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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 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.

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

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. 

Portrait of 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 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.

Courtney Hanny.

Courtney Hanny, PhD

Assistant Director for Research Advancement

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

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)

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 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.

Research Assistants