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Posted: 9/8/2009

Alumnae Sharon Kozachik, PhD, RN and Nicole Warren, PhD, MPH, CNM are returning to their scholarly roots this fall as faculty members at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON).

For Kozachik, who earned her PhD at Hopkins, this latest step is yet another milestone in her academic career. Prior to accepting the position of assistant professor in the JHUSON department of Acute and Chronic Care, Kozachik was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Bio-behavioral Pain Research with Dr. Gayle Page, Director of the JHUSON Center for Nursing Research and Sponsored Projects. Kozachik's research focus includes the bi-directional association between pain and sleep disturbance and the mechanisms involved, and the effects of chronic sleep restriction on chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain.

Also joining the faculty is Warren who returns to Hopkins where she earned her baccalaureate nursing degree in 1998 and master's of public health in 1999 before earning her PhD at the University of Illinois in Chicago.  Prior to accepting the position of assistant professor in the department of Community Public Health, Warren served as assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago.  Before attending Hopkins, Warren volunteered with the Peace Corps program in Mali.  The experience left such an impression on her that she helped form "Mali Midwives" in 2006. Warren now serves as director of the non-profit organization which is dedicated to helping auxiliary midwives in Mali get continuing education.

"These new faculty are valuable additions to our school.  Each brings a unique talent to aide us in the upcoming year," noted Dean Martha Hill. "Dr. Kozachik has strong research training, previous teaching experience, and potential for teaching in some of our needed areas such as geriatric nursing.  Her scholarship, history of successful funding, and her previous teaching experience make her one of our strongest hires at the junior level."

Dean Hill adds, "Dr. Warren's background and experience with the Peace Corps and Somali women is a wonderful fit for the current international program needs. She is energetic, intelligent, and focused and has skills and knowledge that strengthen our faculty in the areas of public health, midwifery, and global health."