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About the Office of Nursing Research

The Office of Nursing Research is dedicated to providing resources to support faculty and students to develop and advance nursing and interprofessional science.

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

Faculty and Staff

Yu-Ping Chang.

Senior Associate Dean
Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Endowed Professor
Chair - Family, Community and Health Systems Sciences

101 C Wende Hall
Telephone: 716-829-2015
Email: yc73@buffalo.edu

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.

Christopher Barrick.

Director for Research Advancement; Research Associate

303 Wende Hall
Phone: 716-829-3280
Email: cbarrick@buffalo.edu

Christopher Barrick's research focus is substance use in two broad areas: examining effective ways to disseminate evidence-based interventions into broad clinical practice and using technology to facilitate clinical substance abuse research. He has developed an alternate form of the telephone-based clinical skill assessment tool (T-CAT), with an interactive voice recording (IVR)-based approach to assessment. This has promise as a method to allow for improved clinical skill assessment for a variety of training methods in the alcohol and drug abuse treatment fields. 

Diane Dempsey.

Diane Dempsey, MS, CRA

Assistant Director for Grants Management

101 D Wende Hall
Phone: 716-829-3105
Email: ddempsey@buffalo.edu

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

Courtney Hanny.

Courtney Hanny, PhD

Assistant Director for Research Advancement

101 H Wende Hall
Phone: 716-829-5082
Email: channy2@buffalo.edu

Courtney's experience includes coordinating large, funded social science projects and equity-focused education and community-based research. Her doctoral work at the University of Rochester centered on long-term qualitative and mixed methods studies on and with under-resourced communities and students. As assistant director for research advancement at the School of Nursing, Courtney provides editing and other pre-award support services, and organizes research-related workshops and presentations as well as the SON’s Annual Research Day and the Nursing Undergraduate Research Summer Experience (NURSE)

Nicole Roma.

Nicole Roma, MPH

Research Administration Coordinator

101 A Wende Hall
Phone: 716-829-3205
Email: njaloisi@buffalo.edu

Utilizing her background in public health and grant coordination, Nicole provides professional support in the Office of Nursing Research to build and sustain research initiatives within the School of Nursing. Nicole provides support for all Office of Nursing Research events, such as the annual Research Day, Research Seminar series, the NURSE program and co-sponsored events. Nicole assists with the preparation of and submission of grant proposals and IRB processes by providing general editing, formatting and uploading of various components. She also works collaboratively with the assistant director for grants management and assistant director for research advancement on administrative functions within the Office for Nursing Research, including facilities, departmental calendar maintenance, policies and procedures within the center, and marketing and communication efforts.

Laura Saturnino.

Laura Saturnino, BA

Research Technician I

301 Wende Hall
Email: laurasat@buffalo.edu

Laura has a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and is interested in geriatric care and research as a medical student. She is currently focused on research and has experience with clinical and laboratory assessments. Her research responsibilities include assistance with recruitment and enrolment, analysis of survey and laboratory data, data cleaning, and presentation. 

Research Assistants