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center director:

Linda H. Bearinger, PhD, RN, FAAN

mission:

To educate nurses and other health

professionals to be expert clinicians,

teachers, researchers, leaders, and

policymakers who will serve the

health needs of young people.

for more information:

Linda H. Bearinger, professor

Phone: 612-624-5157

Fax: 612-626-3467

E-mail: beari001@umn.edu

www.nursing.umn.edu/CAN

center for

adolescent nursing

Life after a PhD and a Post-doc

Launching Academic Careers in Adolescent Health

Not long ago, Terryann Clark, PhD, MPH, was a doctoral student, and

Daheia Barr-Anderson, PhD, MSPH, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of

Minnesota. Focused in nursing and nutrition, respectively, they were in our

Center for Adolescent Nursing. Both have since accepted faculty positions.

We talked with them recently…

In the past decade, 15 of our center’s

pre- and post-doctoral trainees have

become university faculty. Currently

we support 22 graduate and postdoctoral

trainees in nursing,

medicine, and nutrition.

What have you been doing since

leaving the center?

Terryann Clark,

PhD, MPH

Clark: I am Maori (the

indigenous people of

New Zealand) and have

lived here all my life. I

came to Minnesota in

2003 to learn skills in

adolescent health and

research with the goal

of bringing these skills

back home to improve

the health and well-being of my people.

Now, as faculty at the University of

Auckland, New Zealand, I teach the postgraduate

nursing research course. I enjoy

helping shape nurses’ research questions

while inspiring them to value research as a

means for improving practice. Research

intimidates many so it’s rewarding to watch

nurses recognize how research questions

come from everyday practice.

I also chair a multidisciplinary research

team that has undertaken two large-scale

national surveys providing a picture of the

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health and well-being of New Zealand’s

youth. Using these surveys, the national

Maori youth health report, which I am

writing, has critical policy implications for

indigenous youth.

Daheia Barr-Anderson,

PhD, MSPH

Barr-Anderson: As an

assistant professor

in the School of

Kinesiology at

Minnesota, I have

developed a course on

the influence of

psychological, physical,

and environmental

factors on levels of

activity in children and youth. Also, I’ve

volunteered with the 50 Million Pound

Challenge, a national weight-loss initiative

led by Dr. Ian Smith from Celebrity Fit Club.

The 225 African American participants in

my group have lost 1,250 pounds since we

started. Though South Carolina is home, the

collegiality I experienced in my postdoctoral

program led to my excitement

about continuing work in Minnesota.

How did CAN’s program help you

prepare?

Clark: I learned about leadership in

collaboration with communities. The

research and grant-writing skills I

developed have already helped me secure

two grants. Most valuable might

be developing a group of Minnesota

colleagues whose mentorship has helped

shape my academic career and inspired me

to want to make a difference for young

people in New Zealand.

Barr-Anderson: Weekly full-day seminars on

topics related to healthy youth

development and professional skillbuilding,

including intensive sessions on

scientific writing, taught me how to be an

effective member of the faculty. But I think

the most important perspective I gained is

the importance of interdisciplinary research

teams in addressing key issues of

adolescents.

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