chandler: An Educational Review of ECMO Support and Anesthetic Considerations to Improve CRNA Knowledge for Intraoperative Management Strategies

3rd Place

Laura Pantano: Respect for the Wounded Mind: The Impact of a Recommended Clinical Practice Guideline Educational Module on Anesthesia Provider’s Confidence in the Identification and Implementation of Preventative Strategies for Managing Emergence Delirium in Patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Ping Kang: Barriers, Facilitators, and Needs for DNP AGNP Education among Rural Baccalaureate-Prepared RNs in the Southern Tier of NYS

Sarah Biondolillo: Practice Patterns of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists for Neuromuscular Blockade Reversal in Patients at Increased Risk for Post-Operative Pulmonary Complications

PhD Students

1st Place

Cristina de Rosa, Ashleigh Holmes, Weijun Wang, & Yu-Ping Chang: Positive Caregiving and Caregiving Relationship Association with Mental Health and Perceived General Health

Leann Balcerzak & Yu-Ping Chang: Black Adult’s Experiences with a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Intervention Delivered via Videoconference

2nd Place

Erica Smith & Chin-Shang Li: Predictors of Leaving Against Medical Advice from the Inpatient Acute Setting in Erie County, NY

Mary C. Forgea & Rebecca A. Lorenz: Exploring Factors Affecting Functional Improvement Among Stroke Survivors in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Setting: Preliminary Findings

3rd Place

Kathryn M. Ledwin, Suzanne Sullivan, Sabrina Casucci & Sharon Hewner: Data Science Approaches to Social Determinants of Health and Heart Failure Patient Outcomes: An Integrative Review


1st Place

Tania T. Von Visger, William J. Gibbons, Vishal Parikh, Denise G. Sese, Alan Hunt, Chin-Shang Li & Yu-Ping Chang: Effects of A Web-based Multiple Component Mindfulness Meditation for Pulmonary Hypertension (MMPH) Program on Symptoms and Health-Related Quality of Life: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

2nd Place

Suzanne S. Sullivan, Chin-Shang Li & Yu-Ping Chang: Quality of Life Associated with Hospital Death Among Persons Living with Dementia

Community Research Award

Yi Ding & Diane Phyllis Ryan (Buffalo VA Medical Center): Impact of Patient Education on Burn Pit and Airborne Hazard Exposure Among Military Veterans

Renee Delmont, Emily Troise & Martha Metz (Erie County Medical Center): Resuscitating Documentation: An Innovative Approach

Ellen Volpe Memorial Award

This award is given to a student or faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding research knowledge and skills in the area of mental health, substance use disorder or adolescent health.


Angela Davison, Kathryn Diina, Shannon Lewandowski, Paige Gerardi, Melanie Mangar, Kristen Rider, Vincent Salerno, Aaron Yang, Allison Rung & Kristin Di Angelo: Using Music Therapy to Decrease Disruptive Behaviors Among Patients with Dementia


Paige McMurtrie: Anesthesia Providers’ Practices and Attitudes Regarding Perioperative Anxiety

Jeffrey Pimentel: Second Victim Syndrome: The Need for and Design of a Program to Reduce Caregiver’s Emotional Responses After a Clinical Error


Michelle Kober, Leann Balcerzak, Nouf Alanazi, Chris Barrick, Linda Steeg, Joshua Altemoos, Courtney Hanny & Yu-Ping Chang: Healthcare Workers' Perceptions of Work-Related Stress and Burnout: Strategies and Barriers for Self-Care


Tania Von Visger, Nouf Alanazi, Yanjun Zhou & Yu-Ping Chang: Mindfulness Knowledge and Practice in Chronic Condition Self-Management: Qualitative Analysis from Persons Living with Pulmonary Hypertension

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