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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Current Ph.D. students

Meet the current Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy students.

Class of 2015

Barbara Baranishyn-Hanna

Barbara Baranishyn-Hanna, R.N.

Contact: Barbara.Hanna@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Heart-failure readmissions and understanding regional variations in home-care utilization and spending

Current work:
California-certified public health nurse; nationally certified case manager; president and chief executive officer, Home and Health Care Management

Rocio Hernandez

Rocio Hernandez, M.F.T.

Contact: Rocio.Hernandez@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Application of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing  techniques to reduce test-taking anxiety in entering high school students

Current work:
Health equity policy study

Kristine Himmerick

Kristine Himmerick, M.S., M.P.A.S.

Contact: Kristine.Himmerick@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Primary care workforce

Current work:
Physician assistant educator

Kelley Jaeger-Jackson

Kelley Jaeger-Jackson, R.N., M.S.N.

Contact: Kelley.Jaeger-Jackson@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Person-centered care

Current work:
Regional service excellence coach, Sutter Sacramento Sierra

Satish Mahajan

Satish Mahajan, R.N., M.E.

Contact: Satish.Mahajan@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Informatics, pain management and education

Current work:
Clinical informatics coordinator, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System

Rebecca Salisbury

Rebecca Lash, R.N., M.S.N., M.P.P.

Contact: Rebecca.Lash@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Emergency department utilization and overcrowding

Current work:
Registered nurse, Nethercutt Emergency Center, UCLA Medical Center

Rayne Soriano

Rayne Soriano, R.N., M.S.N.

Contact: Rayne.Soriano@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: The informatics knowledge, skills and abilities of the nurse manager: Bridging the gap between published competencies and practice

Current work:
Manager of Nursing Informatics and Clinical Transformation Program, National Care Delivery Business Information Office and National Patient Care Services, Kaiser Permanente

Class of 2016

Samantha Blackburn

Samantha Blackburn, R.N., M.S.N.

Contact: Samantha.Blackburn@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: School health program coordination and leadership, school-community health partnerships

Current work:
Project director, California School Health Centers Association; Independent consultant, School Health Consulting

Amy Doroy

Amy Doroy, R.N., M.S.

Contact: Amy.Doroy@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Interprofessional education and patient safety across the continuum of care

Current work:
Nurse manager, Medical Intensive Care Unit, UC Davis Health System; Grant lead, Early Mobility in the Intensive Care Unit

Bronwyn Fields

Bronwyn Fields, R.N., M.P.H.

Contact: Bronwyn.Fields@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Rural-health workforce recruitment, retention and professional support 

Current work:
Assistant director of clinical services, United Home Care

Daphene Francis

Daphene Francis, R.N., M.S.

Contact: Daphene.Francis@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Migration health and health outcomes of black Caribbean immigrants

Current work:
Full-time student; Previous: Graduate student researcher with Dr. Holli Devon, a nationally recognized expert in cardiovascular care on a study examining the gender differences in symptoms of heart disease; assisted faculty and staff with various curriculum/education projects at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis; teaching assistant for two quarters.

Ellen Goldstein

Ellen Goldstein, M.F.T.

Contact: Ellen.Goldstein@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Trauma-informed approach to primary care

Current work:
Licensed marriage and family therapist trainer and consultant for trauma-informed care

Sally Moyce

Sally Moyce, R.N.

Contact: Sally.Moyce@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Immigrant health and social determinants of health

Current work:
Project manager of local epidemiologic study of the prevalence and risk factors of diabetes among Latinos

Holly Thurston

Holly Thurston, M.S.W.

Contact: Holly.Thurston@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Prevention of child maltreatment

Current work:
 Quality assurance officer, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services 

Robin Whitney

Robin Whitney, R.N.

Contact: Robin.Jensen@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Quality of health care and care coordination

Current work:
Clinical supervisor, Short Stay Surgery Department, Fresno Community Regional Medical Center

Class of 2017

Barbara Abeling

Barbara Abeling, R.N., M.S.

Contact: Barbara.Abeling@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Maternal-child health and obstetrics, supporting maternal choice on birth options and quality improvement

Current work: Clinical nurse III, labor and delivery, NorthBay Medical Center, Fairfield, California

Phillip Bautista

Phillip Bautista, R.N.

