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Interdisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Health Research

​NIH/NINR T32 NR012704

Interdisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Health Research

Overview

Research education program prepares nurse scientists to build investigative careers directed at improving our understanding of behavioral and biologic associated with cardiovascular health, illness, and risk. It supports the investigation of interventions designed to prevent or control cardiovascular disease risk factors and promote cardiovascular health. 

This T32 program offers full tuition support for up to 3 years, an NIH pre-doctoral level stipend, and monies for travel and other training related expenses for 4 trainees per year.

  • Training Components

    Coursework

    Fellowships are for full time study, including 24 credits of core courses in:

    • Philosophy of science
    • Theory
    • Advanced research design
    • Biostatistics
    • Grant writing
    • Responsibilities of the scientist

    An additional 22 credits of electives, which can be taken in the Schools of Nursing, Public Health, or Medicine.  These courses are selected with the help of a faculty mentor to develop an individualized course of study to fulfill the student's goals and develop the basis for a program of research.

    Fellows are also required to take courses developed specifically for this training program, including:

    NR.110.835 Current Issues and Trends in Cardiovascular Health Promotion Research

    Training

    Through a combination of didactic coursework, directed research residencies, skill-building workshops, journal club and research seminars, interdisciplinary co-mentorship, and independent research projects, fellows develop research competencies.

    Fellows have the opportunity to select senior research mentors from four research clusters: 

    1. Intervention science (health behavior change, health literacy)
    2. Research methodology (biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical trials, comparative effectiveness, economic analyses, community based participatory research)
    3. Biologic science (genetics, markers of inflammation/atherosclerosis, stress)
    4. Social science (health disparities, social determinants of health)

    Training will:

    1. Provide fellows with the in-depth core knowledge and skills to conduct rigorous research in the area of CVD prevention and management.
    2. Provide intensive research experiences with seasoned mentors conducting research in the prevention and management of CVD.
    3. Use resources throughout the University to assure training across disciplines to develop creative, successful clinical investigators who can lead and participate in research within interdisciplinary teams.
    4. Increase the number of and strengthen the preparation of early career nurse scientists participating in research.
  • Application Procedures

    Applications are submitted online though the School of Nursing Office of Admissions.  Your application will be reviewed and rendered a decision by the PhD Admissions Committee on an individual basis. 

    Requirements

    • Graduate of an accredited bachelor's or master's in nursing program
    • Written statement of research goals including reason for interest in JHU
    • Research interests matching faculty expertise and School resources
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from within the past five years
    • Minimum scholastic grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Interview with faculty
    • Writing sample (publication or graded paper)

    Both Dr. Jerilyn Allen, Director of the Training Program, and Dr. Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, Co-Director, will review accepted applications for a prospective match with the training program. Your written statement (referenced above) should indicate an interest in this training program, explaining your research goals for involvement in this fellowship.

    Apply for Interdisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Health Research 

  • Student Profiles

    Kelly Gleason
    Faculty Advisor: Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN
    Research Interest: Cardiovascular Health and Disparities

    Melissa Hladek
    Faculty Advisor: Sarah Szanton, PhD, ANP
    Research Interest: Stress Coping and Cardiovascular Health Disparities in the Latino Population
     
    Erin Whitehouse
    Faculty Advisor: Haera Han, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Research Interest: Cardiovascular Heath Disparities
     
    Jingzhi Ashley Xu
    Research Interest: Improving Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Cardiovascular Surgery

    Janna Stephens
    Faculty Advisor: Jerilyn Allen, RN, ScD, FAAN
    Dissertation Topic: Smartphone Technology to Decrease BMI in Overweight and Obese Adolescents

    Gyasi Moscou-Jackson
    Faculty Advisor: Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN
    Dissertation Topic: Sickle Cell Disease and Sleep

    Martha Abshire
    Faculty Advisor: Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN
    Dissertation Topic: Heart Failure, LVAD Stress and Stress-response

    Maan Cajita
    Faculty Advisor: Nancy Hodgson, PhD, RN & Haera Han, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Dissertation Topic: Health Literacy and Heart Failure Outcomes

    Lucine Francis
    Faculty Advisor: Jerilyn Allen, ScD, RN, FAAN
    Dissertation Topic: Examining Food Environments of Family Child Care Homes to Prevent Obesity

    Paula Nersesian
    Faculty Advisor: Sarah Szanton, PhD, ANP
    Dissertation Topic: TBA

    Jiayun Xu
    Faculty Advisor: Haera Han, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Dissertation Topic: Heart Failure Patient Decision Making Prior to Re-hospitalization

  • Faculty Mentors

    Jerilyn K. Allen
    Principal Investigator/Program Director
    Professor
    M. Adelaide Nutting Chair
    Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

    Cheryl R. Dennison Himmelfarb
    Associate Professor
    Director, Office of Science and Innovation
    Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

    Larry Appel
    Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Brad Astor
    Associate Professor
    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

    Karen Bandeen-Roche
    Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

    Eric Bass
     Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Diane Becker
     Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Lee Bone
    Associate Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

    Lisa Cooper
    Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Josef Coresh
    Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

    Marie Diener-West
    Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

    Kevin Frick
    Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

    Hae-Ra Han
    Associate Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

    Martha Hill
    Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

    Felicia Hill-Briggs
    Associate Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Nancy Hodgson
    Assistant Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

    Harold Lehmann
     Associate Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    David Levine
    Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Edgar (Pete) Miller
    Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Marie Nolan
    Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

    Gayle Page
    Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

    Don Steinwachs
    Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

    Kerry Stewart
    Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Sarah Szanton
    Associate Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

    Frances Stillman
    Associate Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

    Jonathan Weiner
    Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

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