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The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) strives to be a global leader in nursing and health care. Its Center for Global Initiatives (CGI) is dedicated to expanding the dissemination of nursing knowledge  and innovation across the world through collaboration. CGI serves as an operational umbrella for existing and developing JHSON international education, practice, research, and policy initiatives. The International Visiting Scholars program encourages collaboration to advance nursing practice and research globally. The program offers non-degree educational opportunities that address health disparities while sharing cultural and professional perspectives that foster mutual understanding.

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Current Visiting Scholars

Zeyu “Jackie" Zhang, PhD, BSN   

Visit: 9/1/2018 – 8/31/2019Zeyu “Jackie" Zhang, PhD, BSN
University: School of Nursing, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Faculty Mentor: Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN


Dr. Zhang will work closely with Dean Davidson with health management of chronic disease to research the quality of life with patients with chronic heart failure. Also, long term care insurance policy system in china.


Wei-xia Ma, MSN  

Visit: 8/30/2018 - 8/28/2019Wei-xia Ma, MSN
University: Shandong University
Faculty Mentor:  Marie T. Nolan, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Executive Vice Dean, Academic Affairs


Wei-xia Ma works in the Department of Respiratory Endoscopy at the Shandong University.  Her interests are nursing, especially in the area of respiratory endoscopy.  She earned her nursing degree at The Shandong University.  Here at the SON, she will be studying nursing to keep updated with the latest knowledge and research skills.


Aidi Zhang, PhD Candidate

Visit: 2/19/2018 – 2/1/2019Aidi Zhang
University: Central South University, China
Faculty Mentor: Nancy Reynolds, PhD, RN, NP, FAAN and Jason E. Farley, PhD, MPH, ANP-BC, AACRN, FAAN


Aidi Zhang is a PhD candidate of nursing of the Third Xiangya Hospital, Central South University (CSU) in Changsha, China. She graduated from CSU in June 2016, with a Master’s degree of Nursing. Her interests are about HIV prevention and AIDS care, and mental health strategies. Please join us in welcoming Aidi Zhang.  She is located in Pinkard 432.



Jing Zeng, PhD

Visit: 1/29/2018 – 1/25/2019Jing Zeng, PhD
University: Chengdu Medical College
Faculty Mentor: Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN and Chao Hsing Yeh, Associate Professor, Acute and Chronic Care


Jing Zeng has a PhD in Nursing from the Military Medical University.  Her interests and research include nursing education, geriatric nursing, and especially the area of humanistic are for the aged.


Binbin Xu, MSN

Visit: 9/14/2018 – 1/20/2019Binbin Xu, MSN
University: Xiangya Hospital of Central south University
Faculty Mentor: Nancy Reynolds, PhD, RN, NP, FAAN, Associate Dean of Global Affairs


Ms. Xu would like to study and research some new concepts of nursing for the elderly, the interventions to improve health outcomes for older adults, study the living environment of the elderly, establish service, supervision and management of old-age care institutions. She would also like to attend seminars on nursing for the elderly and complete a manuscript that could be accepted by a journal included in Science Citation Index.

Julianna Cafer, MSN

Visit: 9/15/2018 – 2/6/2019Julianna Cafer, MSN
University: Universidade de São Paulo, Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Pret
Faculty Mentor: Chao Hsing Yeh, Associate Professor, Acute and Chronic Care


Ms. Cafer will work close with her mentor, Dr. Yeh, to improve the knowledge about the use of auricular acupuncture in clinical trials. She will participate in disciplines that contribute to the improvement of technical scientific knowledge, theory, method, analysis and interpretation of Randomized Clinical Trials data. Ms. Cafer will also prepare scientific articles with her mentor to approach the international partnership between researchers from the Ribeirão Preto School of Nursing and Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.


Weiwei Chang, MSN

Visit: 9/14/2018 – 4/30/2019Weiwei Chang, MSN
University: Guangxi Medical University Nursing College
Faculty Mentor: Nancy Reynolds, PhD, RN, NP, FAAN, Associate Dean of Global Affairs


Weiwei Chang will be working with Dr. Reynolds learning HIV related nursing care and community public health research. Through learning and research Weiwei Chang would like to build an intervention model of disclosure for children/adolescents living with HIV in Guangxi,China. 


Soo Jin Kang, PhD, MSN, BSN

Visit: 8/6/2018 – 9/6/2019WSoo Jin Kang, PhD, MSN, BSN
University: Department of Nursing, Daegu University, Daegu, Korea
Faculty Mentor: Hae Ra Han, PhD, RN, FAAN


Dr. Kang will work closely with Dr. Han in community health nursing with a special interest in nurse management. Research in health literacy and behavior change and low income elderly with hypertension are also interests of Dr. Kang.


Jiang Li, Dr. of Clinical Medicine

Visit: 9/14/2018 – 4/30/2019Jiang Li
University: Guangxi Medical University, Guangxi, China
Faculty Mentor: Nancy Reynolds, PhD, RN, NP, FAAN, Associate Dean of Global Affairs


Dr. Li’s goal is to work closely with Dr. Reynolds on research to develop a culturally appropriate model of intervention for HIV+ children disclose in Guangxi, China. Helping more HIV+ children’s parents/caregivers to tell their children the truth in a proper way. She hopes that the visiting scholar program will offer her the opportunity to improve oneself both on academic and research ability. After she returns to China, she will have a good foundation to finish her final research “A study on the construction of disclosure interventions model for children living with HIV in Guangxi, China”