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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Postdoctoral scholars

Current

Since the school’s 2009 founding, eight postdoctoral alumni earned faculty positions educating new nurses in schools across the country. Click here to read more about how the School of Nursing prepares faculty.

 

Brandon Berry, Ph.D.
Specialty: Family Process around Dementia, Aphasia, and Hearing Loss

Brandon Berry is a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow. He is mentored by Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano. Trained in naturalistic social psychology using ethnographic methods, he conducts research on the social dynamics around memory loss and cognitive decline.  

 

Andra Davis, Ph.D.
Specialty: Patient-centered Cancer Care to Improve Quality and Cost

Andra Davis is a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow. She provides research support to Associate Dean for Research and Professor Jill G. Joseph in the area of patient-centered cancer care to improve quality and cost.

 

 Susan Perez, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Susan Perez, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Specialty: Quality, Safety and Comparative Effectiveness Research
Susan Perez is a Quality, Safety and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training Postdoctoral Fellow at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Perez manages a research project supported by the Agency for Health-care Quality and Research that emphasizes leadership development in surgical, trauma and urgent/emergency care outcomes. 

Past

Dian Baker, Ph.D., R.N., A.P.R.N.-B.C., P.N.P.
Length of service: September 2009 - September 2011
Dian Baker served for two years at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing as a postdoctoral  scholar. She now serves as consulting faculty for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. She is also a member of the CSU, Sacramento, School of Nursing faculty. During her time as a fellow at UC Davis, Baker worked to translate her research and experience into health policy. Baker earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing in fall 2009. During the span of her 30-year nursing career, Baker’s work supported highly vulnerable and underserved populations, such as children and families experiencing developmental disabilities, victims of hate crimes, communities experiencing significant gang violence, and rural communities lacking access to health care.

  Debra Bakerjian, Ph.D., F.N.P., R.N., F.A.A.N.P.
Length of service: September 2009 - September 2010
Debra Bakerjian served for one year as a postdoctoral  scholar at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing,  where she now  works  as senior director for nurse practitioner and physician assistant clinical education and practice as well as assistant adjunct professor for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Prior to her postdoctoral scholar position, Bakerjian completed a John A. Hartford Foundation, Claire M. Fagin Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC San Francisco in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Policy and Gerontology in 2006 and a Master in Science of Nursing in 1992, both from UC San Francisco School of Nursing. Her research primarily focuses on wound care and quality improvement issues in Northern California nursing homes; the transitions between health-care facilities, home and assisted living centers; chronic disease management; quality of care and life; and teaching.
 

Michelle Fennessy, Ph.D., A.P.R.N.-B.C.
Length of service: September 2011 - September 2013
 Michelle Fennessy served for two years as a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow. She conducted research in the area of secondary prevention for cardiovascular disease. Her research focuses on secondary prevention, health behaviors and comparative effectiveness models to evaluate the care of patients with chronic illness. After completing her postdoctoral service, Fennessy was appointed an assistant professor at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Read more about how the school prepares nurse faculty. Read more about how the school prepares nurse faculty.

Samira Jones, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Length of service: September 2009 - September 2011
Samira Jones worked for two years at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing as a Postdoctoral Fellow. She specialized in gerontology under the mentorship of Associate Vice Chancellor of Nursing and Dean Heather M. Young. Jones’ research is based on population health with an emphasis in nutrition, an interest area developed while working toward a Doctor of Philosophy in Nutritional Biology at UC Davis in 2009. Her dissertation research was directed toward the development and evaluation of an educational program that promotes eating more foods with omega-3 fatty acids such as fish among African-American women.  Jones now teaches food service management courses as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at California State University, Sacramento.

Lori Miller, Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H.
Length of service: September 2011 - September 2013
Lori Miller served for two years as a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow working under the mentorship of Associate Dean for Academics and Clinical Professor Deborah Ward. Miller conducted research in the area of Healthy Systems, with emphasis on childhood obesity prevention and related ethnic and racial health disparities. She developed a fitness curriculum for girls as part of her research project, Ultimate Fitness Inspiring Tweens and Teens (UFITT). The project was a combination of school health-related physical education and home economics courses, including beauty and fashion courses.

 

Tasha Peart, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Length of service: October 20012 - August 2014

Tasha Peart served as a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Postdoctoral Fellow for two years. She conducted research in the area of health policy for vulnerable populations under the guidance of Professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz. Peart’s research during her postdoctoral fellowship focused on obesity-prevention initiatives to promote the health of Hispanic families. Prior to joining the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Peart completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley’s Dr. Robert C. & Veronica Atkins Center for Weight & Health. After completing her fellowship at UC Davis, Peart was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Public Health at Agustana College in Moline, Illinois.

 

Hermine Poghosyan, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Length of service: September 2012 - September 2013
Hermine Poghosyan was a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Postdoctoral Fellow for one year. She conducted interprofessional health-services research focused on access to high quality and safe care under the guidance of Associate Dean for Research and Professor Jill G. Joseph. During her postdoctoral fellowship, Poghosyan collaborated with an interprofessional team to strengthen access to high-quality chronic disease care for under-resourced and disadvantaged individuals. After completing her postdoctoral service, Poghosyan was appointed assistant professor at University of Massachusetts at Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Read more about how the school prepares nurse faculty. Read more about how the school prepares nurse faculty.

Tara Sharpp, Ph.D., R.N.
Length of service: September 2008 - October 2011
Tara Sharpp was a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Postdoctoral Fellow for three years. Sharpp was a project manager for one of the school's research grants, the Influence of Social Support and Networks on Caregiver Mental and Physical Health. Previously, Sharpp was a Claire M. Fagin Fellow from 2008 to 2010, funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation. As a postdoctoral fellow, her research focused on the care older adults with dementia receive in assisted living facilities. Sharpp received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Twin Cities School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota in 2001 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Gerontological Nursing degree from UC San Francisco. In January 2014, Sharpp was appointed to a tenure-track position at California State University, Sacramento, where she previously served as a part-time faculty member prior to the appointment.

Casey Shillam, Ph.D., R.N.
Length of service: September 2010 - May 2012
Casey Shillam served as a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Postdoctoral Fellow under the mentorship of Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean Heather M. Young. Shillam’s research emphasis as a fellow examined gerontological nursing with a focus on persistent pain in older adults and referral for pain management. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing in 2008, a Master of Science in Nursing in 2004 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2002, all from Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing. Prior to joining the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Shillam was an assistant professor at the University of Portland School of Nursing and worked in chronic-care management for assisted living facilities in Portland. Following her UC Davis postdoctoral fellowship, Shillam was appointed assistant professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.  She now serves as the director of Western Washington University’s bachelor’s degree nursing program.