The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing leads the way in transformative research.  Below are the active research projects led by School of Nursing faculty, students and staff.

Supporting Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia
Principal Investigator: Elena O. Siegel
Prime Funder: Archstone Foundation
Award: $224,902
Period: April 1, 2018, to April 1, 2019
The overarching goal of this project is to improve health and well-being of family caregivers of persons with dementia through development of a program at the transition from the hospital to the community.  The project will leverage state policies (i.e. CARE Act) that mandate identification and support of family caregivers at the time of discharge from the hospital and be tailored to the specific needs of family caregivers of persons with dementia. Outcomes from this project will set the foundation to implement and formally evaluate the family caregiver support program at UC Davis Medical Center and to disseminate the results to the broader health care community.

California Precision Medicine Research Program Consortium
Principal Investigator: Katherine Kim (Co-primary investigator)
Prime Funder: National Institutes of Health
Award: $427,150
Period: April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019 (year 1 of 5)
The is continued funding that supports the regional enrollment center covering California for the national All of Us: Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program. The overall responsibility for this initiative is to manage engagement, enrollment and retention of patients from the project area’s health care provider organizations into the project cohort.

Alameda County Care Alliance
Principal Investigator: Janice Bell (Evaluation lead)
Other UC Davis collaborators: Jill Joseph
Funder: Public Health Institute
Prime Funder: Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
Award: $55,000
Period: February 1, 2018, to March 14, 2019
Researchers lead a mixed-methods evaluation of the Alameda County Care Alliance Advanced Illness Care Program. For this phase of the evaluation, the team works with colleagues at the Public Health Institute and UC Davis to revise the data collection method to include new tools.

Alameda County Care Alliance
Principal Investigator: Janice Bell
Other UC Davis collaborators: Jill Joseph
Funder: Public Health Institute
Prime Funder: Stupski Foundation
Award: $110,000
Period: Feb.1, 2018, to Aug. 31, 2019
This project uses a community-based participatory research approach to identify and refine aspects of existing advance care planning programs and materials, assemble a toolkit and evaluate the effectiveness of the toolkit from the perspectives of persons with advanced illness, caregivers, community-based care navigators, pastors and clinicians. UC Davis faculty participate in the project as members of the oversight committee, providing strategic direction and technical assistance to identify advanced care planning tools for development or revision.

A Stakeholder-driven Comparative Effectiveness Study of Treatments to Prevent Coronary Artery Damage in Patients with Resistant Kawasaki Disease
Principal InvestigatorKatherine Kim
Prime Funder: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Award: $2.8 million ($244,842 sub-award to UC Davis portion)
Period: Feb. 1, 2017, to April. 30, 2020
Jane C. Burns, professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego and director of the Kawasaki Disease Research Center, and Katherine Kim, assistant professor at UC Davis, serve as co-primary investigators for this three-year study on the effectiveness of two different therapies for children with Kawasaki disease, as well as the burdens of treatments on those children and their families. Burns and Kim will use a parent observation tool to record discomfort, psychosocial concerns and other experiences during both the in-hospital stay and once patients go home using mobile technology.

Advanced Illness Care Navigation for African-American Adults in Faith-Based Settings
Principal Investigators:
Janice Bell
Funder: Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation Innovations in Care Program
Award: $600,000
Period: Jan. 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2019
Hillman funding will be used to expand, evaluate and sustain the Advanced Illness Care Program, a faith-based, nursing-driven intervention developed in partnership with the Alameda County Care Alliance (ACCA) and the Public Health Institute (PHI). Since its inception in 2013, the program has trained and placed care navigators in five African-American church communities in Oakland, California. The care navigators provide referrals and care not only to congregants and their caregivers, but to persons with advanced illness in the community. The teams from UC Davis, ACCA and PHI use the funding to expand the program to three additional church communities and enroll an additional 500 congregants, community members and family caregivers. Funding is also used to train additional care navigators and volunteer care ministers to promote the program through community outreach as well as continue to support ongoing data collection that has provided evidence of the program’s success.

Patient-Oriented Scalable National Network for Effectiveness Research (pSCANNER) - Phase II (subaward)
Co-investigator: Katherine Kim
Funder: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Award: $408,389
Period: Oct. 1, 2015, to Sep. 30, 2018
The Patient-Oriented Scalable National Network for Effectiveness Research (pSCANNER), one of 13 clinical data research networks that comprise PCORnet, has been funded for a second phase. In phase II, pSCANNER will continue to increase capacity to conduct large-scale comparative effectiveness research and will conduct research projects using the network built in phase I. Phase II research will include projects focusing on priority topics identified by pSCANNER’s stakeholder research prioritization panels. The pSCANNER team will continue to engage patients in meaningful ways to ensure that research is truly patient-centered.

