center news 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: email@example.com 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 UniversityofMinnesota. 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 Universityof 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 40 minnesota nursing 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 Schoolof 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 ofMinnesota 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.
center news center director: Jean Wyman, PhD, APRN-BC, GNP, FAAN mission: To develop and test innovative interventions that help individuals and families create optimal pathways to health. for more information: Jean Wyman, professor Phone: 612-626-9443 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.nursing.umn.edu/CHTR minnesota center for health trajectory research The Minnesota Center for Health Trajectory Research was established in 2005 with a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute ofNursing Research. The center develops and tests innovative interventions that will help individuals and families create optimal pathways to health. Center researchers are exploring the interrelationships among the many biological, behavioral, psychosocial, and environmental factors responsible for health or illness and how to manage them over time. L-R: Karen Monsen, Patricia Painter, Tondi Harrison Newly funded pilot studies The center provides funding to faculty to conduct one-year pilot studies. Projects funded for 2009-2010 year are: Tondi Harrison, assistant professor: Effect of Maternal Physical Contact on Physiologic Regulation in Infants with Congenital Heart Defects. Harrison will study the feasibility and safety of a 14-day, skin-to-skin care intervention. Karen Monsen, assistant professor: Intervention Patterns Associated with Psychosocial and Parenting Outcomes. Monsen will examine how different patterns of home-visiting by public health nurses affect health outcomes in disadvantaged mothers and infants. Patricia Painter, associate professor: A Pilot Study of Cycling Exercise and Wound Healing in Diabetic ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) Patients. Painter will develop methods to determine whether cycling enhances wound healing in diabetic hemodialysis patients with ischemic foot ulcers. Better healing would avoid or delay the progression to lower extremity amputation. Center faculty present MNRS symposium In March 2009, Drs. Susan Henly, Donna Bliss, Linda Chlan, and Cynthia Gross hosted a symposium at the annual conference of the Midwest Nursing Research Society in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The symposium, “Evaluation of Interventions for Symptom Experiences over Time,” described advances in research methods designed to evaluate management of symptoms and side effects of nursing interventions. These methods consider that symptom experiences vary across individuals, interventions, and over time. Presenters from the center illustrated temporal issues using clinical trials of music intervention for critically ill patients with mechanically ventilatory support, fiber therapy for individuals with fecal incontinence, and mindfulness-based stress reduction in organ transplant patients. Visiting scholar Geraldine Padilla, PhD, professor and associate dean for research, SchoolofNursing, Universityof California, San Francisco, visited the center for two days in February. Padilla is an internationally renowned expert in quality of life outcomes and nursing care interventions for chronic disease, particularly cancer, arthritis, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis. She consulted with faculty and presented two seminars that focused on keeping one’s passion for discovery alive and measuring quality of life. fall/winter 2009 41