Current Ph.D. students
Meet the current Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy students.
|Barbara Abeling, R.N., M.S.
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
|Sujuan Cai, R.N., M.S.N.
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, R.N., M.S.N., M.S.
Research area of interest: The use of health informatics in pre-anesthesia econsultation to link metropolitan health-care experts with anesthesia providers in rural and underserved areas
Current work: Staff nurse anesthetist at Alameda Health system — Highland Hospital
|Ian Koebner, M.S., M.S.A.c
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, M.S.W.
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|Sarah Reed, M.P.H., M.S.W.
Research area of interest: Past research has focused on adolescent health and health behaviors associated with parental military deployment and reintegration. Current research interests include psychosocial concerns and their effects on health service use among cancer survivors.
Current work: Graduate student researcher, Collaborative Cancer Care Research Group at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and UC Davis Health
|Christy Solorio, R.N., M.S.
Research area of interest: Child health, poverty, children’s perspectives of hospitalization and health, health disparities among children
Current work: Full-time faculty at CSU Sacramento in the school of nursing, teaching clinical pediatrics and placing students in their fourth semester (capstone) preceptorships; former pediatric nurse at UCDMC
|Jacqueline Stocking, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A.
Research area of interest: Patient safety and quality of care, 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: Quality and Safety Analyst, Department of Internal Medicine, UC Davis Health
|Sarah Brown Blake, R.N., M.S.
Research area of interest: Environmental health disparities and social determinants of health
Current work: Full-time student; summer graduate student research assistant
|Michelle Camicia, R.N., M.S.N.
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
|Jacqueline DeMellow, R.N., M.S.N.
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, R.N., M.S.
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
|Michelle Parish, M.A.
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, M.S.
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, R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H.
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 and lecturer, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, California
|Christy Adams, M.P.H., R.N.
Research area of interest: Community-based injury prevention, with special focus on reducing fall risk and injury among older adults
Current work: Trauma prevention and outreach coordinator, UC Davis Health
|Emma Blackmon, M.S, R.N.
Research area of interest: Hospital readmissions among cancer patients
Current work: Clinical nurse, UC Davis Medical Center
|Karen de Sola-Smith, M.A.
Research area of interest: Quality of care, access to care and improving communication among caregivers; social justice issues affecting access and quality of care
Current work: Behavior specialist and therapist, Hope Technology School, Palo Alto, California
|Charlie Dharmasukrit, M.S., R.N.
Research area of interest: Wearable technology in chronic-disease management
Current work: Clinical nurse, orthopaedics and trauma, UC Davis Medical Center
|Karla L. Hodges M.S., R.N.
Research area of interest: Physical activity and minority health, specifically in African-American women and children and minority health disparities
Current work: Health care quality and risk consultant
|Nicole Mahr, M.S, R.N.
Research area of interest: The role of patient-provider relationships on health outcomes after treatment in an acute-care environment; effects of inter- and intraprofessional relationships on health care quality and safety; and a nurse's role in antimicrobial stewardship and adherence to treatment regimens for infectious diseases
Current work: Clinical resource nurse and infection preventionist, UC Davis Medical Center; site coordinator for grant to reduce surgical site infections
Research area of interest: Health information technology, health disparities, care coordination, primary care workforce development and health care quality improvement in disease management
Current work: Project manager, Collaborative Cancer Care Coordination Research Group, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
|Angela Usher, M.S.W.
Research area of interest: Integrating behavioral health and medical care, the impact of chronic disease on patient sexual health and relationships, and the psychological and social resiliency factors in patient immune functioning
Current work: Licensed clinical social worker, psychosocial support services, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Brenda Achelpohl-Chagolla, M.S.N., R.N.
Area of special interest in health care: Obstetrics, interdepartmental collaboration
Previous health care experience: More than 20 years of nursing experience as a labor and delivery nurse, educator, clinical nurse specialist, perinatal safety specialist and manager
Gennifer Holt, M.S.N., R.N.
Area of special interest in health care: Nursing education, specifically diversifying the nursing profession
Previous health care experience: Critical care nursing, specializing in adult intensive care unit and flight nursing; clinical nursing instructor at CSUS
Cynthia Matsumoto, M.S., R.N.
Area of special interest in health care: Informatics, palliative care, end-of-life care, quality of care
Previous health care experience: Extensive health care experience as a bedside nurse, informatics nurse, insurance case manager and working for a cardiovascular information system
Adebola Olarewaju, M.S.N., N.P., R.N.
Area of special interest in health care: Pediatrics
Previous health care experience: Worked as a neonatal intensive care nurse and as a pediatric nurse practitioner, currently works as a UC Davis pediatric nurse practitioner
Regina Orozco, M.S.N., R.N.
Area of special interest in health care: Obstetrics: Labor and delivery, postpartum, well newborns, breastfeeding; nursing education
Previous health care experience: 12 years as obstetrics nurse, multiple nurse faculty roles
William Randall, M.S.N., R.N.
Area of special interest in health care: interprofessional communication and collaboration as it impacts patient safety (especially nurse and physician dynamics)
Languages other than English: Spanish
Previous health care experience: More than 30 years as a critical care registered nurse (emergency department, intensive care units, flight nursing, trauma unit, pediatrics emergency department), nursing education, legal nursing consulting
Kenneth Russell, M.S.N., M.S.C.S., R.N.
Area of special interest in health care: Informatics, telehealth, mobile applications, social justice (health care inclusion, disparity, access)
Previous health care experience: Registered nurse, case manager, multiple global medical missions, Albert Schweitzer Fellow
Danica Loralyn Taylor, M.S., M.P.H.
Area of special interest in health care: Health disparities, parenting and influence on health outcomes, women's health, pain management in end-of-life care
Languages other than English: Spanish
Previous health care experience: Planned Parenthood health educator reproductive health specialist, Drug Free Communities program coordinator