Patient and Provider Engagement and Empowerment Through Technology Program (P2E2T2 to Improve Health in Diabetes
Principal Investigator: Heather Young
School of Nursing Co-Investigators:  Madan Dharmar, Sheridan Miyamoto, Yajarayma Tang-Feldman
Other UC Davis collaborators: Jay Han, Thomas Balsbaugh, Bridget Levitch
Funder: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Award: $2.1 Million
Period: Sep. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2018
Researchers develop and evaluate an innovative program that uses nurse health coaching, motivational interviewing techniques and wireless sensor and mobile health (mHealth) technology. The program is based on input from patient, provider and technology experts as to how best to address the health care needs of persons living with diabetes and improve their health and wellness. The team, led by Heather Young, partners with stakeholders to revise and finalize the proposed intervention elements, evaluate the feasibility and usefulness of integrating patient-generated goals and sensor data into a mHealth dashboard linked back into primary-care practice, as well as evaluate the program’s effectiveness based on quality of life, self-efficacy, readiness to change and clinically relevant indicators.

SPLICE: An Interprofessional Program to Transform Primary Care Education and Community Health
Principal Investigator:
Debra Bakerjian
Other UC Davis collaborators: Tonya Fancher, Heather Vierra, Ulfat Shaikh, Katherine Kim, Ricky Norwood, Amy Nichols, Kay Nelsen, Gerald Kayingo
Funder: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Health Resources and Services Administration
Award: $2,494,866
Period: July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2021
The overall goal of this program is to develop, test and disseminate a community-based collaborative primary care practice model that improves the patient experience, advances population health, reduces costs and enhances provider well-being. The System-transforming, Patient-centered, Longitudinal, Interprofessional Community-based Education (SPLICE) initiative is a collaborative practice curriculum for physician assistant, family nurse practitioner and medical students and primary care residents. Primary Care Internal Medicine, Family and Community Medicine and pharmacy residents will lead interprofessional learner teams to provide data-driven, high-quality care, including integrated behavioral health, to medically vulnerable communities at the Sacramento County Primary Care Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center. In addition, the program will provide training to faculty and clinic staff to transform the clinic into a high-performing primary care practice.

Empowerment or Further Assault on Female Autonomy? Exploring Issues of Race, Class and Power in Post-Sexual Assault HIV Prevention
Principal Investigator:
Jessica Draughon Moret
Other UC Davis collaborators:
UC Davis Feminist Research Institute
Award: $6,000
Period: March 1, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2018
This project builds off a quantitative parent study examining factors theoretically associated with accepting and adhering to post-sexual assault HIV prevention treatment, and focuses on how issues of race, class and power have impacted whether post-sexual assault prevention treatment was offered, accepted and completed. The results of this study will inform the creation of an intervention to improve HIV prevention treatment follow-up as the continuation of a developing program of research.

Family Caregiving Institute
Principal Investigator:
Theresa A. Harvath
Other UC Davis collaborators: Heather M. Young, Elena O. Siegel, Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano, Janice F. Bell, Ladson Hinton
Funder: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Award: $5 million
Period: April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2021
The purpose of this grant is to support the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing to launch the Family Caregiving Institute to support health and well-being for persons with chronic and serious illness as well as their family and caregivers.

The Neural Bases of Heightened Awareness to the Present Moment
Principal Investigator:
Philippe Goldin
Other UC Davis collaborators:
Mind and Life Institute
Award: $13,546
Period: February 1, 2017, to December 31, 2018
It is common knowledge among practitioners that meditation enhances awareness of the present moment by reducing undesired rumination about the past or future. This lack of a need for updating the status of the world in relation to oneself, in turn, enables an enhanced and more joyful experience of the world. While such an understanding is intuitive, what are the brain mechanisms that mediate such a reduced need to reevaluate the world? One way this can be measured is using ambiguous sensory stimuli that drive the brain into a continuous reevaluation mode, with the internal perception shifting between multiple possible interpretations. The goal of the study is to investigate the neural mechanisms that accompany this slowing down of the temporal dynamics of such bistable perceptual stimuli. Specifically, testing the hypothesis, using behavioral and EEG measures, that expert meditators exercise this “staying in-the-perceptual-moment” control by having reduced task-irrelevant neural fluctuations at very early stages of sensory processing.