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 CNR is a repository for information on internal and external sources of funding, including guidelines and application forms. The CNR also houses a research library and research instrument repository.
Senior Associate Dean
Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Endowed Professor
Chair - Family, Community and Health Systems Sciences
101 C Wende Hall
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.
Director for Research Advancement; Research Associate
303 Wende Hall
As a part of the CNR, Christopher Barrick will continue his research in the substance use field. His research interests focus on two broad areas: looking at 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.
Assistant Director for Grants Management
101 D Wende Hall
As assistant director for grants management, 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.
Assistant Director for Research Advancement
101 H Wende Hall
Courtney brings to the CNR her experience coordinating large, funded social science projects and her background in 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).
Research Administration Coordinator
101 A Wende Hall
Utilizing her background in public health and grant coordination, Nicole provides professional support in the Center for Nursing Research (CNR) to build and sustain research initiatives within the School of Nursing. Nicole provides support for all CNR events, such as the annual Research Day, Lunch and Learn 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 CNR, including facilities, departmental calendar maintenance, policies and procedures within the center, and marketing and communication efforts.
Nina is a first-year PhD student with experience as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department. Nina’s research interests include sexual assault nurse examining (SANE) and human trafficking. She plans to conduct research increasing support for victims’ health care needs, whether it be psychological or medical, and explore increased training of ED nurses on sexual assault nursing. As a research assistant, her responsibilities include analyzing data, conducting literature searches, reviewing manuscripts and designing presentation materials.
Victoria is a PhD student whose experience as a registered nurse includes cardiac critical care, chemotherapy infusion and cardio-oncology clinical work. As a current member of the American Heart Association's Cardio-Oncology Subcommittee and previous member of the International Cardio-Oncology Society Nurse Working Group leader, her aims are to contribute to specialty knowledge, increase patient education, and impact anti-cancer treatment-induced cardiovascular effects in cardio-oncology populations. Her research assistant responsibilities include assistance with literature reviews, grant submissions, data analysis, data cleaning, data coding and presentation preparation.
Jay is a second-year PhD student. His experience includes health policy analyst and nursing management at Toronto Public Health. His research interests include improving the physical, cognitive, and emotional health of the geriatric population, primarily living in assisted living facilities. using mindfulness-based practices. As a research assistant, Jay reviews literature, analyzes and interprets data, proofreads manuscripts, and prepares presentations.
Danielle Nazarenko, MSN, CNM, IBCLC, is a third-year PhD student. Her research interests include postpartum preparation, breastfeeding/lactation and the impact of birth interventions on breastfeeding outcomes. Her responsibilities include assisting with literature reviews, grant proposals, posters, manuscript submissions and faculty research projects.
Kayla is a first-year PhD student whose professional experience includes adult medical intensive care and prelicensure nursing education. Her research interests include self-care and mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions to prevent burnout. As a research assistant, Kayla assists faculty with research projects, including reviewing scientific literature, collecting and managing data, and other key components of the research process.