Contact: Phillip.Bautista@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest:

Current work:

Sujuan Cai

Sujuan Cai, R.N., M.S.N.

Contact: Sujuan.Cai@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Cost-and-benefit analysis of home-based primary care program, spinal cord injury patients’ perceptions of quality health-care service, health care needs of ALS patients

Current work: Nurse practitioner, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, spinal cord injury home care; nurse practitioner, VA Palo Alto Spinal Cord Injury Wound Clinic

Jacqueline Clavo-Hall

Jacqueline Clavo-Hall, R.N., M.S.N., M.S.

Contact: Jacqueline.Clavo-Hall@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Cost-and-benefit analysis of home-based primary care program, spinal cord injury patients’ perceptions of quality health-care service, health care needs of ALS patients

Current work: Nurse practitioner, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, spinal cord injury home care; nurse practitioner, VA Palo Alto Spinal Cord Injury Wound Clinic

Ian Koebner

Ian Koebner, M.S., M.S.A.c

Contact: Ian.Koebner@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Pain management education and the efficacy and economic evaluation of integrative medicine

Current work: Director of integrative pain management and clinical instructor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, UC Davis School of Medicine

May Ying Ly

May Ying Ly, M.S.W.

Contact: MayYing.Ly@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest:

Current work:

Sarah Reed

Sarah Reed, M.P.H., M.S.W.

Contact: SarahC.Reed@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: The effect of health transitions on mental health and behavioral health and quality of life outcomes of cancer patients making from active treatment to survivorship

Current work: Graduate student researcher, Collaborative Cancer Care Research Group, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

Christy Solorio

Christy Solorio, R.N., M.S.

Contact: Christy.Solorio@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu 

Research area of interest: The effect of health transitions on mental health and behavioral health and quality of life outcomes of cancer patients making from active treatment to survivorship

Current work: Graduate student researcher, Collaborative Cancer Care Research Group, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

Jacqueline Stocking

Jacqueline Stocking, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A.

Contact: Jacqueline.Stocking@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: High-fidelity patient simulation to enhance interprofessional team interaction, C-suite perceptions with regard to high reliability in health care, Safety in the helicopter emergency medical services environment and the impact of professional certification and organization accreditation on patient safety and employee satisfaction

Current work: Program director, Quality and Safety for Patient Care Services, UC Davis Medical Center

Class of 2018

 Sarah Brown Blake

Sarah Brown Blake, R.N., M.S.

Contact: sebrownblake@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Environmental health disparities and social determinants of health

Current work: Full-time student; summer graduate student research assistant

 Michelle Camicia

Michelle Camicia, R.N., M.S.N.

Contact: mecamicia@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Decision making during care transitions for individuals with a disability

Current work: Director of operations, Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center, Kaiser Permanente

 Jacquie De Mellow

Jacqueline DeMellow, R.N., M.S.N.

Contact: jmdemellow@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Improving access to health care for those with a poor understanding of their illness, exploring effective decision making and developing leadership to maintain a healthy work environment in critical care units

Current work: Clinical nurse specialist, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Stockton, California

 Sarina Fazio

Sarina Fazio, R.N., M.S.

Contact: safazio@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Health-care quality and safety and innovations in disease management

Current work:
Clinical nurse, intensive care unit, UC Davis Medical Center

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Michelle Parish, M.A.

Contact: micburke@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Addressing inequities in health care, improving mental health care and conducting research through technological approaches that are accessible, effective and equitable

Current work: Clinical research project manager, Department of Psychiatry, UC Davis Medical Center

 Ronit Ridberg

Ronit Ridberg, M.S.

Contact: raridberg@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Developing a prevention-based model created at the intersection of health care, nutrition and sustainable agriculture

Current work: Director of business development, Capay Valley Farm Shop, Esparto, California

 Claire Valderama-Wallace

Claire Valerama-Wallace, R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H.

Contact: cvalderamawallace@ucdavis.edu 

Research area of interest: Fostering social justice identities among nursing students and promoting collaboration to address pressing community health concerns such as violence, human trafficking, and the cycle of incarceration and recidivism

Current work: Community health nursing clinical instructor, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, California